Fave Pins of the Week

We’re trying out a new feature here on the blog…Fave Pinterest Pins of the Week! These are some of my favorite recent Pins from my Pinterest boards. Click the links below to get a better look, or you can check out my Fave Pins of the Week Pin Board here.

Pins of the Week

I love anything spicy, so this Buffalo Cauliflower is right up my alley.

It’s never too late to Do Something Today…

These Newborn Photography Tips will come in handy soon.

Oh that Jimmy Choo. ‘Nuff said!

 I swear, Pinterest has made me cook more, work out differently (and more!) and want to be more creative and crafty. I (heart) Pinterest. =)

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  1. says

    Hi Anne-Marie!

    I have been having a ball lately making soap thanks to you! I had a question. I have become very interested in something called “soapnuts” for laundry. However I have also heard a lot of people make shampoo from it too (or bodywash). The only con I have seen so far is the shelf life of the liquid form isn’t too great. I was wondering if you have heard of this, and could offer a good preservative for it. And if you have used it, maybe a tutorial? I was thinking alot of people describe it as a pineappley scent, so maybe use the exotic fruit smoothie fragrance, and then add in tea tree EO and nettle extract for added hair benefits…and maybe a little yarrow powder and jojoba oil…for the preservative I’m not sure though as I know you don’t recommend GSE as a full preservative. Most people stick it in their fridge, but I would prefer to be able to keep say an 8oz bottle in the shower. I am weird I like to have a minimum of 3 or so shampoos available for rotation, and making it myself sounds more fun! I currently have 2 shampoo bars I made, like 3 or so I have bought, and two store bought (Jason and Carols Daughter)…my mom calls me a flower child now that I am getting more into this stuff LOL! But what would be a good preservative for a shampoo liquid? Perhaps optiphen or phenonip? I am sorry for making this comment so long!

    • says

      Good Morning!

      We have heard of the soap nuts, but haven’t yet created a tutorial for it (thanks for the suggestion). If you are looking for a preservative that would work for a shampoo recipe, I would go with Phenonip as it is the only preservative that we have that and effective enough for the pH of the shampoo (most liquid soaps and shampoos have a pH of around 8-9). It’s pretty oil soluble, so I would add it in at the heated phase and keep it below the temperature that the preservative starts to degrade at. You will want to mix it with some sort of an oil to get it to mix in properly. Some people even actually divide it between the oil and water phases to get it to mix in better. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Phenonip: http://www.brambleberry.com/Phenonip-P4038.aspx

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. Phenonip and Polysorbate 80 and 20 are not friends so don’t use them with either of them.

    • Anne-Marie says

      In real life, my shoe collection is not quite as exciting as those shoes but I do own a (eh hem), healthy amount of them =) It is a little excessive but since (in my defense), I haven’t outgrown any shoes since high school … I have had a while to collect them. =)