As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I like water soluble olive oil! It gives me a chance to add some moisturizing to products that normally wouldn’t contain oils, like body washes or toners. Today’s favourite ingredient is similar to yesterday’s – water soluble shea butter (INCI: PEG-50 shea butter). Like the water soluble olive oil … Read moreThese are a few of my favourite things: Water soluble shea butter
I love love love water soluble oils! Water soluble oils are oils that have been esterified to become more water soluble. Some of them can be used as emulsifiers – like Cromollient SCE – but all of them can be used in water only creations, like body washes or shampoos. One of my favourites is water … Read moreThese are a few of my favourite things: Water soluble olive oil
For the record, my recipes are pH balanced. Unless you’re adding something really alkaline or really acidic, you shouldn’t need to alter them. If you need to alter the pH of something, those strips really aren’t great at testing anything accurate. I encourage you to get a pH meter if you’re going to be altering … Read moreA few administrative things for a video game filled Saturday!
I love love love chamomile extract! You can find it in a few different versions – essential oil, water soluble powdered extract, and hydrosol. I prefer the powdered extract and hydrosol as I can’t really stand the smell of the stuff. I think it smells a bit earthy and musty, which is something I just … Read moreThese are a few of my favourite things: Chamomile extract
I’m a huge fan of pumpkin seed oil for a number of reasons. It’s an inexpensive oil that’s easy to find at many suppliers’ shops. It has a nice balance of oleic and linoleic fatty acids with some nice levels of Vitamin E. It has a decent shelf life, and doesn’t have a strong smell. … Read moreThese are a few of my favourite things: Pumpkin seed oil
I’ve been using the Volumizing Complex from the Formulator Sample Shop* in my leave in conditioner for quite a few years, and I won’t make a leave in without it! The INCI for this product is Water & Rice Amino Acids & Lactobacillus/Date Fruit Ferment Extract & Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluorethyl PEG Phosphate. The rice amino acids will … Read moreThese are a few of my favourite things: Volumizing complex
I’ve been experimenting with foaming protein surfactants over the last two years, and I still can’t figure out which one is my favourite! I started with foaming silk surfactant (also click here), then foaming oat surfactant, then foaming rice surfactant, and recently foaming soy protein surfactant. These surfactants are foamy and lathery cleaning ingredients we can … Read moreThese are a few of my favourite things: Foaming proteins
I am finding I’m using niacinamide more and more in my products lately. It’s not just for facial products for me; I’m finding use for it in body butters as well! The claims for niacinamide are pretty substantial and they are backed up by studies and good science. Studies have shown that 2% in a … Read moreThese are a few of my favourite things: Niacinamide
As you may have noticed, I’ve started a series about my favourite ingredients last week, and I thought I’d ask you what you like! What’s your favourite ingredient? Do you have a preferred product in which you like to use it? If it’s a not-so-common ingredient, could you include a link to it in your … Read moreWhat’s your favourite thing?
Thanks, Ida, for your anhydrous cleansing balm recipe (which can be found in the comments section of this post)! And thanks Ella for your review of the leave in conditioner. And thanks Marcia for the review of the less greasy hand lotion! Email me at email@example.com and tell me which e-book you want! Do you … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Using alcohol in room sprays? What does cherry kernel oil smell like?