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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    Thanks for linking that lotion bar recipe @Misschief. I made a batch last night scented with Neroli Portofino type from Scent Memory. I went a little wild with the FO so they are pretty perfumey, but the bars themselves have a wonderful smooth silkiness and feel really nice on damp skin. I...
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    How to cut a brick o' beeswax?

    This isn't applicable for what Zing was doing, but a lemon zester (not a rasp grater but the tool made specifically for citrus zesting for cocktails) works well if you need to carve a small amount of wax off a bigger block to get a precise weight. I've tried various graters and knives but the...
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    Scales

    Here I thought I was so clever draping a piece of plastic wrap over my scale, while @Zing is living in the future using an actual sealed bag! 🤯 If you get a high-precision scale make sure you have some small light weight containers for weighing. I use little stainless steel saucers and small...
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    RIP Green Fig from Brambleberry :(

    To my nose, Scent Memory's Wild Fig & Cassis Type smells very much like BB Green Fig. It's definitely very green and a little earthy with only a tiny bit of fruitiness. It would be great for blending and that's probably how I will use it.
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    This gave me an idea of what to finally do with some gorgeous monoi oil I've had kicking around for the longest time! Too bad I don't have meadowfoam seed oil. Or mmmmmeadowfoam seed oil. 😁
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    I used it yesterday for the first time, so I'm not sure how useful my feedback will be but here it is! Overall, I think it would be brilliant for someone with short hair, or untreated hair that's not dry. I can see it being really appealing to anyone who prefers a fuss-free shower experience...
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    Thank you @AliOop, I have read about blending your own cetearyl alcohol, and I even have cetyl alcohol on hand, but it didn't occur to me to order just stearyl alcohol! D'oh!
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    I decided to try the Humblebeeandme Ice Palace Shampoo Bar recipe because the cetearyl alcohol I ordered for the DIY B&B hot pour bar was delayed and would not be delivered until mid-July. I whipped it up last night and it really was very easy, though once the dough is made you have a limited...
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    What a nice thing to do for your old friend, labs are such sweethearts. I just love older dogs. Okay, I love ALL dogs! 😁 May I ask what goes into your paw wax? I don't have to worry about pavement where I live, but my standard poodle is basically a sponge and I've been thinking about some...
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    My husband has a beard and cowboy-type mustache that needs a little wax for shape. He's repurposed a lotion bar that I made for the beard (a @Zing-style 1:1:1 of beeswax, jojoba, and shea), and a lip balm that was a little too heavy on the beeswax for shaping the mustache. It all gives a nice...
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    Thank you Zany, what a useful site! That's about a thousand times easier than the copy-paste web search I was doing. And I have all of the non-icky ingredients which is very convenient! :dance:
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    Earlier this week I paid an absurd amount of money for a tiny tube of Lanolips Lemonaid, but it's the only thing that seems to keep my lips truly happy. I remember Lansinoh being a godsend during the baby nursing days, but I also remember how unpleasant the smell and texture were to me when I...
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    Coloidal oats question

    Thank you. I am not one to add organics to my lotions or creams on a whim at all, I am pro-preservation for sure. This was a good reminder to throw out the batch I inadvertently made with not-colloidal oats. The recipe I used is from humblebeeandme.com, who I think is generally well-respected...
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    Coloidal oats question

    I bought some colloidal oats on eBay to incorporate into a lotion and to use in some tub teas. When I opened the package it sure looked like oat flour to me, not the super silky fine powder I was expecting and paid a premium for. I used it anyway and there are definitely tiny discrete bits of...
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    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    Last night I made a batch of Marie's Shealoe Emulsified Body Butter v. 3.0 (minus the cyclomethicone because I don't have it) for myself, and a batch of her super simple creamy conditioner (replacing BTMS 25 with BTMS 50 plus cetyl alcohol) for my husband to try on his beard! So far I'm on the...
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