A look back at 2017: My new favourite ingredients (part one)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve more than 400 new ingredients – not including micas, colourants, glitters, fragrance oils, or essential iols – including so many new surfactants, surfactant thickeners, cold lotion emulsifiers, conditioners, cationic polymers, preservatives, humectants, silicones, esters, oils, butters, extracts & hydrosols, proteins, cosmeceuticals & complexes, emulsifiers, and more, some of...

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These are a few of my favourite new ingredients in 2017 – part one

T I’ve more than 400 new ingredients – not including micas, colourants, glitters, fragrance oils, or essential iols – including so many new surfactants, surfactant thickeners, cold lotion emulsifiers, conditioners, cationic polymers, preservatives, humectants, silicones, esters, oils, butters, extracts & hydrosols, proteins, cosmeceuticals & complexes, emulsifiers, and more, some of which I have yet to inventory!...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Do we need to adjust the pH of conditioners we make?

In the December Q&A, Camirra asked: I have a question about needing to adjust the pH of conditoners that are made with Incroquat BTMS-50, BTMS-25 or behentrimonium chloride. I read previously on your blog that conditoners made with this ingredient dont need to be pH adjusted. I read on your post that hair products need to...

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Video: Final consistency of the conditioner

If you watched the video I posted earlier today, here’s a 30 second follow up to show you the consistency of the conditioner the next day. If you didn’t watch that video, you might find it interesting anyway....

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Member exclusive Q&A: Trouble shooting a Simulgreen 18-2 lotion

In the December Q&A on Patreon, Lesley asked: Hi Susan, just made a facial lotion with Simulgreen 18-2 and some of the oil keeps separating, only a portion. Did I not use enough? I did heat and hold for 20 minutes, mixed with a stick blender for a minute or 2, then I let it...

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Video & download: Making conditioners (from Facebook Live)

I’m so happy to share this video with you I did as a Facebook Live demonstration for the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild on December 27th, 2017. It’s unedited and runs 80 minutes, but I think it’s chock full of interesting information about hair care products as well as a demo on making conditioners and me staring...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Suggestions for a scalp refresher for low humidity levels?

In the December Q&A, Jennifer asked: Hi Susan, this time of year my scalp always goes absolutely crazy because the normal 70-90 percent humidity where I live drops to about 30! Itch and flake city! Do you have a good scalp treatment for the wintery scalp itches? I have looked around and see zinc and tea...

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A look back at 2017: The stats!

As we all do as December winds down, I’ve been thinking about this year. I posted 187 posts on the blog this year as of December 28th. (Some of these overlap the Patreon posts, and I don’t have the energy to figure out what is what, so I won’t calculate the word count for this...

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A look back at 2017: The stats

As we all do as December winds down, I’ve been thinking about this year. I posted 187 posts on the blog this year as of December 28th. (Some of these overlap the Patreon posts, and I don’t have the energy to figure out what is what, so I won’t calculate the word count for this...

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