Questions from Patreon: Retin A, retinols, and retinoids (part one)

In the August Q&A on Patreon, Mildred asked: Question pls: Can I use a glycolic toner followed by a Retin A cream? I read a blog that these two needs to be used on alternate days but I can’t seem to find that writing any more.  And Mercedes asked: I would like to know more … Read moreQuestions from Patreon: Retin A, retinols, and retinoids (part one)

Why did I buy that again? Hydroxyethylcelullose

If you are reading this on Blog Lovin’, please note they are exploiting my work without permission for their monetary gain. I have expressly forbidden them from using my written work, yet they continue to post it on their platform. I do not take advertising or sponsorship from anyone on this blog and make no … Read moreWhy did I buy that again? Hydroxyethylcelullose

The new e-zine: AHA, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C – Oh My!

If you’re a $10 Patreon subscriber for the month of August, look for the new e-zine, AHA, Salicylic Acid, and Vitamin C, Oh My!, starting today. It’s filled with all kinds of formulas for moisturizers, toners, gels, anhydrous gels, primers, and more, using these lovely ingredients. Take a look at the table of contents here. … Read moreThe new e-zine: AHA, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C – Oh My!

It’s too hot to craft: Summery floral gel

I’ve never really thought of myself as a floral kind of person, but it turns out I really love rose, rose geranium, and gardenias far more than I thought. This is what inspired this “It’s too hot to craft” summery floral gel using lovely hydrosols and waters gelled with Sepimax ZEN. I’ve been using this … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Summery floral gel

Using 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in our products

In yesterday’s post on cooling sprays, I used aloe vera 200x powder, which is a concentrated powdered extract that we can dissolve into water to make aloe vera. The easiest way to do it is this: Into a container, measure out 1 gram aloe vera 200x extract, add 198 grams of distilled water, and 1 … Read moreUsing 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in our products

Using 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in our products

In yesterday’s post on cooling sprays, I used aloe vera 200x powder, which is a concentrated powdered extract that we can dissolve into water to make aloe vera. The easiest way to do it is this: Into a container, measure out 1 gram aloe vera 200x extract, add 198 grams of distilled water, and 1 … Read moreUsing 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in our products

It’s too hot to craft: Peppermint & chamomile cooling spray

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you probably already know how much I hate the heat and how much I love cooling sprays. I love to create these combinations of humectants and film formers and things that make my skin less angry with the world during the summer. So let’s take … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Peppermint & chamomile cooling spray

Weekend Wonderings: What’s making my lotion sticky? (part two)

Yesterday, we took a look at a formula submitted by BrNy to see what could be making her lotion sticky. Today, we’ll see what we can do to reduce that skin feel. Here’s the ingredient list again: Glycerin, resveratrol, n-acetyl glucosamine, water, sea kelp bioferment, niacinamide, dl-panthenol, allantoin, liquid Germall Plus, fractionated coconut oil, and … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: What’s making my lotion sticky? (part two)

Weekend Wondering: What’s making my lotion sticky? (Part one)

In this post, Aristoflex AVC – light lotion with NAG, ceramides, and quaternized rice, BrNy asked: I know this is an old-ish post but thought I’d try my luck anyway. I made this lotion based off of a recipe I saw at Lotioncrafter.com but added NAG at 4% and subtracted 4ml of water (I made … Read moreWeekend Wondering: What’s making my lotion sticky? (Part one)

It’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part four with ICE Hair Restore

Last Monday, we met a new, cold process conditioner I bought from Making Cosmetics called Ice Hair Restore (aka Gracefruit’s EasyMix Smooth or Jeesperse CPCS). Last Tuesday, we made a hair conditioner with it, then modified that on Wednesday into a more intense conditioner my best friend coined the Pineapple Express Intense Conditioner. Let’s modify … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part four with ICE Hair Restore