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 more

Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (part two)

The other day, we reviewed the ingredient list for Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt with an eye to creating a prototype formula.The third step in duplicating is to figure out what’s important and what’s there for label appeal. Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Cocamide Mea, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (part three)

The other day, we reviewed the ingredient list for this product, and earlier today we reviewed it again to figure out what was important and the suggested usage levels for each ingredient. In this post, we’ll create a prototype formula for this product. I don’t have any hydrated silica in my workshop, so I’m leaving that...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (part one)

Since I seem to own every ingredient ever made for making bath & body products – I’m not kidding! – I’ve been playing with loads of your duplication requests, as you saw last month with the many Lush duplications.The first duplication I’d like to share with you this month is this one, Christophe Robin Cleansing...

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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 more

Question from Patreon: Does polyquaternium 10 have a shelf life? Is acetic acid or aspen bark extract a good preservative?

In the July Q&A on Patreon, Belinda asked: I have two questions…1) do you know if polyquaternium 10 has an expiration date? I’ve checked the website I bought it from (Personal Formulator) plus a couple more that sell it, and I’ve not seen anywhere if it does, indeed, expire. The reason I ask is because … Read more

Question from Patreon: What are these ingredients I found in DHC Deep Cleansing Oil?

In the July Q&A on Patreon, Jaime asked: Can you tell me your thoughts on the following three ingredients and if there is a natural substitute? sorbeth-30 tetraoleate (is this just an emulsifier), pentylene glycol (humectant?), stearyl glycyrrhetinate (?)  They seem to be simple ingredients but I’m wondering if they are used for something other … Read more