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Join us over on the new blog this week as I share a duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar, a post all about sodium coco sulfate (SCS), and shampoo bars using other surfactants that will be more pH balanced.

We're still in the process of updating links for the lists on the new blog, but all the posts you see here are over there now for a grand total of 3.267 posts over there!

Visit the new blog to see all the awesome posts over there! 

Since I last posted on the old blog more than two weeks ago, I have written so much, so I can't really offer a summary here as I have so much more to write this week, including a duplication of Drunk Elephant's Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Considering I'm asking for as little $1 a month to access the paid posts, which keeps the blog ad, sponsor, pop up, and affiliate link free, why not become a paid member of the blog?

Some of you have written to me saying you used to get a newsletter from me, but don't any more. I don't have a newsletter and never have, so I think you might be referring to these email messages you get when I've updated a post on this, the old blog. I haven't set anything up on the new blog as I think the fact that you received the entire post via email led to a reduction of comments and interactions, something I mentioned time and time again I was missing and something that made blogging and sharing less fun for me, but I think we've figured out a way to offer email notifications that only show you part of the post.
I'll let you know when we set this up.
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The end of the month is always super busy around the blog as I get the e-zine ready and make sure I've answered all the questions posed to me by subscribers.

For subscribers, I've spent the last week duplicating L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream in five parts, and started on a three part series duplicating L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil with part one published today.

Considering you can access the subscribers' feed for $1 US a month, seems like a bargain to me!

And we issued this month's e-zine, Beyond Emulsifying Wax: Part two, Modifications and Substitutions. If you're interested in this e-zine, you can buy it from the shop for $13 Cdn.

But if you join as a $10 US member before 11:59 pm May 31st, 2018, you get the e-zine along with access to the paid posts, the ability to ask a question in the Q&A section, the ability to suggest a duplication, and a 7% off coupon for Lotioncrafter. All that for the same price as buying the e-zine!

We're ditching Patreon now that Raymond has created this new membership system on the blog, so when you see "members", this refers to either Patreon subscribers or members of the blog. For now, the rewards remain the same, but given that Patreon takes at least 12% and offers no support unless I tweet directly at the CEO showing my income, things will probably change in the very near future.

For non-subscribers, check out these posts!

May 25th, 2018
Q&A: What are some other uses for menthol crystals?

May 26th, 2018
Subscribers' Q&A: Creating pet care products?

May 27th, 2018
Discussion: What do you make and what do you buy and why?

May 28th, 2018
Crowdsourcing: Can you recommend a decent waterproof label?

Hope to see you over there on the new blog!
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I'm so excited to share this month's e-zine that every $10 subscriber to the blog gets this month! Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part two: Modifications and Substitutions. It's not only the second part of last month's mammoth tome, the 70 page Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part one in which I write up and share base formulas for 22 different emulsifiers, but it's the first one we're offering as an ePub, so you can read it in iBooks or on your Kobo, and possibly other devices. You get both the ePub and PDF!

Click here to see the table of contents for Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part two

Click here to see the table of contents for Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part one. 

If you aren't a subscriber, you can become one before 11:59 pm on May 31st to get your copy! In addition to the e-zine, you get access to all the paid posts on the blog, which include the 5 part potential duplication of L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream as well as the subscribers' only series on Liposomes with explanations and formulas.

And you also get a 7% off coupon for Lotioncrafter. 

After that, you'll have to buy it through the e-book store. and you don't get all that extra stuff!
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I'm still writing up a storm over on the new blog, sharing more than 10,000 words a week or the equivalent of 50 pages of a novel, because I'm having such fun!

Yeah, I know I said I wasn't doing the digests any more, but Raymond's been helping with the tedious copying and pasting of links, so I can resume again! 

I'm so in love with cucumber, I couldn't stop writing about it, so join me on the new blog for a few more formulas....

Formulating on a budget using cucumber! 
and
make a lovely cucumber-y facial lotion.

I'm trying to create a series of descriptive words we can use for our ingredients and products, so join me for that discussion and share your thoughts!

Before we launched into the members' exclusive series on liposomes, I updated this post on the biology and chemistry of our skin. I have a lot more to add, but needed to start somewhere!

Join me for some more fun with actives & cosmeceuticals: Vitamin C revisited as this'll come up a lot over the next few weeks as we have fun with liposomes and other facial products.

Oh, and join me for Emollients you will love: Palm and palm kernel oil as we start profiling and formulating with some new harder oils and butters I've discovered over the last 18 months, with tucuma butter and murumuru coming up soon.

We're ditching Patreon now that Raymond has created this new membership system on the blog, so when you see "members", this refers to either Patreon subscribers or members of the blog. For now, the rewards remain the same, but given that Patreon takes at least 12% and offers no support unless I tweet directly at the CEO showing my income, things will probably change in the very near future.

For members, join us for this fun new series as well as the upcoming duplicated formula and more Q&A. (Considering you can access the subscribers' feed for $1 US a month, seems like a bargain to me!)

Liposomes: Introduction to liposomes and other concepts

Liposomes: What are they and how to use them?

Liposomes: Vitamin C in a gelled facial serum

Liposomes: Vitamin C in a light facial moisturizer
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We're having tons of fun working with cucumber hydrosol, liquid extract, powdered extract, and seed oil! 

So far we've made...

An anhydrous body butter using cucumber seed oil

(Member exclusive) Cucumber hydrosol micellar water! 

A 99% natural body butter using Simulgreen 18-2

And an emulsified body butter using Polawax! 

As an aside, if you're interested in learning more about subscribing to the blog to get all kinds of exclusive materials, like ingredient write ups and so many formulas, click here! $10 subscribers also get an e-zine every month. In April, I offered Beyond Emulsifying Wax: Part one, which ran 70 pages! For May, we'll be looking at part two of that series as we make a ton of lotions using many of the 21 emulsifiers I featured in part one!

Click here to see all the e-zines and e-books offered on the blog!
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This week on the blog we saw people enjoying the new e-Zine "Beyond Emulsifying Wax", many users switched over to direct subscriptions on the blog rather than the somewhat buggy Patreon method, an exclusive discount from Lotioncrafter, and some more quick asides about Vitamin E and parts per million. All that and so much more, get clicking!

Click here to see information about the memberships we're offering in lieu of Patreon subscriptions. 

If you were registered for my facial products seminar at the conference in Atlanta please contact me to get a copy of the formulas.

And as a quick note, I'm no longer updating the links to lists section over here on the old blog. I'm updating them on the new blog, and have added new material to the emollients, extracts, and chemistry sections this week. 

April 30th
How to log into the blog for members’ only posts and find e-zines or e-books
Members’ Q&A: Tips or tricks for using glyceryl caprylate/caprate?

May 1st
Members’ Q&A for May 2018?
Members’ duplication request post for May 2018!
Welcome to May 2018!Oops, this is embarrassing!
$10 members  – 7% off Lotioncrafter this month

May 2nd
Members exclusive: Formulas I would have offered at the US conference: Targeted treatment gel

May 3rd
What’s the difference between these Vitamin Es?
Quick aside: What does parts per million (ppm) mean?

May 4th
Quick aside: Volume versus weight

May 5th
Another installment of “for the love of God, please don’t make this!” – HGTV’s homemade cucumber body butter

May 6th
Quick aside: Converting a formula from percentages to weight
Emollients you will love: Cucumber seed oil
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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.

Some of the posts are members’ only - which used to be Patreon only before they failed us miserably and we decided to leave - and some are free. Considering it’s only $1 to access all the posts now, check out this post on how to subscribe.

I have a new blog where you can find everything here and more. Why don't you join us?!
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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.
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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!
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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/
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