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

Thank to everyone…and a special offer if you subscribe this month.

As a thank you to my lovely subscribers on Patreon at the $10 level, I’m offering you your choice of 2 e-zines (your choice) or any one of my e-books (again, your choice) as my thank you for your kindness and support over the last year! If that wasn’t incentive enough, you also get a … Read moreThank to everyone…and a special offer if you subscribe this month.

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 moreWeekday Wonderings: Substitutes for parabens in an emulsified scrub?

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

Weekend Wonderings: Can when and how we mix have an impact on an emulsion?

In this post, Weekend Wonderings, Melinda says: I had something interesting happen when I used BTMS 25 in my lotion. In my first batch of lotion this week, I accidentally let the temperature to both water and oil get down to 45˚C. When I added the water to the oil, it immediately thickened up to … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Can when and how we mix have an impact on an emulsion?

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

Weekday Wonderings: Can I use BTMS-25 in a solid conditioner? Why isn’t my BTMS melting?

In the post, Solid conditioner bar: The recipe, Christine asked: I made your conditioner bar that included everything except for the dimethicone. Turned out wonderful! I love it–but pricey because of the BTMS 50. Instead of using 60%, I was thinking of using 30% BTMS 50 and 40% BTMS 25. I’ve read your blog about substituting … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Can I use BTMS-25 in a solid conditioner? Why isn’t my BTMS melting?

Weekday Wonderings: Can we make hydrolyzed silk at home? How can I harden foaming bath butter?

In this post, Better living through chemistry: Hydrolyzed proteins, Nancy asks: Is it possible to hydrolyze tussah silk at home? I have the silk fibers and put them in my sodium hydroxide lye solution when making soap. They dissolve. How is silk hydrolyzed? Heat and an acid?? Do you have any ideas?  The short answer … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Can we make hydrolyzed silk at home? How can I harden foaming bath butter?

My new e-zine: Formulating with botanical extracts, part one

I wanted to share with you my new e-zine, Formulating with botanical extracts, part one. I’m sharing what I know about various extracts, including goji berry, willow bark, pumpkin seed, and more, including a ton of brand new recipes, including a few for a clay mask and a liquid blend you could add to it, … Read moreMy new e-zine: Formulating with botanical extracts, part one