Potential duplication for Lush’s Ocean Salt exfoliating body & face scrub (part three, another prototype formula)

On Sunday, we took a look at the ingredient list for this product, and earlier today we created a simply awful formula for the base lotion. Let’s try this all again.I was on the right track with the break down of ingredients, so I decided I would do something a bit wacky – I’ll double...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication for Lush’s Ocean Salt exfoliating scrub (part two, prototype recipe)

Yesterday we took a look at the ingredients for Lush’s Ocean Salt face & body scrub. Today, let’s create a prototype formula.Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Fresh Grapefruit Infusion (Citrus Paradisi), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Stearic Acid, Fresh Organic Lime Extracted in Vodka (Citrus aurantifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Avocado Butter (Persea gratissima),...

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Question from Patreon: How to use alcohol in a lotion? (part one)

On my Patreon feed page, Albert asked: If I wanted to make an after shave balm which includes some alcohol in it, my questions are: 1. In which of the 3 phases (water, oil, cool down) should I add it?2. In terms or ratios, does the alcohol count as part of the water or the oil...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Lush’s Ocean Salt face and body scrub (part one)

As we wind down this month of duplicating Lush products, let’s take a look at the Ocean Salt face & body exfoliating scrub* as suggested by Earl in July’s duplicating post.First step is always to get the ingredient list. As I mentioned previously, unfortunately, Lush doesn’t include the INCI names on their websites, so it’s...

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Subscriber exclusives: Potential duplication of Lush’s Godiva shampoo bar (part two)

Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list for this product. Today, we’ll take a look at a potential formula.Eep, I’m a bit of a scatter brain right now. This was supposed to show up the other day, and I just noticed I filed it to “drafts” and not “schedule”.  We’ll start with sodium...

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Lush’s main emulsifier: Stearic acid and triethanolamine

One of the companies I’m asked most about is Lush, and their products are the most requested duplications on my Patreon subscription page. (This month I duplicated the Tea Tree Water Toner, the Jumping Juniper shampoo bar, the Godiva shampoo bar, and the Ocean Salt, which appears tomorrow.) I know the most visited duplication on this...

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Questions from Patreon: When can you tinker with a finished product?

On my Patreon feed, Sally asked: Under what circumstances can you tinker with a “finished” product? For example, a batch of shampoo isn’t as foamy as I like. Can I melt some SCI and add it after the fact? Or can I make a large batch of lotion and then divide it and add separate...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Lush’s Godiva shampoo bar (part one)

As you may have read, I’ve been trying to duplicate a Lush shampoo bar using sodium coco sulfate in place of the sodium lauryl sulphate. I tried making the Jumping Juniper bar, but the pH was far too high, so I thought I’d try one that would allow me to alter the pH a little...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar (part two)

 We’ve reviewed the ingredient list and the potential ingredients we might use, so let’s take a look at the potential formula…POTENTIAL DUPLICATION OF LUSH’S JUMPING JUNIPER SHAMPOO BAR USING SCS HEATED WATER PHASE 5% lavender hydrosol 5% rosemary hydrosol 1% propylene glycol SCS PHASE 87.6% sodium coco sulfate COOL DOWN PHASE 0.5% liquid Germall Plus...

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Questions from Patreon: Why are you adding protein and panthenol into the heated water phase?

On my Patreon feed, Jennifer asked:  I saw (and like) the recipe you posted on the facial lotion (rosehip/calendula), and saw that you put the protein and panthenol in the hot water phase.  Most of your earlier posts put these two in the cool down phase.  Does it matter which phase?   It does and...

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