Finding a good recipe can be a little bit of a challenge, but don't worry - we've got you! Follow some of our basic rules when you are out hunting for a recipe to help ensure that your recipe not only works but is also stable and safe to use. We will also give you our favourite DIY formulator recommendations - perfect for if you are just starting out and want a well formulated recipe.
So, what makes a good recipe?
“A good recipe is when an experienced maker has taken the time to create a recipe by weight, adhered to correct usage % of ingredients, and have tested and trailed the recipe. “
You want to keep these things in mind when looking at recipes:
If you're not sure where to start, we have found some amazing online resources and recipes which we regularly refer to and will often refer newbies to:.
PureNature’s Recipes – we are always in the lab creating, it’s what makes us understand our ingredients more, and have built up a good collection of recipes to get you started.
Humblebee and Me – the amazing Marie Rayma is a whizz at formulating up DIY recipes, make sure you have checked out her amazing website it's full of recipes, video's and resources do it! She also wrote the Make It Up book you can find here.
Formula Botanica - a wonderful place for learning and if you want to take your education to the next level they have some fantastic courses.
Swift Crafty Monkey - great recipes, great resources more geared toward the intermediate DIYers and up.
Institute of Personal Care Sciences - an excellent place for education and resources, and the place to go if you want to become a Cosmetic Chemist.
Create Cosmetic Formulas - Belinda from IPCS (above) created a program that teaches and helps you to formulate your recipes correctly, it is available on a subscription basis.
In My Soap Pot - NZ’s very own place for Soapmaking recipes and education. The lovely Jackie runs our soap courses.
Soap Queen - AKA Anne Marie Faiola of the first people to bring soapmaking to our screens, her site has a huge amount of soapmaking recipes and resources. We also offer two books by Anne Marie - Pure Soap Making & Soap Crafting which are both full of great recipes and ideas.
Also if you are in Auckland you can keep an eye on our workshopswhich we run regularly throughout the year.
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