Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part three – surfactant blends

I’m having great fun formulating all kinds of shampoos suitable for fine hair or other types that don’t want to be weighed down. We started last week by looking at different types of shampoos and coming up with base formulas for clarifying, conditioning, and hydrating shampoos. Then we took a look at using different surfactants...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part two – choosing surfactants

In the November Q&A, Diana asked, I have a request from one of my customers for a volumizing shampoo. I usually make liquid shampoos for her, and she is very satisfied with my products but now she wants something that will lift her hair more. I wonder, does anyone make these shampoos? What ingredients should I look...

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Mind Your Own Business! Cosmetic Notification Forms (Health Canada) with Marg – a few other things you should know

Thanks for joining Marg for part two of this introduction to completing Cosmetic Notification Forms (Health Canada). Today, she’s sharing some of her extensive knowledge and experience to help you fill these out faster, easier, and with far fewer headaches!  A few other things that you should know about Cosmetic Notification Forms for Health Canada:...

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#alltheingredients: Walnut extract G

As you know, I’ve been doing a massive inventory in my workshop, and I’m not hoarding ingredients any more, so let’s get to know another one – FSS Walnut Extract G – which was sent to me by the Formulator Sample Shop for free. (Click here to learn more about my relationship with suppliers.)  This...

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Liquid bubble bath: The process and the formulas

I’ve had a lot of people asking about liquid bubble bath lately, and I thought I’d write up a quick post about this topic. To start, the ingredients I’m using can be found at Voyageur Soap & Candle in Surrey, B.C., and all but one (LSB) at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta....

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Mind Your Own Business! Cosmetic Notification Forms (Health Canada) with Marg

It’s been my great honour to have known Marg Peebles for a number of years through the Handcrafted Bath & Body Guild, where she is a director and founding member. She was the one who introduced me to Patreon as a way of earning money from the blog when I was bumped from my job and...

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Originally on Patreon: How can we adapt our formulas to be more natural? Gelling agents and gums

Yesterday, we started a series taking a look at how we can make adapations to our products to use more natural, green, biodegradable, and certified ingredients. Today, let’s look at gelling agents. When it comes to making more natural products, I find there are three huge areas where it’s hard to find natural ingredients… 1....

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Originally on Patreon: Q&A: What’s the meaning of positive or negative charge?

In this post, How can we adapt our formulas to be more natural: Gelling agents, Catherin asked: What is the meaning of positive and negative charge? I wrote about this topic in this post on the blog – Anionic, cationic, and non-ionic– but I realized I’ve learned so much since 2011 and there are so...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part one…

In the November Q&A, Diana asked, I have a request from one of my customers for a volumizing shampoo. I usually make liquid shampoos for her, and she is very satisfied with my products but now she wants something that will lift her hair more. I wonder, does anyone make these shampoos? What ingredients should I look...

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#alltheingredients: Carob Extract

I have this new extract – carob extract (Aqua (and) Glycerin (and) Ceratonia Silqua Fruit Extract , Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies – that seems interesting. It’s the extract from the locust bean carob fruit, from which we get carob – something my husband calls “chocolate that...

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