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In yesterday’s post on cooling sprays, I used aloe vera 200x powder, which is a concentrated powdered extract that we can dissolve into water to make aloe vera. The easiest way to do it is this: Into a container, measure out 1 gram aloe vera 200x extract, add 198 grams of distilled water, and 1 … Read moreUsing 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in our products
On my Patreon feed, Laura asked: Question about botanical extracts: I want to avoid using liquid extracts because mane contain Phenoxyethanol and my clients DO NOT want it. Nor do they want Sodium Benzoate. There are not many available preserved with Leucidal Liquid. I do use some powdered extracts, but they tend to not dissolve, settle … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: How to include many extracts in a product? How to include powdered extracts? How to deal with the colour?
I wanted to share with you my new e-zine, Formulating with botanical extracts, part one. I’m sharing what I know about various extracts, including goji berry, willow bark, pumpkin seed, and more, including a ton of brand new recipes, including a few for a clay mask and a liquid blend you could add to it, … Read moreMy new e-zine: Formulating with botanical extracts, part one
I’m slowly working my way through the comments you’ve left me over the last few months, and I’ll be posting those I think would appeal to a larger audience over the next little while. If you have a question, please comment on a relevant post, regardless of how old it might be, and I’ll do … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Did my oil turn my lovely body butter brown?
As we saw in yesterday’s post and Tuesday’s post, we can use all kinds of lovely botanical extracts to take our facial cleansers from great to mega-super-lovely-awesome! If you followed the shopping list for this series, you would have purchased rosemary and chamomile for oily skin, chamomile and green tea for normal skin, and chamomile … Read moreNewbie Tuesday on Friday: Using botanical extracts in your facial cleansers (part three)
Let’s take a look at including some of those extracts about which I wrote yesterday in our cleanser recipes! You can modify any recipe you wish to include them: I’m using the one we modified on Tuesday with the aloe vera. If I wanted to create something for oily skin, my first thoughts are always … Read moreNewbie Tuesday on Thursday: Using botanical extracts in your facial cleansers (part two)
In this post, Creating a toner, Susan asks: To my question, which may seem obvious, but I just want to make sure. When you list a % for a botanical extract, such as chamomile or green tea extract, is that in the powdered form, before it is hydrated? So this recipe for toner would be 0.5% … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: How to use powdered extracts?
In this post, McKenzie asks: I hadn’t looked at many fruit extracts for my recipes before, but was recently intrigued by banana extract and a few other powdered yellow extracts that were described as pale yellow creamy powders by my supplier. The creamy texture and color with the obvious gaggle of benefits of each made … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Using extracts?