Why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it? Methyl gluceth-10

I definitely engaged in some aspirational hoarding last year as I ordered so many ingredients from all kinds of places, and I thought I should finally share some of them with you! In this series, I’ll be sharing what I bought, for how much, and why I bought it. You’ll see links to the companies…...

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#alltheingredients Isododecane

Isododecane is a hydrocarbon alkane with no double bonds. It’s a non-polar, oil soluble molecule that only contains carbon and hydrogen atoms. We can use it as an oily ingredient anywhere we might use natural oils or butters (vegetable, seed, and animal oils), as well as with esters and silicones. It’s considered an isoparaffin. More…...

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Hey $10 subscribers! The new e-zine is here! Learning to formulate: Creating less greasy lotions

Since I’m calling this Learn to Formulate February, it only seemed appropriate that we should continue this theme into the e-zine for the month by learning to formulate less greasy lotions! I’m sharing all kinds of information on how to alter these formulas by using different oils and butters. The stats? 42 pages, 13,385 words, and 20 formulas…...

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Non-subscribers and $1, $3, and $5 subscribers! Check out the new e-zine – Learning to formulate: Creating less greasy lotions

PLEASE NOTE: If you’re a $10 subscriber and want to download the coupon for the e-zine, please visit this post to obtain your coupon code. That is the only place you can find the coupon code.  Since I’m calling this Learn to Formulate February, it only seemed appropriate that we should continue this theme into … Read more

Chemistry: How to read a molecule

I can’t remember where I shared this recently, so if it was on the blog, I apologize for repeating myself, but I thought it was an important subject.   This is a cetyl alcohol molecule. Each of these peaks or valleys represents a carbon molecule. To each carbon molecule, if it isn’t specified, it’s assumed…...

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Chemistry: What the heck are polar oils? Part two, polar oils

We first met this idea when we encountered that interesting thickening clay on Sunday, February 24th, then we took a look at hydrocarbons on Monday, February 25th. Today, let’s take a look at polar oils! So what’s the deal with polar oils? “Polar oils contain heteroatoms that differ in electron­egativity. This results in a dipole moment…....

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Chemistry: What the heck are polar oils? Part one, hydrocarbons

This came up yesterday in our post about that interesting thickening clay, so let’s recap, then take a look at hydrocarbons and polar oils! You know how oil and water don’t mix? That’s because water is polar, meaning it has a negative charge at one end and a positive charge on the other, and oils…...

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#alltheingredients: TKB Thickening clay (INCI: Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite)

This is an interesting product I bought as TKB Thickening clay (INCI Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite), to make a few things, mainly the Tarte Frxxxtion Exfoliating stick, another interesting Asian skin care stick I liked, and some highlighting drops the young women in my youth programs wanted to make, but also because apparently I need…...

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Practice your process: Choosing the right preservative for the job! 

We need to talk about a preservatives for a bit for both the Tarte Frxxxtion stick duplication and in general. When we’re formulating, we need to evaluate every product to see which preservative will work best with it. In most of the formulas I make, I use Germall Plus liquid because it works with the…...

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