On my Patreon feed page, Albert asked: If I wanted to make an after shave balm which includes some alcohol in it, my questions are: 1. In which of the 3 phases (water, oil, cool down) should I add it?2. In terms or ratios, does the alcohol count as part of the water or the oil … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: How to use alcohol in a lotion? (part one)
One of the companies I’m asked most about is Lush, and their products are the most requested duplications on my Patreon subscription page. (This month I duplicated the Tea Tree Water Toner, the Jumping Juniper shampoo bar, the Godiva shampoo bar, and the Ocean Salt, which appears tomorrow.) I know the most visited duplication on this … Read moreLush’s main emulsifier: Stearic acid and triethanolamine
On my Patreon feed, Sally asked: Under what circumstances can you tinker with a “finished” product? For example, a batch of shampoo isn’t as foamy as I like. Can I melt some SCI and add it after the fact? Or can I make a large batch of lotion and then divide it and add separate … Read moreQuestions from Patreon: When can you tinker with a finished product?
On my Patreon feed, Jennifer asked: I saw (and like) the recipe you posted on the facial lotion (rosehip/calendula), and saw that you put the protein and panthenol in the hot water phase. Most of your earlier posts put these two in the cool down phase. Does it matter which phase? It does and … Read moreQuestions from Patreon: Why are you adding protein and panthenol into the heated water phase?
On Monday, we met a new emulsifier, Simulgreen 18-2, and yesterday we created a facial moisturizer with it. Let’s spend some time looking at why I chose the ingredients I chose! We have three phases: the heated water phase, which contains anything that is water soluble and can stand heat; the heated oil phase, which … Read moreRecipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Rosehip & calendula moisturizer (part two)
Yesterday, we met a neat new emulsifier, Simulgreen 18-2. Let’s take a look at the facial moisturizer I created for my demonstration at the 2017 Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild conference, which was very kindly sponsored by Lotioncrafter. There are so many cool things about this formula, but the best might be that all the … Read moreRecipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Rosehip & calendula moisturizer (part one)
I’ve been on a bit of a buying binge lately as I have quite a lot of time to formulate in the next few weeks. I thought I’d share with you a few interesting things I found at different suppliers… If you’re looking for sodium coco sulfate to make jelly soap, check out Windy Point … Read moreHere’s a post about suppliers from which I’ve bought interesting and unusual things…
I’ve been working with this emulsifier for more than 18 months, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you! Simulgreen 18-2 (INCI: Hydroxystearyl Alcohol and Hydroxystearyl Glucoside) is an ECOcert and Natrue approved emulsifier derived from a vegetable source (castor oil) that contains no ethoxylated ingredients. It’s a liquid crystal emulsifier that that … Read moreEmulsifier: Simulgreen 18-2 – an ECOcert and Natrue certified emulsifier
I admit it, I’m in love with plum kernel oil (INCI: Prunus domestica seed extract). It’s light, non-greasy, and smells absolutely of almonds, although I think it’s more like marzipan, which I adore! On top of all of that, it has a richness I generally only find with thicker oils. (It reminds me of pomegranate … Read moreEmollients: Plum kernel oil
Rosehip seed oil (INCI: Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil)is a light, non-greasy feeling oil that not only moisturizes our skin but promotes a more even skin tone and may help with reducing the appearance of age spots or scars thanks to the beta-carotene, which is a pre-cursor to Vitamin A. It may also speed up … Read moreEmollients: Rosehip seed oil