Members’ Q&A: Using different weights of hyaluronic acid? How to use sodium carbomer powder?

In the April Q&A, Sarah asked: I bought some sodium carbomer (powder, from Lotioncrafter) because I don’t yet have a pH meter, and liked the idea of something I didn’t need to neutralize. I have found one instance of you using Sodium Carbormer, in your recipe for cream-gel in your Cosmeceuticals vol. 2 e-zine; you recommend...

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Members’ Q&A: Tips or tricks for using glyceryl caprylate/caprate?

In the April Q&A, Kirsten asked: Hey here’s a question…have you played with glyceryl caprylate caprate? I am considering playing with it, and wondered if you had any insights, or “for the love of God…don’t do ——-” lol. I haven’t used this ingredient, so let’s take a look at some of the things I found out...

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How to log into the blog for members’ only posts and find e-zines or e-books. Please read this as it has a lot of information.

Okay, so here’s how to log into the blog! If you have an account with the blog, click the membership tab in the menu above, and look at your membership account.  Or can log in via your account under “buy courses & e-books” to find your membership account and e-zines/e-books you have under your name....

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Discussion: What have you made and incorporated into your daily routine?

I remember the moment when I realized I made most of what I used in a day. I washed my hair with a shampoo bar, conditioned with a conditioner bar, detangled with a leave in, and defrizzed with a silicone spray. I used my own body wash, emulsified body scrub, foot scrub bar, facial cleanser,...

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Members’ Q&A: How to administer tests on emulsions for stability?

In the April Q&A, Tash asked: I like mucking about with things to see if I can break them. I’ve done it previously by deliberately contaminating my emulsified sugar scrub with bread, fish tank water etc to see how well the preservative system held up. So I was interested to read about the freeze-thaw test in the...

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Members’ Q&A: Formulating an oil free moisturizer? And a huge aside on polarity and solubility

In the April Q&A, Kelly asked: I’m looking through some of the prior ezines as I need to create an oil free body moisturizer. I’m planning to start fake baking, spray tanning! All recommendations point out that to get lasting results, and less streaking etc, that an oil free moisturizer is best suited. If you have...

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Members’ Q&A: Adding slip and glide to lotion bars?

In the April Q&A, Gabriella asked: I’m trying to make a lotion bar; however, the product doesn’t glide on smooth like a lip balm would. It bunches in my skin (like in the picture) and the product goes on the side of my container tube making it messy to put the cap on. Should I increase...

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$10 members – the e-zine is here!

My best friend pointed out to me that “writing has always been healing and therapy” for me, which might explain why this month’s e-zine is a whopping 70 pages. (If this were a novel, my almost 27,000 words would be something like 125 pages.) I started writing and writing and writing, and stopped when I...

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Members’ Q&A: Formulating a dry oil spray?

In the April Q&A, Laura asked: I’m wondering if there is a recipe on the site anywhere for a dry oil spray or if it’s simply Cyclomethicone with some fragrance oil in it? I did try searching but my words ‘dry oil’ only turn up things for dry skin, I can’t find an actual recipe so...

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Members’ Q&A: Does Sepimax ZEN feel sticky? Adding an emulsifier to a cleansing oil?

In April’s Q&A, Mercedes asked: Hey Susan! I have a question, I have both Sepimax Zen and Sepinov EMT 10 and I noticed when I made a gel serum and an eye gel with the ZEN, it’s really sticky or tacky on my skin for a while after putting it on. Is it supposed to be...

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