Sunday, August 28, 2016

My second e-zine is available to Patreon subscribers today; my first e-zine is available to my blog readers today

If you subscribe as a Patreon of my blog at $10 for the month, you receive access to the Patreon feed, which includes information and recipes on duplicating products, as well as the monthly e-zine.

I have to note that your subscription doesn't start until the day the money comes from your account, which is the 1st of the month. So if you subscribe today, you aren't a subscriber until September 1st when you'd be charged for it. You would get access to some of the Patreon feed - like the Q&A section and some of the duplicating products section - while you're waiting to pay, but you wouldn't get the e-book until after the 1st of the month. Meaning, if you subscribe now, you won't get the gels e-zine. You'll get next month's e-zine, which is all about bubble baths, body wash, and bath bombs!

Subscribers for August will receive the e-zine on gels - carbomers, Sepinov EMT 10, and Sepimax ZEN - in toners, spot treatments, facial sera, eye gels, body washes, and more. It weighs in at 34 pages of recipes and information!

If you missed the Gels: Ooey Gooey Fun! e-zine as a subscriber this month,  you can get it a month after it's offered to subscribers, so look for this one in October!

Click here to see the e-zine and e-book section of the blog. The summer products e-zine is on sale now! (Click here to see the write up for it from last month!)

Please note: All the money raised by the sales of e-zines and subscriptions through Patreon go to me and my family. The funds raised through the e-books continue to go to our youth programs, Rated T for Teen. 

If you wish to subscribe to the blog for September through Patreon, you have to be subscribed by September 1st! (If you subscribe after that date, you'll be subscribing for October 1st.)

And a message to everyone who reads this blog: Thank you so much for supporting the blog and us through this pretty tough time in our lives. I really appreciate all your lovely sentiments, prayers, and good wishes! I really am blessed, eh?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Announcing the fall line-up of classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle!

It's that time of year again, and I'm pleased to link you to the Voyageur Soap & Candle website for the dates I'll be teaching my five usual classes - Lotionmaking 101, Advanced Lotion Making, Facial Products, Back to Basics, and Hair Care - along with two half day classes - bath time fun and gels! We're also looking at offering some classes during the week, so if you're interested but can't make it on the weekend, please offer some suggestions for the class and days that might work for you. (Evenings, unfortunately, aren't an option as the classes are too long and the store isn't open then.)

Look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekend Wonderings: A bunch of stuff to share with you

Thank you so much for all your kind words and good wishes for my family this week. I have the loveliest readers, and your good thoughts and prayers for us have really helped me so much in what I think may be the worst month of my life.

My mom is out of the hospital, but she's still quite ill, so we're caring for her at home. (Since writing this this morning, she's gone back in and I'm writing this from the ER.) Unfortunately, this doesn't leave me much time to work on the blog, answering your comments and questions, but I will do my best as writing makes me feel slightly more sane for a while. (It's really hard to find a solid hour in which to write, and I don't do well with interruptions.) I continue to ask for your patience as we figure out how to adapt to these new and exhausting changes.

On a happier note, check out my new column in Handmade Magazine, "The Science of SPF". I'm happy I can spread information on sunscreen as well as why we shouldn't make our own.

And I encourage you to take a look at the new series for Newbie Tuesday - Facial products. I've put up a shopping list if you want to play along!

Are you getting into your workshop and making things in this horrible hot weather? Or are you, like me, yearning for the cooler months? (I hate summer more than I can express in mere words, so just picture me shouting and stamping my feet as I say this!) What are you making this week? 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sorry for the silence...

I'm sorry I haven't been responding to your posts and messages. My mom went into hospital earlier this week, and I've been spending all my time there as she was stuck in the ER in a chair, and only received a bed yesterday around dinner time. Now that she's in a less crowded and more stable place, I'm able to link my iPad to my phone, so I can do some writing that way as not even the Starbucks in the hospital has wifi.

These are some flowers my mom's friend Sheila sent from overseas. Aren't they lovely? When she finally gets a room, I'll bring them to her to enjoy! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Newbie Tuesday on Sunday: Equipment list

If you're following along with our upcoming Newbie Tuesday series for making facial products, here's your equipment list. (If you take $20 and go down to the dollar store, you'll get just about everything you need there!)

Digital scale: You'll want something that can weigh 1 gram (meaning there's no decimal on the scale). You can use a diet scale from somewhere like London Drugs, or find these are your favourite supplier.

We weigh everything we make as weighted measurements are more accurate than volume. (Click here for a post on this topic...) If you try to convert my recipes into volume, they will not work.

If you want to make loads of facial products, I recommend getting a tiny scale, one that measures to the 0.1 grams. You can get these at jewelery stores, drug stores, and those kind of drug stores (if you know what I mean). I bought mine for $25 on sale at London Drugs, and I use it all the time for extracts, cosmeceuticals, preservatives, fragrances, and so on in my products.

This is my favourite little scale, and it's super inexpensive! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Weekday Wonderings: How much oil will Lotionpro 165 emulsify?

In this post, Emulsifiers: Lotionpro 165 in a lotion, Alana asks: Can LotionPro emulsify 38% shea butter and 3% stearic acid along with 3% menthol crystals? What is the max capacity of this emulsifier to emulsify oils?

As Lotionpro 165 (aka Simulsol 165) is an oil-in-water emulsifier, we know the oil phase has to be 49% or lower.

Okay, this isn't strictly true because the determination of whether something is an oil in water (O/W) or water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion isn't just about the amount of water or oil in a product. It's actually about the phase in which the emulsifier is more soluble. The higher the HLB value, the more soluble in water the emulsifier can be. Considering that Lotionpro/Simulsol 165 has an HLB value of 11, it's more soluble in water. So anything made with this emulsifier is considered an oil-in-water emulsion. 
If you're interested in knowing more, click here to learn about the Bancroft rule. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Newbie Tuesday: Facial products series - A shopping list

Sorry for the delay in posting the ingredients you'll want to get for the first few projects for our Newbie Tuesday facial products series. The plan is to make these products...

Facial cleanser
Foaming facial cleanser
Exfoliating facial cleanser
Micellar water
Toner
And three gels - a gelled toner, serum, and an eye gel

We'll be starting the making part of the series on September 6th, which gives you at least 4 weeks to get your ingredients delivered. (I hope this is enough time! If it isn't, talk to me!)

We will also be making a lotion based moisturizer at the end of the series. I'm not suggesting you buy the ingredients now as your lovely oils may not be so lovely by then, but I will promise to give you loads of notice before we get to those posts.

What you see below are the shopping lists I suggest for different skin types. If you're in doubt, the normal kit can be easily modified for oily and dry skin types. (Click here for my posts on skin chemistry and types!)

If you want to see the suggested equipment list, please click here