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« on: April 05, 2009 11:52:33 AM »

Here is our new Bath & Beauty Featured Member~swift!

Swift has been a Craftster since early 2005 and makes amazing B&B items like mineral make-up and facial cleansers! Besides posting great projects and recipes she also is free with her help on the Discussions and Questions board. Here are a couple of her posts that made me go "Dang!"  Grin
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A little intro by Swift:

Although Im known as Swift (after the author, not a description of my speed!) or SwiftCraftyMonkey, in real life Im Susan. Im a crafting dilettante I run a few youth craft groups, so I have to come up with new ideas every week but my true passion is bath & body formulating. I love the way it challenges me scientifically and artistically!

As much as I love crafting, I love teaching, and I get such great joy at being part of that a-ha moment when someone learns something new. I work for a non-profit charity and I believe in giving back to the community, which is why I started my blog at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com. And as someone who really doesnt play well with others in group settings I ask far too many questions and want to know everything! I find the net is the best way for me to learn.

A friend insulted my crafting skills and challenged me to learn how to cross-stitch in 1996. Which led me to learn to crochet, knit, bookbind, sew, and create bath & body products. In the last two years Ive added candle making, jewelry making, and polymer clay to my crafty repertoire.

In May 2009, Im marrying an amazing and supportive man who encourages me in everything I do. Raymond and I have an adorable-fur baby, Blondie, the little cutie pie in my avatar. And yes, we are crafting everything for the wedding.

Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Bath and Body items?

It was a happy accident that led to my obsession with creating bath & body products. My best friend and I were sewing purses one afternoon, and it turned out to be one of those days on which I could not get a single thing right! To alleviate the frustration, we decided to make bath salts, bath bombs, and melt & pour soap. Then a batch of bath bombs failed, and, being the kind of person who cant stand not knowing how things work, I had to find out what happened. (We were using the wrong kind of citric acid!) I stumbled upon the Soap Dish and saw people making lotions, hair care products, and more! I had no idea any of this was possible, so I tried a few things and became obsessed. That was almost three years ago.

Q: What is your B&B philosophy?

Creating incredible bath & body products is about knowing your ingredients. Get factual information and studies from reputable websites; dont believe urban legends or spam that shows up in your inbox! Be inquisitive. Why use sweet almond oil instead of sunflower oil? Youre not tied down to any one supplier when you know the INCI name of your supplies, and you can substitute what you want instead of the ones used by the recipe creators. I find this is the best way to customize your creations!

Know how your ingredients feel. Pour some oil on your hand, play with the hydrolyzed proteins, add a little conditioner to your body wash -- knowing what each ingredient brings to the party is essential for formulating. I thought my long, frizzy, coarse hair would love silk, but it became even frizzier! Thats how I found the protein my hair and skin loves.

Keep notes on everything. Get a notebook (or in my case, giant binder) and make notes about every single thing you did during each creation. I like to keep my recipes in a binder with plastic covers. I can write notes with a grease pencil and I transfer those notes to my computer if Ive done something significantly different. I always keep the dates of each batch and what I changed, and I always label every product with the ingredients. How else am I going to know which one I love and which one I will never ever try again?

Show no fear! If you want to make it, make it! Whats the worst case scenario? You waste a few supplies or create something you hate (although it might be something someone else adores). I always say I gain confidence from my successes, but I learn from my mistakes. If I hadnt failed on that third batch of bath bombs, I wouldnt have found this amazing craft!

Q: We love your mineral make-up, what can you share about the process?

Mineral make-up is the harmony of chemistry and art (wow, when you write it down, that really sounds cheesy!) Perfecting a base you love is the hardest part of mineral make-up creation, and its something most of us never think about because its not the cool, shiny part. A base can make the difference between a soft, powdery feel with longevity or a flaky mess that runs in the rain. I cant count how many batches of eye shadow base Ive made, sent out to friends for feedback, then tweaked before I found the one I love (the one posted on Craftster). But now Ive done that, I can create to my hearts content.

The actual process of making an eye shadow is very exciting. I choose a colour Id like to make something I saw, printed, or dreamed and think about how to get to that point. Do I start with something shiny or matte? Do I want to darken it with black? Do I want something highly pigmented or something sheer?

When you get your micas, iron oxides, and the like, put some on your hand and look at in the daylight. Note the main colour, then note the sheen, sparkle, and undertones. Make up a colour sheet with the name and a swatch of each colour on it so you know what each contributes to an eye shadow or foundation.

And try anything. Green and pink didnt go well together youve learned something not to do next time. Or perhaps they do, and youve created an amazing colour others covet. 

Q: What other B&B items do you make?

The short answer: Everything I use.

The long answer: I make every product in my bathroom, except the toothpaste and deodorant (and Im working on that!). Im a surfactant junkie, so I love making bubble baths, body washes, facial cleansers, and shampoos. Ive got a whole lotta hair, so I love working on new hair care products conditioners, leave in conditioners, de-frizzing potions and I love making lotions. Id never really used them before making them, and now I cant live without at least a body butter, hand lotion, and foot scrub!

Ive never tried cold process soap. Its not for fear of trying it, but I figure there are people in my community who have perfected their craft and Im happy to support their work!

Q: How did your first B&B project go for you?

My first attempts at bath bombs went very well, but the third was a dismal failure (see the happy accident story above!) Im very fortunate Ive only had one lotion go wrong, and that was because I made a massive mistake I didnt make sure the water and oil phases were at the same temperature. The water was barely lukewarm and the oils were above 70C. The lotion separated, and I learned a valuable lesson about the role of heat in emulsification! 
 
Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

The techniques I use are pretty much what I consider good manufacturing practices, so its hard to really comment on the actual making of products. I like to have all the ingredients and utensils at hand, the fragrance or essential oils Ive chosen, and a large jug of distilled water at the ready. I make sure the landing area, where Im going to put the finished product to cool (fridge, freezer, countertop), is ready. When the product is cooling, I consider the packaging Id like to use (I have far too much, so this can take some time) and write down my notes for my labelling.

For formulating, I love to go through the stores or mooch through my friends bathrooms checking ingredient lists for products they like (with their permission, of course). I write down the ingredients and research each of them to see if they are essential to the product or just good marketing, then I try to recreate the essence of that product.

For mineral make-up creation, I get paint swatches or pieces of fabric or brochures from the cosmetics counter and use those as my reference for eye shadow ideas.

Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that youve posted?

My mineral make-up tutorial!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284588.0;all

Although Im very pleased with my first tutorial on bath bombs!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109892.0;all

Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted? 

I love Rayno24s cupcake soap tutorial!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53178.0;all

Q: Besides B&B, what Craftster categories are you a frequent poster or lurker on?

All of them! Sewing purses, bookbinding, jewellery making, miscellaneous I read them all for ideas.

Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that you have posted? 

I liked these beeswax sushi candles, although there isnt much of a tutorial. I have changed the design somewhat since I posted this, but I still think theyre fun!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86418.msg815123#msg815123

Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted? 

I love this tiny wallet. Ive modified it to include a change section for my camping trips!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101026.0;all
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Thanks so much to swift for being a Featured Member! If you would like to be a featured member or if there is a member that you would like to see featured please shoot me a pm.
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009 07:13:49 PM »

Wow! I've always admired your knowledge and your projects and reading about you was fascinating (does that sound weird?)! What are all you crafting for your wedding? That sounds like it'll be really cool.

Nice to "meet" you!! Smiley

ETA: I forgot to say that I remember when you initially posted those sushi candles and they are all kinds of awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009 01:35:52 PM »

I ♥ these features..I ♥ learning more about our fellow craftsters..
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2009 10:44:33 AM »

For the wedding, we're making pretty much everything. The clothes, the food, the favours (cookie bouquets and candles), and my bridal shower is going to be a crafty affair to make some candles, cookies, and flags for a garland. The only things we're buying are bubble kits (we could make the bubble liquid, but we need the containers and they only come pre-bubbled!) and our shoes. Oh, and the rings we're having sized - they were my grandparents' rings. I'm excited about it, but slightly overwhelmed. So much to do!
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2009 11:24:37 AM »

Wow! I got overwhelmed just reading about it! But from the sound of things, of the people who can pull it off, you are definitely one of them! That is awesome about the rings; what a special thing to have.

I, of course, look forward to pictures of ALL of this!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2009 08:28:00 PM »

I too am loving these featured member interviews!  It is really interesting to find out how others became interested in making their own b&b products. 
Thanks Swift for sharing and thank you MareMare for putting everything together!! Wink
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2009 04:14:32 AM »

Swift, based on your interview, projects, and products, I don't see you getting overwhelmed!

Great interview and crafster!
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2009 07:24:05 AM »

I hope it's okay to post this here, but I've posted some pictures from my crafty wedding!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=308260.0. It was an amazing day and my husband (I love that word!) is a wonderful man! Our honeymoon was lovely, but exhausting, and although I love my job, I'm not looking forward to getting into real life yet!
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2009 01:20:49 PM »

Aw, thanks for the link swift! You guys look so happy, I wish you all the best! And your hair is freakin gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2009 08:44:21 PM »

Oooh thanks for sharing! You look beautiful! Your dress is amazing!!!  Shocked I take my hat off to you for being able to do all that and still look flawlessly awesome! Smiley
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