Reading ingredient lists: The 1% or miscellaneous category

I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at ingredient lists again for a moment to get an idea of where the miscellaneous category begins.  When we’re analyzing an ingredient list, it helps to know where the 1% section of the list comes in so we can figure out where they have used small … Read moreReading ingredient lists: The 1% or miscellaneous category

Weekend Wonderings: It’s not easy being green…

I’ve seen quite a few comments and e-mails recently from people asking about making products with greener ingredients, like this one from Lucy: I STILL (!) haven’t been able to make a shampoo with greenish ingredients that doesn’t irritate my scalp. Tried the taurates/ isethionate but when I tried decyl & coco betaine…not cleansing enough…help..what can … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: It’s not easy being green…

Weekend Wonderings: How do I research ingredients and make decisions about what ingredients to use?

In this post, Newbie links, Shawna asks: Is there a post on how/why you started making your own beauty products? If not I was just curious as to what started your journey. Just because… or did you want control over the ingredients in your skin care? I’ve noticed that you include some ingredients that are included in … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: How do I research ingredients and make decisions about what ingredients to use?

Why I’m all about evidence based information: This post on coconut oil from Salis Skincare

Why am I so obsessed with science? Why do I believe so much in posting references and studies for the things I write? Because without those things, we end up with posts like this one I found at Salis Skincare entitled Why I don’t ever use coconut oil on my face. Allow me to quote, … Read moreWhy I’m all about evidence based information: This post on coconut oil from Salis Skincare

What interests you? Can we make an anhydrous body butter that doesn’t block pores?

In the What interests you? post, Lucy asks: Is it possible to make an anhydrous body butter type product but that does not block pores? Would sucragel work?  Here’s the question – what does it mean to block pores? I think a general idea is that something is in the pore of your skin keeping it … Read moreWhat interests you? Can we make an anhydrous body butter that doesn’t block pores?

What interests you? How do lotions stay white when using all those extracts?

In the Still collecting your thoughts! post, Carl asks: How can the producers of cosmetics (ex. lotions) add all the different plant extracts to their formulas and still keep the product white without using titanium dioxide? Not all plant extracts are heavily coloured! Take a look at this container of green tea extract (oil soluble) from … Read moreWhat interests you? How do lotions stay white when using all those
extracts?