Monthly Archives: January 2013


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We get a lot of questions about curing soap. The typical thought of our callers is that soap is dangerous until it has cured for 3 to 6 weeks. This is dangerous thinking! Soap is a fantastic chemical reaction between a fat and an alkali. The resulting product is a synergy of these two items, [...]

Curing Soap


Skin lightening products display in a grocery store in Beijing, China. 7
Skin lightening products display in a grocery store in Beijing, China. Living in China is beginning to open my eyes to the different way that the Chinese seem to regard lotions, creams, lip balms, soaps and other similar cosmetic products as more than just cosmetics. I’ve worked with these products and ingredients for so long that [...]

Perception of Cosmetics


Melted Lip Balm Solution 13
Yesterday I shared one of the recipes I have been using to give to friends that I run into as I explore the city of Beijing. However, I flavored the entire batch with Rose. I find that there are some who don’t want the floral rose as a flavor. So I decided to make another [...]

Contemporary Mint Lip Balm



Finished Lip Balm 11
Christmas and New Year are not big holidays here in China. Now Christmas doesn’t particularly surprise me but I thought that there might some excitement over the Gregorian calendar New Year. I was surprised to find that most people go out for dinner or maybe karaoke but otherwise it would be just another quiet night [...]

Simple Rose Lip Balm


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Northern Utah is under a blanket of partly cloudy that looks like massive amounts of snow. We are not expecting to be to work Monday morning. In  the event our roads are clear, the sun comes out and the birds begin to sing, then we will be at work. If the weather continues as expected, [...]

Severe winter weather, oh my!




Weighed ingredients before melting. 6
Today is the last day of our humectant comparison tests. To review the testing process, I am using the Granny’s Lotion recipe as my testing recipe. Tomorrow, I will test all of the lotions to discover my favorite humectant! Today we are making the test batch with Honey. As a humectant, Honey is a natural humectant [...]

Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Honey


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Melt & Pour Glycerin Soap It has been quiet the week! I’ve been having fun with the humectant series and I’ll be sharing the results from my testing the lotions tomorrow! Now, onto this week’s giveaway! This week we are giving away some partial items from our Production Department. Many of the partial items are sent to [...]

Freebie Friday!




There it goes! 4
Today we are continuing with our humectant comparison tests. To review the testing process, I am using the Granny’s Lotion recipe as my testing recipe. Once all the test batches have been made, I will test the lotions to discover my favorite humectant! Today we are making the test batch with HoneyQuat. As a humectant, HoneyQuat [...]

Humectant Comparison in Lotion, HoneyQuat


Hydrovance being poured on my hand. 8
Today we are continuing with our humectant comparison tests. To review the testing process, I am using the Granny’s Lotion recipe as my testing recipe. Once all the test batches have been made, I will test the lotions to discover my favorite humectant! Today we are making the test batch with Hydrovance. As a humectant, Hydrovance [...]

Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Hydrovance


Weighed ingredients before melting. 4
I’ve had many questions about my favorite humectant. I decided to sit down this week and make comparison lotion batches with the same recipe and different humectants to decide which humectant would be my favorite. I decided to use the Granny’s Lotion recipe as my testing recipe. I planned on making all the batches and then [...]

Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Liquid Glycerin