Are you really sensitive to that ingredient?

When we start making our products, we tend to have some preconceived notions we’ve developed after using commercial products all our lives. I preferred unscented Dove’s Sensitive Skin body wash because everything else made me break out. I have no idea what was in that or what was missing from it, but for some reason...

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Formulating for dry skin: Lower hydration levels

In an ideal world, we’d all live in climates with 40% to 60% humidity and a lot of cases of dry skin would go away. (And in that same ideal world, chocolate would be calorie free and people would treat intellectual pursuits the way they do sports, but I digress…) But we don’t, so we...

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Formulating for dry skin: Impaired skin barrier ingredients

As the goal of this blog is to set you on fire rather than handing you matches, I thought we’d take some time to look at the ingredients that might benefit dry to really dry skin.  What do we know about dry to really dry skin? We know that really dry skin probably has an...

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Formulating for dry skin: What is dry skin?

What does it mean to have dry skin? What might be causing it? What ingredients could you use in your products to help with this issue? Let’s take a look at these questions before we enjoy a few days of formulating for this skin type! What does it mean to have dry skin? (Original post from...

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Humectants: Panthenol – a closer look

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a fan of panthenol and use it in many different products. We see it a lot in hair care products, but I think it has a place in skin care products, especially those for dry or wounded skin. Allow me to share…...

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Humectants: Questions, questions, questions!

In this post about humectants, there have been quite a few comments I thought I would share with you, my wonderful readers! And since I’m currently planning a series on creating products for dry skin that relies heavily on the usage of humectants, this seems like a great way to start a series on those...

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Some thoughts on contamination and packaging

I’ve seen quite a few people lately talking about how they aren’t sure why their products went off given that they are almost obsessive about cleanliness, and I think part of the problem might be the open mouthed containers they are using. (Find the discussion in this recent post on cetyl alcohol as well as on...

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More about cetyl alcohol…

There’s been a very active discussion at this post on cetyl alcohol. Neither cetyl alcohol nor stearic acid are considered emulsifiers in any way. They are considered to be oil soluble ingredients, like our oils or butters. They have a required HLB value, meaning they have a value that helps you figure out how to...

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Shrinky Dinks are awesome! (And they didn’t attack my hair this time!)

Hey everyone! It’s been a crazy few weeks around here – it’s Spring Break right now for the kids and I’ve had another math midterm – and I hope things will get back to normal this weekend so I can start making, researching, and posting again! I miss you! I am trying to get to...

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Would you start a bakery using a Duncan Hines recipe?

As I stood making cupcakes this morning – it’s National Social Worker appreciation day this week some time, and my team at work decided we would send some treats over to our local social workers to appreciate them – I figured out the perfect metaphor for an issue that has been bothering me… I’m always...

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