Hi everyone! Sorry for the ongoing silence, but I had the most epic weekend on Orcas Island with Jen from Lotioncrafter, and I simply haven't had time to update the blog until today.
Don't worry, I've been seeing your messages and comments, and will get to them in the order in which they're received this weekend. Please do not send me two or three messages. It's unnecessary and a bit annoying.
She was so kind to let us stay in her cottage, which is located in the middle of town, and Jen and her husband, Tom, took us out for meals all over the place! The New Leaf Cafe was lovely!
Orcas Island is one of the San Juan Islands located off the west coast of Washington State situated in the Salish Sea. It is surrounded by the bluest, saltiest water, and everything in town references that amazing ocean.
Her warehouse is as magnificent as you expect. I felt like Charlie after he won the golden ticket! She had aisle after aisle of cool ingredients, each one of them something I'd like to play with in my products. Dimethicone! Propylene glycol! Matrixyl 3000! It was as if my wish-list came to life!
We spent the first day in the lab fan girling about new things we could use in a lotion and getting to know each other. (I swear we were separated at birth!)
We spent the second day playing in this magnificent lab, replete with homogenizer, water activity tester, viscosity tester, and everything else I want! We made a few products, including an eye brow re-growing gel, but I was getting tired with standing for almost three days straight, so we called it a day!
Jen is an amazing person and very very generous, both in soul and person. I've come home with more ingredients than I can use in a year, and my face hurts from smiling and laughing so much. You'll see loads of recipes in the coming weeks made with the ingredients I received from Jen, including some new facial sera, cleansers, toners, gels, and lotions containing exciting cosmeceuticals!
What a great trip! Thanks...