Member exclusive Q&A: Can I leave essential or fragrance oils out of formulas?

In the February Q&A, Sima asked: I am very sensitive to smell and get migraines. I use Kevin Murphy shampoo as it is the only shampoo that I find that doesn’t give me a headache. But I want to make my own shampoo and conditioners so I would love your advice on essential oils and fragrances....

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?

In the February Q&A, Doris asked: I have a number of friends who are vegan and I would like to find panthenol that is strictly plant-based. Apparently, it can come from plants, honey, or meat. So far, I’ve had no luck finding a supplier for vegan panthenol (there’s no mention of the source at the places...

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(Member exclusive) Ingredient: Coco caprylate

We met this ingredient a few years ago, but I didn’t go into much detail, which is kind of weird as I often go into too much detail. Let’s take another look at coco caprylate.. Coco caprylate is an ester of “coconut alcohol, caprylic, and capric acid”, in other words, a fatty alcohol derived from coconuts...

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(Member exclusive) Ingredient: Propanediol 1,3 (humectant)

Propanediol 1,3 is an interesting humectant, meaning it draws water from the atmosphere to your skin or hair to offer hydration. It has fast become my favourite humectant as it has such a dry, powdery skin feel with no tackiness that can be used in just about any product that contains water. It’s derived from...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part two)

In part one of this question we reviewed Thais’s formula and did a little thinking. Today, let’s look at a few ingredients we could add to her product to make it more moisturizing or hydrating. Thais wrote to note that she used 10% hyaluronic acid gel (it contains 0.1% hyaluronic acid), so we need to...

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Check out the reward for $10 Patreon subscribers this month!

As you probably know, I’ve been down for most of the month with searing muscle spasms that make it hard to sit up, and although I’ve been working on a new e-zine, it isn’t ready yet. To that end, I’m offering every $10 Patreon subscriber the e-zine of their choice, which you can find in...

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