A few administrative things on the last Saturday in January

I’ve also been in bed this week with a horrible cold or a mild-to-medium flu, so I will do my best to respond to your messages and comments as I feel stronger. I am so sick of this cold/flu season! This is the second cold/flu I’ve had this year. I’m done now! (No, I didn’t...

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Can we substitute one ingredient for another in a product? Lotion bars

If you’re wondering if you can substitute one ingredient for another, check out first what the ingredients do in the product. What exactly does the ingredient do? Is it a surfactant, an emollient, a conditioning agent, an emulsifier, and so on? What does it bring to the product? What is its skin feel? Does it...

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Ingredient: Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is being used in cosmetic products as a moisture booster, preventer of moisture loss, humectant, and anti-inflammatory. It is an anionic polysaccharide that has great water binding activity that might work as an anti-wrinkle ingredient at low levels, like 0.1% to 2%. Hyaluronic acid is found in the middle spinous layer of...

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Ingredient: Olive oil unsaponifiables

Olive oil unsaponifiables (INCI: Olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables) are the unsaponifiable portion of olive oil that can be used in our products as an oil and ethanol soluble emollient, much in the way we’d use olive oil.  Use it the way you would any other oil, but especially where you want a light product,...

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How do I modify a recipe when I add or remove an ingredient?

Let’s take a look today at altering recipes as there have been a lot of questions about this lately. (Original post can be found here…) Let’s say I have this recipe from this post: SWIFT’S BASIC HAND LOTION FORMULA69.5% water15% oil5% butter3% cetyl alcohol or stearic acid6% Polawax1% fragrance oil0.5% liquid Germall Plus Please use...

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Weekday Wonderings: Can I include slippery elm or MSM in a leave in conditioner?

In this post, a very light leave in conditioner, Kelly asks: But in this conditioner could we add in slippery elm powder extract and msm powder? Slippery elm and marshmallow root are good to add slip to hair, saw some diy recipes on naturally curly of course they don’t include the honeyquat, preservatives, etc. this question...

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Weekend Wonderings: Do we need to make a complicated shampoo if we’re using a nice conditioner?

An administrative thing: Subscribing to posts doesn’t seem to work right now, so the easy solution is to make a comment and tick that you want to see follow up comments. Subscribing to the entire blog will not get you any of the comments. This only means you will get each day’s post by email....

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Weekend Wonderings: How do I organize information on my ingredients?

Sorry for the break in posting and in responding to comments, but it’s been a crazy week! I have a practicum student with me at work and I have more clients than normal, so when I get up I’m out the door and when I come home, I’m on the couch! A quick note: To...

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Essential oils aren’t magical!

I know it seems like they may be magical with all their wonderful qualities, but you can treat them as you would other ingredients. For instance, don’t measure them in drops. How do you know how much you’re using? Measure them by weight like you would any other ingredient. Check the suggested usage rate and...

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What do you want to know? Creating a setting lotion

I realized I didn’t address quite a few questions in last year’s post, What do you want to know?, so I thought I’d attempt to answer a few of them here and over the next few weeks. Wendy asked about making a setting lotion. I’m not sure if I can help here, but perhaps we...

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