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  • in reply to: Expiration dates #25695
    Sophie
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    Thanks Benlinda! I haven’t had the problem of getting items that expire soon with my other supplier, but that one doesn’t carry most of the things i got from this one. He even had expired extracts and hydrosols that would expire within the month on a 50% sale, but at least he stated that they expired/will expire in the item description so i steered clear

    in reply to: Extracts and Extras #25694
    Sophie
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    ok thanks! I just saw aqua in the INCI names and thought, well, don’t they need a preservative? and was curious if other people thought that too 😛

    in reply to: Extracts and Extras #24835
    Sophie
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    So, i recently got some extras, i haven’t had time to play with them yet but I have some questions as to how to store them. I got liquid silk (that is silk amino acids in water) and the label says to keep refrigerated after opening. I also got panthenol which is a liquid, as well as green tea extract that is in liquid form. Their labels don’t state how to store these. Any suggestions?
    Do they need to be refrigerated or a dark cool place will do?
    Do i need to add a preservative in them like we do to unpreserved hydrosols?
    By the way, room temperature can get over 32C in summer.
    Also, how do you store your preservatives?

    in reply to: Green beauty products without preservatives?! #22943
    Sophie
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    We’re talking about actual products that are sold right? Off the top of my head, they could be using preservatives that can be disguised under “fragrance”. The sneaky ones could even be using preservatives and not listing them – eek!! Other than that, either they’re not a “real” business – meaning no lab, no tests, no certification, no person responsible under the law, no receipts when buying whatsoever!! – or there hasn’t been anyone to sue them yet for a product gone bad and caused a health issue. I’d stay away from anyone claiming to make and sell cosmetics that don’t disclose all necessary info on their products or site/eshop. Especially when shopping online i’d ask if they have a lab, if they follow GMP, if their products are tested and who does that for them. But generally, if they don’t go at lengths to put that info in their website by themselves, then don’t bother.

    in reply to: Soap Scent Blends #22394
    Sophie
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    So, i went ahead and got the essential oils i posted in Cyn’s first soap project thread. I made my first batch of soap using one of Marie’s older soap formulas regarding the oil percentages (like in lots and lots of Clay, or Mojito soap), substituting tallow for palm oil. I added 2 tsp kaolin at trace and the scent blend. The essential oils used were 6gr lavender, 3 gr cedarwood and 3gr patchouli. I thought to start with a usage rate of 2-2.5% which will make it a mildly-medium scented soap and see how i like it. The first couple of days half the house smelled of patchouli which made my bf complain a lot. It’s been curing for a week now, and the smell is confined to the curing room. It smells powdery or like incense to me.
    Next up will be buying fragrance oils samples to try. My supplier offers their f.o. in tester kits, so i can try a few without spending much 🙂

    in reply to: Cyn's First Soap Project #22191
    Sophie
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    Eeek! My first order arrived this morning! Now i need to go get a pair of goggles and a mask, and some inexpensive olive oil and get soaping!! It’s high time i crossed to the other side!

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    in reply to: Soap Scent Blends #22190
    Sophie
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    Thank you ladies for the replies. I’m a bit skeptical towards fragrance oils. I have an autoimmune condition and unknown ingredients that might mess around with hormones sort of scare me. I find most perfumes annoy me. A few years back i couldn’t get enough of Dior’s Poison and Kenzo’s Flower, now i hardly ever wear them. It is the main reason i want to start making my own cosmetics, to see if staying away from fragrances and other stuff in store bought products helps me in any way. But the lower price tag, infinite scents and the fact they persist through CP curing really intrigue me. Maybe fragrance oils in CP soap won’t be much of a worry since it is washing off? What is your experience?

    in reply to: Make It Up with kids #20679
    Sophie
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    That’s a great activity! It can be fun, creative and educating, and you can customize it for smaller or bigger children and teens! Little ones can learn about mixing colours and scents and where every ingredient comes from and older teens can hopefully become interested in chemistry and math with emulsification, saponification, dilutions and percentages! I really wish my niece was a couple years older to try and make some of that stuff together!

    in reply to: Suppliers for Carmine #19423
    Sophie
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    Zil, wasn’t it in powder form? This is where i’m planning to order from http://aromashoppe.eu/carmine-powder-341-p.asp they’re in the Netherlands i think, i don’t know if they ship overseas. They’re the only one i’ve found in Europe to stock powdered carmine. Aromazone has one dispersed in oil.

    in reply to: What do you measure in? #19098
    Sophie
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    I generally use the metric system. Inches, feet and miles were used in some coastal/harbour engineering and rail transport classes we had. When i cook or bake, recipes are sometimes in grams/mls and others in cups. I used to eyeball cups/tablespoons when baking, and had a chart for how much of common ingredients a cup can hold, say 120gr of flour, 200gr of sugar etc, but ever since getting an electronic scale i’m never going back to that! It can switch between metric and oz/lb which is cool if i ever come across a recipe in ounces. It can measure up to 5kg, but unfortunately it’s only accurate to 1 gr. Well, for just 8 euros you can’t have it all!

    in reply to: Things only fellow Bee's would understand #18470
    Sophie
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    Oooh, hacking! Oh, i have a pinterest board with products to hack! But they require lots of different materials and my collection is quite small, so i make do with what i have 😛
    Oil based serums and body oils etc are the easiest to hack i think, there’s a Caudalie body sculpting/anti-cellulite oil i’ll be hacking first when i get my hands on the EOs needed.
    Or, the need to keep scrap fabrics, containers and such items, in case you need them in a project (but usually end up hoarding them) 😛

    in reply to: Favorite Face Masks #18456
    Sophie
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    Until i place my first bulk order, so i’ll have more ingredients to play with, i’ll be using green clay with lemon green tea instead of water and a drop of lavender or geranium rose eo. Sometimes i’ll add a bit of honey. I love the smell and the fact that it works better than the expensive clay mask from apivita or any other mask i used to buy.

    in reply to: Hi! #18455
    Sophie
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    Hello everyone and nice to meet you! I’m Sophie, a civil engineer from Greece. I’ve been following Marie for the last 3-4 years, but haven’t had the chance to DIY as much as I’d like. To remedy that, i’ve decided to try soapmaking and see how it goes!

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