Sunscreens

Yep, it’s that time of year again (at least in the Northern Hemisphere)! It’s time to buy buckets of sunscreen and make sure Mr. Sun doesn’t make us all red and unhappy! We definitely need to be wearing sunscreen!There are two types of sunscreen ingredients – physical blockers and chemical blockers. The physical blockers are titanium...

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Shampoo: Making a 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo (dry hair)

If you’re a dry haired girl, a 2-in-1 shampoo is probably a bad idea. It simply won’t offer all the conditioning and moisturizing you want in a product and might make your hair feel really awful. But it’s not for me to judge what is right for your hair, so here’s a modification to the...

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Question: Polysorbate 20 vs. polysorbate 80

Anonymous posted this question in this post: What’s the difference between polysorbate 80 & 20? Polysorbates are ethoxylates of fatty acids esterified with anhydrosorbitol. Polysorbate 20 is a polyoxyethylene derivative of sorbitan monolaurate whereas polysorbate 80 is a polyoxyethylene derivative of sorbitan and oleic acid. And as much as I love chemistry, I realize this really...

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Question: Can you use cetrimonium chloride in a shampoo?

Lalla asks in this post: Can I use cetrimonium chloride in a shampoo? Yes! (Well, that was easy, eh?) But wait, there’s more! Cetrimonium chloride plays well with surfactants, so it’s a great inclusion in a conditioning shampoo (especially one for very tangly hair) and it removes silicones well, so it’s a great inclusion in a...

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Shampoo: Making a 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo (normal to oily hair)

I admit I’m not the biggest fan of the all in one kind of product – but then again, I have long, coarse hair that likes some serious conditioning without oils, so who am I to talk? – but we can make one by modifying yesterday’s daily use shampoo with only a few tweaks! Someone...

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Question: How does Lush use fresh fruit in their products?

Anonymous posted this comment: My interest in you replicating the lush bar is that I was hoping you could explain what exactly is implied when they list ingredients such as “fresh kiwi” or “fresh bananas”. I’ve never understood how you could include fresh fruit in preservative free conditioner bar. For a company that goes on...

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Shampoo: Strengthening shampoos

I am noticing a real trend in advertising shampoos as “strengthening” your hair. (I’m looking at you L’Oreal and Herbal Essences). What exactly does this mean? How does a shampoo strengthen? Well, it doesn’t. (I kinda of covered this topic in my post on L’Oreal’s EverStrong shampoo…) Using the right kinds of surfactants in the right...

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Shampoo: Creating a daily use shampoo

How does a daily use shampoo differ from a not-daily use shampoo? A daily use shampoo is intended to be used every day, whereas a regular shampoo would be used every 3 to 4 days. It will contain about half the amount of surfactants in a normal shampoo because we don’t want to strip away...

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Question: Can you substitute laureth-3 for laureth-4?

Anonymous asked…Can i replace Laureth-4 for Laureth-3? I’m trying to do up a oil shower gel & i’m using MIPA –Laureth Sulfate as the suractant…Great question! Let’s take a look at what laureth-4 is, then figure out if it can be substituted by laureth-3. Laureth-3 and -4 are ethers, subcategory alkoxylated alcohols. They are non-ionic...

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Shampoo: A conditioning shampoo with SCI for normal to oily hair.

I did mention my love of SCI, right? With a few small modifications, we can alter the recipe intended for dry hair for normal to oily haired girls who love SCI as much as I do! First off, make sure you are using the SCI without stearic acid – the granules like Jordapon prilled contain...

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