Point of Interest: Preservatives!

I’m so happy when I hear people want to use preservatives, but a few questions have been posed to me lately that I thought required a blog post. Preservatives are ingredients we add to our products that contain water soluble ingredients or will be exposed to water. They prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, yeast,...

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Newbie Tuesday: Modifying your facial cleanser into a foamer bottle recipe

Two weeks ago we talked about adding chemical exfoliants in our cleansers: Today we’ll look at turning them into foaming facial products using these cute foamer bottles. Sorry for being a week late on this. As you know, things have been pretty awful around here and we’re still trying to figure out how to do...

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Subscriber exclusive: Shea Moisture retention shampoo (part four)

I made up the prototype recipe from the other day , but had to make a few changes because the pH was super high and the viscosity was low. Let’s look at the recipe, the process, then the alterations. I’ll put in bold the alterations I made in the recipe and process.As a note, I...

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplication of Shea Moisture Retention shampoo (part three)

Sorry for being a day late here, but my pH meter decided to play silly games with me and I couldn’t get it going until last night. I finally made the recipe from the previous post , but I’m not terribly happy with it. I had to reduce the pH pretty substantially, and had to...

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Subscriber exclusive: Shea Moisture retention shampoo (part two)

Yesterday we took a look at the ingredient list for this shampoo: Today we’ll create a prototype recipe based on the ingredients and how they interact. And tomorrow I’ll share with you how it felt using it in my shower and what I’ll be changing.If you’d like to see more detail about my duplicating process,...

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Subscriber exclusive: Shea Moisture retention shampoo (part 1)

Kirsten suggested that we take a look at Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo  as a potential duplication, so I thought we could take a look at the ingredient list to create a prototype recipe we can try. In part one, we’ll analyse the ingredient list to see what makes this product tick....

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New e-zine! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I’ve just put out my Christmas e-zine – It’s the most wonderful time of the year! – filled with all kinds of ideas for Christmas presents, like wax tarts, whipped butters, bath salts, lip balm, and more! (Click here for the table of contents! or click here to buy!) I put these e-zines or short e-books...

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Weekday Wonderings: Can we use Optiphen in sugar scrubs?

In this post – Preservative chart download – Susan asks: Help! Ok, I see your preservative chart and I read the Brambleberry interview regarding Optiphen. I also read the article- Optiphen revisited. I am confused as the chart was not updated. Bottom line: Can you use Optiphen in sugar scrubs? In this post, Optiphen revisited,...

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Weekday Wonderings: Why does the EU restrict the use of liquid Germall Plus?

In this post, Preservatives: Liquid Germall Plus, zignorp asks: I went to Lotioncrafter to order more liquid germall plus, and I notice that in the EU it’s restricted from being used in body lotion or body cream. Do you have any idea why that is?  I contacted Jen at Lotioncrafter, and she sent me so...

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Newbie Tuesday: Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser with chemical exfoliants in the form of powdered extracts

I know sometimes when people see the word “chemical” they stress out, but it shouldn’t! The word chemical only means “something that contains elements“, which is to say everything on earth. Your hair, your window, your cup of tea, arsenic, mushrooms – everything on earth is a chemical. So when we talk about chemical exfoliants,...

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