Formulating a creamy foamer facial cleanser

I love foamer bottles and I love lime green, so you know this bottle is a winning combination! And I love SCI – but can you use it in a foamer bottle? Yes! (I know! I was shocked, too!) I set out to create a foaming face wash filled with all kinds of interesting and…...

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Mother’s day is almost here!

If you’re in North America, you know Mother’s Day is this Sunday! I love holidays like this. Much like birthdays, it’s a chance to celebrate someone you love by offering up presents and good food and spend a little time together. So what are you making for your mom or maternal figure this week? My…...

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Neutrogena Oil-Free Cream Cleanser with Salicylic Acid

Let’s take a look at a facial cleanser intended for acne prone skin, Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Cream Cleanser with Salicylic Acid (2%). Water: Necessary and welcome. Our solvent. Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate: We know this is a great surfactant for oily skin. Cocamidopropyl betaine: The amphoteric surfactant that increases mildness and viscosity. Cetearyl alcohol & stearyl…...

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Modifying the cream cleanser for normal to oily skin

Yep, us normal to oily types can use a cream cleanser with some modifications. If you have normal skin, I’d leave out the stearic acid and avoid the SCI containing stearic acid as it really is too moisturizing for your skin type. You can choose from a variety of surfactants – SMC or SMO taurate…...

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The importance of preservatives

I found this little video on Cosmeticsinfo.org and thought I would share it with you! (Click on the “Importance of Preservatives” video on the right hand side.) Even though the mould appears in splotches on day 8, there’s a lot of contamination going on that we can’t see in the days beforehand. Yes, I know…...

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Formulating a cream cleanser for dry skin

I like cream cleansers. They feel really nice on our skin going on and we don’t generally get that annoying tightness after rinsing. But they don’t tend to play nicely with oily skin because of all those wonderful re-fatteners and oil based moisturizers. If you have dry skin, you’re in luck, though! If you have…...

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Formulating a creamy exfoliating cleanser for oily or sensitive skin types!

If you want a creamy exfoliating facial cleanser, but think yesterday’s recipe won’t agree with your skin, let’s see how we can modify this for other skin types! Oily skin: The jojoba esters may work for you if you have resistant skin, so you can keep those in if you like, although olive oil esters…...

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Formulating for your skin type: Creamy exfoliating facial cleanser with jojoba beads

My best friend has normal to slightly oily skin, and together we formulated this exfoliating jojoba bead facial cleanser as a once-to-a-few-times-a-week cleanser to help moisturize her skin when she doesn’t feel like using a moisturizer. This recipe is good for dry to normal type skin. The cleanser itself didn’t take a really good picture…...

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Yarrow craft group: Melt & pour soap

I hope you enjoyed making melt & pour soap today! I’m sure you can see the possibilities for making your own soap molds using silicone ice cube trays, chocolate molds, and containers from around the house. If you are interested in melting & pouring at home, click here for the instructions from today’s class! If…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Facial cleansers

Cleansing our skin is vital, and using surfactants can irritate the heck out of any skin type, but dry skin is particularly susceptible to stripping of oils when using detergent based cleansers. You can even get away without using surfactants if you have very dry skin (my mom hasn’t used anything except water on her…...

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