Q&A: What’s the purpose of ingredients like linalool or limonene in products?

In the October Q&A, Charlette asked: Just wondering what is the purpose of the following ingredients which are often listed at the end for many lotions/creams/facial products: LINALOOL LIMONENE BENZYL ALCOHOL BENZYL SALICYLATE Also: Farnesol, Geraniol and Hexyl Cinnamal, … Do these add anything besides a little fragrance? Can these be ignored? Sarah responded: They are the...

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Q&A: Why did my products using Amber Romance type fragrance oil smell like rotten eggs?

In the October Q&A post, Amy asked, So here’s a stinky question! I’ve used Amber Romance (amazing scent) fragrance oil by fragrance buddy, in a batch of shampoo bars and a lotion bars, and a few days later they started smelling like rotten eggs 🤮. WHY?? Maybe because they’re heated? I haven’t had any other fragrances do...

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This month we don’t have a new e-zine, unfortunately. I’ve simply run out of time to finish one of the many ezines I’ve started – Beyond E-wax about using thickeners, Beyond E-wax about creating less greasy products, Surfactants about making body washes and bubble baths, silicones, esters, more shiny things. October has been an incredibly...

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Welcome to new subscribers, body butter formulas, and information on the e-zine

Welcome new subscribers! I hope you enjoy your stay here! We’ve created a post to act as a bit of a guide for you on the new blog and what you can find here! There’s a lot, and we know it can be overwhelming at times, so we’re trying to organize it in the menus...

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Q&A: Which emulsifiers do we use to make a lotion containing acids, such as AHAs or fruit acid complex?

In the October Q&A post, Sarah asked: This is a question that has been consuming me – which emulsifiers do we use to make a lotion or cream (not a gel) containing acids, such as fruit AHAs, and lactic acid? Seriously! Which ones? Signed, Old and Wrinkly Kristina shared, Simulgreen 18-2 is ECOcert and Natrue certified, AND is stable between ph...

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Misconceptions about pH: It isn’t a series of steps

I shared this on my blog Facebook page, but didn’t share it here. Sorry about that. I encourage you to check out some of the comments as there are some interesting ones, and some from my bestest ever friend, Hamsa Ryuugan posing as Claudia Celeron. (He’s blocked me, which is just so sad and pathetic,...

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Shampoo bars: Please don’t use 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in them!

A woman wrote to me the other day to say her shampoo bars were soft and sticky. I asked her to tell me her exact formula, and it was identical to one of mine with one huge exception – she added 1% concentrated aloe vera powder, either 100x or 200x. Since then, I’ve read of...

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Surfactants: Cleansing descriptions and increasing mildness – analyzing surfactants

Thanks for sticking around to the end of this series. I know for some this might seem like a very dry subject and some of you are yelling at the screen for me to shut up about chemistry stuff and get to the formulas, but if you have a curious mind and want to learn...

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What’s the silliest mistake you’ve ever made?

What’s the silliest mistake you’ve made so far when making bath & body products? I had an almost mistake back in 2006, when I started this awesome journey. I had a terrible cold, one that had my sinuses so stuffed, I couldn’t lay down to sleep without feeling like I was drowning. Could I use...

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