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.

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.

http://swiftcraftymonkey.blog/digest-for-march-24th-to-march-31st-2018/

Friday, March 23, 2018

Digest for the new blog for March 18th to 23rd, 2018

I've been having such great fun sharing micellar water formulas with you, as you can see from the list of posts for the last week! I've had to stop so you can try a few and share your thoughts with me. I have plans for a biphasic make-up remover in the next few weeks after we have more fun playing with surfactants!

If you're a Patreon subscriber, the e-zine is on its way, but I can’t stop writing it! I’m hoping to have it to you by Monday if we can get a few pictures done by then. Since last month’s experiment with giving you a coupon with a code to use in the courses & e-books section of the new blog worked so well, we’ll be offering this month’s e-zine that way, too. It’s great because you will never lose any materials again ‘cause it’ll always be part of your account on the new blog. Having said that, definitely download it and back it up, but it’s nice to know it’s always there!

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!

March 18th
(Patreon) Ingredient: Esters: Di-PPG-2 myeth-10 adipate (or Cromollient SCE)

(Patreon) Ingredient: PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides

March 19th
Patreon exclusive: Let’s make a micellar water! Rose water with PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides

Patreon Q&A: Could I add BTMS-50 to a cleansing oil?

March 20th
Patreon exclusive: Refreshing peppermint micellar water

Patreon Q&A: What solubilizer can I use in a cleansing oil like MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil?

March 21st 
(Patreon) Ingredient: Geogard ECT, ECOcert, COSMOS, NPA preservative

Solubilizers: Caprylyl/capryl glucoside

March 22nd
Patreon exclusive: Lightly fragrance champ micellar water

March 23rd
Patreon exclusive: Cromollient SCE micellar water

Discussion: How do you get your splurge on?

And check out previous discussion posts by clicking here! 

Don't forget to join us on the extremely epic open thread for February, too! Such great conversations about whatever interests you!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Digest of links to the new blog for March 9th to March 17th, 2018

We've been whipping up a storm of exfoliating foaming bath butters and micellar waters over on the new blog, so I hope you'll join me on the new blog as we have fun formulating all manner of lathery, bubbly things!

We’re continuing to move things over from the old blog to the new, so you can find things like the ingredients and emollients list under “resources” on the site. That’s where you’ll find the list of links for the duplication formulas as well as the emollients section.

All the posts from January 31, 2011, are on the new blog, so if you have a comment, I’ll ask that you seek out the post on the new blog to share it there. All the posts have the same date and the same title, so it’s easy to find it. I’m getting spammed to heck over here, so I’m moderating all posts, whereas the new blog has a great new system on which you can share links and pictures and such.

Don't forget to join us on the extremely epic open thread for February, too! Such great conversations about whatever interests you!

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!

March 9th
Patreon Q&A: How do you decide which version of an ingredient is best? 

Discussion: What’s your favourite product to make? What’s your least?

Ingredient: Jojoba beads 

March 11th
Patreon Q&A: What’s that goop in my surfactant bottle?

Experiments from the workshop: Suspending jojoba beads in foamy facial cleansers

March 12th
Foaming bath butter with jojoba beads 

March 13th
Creating a pumpkin seed & orange oil degreasing hand scrub

March 14th
Viscosity - the start of a series on thickening surfactants

Patreon exclusive - creating micellar waters

March 16th
Discussion: How did you get started making products?

March 17th 
Sorry for not posting, fragrance ideas, open thread link

Don't forget to join me on Facebook and Instagram - look for @swiftcraftymonkey - for more formulating fun!