Member exclusive Q&A: What’s the recommended pH range for hair care products?

In the December Q&A on Patreon, Marta asked: What is the lowest recommended pH for hair care products?  I’ve made your Varisoft EQ65 Basic Conditioner (Shiny Things, Volume 1; pg 30) twice (plus other ingredients of course).  (Yes, Varisoft EQ 65 is incredible.  I plan on using it in all conditioners from now on.)  Without...

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Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (part two)

In yesterday’s post, we started our review of the ingredients for the Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk. Let’s continue! Water (Aqua), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium capitatum) Floral Water*, Kaolin, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil*,  Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) Fruit Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sunflower...

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Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (part one)

In the October duplicating post, Heather asked if we could duplicate Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk. Sure, why not? This seems like a very nice, mild cleanser full of all kinds of lovely extracts! The first step in my duplicating process is to get a complete ingredient list. Water (Aqua), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium capitatum)...

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Duplication of Oilless Oil™ Purified Squalane Treatment by Peter Thomas Roth

I thought I’d share my duplication of Oilless Oil™ Purified Squalane Treatment by Peter Thomas Roth with you. Buy some squalane. Put it in a bottle with a dropper, if you wish. You’re done. Yep, it’s 100% squalane in that pretty little bottle, and they’re charging you $31.22 for 1 ounce or 30 ml. I … Read more

Member exclusive Q&A: Why are we using l-ascorbic acid in an oil based serum? Can it be used with niacinamide?

In the December Q&A, Carol asked: In regards to the Vitamin Packed Facial Serum found in your latest e-zine, if l-ascorbic acid is water soluble, how does it do in an oil serum?  The product I have is about the consistency of sand (not very soft) and I’m trying to find ways to use it up....

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Share your thoughts: How do you keep track of your formulas?

In the December Q&A, Terri asked: My question is about recipe management and keeping ingredient inventories low but adequate to cover a given time period. I have been using a digital cooking app called Living Cookbook to create recipes and ingredients because it allows me to quickly scale them and create a shopping list when … Read more

Mark your calendars: I’m doing a Facebook Live for HSCG members on December 27th at 1 pm (PST)

I’m super excited to be offering a Facebook live event in the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild members’ discussion group December 27th at 1 pm PST (4 pm EST) on hair care products! I’m offering a live demonstration on making conditioners as well as taking your questions. What a great way to end the year, … Read more

Member exclusive Q&A: What can I do with hydrogenated butters?

In the December Q&A on Patreon, Connie asked: I am back in my crafting space and trying to figure out why I bought some of the ingredients on my workbench.  Like rosehip butter and coffee butter……what on earth do I want to use them for? and why did I buy them lol…..I have not seen...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Can we use Dead Sea salts in our lotions?

In the December Q&A post, Ana asked: Is it possible to dissolve Dead Sea salt in water and use that water in the aqueous phase to make a cream or lotion?  Yes, and no. According to this MSDS, you could dissolve up to 60 grams Dead Sea salts in 100 ml or 100 grams water at...

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