Digest for March 24th to March 31st, 2018

As I announced on my Facebook page for the blog and on my own page, I’ve had to cancel my attendance at the HSCG conference in Atlanta in May due to my ongoing health problems related to these horrible muscle spasms. I’m so sorry about this. I’m devastated I can’t attend as I have put...

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Discussion: How do you learn?

People ask me all the time how I manage to keep all the stuff I know in my brain, and the short answer is that I’ve deleted anything related to cleaning, tidying, or generally not being a slob to make more room for cosmetic chemistry fun. ? I paid my way through university the first...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part six – analyzing another formula

We’ve been taking a look at cosmeceuticals trying to answer the question – how much is too much when it comes to using or combining cosmeceuticals. Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmeceutical? Part two – categories What’s a cosmeceutical? Part three – things to consider when...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part five – the formula

Over the last few days, we’ve been looking at cosmeceuticals to find some kind of answer to the question – what’s the limit on using these kinds of active ingredients? Yesterday, we looked at some ingredients we might like to use together to see if they were compatible. They were, so let’s take a look...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part four – considering a formula

Let’s analyze a potential formula here to see if I can include all the ingredients I want. In yesterday’s post, we set out a list of things to consider when making something, and I’ll review that after we consider all our products… If I were to make an oil free gel for my rosacea prone skin,...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part three – things to consider when formulating

Two days ago, we started this review of cosmeceuticals by looking at different definitions. Then yesterday, we established different categories for these ingredients. Let’s continue this discussion… Here’s the problem with these categories: They can be a bit vague. What does anti-aging mean? It means that something might treat the signs of aging, like age spots, hyperpigmentation, fine...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? Part two – categories

We spent a great deal of time trying to define the idea of “cosmeceutical” and “active” in this post, so let’s get to the next parts of the questions posed in my October Q&A on Patreon. Michelle asked: I am wondering what exactly is considered an ‘active’ ingredient, and if there is a maximum percentage recommended for...

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(Member exclusive) Potential duplication of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (part two)

Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list and thought about what each ingredient might do in an oily cleansing product like this one. Today, let’s take a look at the list to see what we really need, then how much we might need in a potential formula. Step three: Consider what’s important and...

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(Member exclusive) Potential duplication of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (part one) (updated)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Kathy FK asked if we could duplicate Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Sure, we can give it a try! What does the company say about this product? “Begin with dry hands and a dry face. Apply 1-2 pumps into the palm of your hand and massage onto face, including...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? Part one – definitions

As a note, I started this series on Patreon in late October, but really wanted to add to it over on the new blog, so I’ll be posting the nine parts here over the next week or so… In the October Q&A on Patreon, Michelle asked: I am loving the latest e-zines with all the lovely cosmeceuticals....

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