Member exclusive Q&A: Formulating a cleansing balm (part three, a few starting formulas)

In part one of this series, we evaluated the ingredient list for the Farmacy Green Clean makeup Meltaway cleansing balm. In part two, we considered a formula and substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients, like the emulsifiers. In this part, let’s try a few formulas to see what we think. I’ll be leaving out a number of the...

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Member exclusive duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil (part two)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Elin asked if we could duplicate the Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil? Sure! In yesterday’s post, we took a look what each ingredient might do in the product. Today, let’s take a look at how we might make a starting formula for this duplication by figuring out how...

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Member exclusive duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil (part one with asides)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Elin asked if we could duplicate the Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil? Sure! What does this product do? “This one-of-a-kind oil is our secret to hair’s silky perfection. Infused with argan oil, it helps nutrients seep into the hair shaft to protect each strand from styling heat and...

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

In the Patreon February 2018 Q&A, Thais asked: As I mentioned a couple of times before I’m really into making lovely serums and light lotions with cosmeceuticals. I received a few days ago, my bigger than intended order from Lotioncrafter and was “scared” of trying to play with some products, scared of mixing stuff wrong...

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Case study: Drake Apothecary and marketing claims

An article popped up on January 24th in one of the Facebook groups I frequent. “‘Why are all natural products illegal?’ Bolton business owner ‘outraged’ over recall,” the headline blared, and I had to read more. “Bolton business owner Michelle Marino says she is ‘outraged’ after having to pull an all-natural alternative to your average … Read more