Hey non-$10 subscribers and non-subscribers! The new e-zine – Surfactants: Formulating guidelines & liquid thickeners – is here! 

Check out this month’s new e-zine – Surfactants: Part three, formulating guidelines & liquid thickeners! Almost 20,000 words and 65 pages long, I’ve shared with you formulating guidelines, starter formulas, and more than 26 formulas for such products as bubble bath, body wash, and shampoo along with comparison charts for some of our liquid thickeners, … Read more

Hey $10 subscribers! The new e-zine – Surfactants: Formulating guidelines & liquid thickeners – is here! 

Check out this month’s new e-zine – Surfactants: Part three, formulating guidelines & liquid thickeners! Almost 20,000 words and 65 pages long, I’ve shared with you formulating guidelines, starter formulas, and more than 26 formulas for products such as bubble bath, body wash, and shampoo along with comparison charts for some of our liquid thickeners,...

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Formulating conditioners: Thickening a leave in conditioner

In this post, Conditioners: Modifying the leave-in conditioner with Incroquat CR, Allison asked: If I wanted to make this a little thicker, say, about the consistency of a light lotion, what would be a good thickener to add? Or perhaps just more BTMS? I have such bad luck with spray bottles getting clogged/malfunctioning that I think I’d like...

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Potential duplication of Tracie Martyn Firming Serum™ – part seven

Welcome to part seven of this potential duplication of Tracie Martyn Firming Serum. To catch up, check out part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, and part six. And take a look at this post on ceramides and Ceramide Complex in our products. Let’s try a potential formula for this product! Whew, it’s taken a...

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Discussion: Let’s talk about mixers!

In the August Q&A, there were a few questions about different mixers! As an aside, I’ve been gathering all kinds of mixers over the last year that I’ve been testing to share with you, but I got bogged down because I wanted to set up my new viscometer so I had exact numbers instead of...

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Potential duplication of Tracie Martyn Firming Serum™ – part six

Welcome to part six of this potential duplication of Tracie Martyn Firming Serum. To catch up, check out part one, part two, part three, part four, and part five. And take a look at this post on ceramides and Ceramide Complex in our products. I know this has been a long one, so I’m glad you’re still...

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Q&A: Using l-ascorbic acid in anhydrous and silicone based formulas

In the July Q&A, Karrye asked, You previously mentioned using L-Ascorbic acid in anhydrous formulas so that they could be used on wet skin, in order to reap the benefits of Vitamin C without the chance of it oxidizing. However, I don’t think you showed any recipe examples. Could you please? PS. I’m aware I...

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Potential duplication of Tracie Martyn Firming Serum™ – part five

Welcome to part five of this potential duplication of Tracie Martyn Firming Serum. To catch up, check out part one, part two, part three, and part four. And take a look at this post on ceramides and Ceramide Complex in our products. Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Glycerin, Oligopeptide 1, Glycosaminoglycans, Organic Squalane, Phospholipids,...

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Ceramides in our skin and our products

Way way back a while, Sarah and a few others asked about using ceramides in one of the Q&A posts. I’m sorry it’s taken so long, but there were so many things I needed to write about before we reached this point, and this potential duplication gave me a perfect opportunity to share this!  If...

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Q&A: De-ionized or de-mineralized water? Substitutions for liquid surfactants for oily hair? Corn starch in Neal’s Yard Products?

I’m working my way through the August Q&A now, but it’s hard to answer in short paragraphs when I see all the wonderful things you’re asking that send me off down rabbit holes! In the August Q&A, Melanie asked, I used to be able to buy distilled water easily, now it is almost impossible where I...

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