Q&A: pH meters and the pH of lotions, including Lush’s Dream Cream

In the July Q&A, Kh asked, I just got a pH meter (from Lotioncrafter) (I think I even chased my cat around with it) and now I know the pH of everything in my house. But I was surprised to find that the toner and lotion I measured came out around 4.5 – anyway, I didn’t use...

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Q&A: Why do people use apple cider vinegar rinse after washing with alkaline products? Why not just make the shampoo bars with very low pH? (Tons of information about hair chemistry and shampoo bars…)

In the July Q&A post, I live in an area with very hard water, and I’ve heard that could cause a problem when using shampoo bars. I’ve also heard about apple cider vinegar rinse, which does not sound too pleasant to me. Would you shine more light on this? Does the vinegar rinse work because of...

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Hey $10 subscribers! The new e-zine – Surfactants: Making Foaming Facial Cleansers – is here! 

Every month I say the e-zine’ll be smaller, and every month I’m wrong. This month’s e-zine – Surfactants: Making Foaming Facial Cleansers – is 55 pages, 16,346 words, and 22 formulas long! I hope you love this topic as much as I do! I’ve created formulas for different skin types, and included tons of information so...

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Basic instructions for lotion making (updated)

These are what I consider to be the basic instructions for making lotions for most types of emulsifiers, including Polawax, emulsifying wax, Incroquat BTMS-50, Simulsol 165/Lotionpro™ 165, and more. Always check how the emulsifier you’re using needs to be used. I will be updating this with information on using things like Montanov 68, Olivem 1000,...

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Let’s formulate: Chamomile & aloe botanical summer time body butter (formula)

On Wednesday, we created the oil phase for this lovely, light, luxurious body butter, and yesterday, we created the water phase. Today, let’s put it all together and create something lovely and wonderful! CHAMOMILE & ALOE SUMMER TIME BODY BUTTER! HEATED WATER PHASE 32% distilled or reverse osmosis water 10% aloe vera liquid 10% witch...

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Let’s formulate: Chamomile & aloe botanical summer time body butter (water phase)

Yesterday, we took a look at some ideas for the oil phase of this soothing and moisturizing body butter, so today it’s all about the water! THE WATER PHASE When it comes to where I live, it’s all about the humectants. Let’s draw all that moisture in the atmosphere to our skin to hydrate the...

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Let’s formulate: Chamomile & aloe botanical summer time body butter (oil phase)

I really hate summer so very very much. I have rosacea, so my cheeks are always burning and now my eyes get very dry to the point where my contacts fall out on their own. It’s humid as heck where I live, and my skin always feels dry and tight and awful. I need something...

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