Newbie Tuesday: Gels, gels gels! Lavender & chamomile oil free gel moisturizer for normal skin types

You shared your opinion here, by e-mail, and on my new Facebook page for the blog, so we’ll be spending a few more weeks on creating gelled products with Ultrez 20 and Sepimax ZEN.  Last week we took a look at adapting a toner to become a gelled toner by incorporating Ultrez 20 into your recipe....

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplicating the Deva Curl No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser (part three

Thanks for joining me for part three of this duplication. Please check out parts one  and part two  to see how we arrived at this theoretical recipe!To complete the recipe, we need to figure out how much water we need. As every recipe should equal 100%, we add up all the ingredients, then subtract from...

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Subscriber special: Duplicating the Deva Curl No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser (part two)

We took a look at the first two steps of duplicating a product for the named product above  – what a long name – so let’s take a look at steps three and four.Step three: Figure out what’s really important in the product  Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Laureth-4, Vitis...

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplicating Deva Curl No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser

In the September duplicating post , Dora asked if we could take a look at duplicating the Deva Curl No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser*. (Wow, that’s one long name!) Sure! Let’s see what this product is all about!Two points of interest before we start: One, I really do pay attention to every...

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New e-zine: Winter skin care products

Wow, there’s been such a great response to the Green & Natural Emulsifiers e-zine! Thank you so much! Part two will be coming at some point this year, I promise! I’ve just put out my new e-zine on making and adapting skin care products for winter, which you can buy here or on my e-books...

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Newbie Tuesday: Gels, gels, gels! Making a gelled toner with Ultrez 20

Last week, we met our gelling agents – Ultrez 20, a carbomer that has to be neturalized with something like triethanolamine or 18% lye, and Sepimax Zen, a pre-neutralized polymer. We’ll play with Ultrez 20 this week and Sepimax Zen next week. There are two ways to make something with Ultrez 20: You can add...

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Updated oil comparison charts for download

I’ve finally amalgamated all the information I have on oils into one handy dandy little chart for download as a PDF file. I’ll have this permanently linked in the side bar and in the emollients section of the blog. I’m sad I have to say this out loud, but considering the recent plagiarism I’ve had...

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Newbie Tuesday (on Wednesday): Gels, gels, gels! An introduction to Sepimax ZEN

We took a look at how to use Ultrez 20 yesterday, so let’s take a look at using Sepimax ZEN in our gelled products today. Sepimax ZEN (INCI: Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6) is a pre-neutralized polymer we can use to create thick gels without having to do a lot of mixing. It works well with electrolytes, so...

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Newbie Tuesday: Gels, gels gels! An introduction to Ultrez 20

I do love playing with gels. I can thicken a toner, make an eye gel, create a new facial cleanser, formulate an after sun gel with aloe, and so on. Let’s take a look at two ingredients I’ve been using a lot to make gels lately – Ultrez 20 and Sepimax ZEN. ULTREZ 20 (INCI: Acrylates/C10-30...

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Weekend Wonderings: How can you incorporate a preservative into a shampoo bar?

In this post, Liquid Germall Plus, Irina asks: Could you be so kind to show us the process itself, how do you incorporate a preservative in to solid conditioners and shampoo bars, please? Preservatives are heat sensitive, but bars are getting had, not pourable way before 40 C, how do you manage to put the...

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