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. … Read more

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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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 … Read more