Why did I buy that? Banana fruit extract

I love bananas! They feel like a very silly fruit, all yellow and bendy, and they taste great. With high levels of potassium and Vitamin A, I try to eat one every single day! I’ve been playing around with powdered banana fruit extract lately, so I thought I’d share my thoughts! Banana fruit extract (INCI...

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Why did I buy that? Malic acid

Malic acid (aka hydroxybutanedioic acid) is an interesting ingredient. It’s considered an alpha hydroxy acid found in things like apples and grapes. It was first isolated in apple juice, and we find a lot of it in unripe fruits, which is what gives those fruits the tartness we associate with lack of ripeness. Alpha hydroxy acids...

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Why did I buy that fruit extract? Apple!

How many cliches do we have about apples and health? An apple a day can keep the doctor away. Powersauce helps you unleash the power of apples!* Umm, okay, that’s all I can think of at the moment, but you have to admit, there are few things that seem as wholesome as apples. We can...

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Why did I buy that fruit extract? Strawberry

Happy first day of summer! I guess there’s no better way to celebrate summer than to talk about fruit! Fruit extracts offer so much to our products – phytosterols, polyphenols, vitamins, flavonoids, and anti-oxidants – and they sound lovely on a label! Just think about it for a moment. Peaches and cream, raspberries & apricot, strawberry...

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Junk Science

I followed a link from the Dish to a blog post at Dot & Lil’s blog and arrived at this article by Joseph Schwarcz in the Financial Times written for Junk Science week called “That Lipstick on his collar is safe“, which is Dr Joe’s response to the Dirty Looks book (which I haven’t read, for...

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Why did I buy that again? Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, decyl glucoside, phytokeratin, and esters

In the why did I buy that post (either this one or the other), I’ve noticed requests for ingredients for which I’ve already written posts. So here are a few posts you might have missed… Decyl glucoside (click, and scroll down a bit) is a very mild non-ionic cleanser that works well as both a...

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I’m back (in Pog form)!*

This has been one annoying cold. I lie down and I think, hey, I’m feeling good, let’s go do somewhere or do something! Then I sit up and a few minutes later I’m feeling quite tired. I don’t think it’s a cold, though. I have some congestion, but it’s mostly just exhaustion, headache, backache, muscle...

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Why did I buy that again? SCS-CAB blend – recipe ideas!

I love working with surfactants and I thought I’d offer a few recipes in which you could include SCS-CAB blend. I haven’t made these actual creations myself as I don’t have any SCS-CAB blend and using SCS and CAB in a recipe won’t have the same effect, but I have no hesitation in sharing them...

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This is why we don’t get to have nice things

The Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup. Cue the riots. Cue the idiots standing in front of a flaming car throwing horns while their friend takes a picture with his smart phone. Cue the tipped over port-a-potties and destruction of the windows and looting at The Bay on the corner of Georgia and Granville. And...

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No post today!

I hate colds! I turn into a grumpy, whiny, snivelling mess unfit for human consumption! For this reason, I shall likely be post-less for the next few days. I realize this last month or so has been really chaotic, but it's almost back to normal. If you, my wonderful readers, can indulge me for another...

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