In the August Q&A on Patreon, Anne asked: I am wondering why my room spray with citrus oils has turned orange. It smells perfectly fine and is preserved with 0.5% LGP. I recall you making a body wash with citrus that turned colour. Is it just a natural reaction you don’t need to worry about? … Read moreQuestion: Is normal for products with citrus oils to go orange?
In the July Q&A on Patreon, Belinda asked: I have two questions…1) do you know if polyquaternium 10 has an expiration date? I’ve checked the website I bought it from (Personal Formulator) plus a couple more that sell it, and I’ve not seen anywhere if it does, indeed, expire. The reason I ask is because … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: Does polyquaternium 10 have a shelf life? Is acetic acid or aspen bark extract a good preservative?
In the July Q&A on Patreon, Jaime asked: Can you tell me your thoughts on the following three ingredients and if there is a natural substitute? sorbeth-30 tetraoleate (is this just an emulsifier), pentylene glycol (humectant?), stearyl glycyrrhetinate (?) They seem to be simple ingredients but I’m wondering if they are used for something other … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: What are these ingredients I found in DHC Deep Cleansing Oil?
In July’s Q&A on Patreon, Ingrid asked: I’m investigating bath bombs and more natural alternatives to using SLSa for bubbles. I’ve seen bath bomb ingredients listing decyl glucoside as a foaming agent. It’s also supposed to be a solubiliser. Can I use it (in liquid form) instead of the Polysorbate 85 and SLSa? If not, … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: Are there any green alternatives to SLSa in a bath bomb?
On Monday, we met a new conditioning agent called ICE Hair Restore (aka Jeesperse ICE T CPCS or Gracefruit’s EasyMix Smooth). And yesterday, we made a nice conditioner with it. But you know me – I have to play – so let’s take a look at another version I’m loving! PINEAPPLE EXPRESS INTENSE CONDITIONER83% distilled … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part three with ICE Hair restore
Yesterday, we met a new hair conditioning ingredient, ICE Hair Restore (aka Jeesperse ICE-T CPCS or EasyMix Smooth from Gracefruit) INCI: Cetearyl alcohol (and) behentrimonium chloride (and) polyquaternium 37. It doesn’t need to be heated and held to work, so it’s perfect for these ridiculously hot days when going into your workshop to formulate with … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part two with ICE hair restore
Is it possible to make hair conditioners without heating or holding? Why are you even asking this question? What madness is this, Swift? I bought this cold process hair conditioning ingredient – called Ice Restore at Making Cosmetics* – INCI: Cetearyl alcohol (and) behentrimonium chloride (and) polyquaternium 37 – that appears to be a product … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part one with ICE Hair Restore
I hate summer. I hate the heat, I hate the sun and the way sunscreen makes me break out, I hate the mosquitoes and having to smell like Off, I hate the humidity that makes my hair frizz uncontrollably, I hate sweating all day, and I hate that I complain so much about hating summer. … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Introduction
In the July Q&A on my Patreon feed, Doris asked: I fell down this particular rabbit hole because I wanted to duplicate a simple shampoo that I love. (It’s this shampoo – Dirty Girl Farm, Bamboo Shampoo.) I think the order of the ingredients is off, but according to the label they are: water, glycerin, … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: Can cocamidopropyl betaine be used as the only surfactant in a shampoo?
In yesterday’s post, we took a look at how we might use alcohol in a lotion. In today’s post, I thought I’d shared a few ways you could incorporate ethanol into your products. If you want to make something pH balanced for our skin, I know you can use Aristoflex AVC to make 50% ethanol gels. In … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: How to use alcohol in a lotion? (part two)