Saturday, May 19, 2018

Digest for the new blog for May 10 to May 18, 2018

I'm still writing up a storm over on the new blog, sharing more than 10,000 words a week or the equivalent of 50 pages of a novel, because I'm having such fun!

Yeah, I know I said I wasn't doing the digests any more, but Raymond's been helping with the tedious copying and pasting of links, so I can resume again! 

I'm so in love with cucumber, I couldn't stop writing about it, so join me on the new blog for a few more formulas....

Formulating on a budget using cucumber! 
make a lovely cucumber-y facial lotion.

I'm trying to create a series of descriptive words we can use for our ingredients and products, so join me for that discussion and share your thoughts!

Before we launched into the members' exclusive series on liposomes, I updated this post on the biology and chemistry of our skin. I have a lot more to add, but needed to start somewhere!

Join me for some more fun with actives & cosmeceuticals: Vitamin C revisited as this'll come up a lot over the next few weeks as we have fun with liposomes and other facial products.

Oh, and join me for Emollients you will love: Palm and palm kernel oil as we start profiling and formulating with some new harder oils and butters I've discovered over the last 18 months, with tucuma butter and murumuru coming up soon.

We're ditching Patreon now that Raymond has created this new membership system on the blog, so when you see "members", this refers to either Patreon subscribers or members of the blog. For now, the rewards remain the same, but given that Patreon takes at least 12% and offers no support unless I tweet directly at the CEO showing my income, things will probably change in the very near future.

For members, join us for this fun new series as well as the upcoming duplicated formula and more Q&A. (Considering you can access the subscribers' feed for $1 US a month, seems like a bargain to me!)

Liposomes: Introduction to liposomes and other concepts

Liposomes: What are they and how to use them?

Liposomes: Vitamin C in a gelled facial serum

Liposomes: Vitamin C in a light facial moisturizer

Hope to see you over there!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cucumber week continues on the new blog!

We're having tons of fun working with cucumber hydrosol, liquid extract, powdered extract, and seed oil! 

So far we've made...

An anhydrous body butter using cucumber seed oil

(Member exclusive) Cucumber hydrosol micellar water! 

A 99% natural body butter using Simulgreen 18-2

And an emulsified body butter using Polawax! 

As an aside, if you're interested in learning more about subscribing to the blog to get all kinds of exclusive materials, like ingredient write ups and so many formulas, click here! $10 subscribers also get an e-zine every month. In April, I offered Beyond Emulsifying Wax: Part one, which ran 70 pages! For May, we'll be looking at part two of that series as we make a ton of lotions using many of the 21 emulsifiers I featured in part one!

Click here to see all the e-zines and e-books offered on the blog!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Digest April 29-May 6, 2018

This week on the blog we saw people enjoying the new e-Zine "Beyond Emulsifying Wax", many users switched over to direct subscriptions on the blog rather than the somewhat buggy Patreon method, an exclusive discount from Lotioncrafter, and some more quick asides about Vitamin E and parts per million. All that and so much more, get clicking!

Click here to see information about the memberships we're offering in lieu of Patreon subscriptions. 

If you were registered for my facial products seminar at the conference in Atlanta please contact me to get a copy of the formulas.

And as a quick note, I'm no longer updating the links to lists section over here on the old blog. I'm updating them on the new blog, and have added new material to the emollients, extracts, and chemistry sections this week. 

April 30th
How to log into the blog for members’ only posts and find e-zines or e-books
Members’ Q&A: Tips or tricks for using glyceryl caprylate/caprate?

May 1st
Members’ Q&A for May 2018?
Members’ duplication request post for May 2018!
Welcome to May 2018! Oops, this is embarrassing!
$10 members  – 7% off Lotioncrafter this month

May 2nd
Members exclusive: Formulas I would have offered at the US conference: Targeted treatment gel

May 3rd
What’s the difference between these Vitamin Es?
Quick aside: What does parts per million (ppm) mean?

May 4th
Quick aside: Volume versus weight

May 5th
Another installment of “for the love of God, please don’t make this!” – HGTV’s homemade cucumber body butter

May 6th
Quick aside: Converting a formula from percentages to weight
Emollients you will love: Cucumber seed oil

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A reminder about the new blog!

Just a reminder that I'm not updating posts or responding to this blog any more. You can find most of the posts from here over on the new blog and we should have the rest over there shortly.

I'm also not updating any of the lists of links for things like surfactants or preservatives and so on any more as I'm updating them over there.

I've paid for a lovely new commenting system - Disqus - to make it easier to talk to me and each other, which is just lovely.

Some of the posts are members’ only - which used to be Patreon only before they failed us miserably and we decided to leave - and some are free. Considering it’s only $1 to access all the posts now, check out this post on how to subscribe.

I have a new blog where you can find everything here and more. Why don't you join us?!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Digest of posts is no more...

I think last week was the last digest of posts as it can take upwards of two hours to gather all the information necessary to create one, and given how much time over the last two months I've lost for things like preparing for two conferences I'm not able to attend for one reason or another, or working on all the administrative stuff necessary to update the blog, I think I need to focus more time on researching, writing, and posting and less on copying and pasting.

Instead, I'll share the posts here when I post them over there, and you can click through if you're interested.

A few notes about the new blog...

We are moving away from Patreon as it's an infuriating system and has been causing nothing but trouble. Raymond has spent the last few weeks creating a new system on the new blog, then spent three days entering all 800 email addresses to the blog by hand! You can find out more about how to log in for the time being in this post on the new blog.

Paid members will have access to the blog by subscribing to Patreon or, preferably, buying a membership on the blog. (I'll have more about this process shortly. Raymond deserves a little break after all he's done this week!)

As I mentioned in last week's digest, the new blog is considered secure. You can tell as the URL is now https:// Woo!

Every Friday, I'm posting discussion questions so we can share our thoughts or experiences.

Last week, we shared our top 5 favourite oils and butters.

This week, I'm asking you to share your signature! It could be a combination of ingredients, a skin or hair feel, a fragrance or essential oil blend, and so on.

You can find the list of discussions by clicking on this link!

I'd love to see you over there sharing your thoughts and experiences.

As a final note, I won't be responding to any comments on any posts with a date of January 31, 2011, or later. You can find those posts on the new blog, and I'd prefer you ask the question over there. A few weeks ago, I updated the blurb above where you might post a comment mentioning this. If you want to share your thoughts or ask questions, please look for that post on the same date as it can be found over here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Digest of posts for March 24th to April 6th, 2018

Wow, so much has happened over the last week! As I mentioned in last week's digest, I've had to cancel my attendance at the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild's conference in Atlanta due to the excruciating muscle spasms I've been having since February 6th. Because they considered my cancellation with five weeks’ notice “last minute” for Atlanta, last Thursday, March 29th, the HSCG advised me that they were cancelling my attendance at the Toronto conference - June 8 to 10th - so they could find a replacement speaker.

I'm still not sure why they still haven't announced I won't be at either conference eight days later, though. If last week was last minute, what's this week?

The unfortunate news here is that I won’t be presenting at or attending the joint HBBG - HSCG conference in Toronto this year, which is so upsetting for so many reasons, but even more so because one of my idols, Dr Joe Schwarcz, is the keynote speaker and I was so looking forward to hearing him speak and - I hoped - meeting him.

You can read all the details here, on my Facebook page for the blog.

I'm honoured that so any of you have written to me to share your experiences with pain and illness. I'm taking in everything you've suggested or shared, and I hope you know how much it means to me that you want to help me. I'm still not able to sit up or stand more than a few minutes, but I feel things are getting better.

The new site is considered secure now - you can tell because the address is https:// - which is excellent, and Raymond has been working non-stop to create a new way to log into paid posts that won't have anything to do with Patreon and their never-working bloody stupid plug-in. We had hoped it would have been done by yesterday, but it's been more work than he expected.

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it. (As a note, you can subscribe for as little as $1 a month to access the blog! Click here to learn more.)

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

Open thread is a post where you can discuss any topic you wish!

Since I only posted a link to the digest last week, I thought I should post all the links here this week, so this is really a two week digest!

March 24th
What are my steps for duplicating a product?

My duplicating process on paper

(Patreon) Euxyl PE 9010

How do I decide which duplications to make? 

March 26th
Patreon Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? Part one – definitions
As a note, this was a series I had on the old blog, but so few people commented, it’s a Patreon exclusive series now.

(Patreon) Potential duplication of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (part one)

March 27th
Patreon Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? Part two – categories

(Patreon) Potential duplication of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (part two)

March 28th
Patreon Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part three – things to consider when formulating

March 29th
Series from a question from Patreon: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part four – considering a formula

March 30th
Patreon Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part five – the formula

March 31st
Series from a question from Patreon: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part six – analyzing another formula Discussion: How do you learn?

Discussion: How do you learn? 

April 1st
Patreon Welcome to April!

Patreon Q&A post for April

Patreon Duplicating post for April

Patreon Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part seven – analyzing a few combinations of anti-aging ingredients

April 2nd
Patreon Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part eight – analyzing a few combination of anti-aging ingredients

Accessing Patron only posts and downloading e-zines

$10 Patreon subscribers - 7% off Lotioncrafter this month!

April 3rd
Series from a question from Patreon: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part nine – creating a product with anti-aging actives 

A few thoughts on mixing...

We are upgrading, so there may be some log in issues

April 4th
Weekday Wonderings: Is MCT the same as PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides? Can I add things to aloe vera gel? Using SCI in liquid products?

April 5th
Update on the locked post thingie

April 6th
Discussion: What are your favourite ingredients? Top 5 oils or butters?

Hope to see you over on the new blog!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Digest of posts, March 24 to 31,2018

There are so many posts from the last few days, and I am having trouble getting this post to look the way I want - which is to say, I’d like it not to be awful - so please visit this post on the new blog to see them all.