Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (part four)

In part one and part two of this duplicating series, we took a look at each ingredient. In part three, we looked at what type of product this might be. Today, we’ll put together a prototype recipe.As I said yesterday, I’m using 1% Aristoflex AVC to create a cold emulsion for this product. We have...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (part three)

Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list for this product – part one and part two – and what each ingredient might do in the product. (Please visit those posts to see links for these ingredients.) Before we can create a prototype recipe, we need to answer a few questions.What kind of product...

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Formulas from the 2017 HSCG conference: Sweet almond & pomegranate oil anhydrous serum

I’ve had such great feedback on this serum, so I’m pleased as heck to share it with you. I’ll share the recipe with you today, then go into more detail about each ingredient over the next few days, including some of these new and exciting oils! My goal for any oil based facial serum is … Read more

Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (part two)

We took a look at the first part of the ingredient list yesterday. Let’s look at the rest of it today…Thermus thermophillus ferment: Sederma* has this ingredient, but I can’t get any information about it as it’s behind the UL Prospector wall of doom. It’s listed as a skin conditioning agent by Health Canada*. Unfortunately,...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (part one)

In the June duplicating thread, Charlette asked if we could duplicate Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. Let’s take a look at that product now.The first thing I do is obtain a complete ingredient list. Unfortunately, this is getting harder and harder as companies aren’t posting these on the web site, so we have to...

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Weekday Wonderings: Substitutes for parabens in an emulsified scrub?

In this post, One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in an emulsified scrub, Febe asks: Love the recipe. I am concerned about Phenonip and the parabens. As I see the INCI Phenonip is Phenoxyethanol (and) Methylparaben (and) Ethylparaben (and) Butylparaben (and) Propylparaben. It has parabens and I am trying to stay away from them. I see … Read more

Question from Patreon: How to include many extracts in a product? How to include powdered extracts? How to deal with the colour?

On my Patreon feed, Laura asked: Question about botanical extracts: I want to avoid using liquid extracts because mane contain Phenoxyethanol and my clients DO NOT want it. Nor do they want Sodium Benzoate. There are not many available preserved with Leucidal Liquid. I do use some powdered extracts, but they tend to not dissolve, settle … Read more

Weekday Wonderings: Can I use Sepimax ZEN to thicken a facial cleanser so I can include dermabrasion crystals?

In this post, Modifying the facial cleanser even more with hydrolyzed proteins, Jamil asked:  Could I substitute Sepimax ZEN for the Crothix in the cleanser for oily skin recipe and then add dermabrasion crystals to make it a scrub? If so at what Percentage? The crystals did not stay suspended with Crothix.  Yes! Sepimax ZEN can … Read more