Member exclusive Q&A: Should we store our finished products in opaque containers or cool, dark places?

In the December Q&A, Christina asked: Hi Susan, was wondering between storing formulations in clear bottles, frosted and colored. Some ingredients say to store in a dark cool place. But if you’re only using 2-5% of the product, does that still apply? I have quite a few clear and frosted bottles that I haven’t used because...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Where do you source retinol? Is it possible to create a water soluble formula with peptides?

In the December Q&A section, Sharon asked: Where do you source retinol from? In addition, is it possible to just create a water soluble formula with peptides (and humectants) without oil and the need to emulsify. I am not a big fan of gels as they seem to leave a residue under my eyes. I would...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Why do I suggest starting with a stick blender, then moving to a hand mixer with some emulsifiers?

In the December Q&A, Terri asked: Thank you for the Flowers, Flowers & More Flowers Body Butter recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I noticed in the directions, you recommend starting with a stick blender but switching to a handheld to finish incorporating the water phase into the oil phase. Can you explain why?...

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Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (part four, the formula)

Okay, we’ve spent three long posts looking at the ingredients, so let’s get on with a starting formula for this Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleanser. (As a note, I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet, but I have it planned for later this week!) Catch up by reading part one, part two,...

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Member exclusive potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (part three)

On the 19th, we took a look at part one of the ingredient list for a potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk, then took a look at part two on the 20th. Today, let’s figure out how much of each ingredient to use so we can come up with a prototype formula....

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