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 more
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
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...
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 more
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...
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...
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
In the August Q&A on Patreon, Anne asked: I am wondering why my room spray with citrus oils has turned orange. It smells perfectly fine and is preserved with 0.5% LGP. I recall you making a body wash with citrus that turned colour. Is it just a natural reaction you don’t need to worry about? … Read more
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
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