E-book and e-zines

Welcome to the page where you can find out all about the e-zines and e-books I have to offer!

E-ZINES - issued once per month. The e-zines are offered at the $10 subscription level on my Patreon page each month, then show up here a month after the subscribers receive it. If you want to receive the e-zines earlier, please check out my Patreon page

Issued May 2017
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry: Issue 5, 2017
Formulating with botanical extracts, part one
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Buy now at $13.00 Cdn

Issued February 2017
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry: Issue 2, 2017: Using cold emulsifiers: Aristoflex AVC, Emulthix (RM-2051), and Sucragel AOF
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Buy now at $13.00 Cdn

Issued January 2016
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry, Issue 1, 2017: Oh, the weather outside is frightful: Winter skin products
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Buy now for $13.00

Issued December 2016
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry, issue 6: Green & plant based products
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Buy now for $13.00 Cdn

Issued July, 2016: 
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry, issue 1: Summer products
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Buy now for $13.00 Cdn

Issued August, 2016:
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry, issue 2: Gels: Ooey Gooey fun
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Buy now for $13.00 Cdn

Issued September 2016:
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry, issue 3: Bath Time Fun!
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Buy now for $13.00 Cdn

Issued October 2016
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry, issue 4: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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Buy now for $13.00 Cdn

Issued November 2016
Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry, issue 5: This Isn't Your Father's Shaving Book (part one)
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Please note: The money raised by the sales of these e-books go to fund Rated T for Teen, the youth programs my husband and I run in Chilliwack, B.C.

Please click on the linked name of the e-book to see the table of contents and how to donate for them.

Back to Basics is a 122 page e-book that includes over 50 recipes and explanations for making lotion bars, whipped butters, balms, oil based scrubs, bath melts, bath oils, oil based sprays, solid scrubs, and facial sera, as well as all the carrier oil, exotic oil, and butter profiles and everything I've gathered about the chemistry of our oils including fatty acids, mechanisms of rancidity, phytosterols, and polyphenols.

Formulating facial products This 399 page e-book is filled with recipes for facial products, including moisturizers, sera, cleansers (oil and surfactant based), scrubs, gels, and more, as well as entries for ingredients like botanical extracts, cosmeceuticals, emulsifiers, thickeners, essential oil, and more, as well as a large appendix about our oils.

Lotion Making 101 This 305 page book includes everything you wanted to know about the basics of making lotions, including the chemistry of our lotions, ingredients we use, keeping your lotions safe, equipment you might need, and more recipes than I could count! For those of you who don't have the Back to Basics book, I've included all the carrier oil, exotic oil, and butter profiles.

Formulating lotions & creams This 224 page e-book is perfect for those of you familiar with lotion making and ready to start creating your own recipes! I've included all the information I know about the HLB system, as well as my base recipes for lotions, creams, body butters, and moisturizers!

Hair care products: Shampoos & Conditioners is a 194 page e-book dedicated to all the ingredients you need to make your own products as well as loads of recipes.


Samantha Miller said...

Hi this is really great and I will be purchasing, but can i put in a request please i would love a gel moisturiser for slightly oily combo skin, one similar to https://www.bioelements.com/beyond-hydration-products-15.php?page_id=109#.V8S0xSN94b0 or aesops triple b moisturising gel http://www.aesop.com/au/skin-care/b-triple-c-facial-balancing-gel.html....thanks so much for all your wonderful information swift.

Kirsten Thomas. said...

Hi, I just signed up as patreon, and also ordered the e book from last month. I cannot figure out how to get it. I paid on paypal, and it looked like it went through fine, but I didn't receive the book via email. How do we get it once paid for? thanks, k

Nicole Frame said...


The same thing happened to me. I paid through PayPal. The money has been debited from my account. How do I download the e-book?

Thanks. Nicole

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Kirsten and Nicole! When you pay for the e-books or e-zines through the blog here, I have to send it to you via e-mail. This means that I have to be awake, near a wifi spot, not in the middle of a meeting, and so on. Kirsten, your e-zine was delayed because I was at work, then the hospital with my mom and didn't see the message of your payment for a while. Nicole, you donated while I was sleeping - I can see your comment was at 1:05 am, my time - so I've just sent it to you now. Check your email inbox as it should be there!

Thank you so much for buying the e-zines!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Samantha! This is a post about the e-zines and e-books, so I'm wondering if you could move your request to the duplicating thread on the Patreon site for September? When I start gathering ideas for duplicated products in a few days, it won't occur to me to come back here and look for your idea. It's just easier to keep all of it in one place.

Christy said...

I paid through Paypal on 9/1. The money has not been taken out of my account. What is the next step for me? I wanted the subscription.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Christy! Unfortunately, there's a cut off point on Patreon when you subscribe, which means you're a subscriber but haven't had a chance to pay. You can see the "every patron sees this" posts, but none of the other ones. I can't control this feature in Patreon, but they are beta testing the idea that people can sign up and pay any time they want during the month. I'm hoping that will be soon.;

In your specific situation, you're subscribed, but the money won't come out until October 1st, when you'll be a paid subscriber and get the e-zine and everything else. Sorry that this didn't happen for September!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Actually, this has changed and one can subscribe any time during the month! This is a great change, and I hope people like it!

fiona said...

Hi I just signed up to donate monthly via Patreon. I would like to purchase the e-zine for previous months and I think Patreon only allows me to view the e-zine from the month that I start paying (from oct 2016 onwards). The problem is when I click to purchase via PayPal in this page, a message pops up stating that due to 'international regulations' the transaction was declined. This error message also pops up when I tried to buy your e-books here. So I had to resort to going to Lotion Crafter to purchase your books over there (my PayPal successfully completed the transactions).

Is there a way for me to purchase your previous e-zines here?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Fiona! I have no idea what that means, to be honest. May I ask what country you live in? I'd like to get to the bottom of this.

I think you can just send me money via PayPal to sjbarclay@telus.net with information on which ones you want and I can send them out to you.

Mia Perdomo said...

I have the same problem as Fiona, I am buying from Venezuela,for that reason I got all the ebooks from lotioncrafters and not from the blog, but now I want to donate via Patreon and also get the previous ezenes and can´t do
Thank you Susan

fiona said...

Hi Susan,

I live in Singapore. I will transfer the money using your email address.

Thank you.

Heather Behan said...

Hi Susan, Just wondering when the e-zine issue 6 (Green and Plant Based Emulsifiers: Lontions, creams and butters) will be available for purchase. You said in January sometime...
Looking forward to downloading it!
Heather xx

BrNy said...

Just bought your e-zine ooey gooey fun from last year and cant wait to receive it to start playing! Im assuming it will come to my email address (same as in my paypal account?) I am obsessed with your blog and have made tons of stuff that I learned here. Thanks for everything!!!