I have two sewing machines (a home-use and an industrial) and a serger. There is very little work I am willing to do on any of those machines because I lack the skills. I've had my home-use machine for 15 years & take it in for a tune up every 1-2 years...I've had the serger for 4 and its in the shop now (because of needle/threading issues--I took it apart and was not able to get it back together!) and the industrial machine...I would never work on that myself....waaaay too complicated. The amount of $$ I'm willing to spend taking the machines into the shop is well worth it because I prefer to use a machine that I'm comfortable with rather than spending $$ on a new one. I hope that helps and I hope you decide to make this your career...best of luck!
Does anyone out there have experience using an Artisan or other industrial sewing machine? I inherited one last year and am trying to make friends with it and not being successful. Main issue is threading the bobbin, proper bobbin/thread tension, getting the needle to draw the bobbin thread up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I would figure out how many ounces of the final product you need first. Then calculate your formula/ratios of the base oils you want to use, measure them into a bowl & whisk the base oils together. Let that mixture rest for a while (half hour or so) then gently whisk in the rosemary essential oil (no more than a few drops per oz of base oils) & bottle the finished product. Heating the oils you listed really isn't necessary since, as you said, they're all oils. Hope that helps!
do you want to make oil based or alcohol based perfumes? oil based are pretty easy, alcohol based can be more of a challenge and more fun, imho. There are a ton of books about perfume making--check out your local library first...that way you can check them out before spending $$ on a book that you don't like. and try to find a different fragrance oil supplier--I can imagine that the FO's available at wally world are not the best/highest quality. MareMare put together a very comprehensive list of online suppliers of everything that you'd need to make bath/body/perfume products.
an after shampoo infusion/rinse made with (any combo of the following...): rosemary, calendula, chamomile, peppermint should help. you can also try adding some cider vinegar and peppermint, tea tree &/or rosemary essential oils (at a concentration of no more than 8 drops per ounce of infusion) to the rinse you make. I like to do an overnight infusion, that way the tea is at room temp when you need it. I know what you're going through--I have had dry skin/scalp issues most of my life. Msg me if you have other questions.
your initial idea of castile (I'm assuming you are using liquid castile soap?) & aloe vera should work; try mixing them at a 1:1 ratio (maybe try w/ a teaspoon or tablespoon of each), whisk it in a bowl & leave it overnight...if that ratio is too much/too little of one of the ingredients, try a 2:1 or 3:1 using the castile as the greater amount of the two. Castile is a soap and even though its liquid, I honestly don't think you'll need a preservative. If you are really concerned about bacteria/mold growth, add some honey--its antibacterial, anti fungal, reduces redness & is a humectant.
Thanks for the formula. I tried a liquid laundry soap recipe a year ago (still using the 2+ gallons it made) but it was really thick, gooey & even when I added more water, it was still thick. I'm assuming its the CP soap I used because it always wants to re-gel with other CP soap molecules. We have an HE machine...I'm sure this will work just fine. I keep two 4 oz dropper bottles of sweet orange & lavender essential oils above the washer so I can sent each load (or not--depending on what I'm washing).
Thank you for posting this. I've been aware of the Safe Cosmetics Act since 2009 or so. I have a bath/body business (www.memecosmetics.net--not trying to drum up biz here--just FYI) and honestly, I do not think this act will pass. Seems to me that Congress, the Senate & government as a whole (local, county, state, federal) have, as the cliche goes, "bigger fish to fry". I am not attempting to downgrade the seriousness of this bill; I will may go out of business if this passes or move to Canada & take my job creating business with me.
not to over simplify, but you can also use an eyedropper & drip the essential or fragrance oils directly onto the unscented sticks (I'm making that suggestion b/c I'm not a fan of DPG). I've done that for years and it works pretty well. Its best to allow the sticks to dry a bit and store them in a bag until you are ready to light them. You can also burn resins (frankincense, myrrh, dragon's blood, tree sap--I'm fond of doug fir & cedar sap since I live in the PNW) on charcoal cakes. Hope that helps!
I noticed a mention of an east side (of vancouver) farmers/artist market.
There are two separate vancouver farmer's/artist markets; one is in downtown Vancouver @ 8th & Esther Streets the other just started this year on the campus of the Evergreen School Dist. admin offices (13501 NE 28th; Saturdays only 9/11-10/30/2010). I'm on the Artisan Committee for the downtown Vancouver Farmer's Market and we are accepting applications from non-VFM members (your products will be juried prior to the sale) for our Holiday Market in December starting on October 24th. You can download an application : www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
There is also a "Vancouver Saturday Market" on 112th/Gher road --- do not waste your time w/ this one; its a flea market, non-juried, commercial/resale type market.