What oils can you use to make cold process soap?

What oils can you use to make cold process soap?   Well, in theory, any oil when mixed with lye will saponify and produce soap. But there are several reasons that some oils are used more than others. The “perfect” soap bar needs to be long lasting but not too hard, cleansing but not drying, […]

Guide to using colours (Part 4)

One of our most frequently asked questions is what colours to use for certain products. Here is our final part of our quick guide to using colourants by product, this week we take a look at colouring Liquids. You can find part 1  colour cp soap here Part 2  colour melt and pour soap here […]

Guide to using colours (Part 3)

One of our most frequently asked questions is what colours to use for certain products. So here is part 3 of our quick guide to using colourants by product, this week we look at Bath Bombs and dry toiletries. You can find part 1 colour, cp soap here Part 2  colour, melt and pour soap […]

Guide to using colours (Part 2)

One of our most frequently asked questions is what colours to use for certain products. So following on from last week’s article, here is a quick guide to using colourants in Melt & Pour soaps. You can find part 1 colour cp soap here.   There is no definitive usage rate for colours in cosmetic […]

Guide to using colours (Part 1)

Each week we will be looking at colouring soap and this week we start with cold process. One of our most frequently asked questions is what colours to use for certain products. So here is a quick guide to using colourants by product; There is no definitive usage rate for colours in cosmetic products. How […]

A Guide To Flowers And What They Mean.

With Valentines Day coming up anticipation is in the air. By far one of the most given gifts on Valentines Day, but do you know exactly what your flowers means, exactly what your bouquets are saying? In this post we are going to go through some of our flowers, and share a bit history and […]

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Preservatives and Antioxidants in Anhydrous Products

There is a lot written on the subject of ‘preserving’ anhydrous products and as a result there is much confusion. In the hope that we can dispel some myths, here are some basic guidelines. Firstly, anhydrous covers many types of products as it simply means ‘without water’ and where they also contain no oil, such […]

Essential and Fragance Oils

Essential and Fragrance Oils

Our sense of smell is a powerful ability and it conjures up emotions and memories. It also affects our brain which has an effect on our stress levels, hormones, breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. Fragrance is highly subjective and we don’t all like the same scents and smells. What you like might not be […]

An introduction to Preservatives and Product preservation

An introduction to Preservatives and Product preservation by Scott Grainger of Cosmetic Safety Consultants Ltd Why preserve cosmetics? Many cosmetic formulations can support microbiological growth by providing the two main conditions required – a source of food (fats, carbohydrates, proteins etc.) and a source of water. ‘Microbe’ is the general name given to microscopic organisms […]