Subscribers’ Q&A: Using more than 5% niacinamide? Making a Pepha Tight formula?

In the May Q&A, Csoap asked: 1. I know Niacinamide isn’t recommended over 5-6%, but want about combining in application? I have 2 products I love that have 4% each. I sometimes use them together. I haven’t seen flushing but my skin turnover is amazing! But this combo can cause flushing, correct? If you use too...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: What the heck is this and what can I do with it? Inulin

In the May Q&A, firegirl asked: I bought some inulin as I saw it sold on a supplier site. It says it replace quats in a more environmental way. Has anyone tried this? What is inulin? It’s a polysaccharide that can behave as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and surfactant. (This post) They “have a sweet taste and are present in...

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Potential duplication of L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (part three)

On Monday, we reviewed the ingredient list of this anhydrous facial serum. Yesterday, we reviewed the list to see what was important and how much of ingredient to use. Today, let’s see how we can create a potential formula. Okay, we have an idea of how we’ll make this duplication with all those oils, but...

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Potential duplication of L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (part two)

Yesterday, we reviewed the ingredient list for this anhydrous serum. The next step is to figure out what needs to be in here to make the product work and what’s there for label appeal. Ingredient list: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Octyldodecanol – Coco-Caprylate/Caprate – Squalane – Borago Officinalis Seed Oil...

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test post for the followers

This post is just a test for our WordPress.com followers to see how much of the post they can see in a Subscriber exclusive post. In fact you will find this first paragraph is about 73 words long and should stretch the limits of any summaries of this page. If you start seeing latin then...

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Who is Chris Veitch and why is he emailing you?

I didn’t realize some of you could receive emailed notices when posts were published on this blog, but those of you who do may be wondering, “Who is Chris Veitch and why am I receiving so many messages from him?” Chris is a wonderful young man from our youth programs who’s helping is move posts...

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Potential duplication of L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (part one)

When I was working on the potential duplication of L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream (part one), I noticed they suggested, “For best results, mix one drop of Immortelle Divine Youth Oil to a small amount of Immortelle Divine Cream before application to strengthen its benefits.” So they want you to mix in a drop of this oil...

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Crowdsourcing! Can you recommend a decent waterproof label?

In the May Q&A, Allison asked: I have a question for all—I would love to find a decent waterproof label. Though my supposedly waterproof labels hold up to water, the permanent ink I use always becomes a blur. Thank you for any suggestions! 🙂 I don’t make products for sale, but this comes up in our...

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Discussion: What products do you buy rather than make and why?

In Potential duplication of L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream (part four), Amber asked: What products do you buy rather than make, and why? We touched on this a little bit in the Discussion: What have you made and incorporated into your daily routine? but I think this expands on the idea of not making some things we...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: Creating pet care products?

In the May Q&A, Tash asked: Also, I’ve noticed people wanting more and more petcare proudcts lately, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I am HIGHLY reluctant to consider formulating for dogs and cats, but notice that it’s now becoming common to buy petcare bases – New Directions Australia has a range of...

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