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    Alternative mixer to a stick blender

    Today, instead of using a stick blender to mix lotion, I tested another mixing device - a model boat/ship propellor with shaft attached to a drill. Here it is in action - emulsification: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZBG8fDl7KU&feature=youtu.be and in this vid (recorded slightly later)...
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    Optiphen/Optiphen Plus - won't work without glycerin

    Anyone that makes an all oil scrub - if you use Optiphen or Optiphen Plus, for the preservative to work I've been advised to include 1-2% glycerin in my formula - Mark Fuller (a cosmetic chemist from chemistscorner) - see -...
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    Recipe % to grams (price) calculator + HLB calculator

    I have put a couple of free downloadable excel spreadsheets on my blog - www.makingskincare.com One is a HLB calculator and the other is a Recipe calculator - converts % to grams and also calculates costs of ingredients in that recipe Hope they come in handy.
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    Quick, easy, no heating required lotion / moisturiser recipe

    I was fortunate to speak to the cosmetic chemist who created Sucragel at SCS Formulate last week and picked up some formulating tips ....Quick, easy, no heating required lotion / moisturizer recipe :- http://makingskincare.com/2013/11/20/quick-no-heat-lotion/
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    Preservatives

    After many requests, I finally got round to writing an in-depth article on preservatives (incl "natural" & "Ecocert"). Hope you will find it informative:- www.makingskincare.com/preservatives/
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    Tutorial - How to make a lotion cream moisturiser

    Comprehensive tutorial on how to make a lotion cream moisturizer - covers equipment, ingredients, recipes for different skin types etc http://makingskincare.com/how-to-make-a-lotioncream-part-1-equipment-and-ingredients/ Enjoy!
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    Tutorial - How to make cold and hot process soap

    Tried to make this tutorial as comprehensive as possible. Walks you through the whole process - ingredients, equipment, simple recipes etc http://makingskincare.com/how-to-make-soap/
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    my latest soaps

    Here are some of my latest soaps - The one on the far left at the back is pumpkin and oatmeal - my first HP attempt. The rest of the soaps are CP. The 3 at the back are faux funnel swirls in a long vertical milk carton (inspired by soapqueen.com). The middle row - chocolate and peppermint...
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    I'm being plagued by white blobs - again!

    I apologise for ranting about white blobs yet again. Recently I've been trying out room temperature CP - mainly because I'm too lazy to take temperatures and I figured that some people RT so I should give it a go. I've had problems with white stearic blobs in the past (not RT) but this seemed...
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    room temperature CP recipe which won't give me stearic spots

    I would like to try room temperature CP. I currently try to soap at 120f to avoid stearic spots as when I have soaped below 120f I get stearic spots. I would like to soap much cooler (room temperature but at the same time avoid stearic spots). I realise that a good recipe is key for...
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    newbie help please

    Hi, This is my first post here. The white blobs in the soap - ricing I'm thinking caused by FOs? photo - (The pink/brown one is 30% lard, 20% coconut, 50% olive - water 38%. The other 2 are Palm oil 35% of total oils, Coconut oil 20%, Olive oil 45%, water 38%. All the soaps are superfatted...
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