Q&A: What can I use instead of Lauryl Alcohol in this manufacturer’s formula?

In the May Q&A post, Liza asked, Is there anything I could use (that is available in Canada) as an alternative to Lauryl Alcohol at 2.5% in this Stepan conditioner formula? Great question! When I’m thinking about making a substitution, I go through a bit of a process. One, I need to know what this…...

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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The formulas

I’m so excited to share this formula with you, as you can tell from all these exclamation marks! This is the nicest leave in conditioner I have ever made! It has made me so happy with my hair that I’ve been taking selfies and sharing them with you! I’ve never done that before! If you…...

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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The active ingredients

I made this leave in conditioner for the first time in November as we were experiencing an especially dry spell here in the Fraser Valley, and I thought I needed slightly more conditioning and hydrating than normal. It turns out it’s my favourite leave in of all time, suitable for all hair types, even fine…...

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Q&A: Making and using citric acid and 18% sodium hydroxide solutions?

In the May Q&A, Sarah commented, I have some questions!!! 1) Regarding changing pH; can I make and bottle a 50% citric acid solution and an 18% sodium hydroxide solution or do I need to make it fresh each time? 2) If bottling, does it need a preservative with the extreme acidity/alkalinity? 3) How long will each last…...

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Hey May 2019 $10 subscribers: The May 2019 e-zine is here!

I’ve been obsessed with ways to describe the sensory experiences we have with our ingredients, and with summer upon us, I wanted to share how to make products with a cooling, fresh kick and a watery quick break.  Both of these terms come from a more minimalist point-of-view about skin care, less about occlusion and…...

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Creating an epic level rinse off conditioner: Reviewing the active ingredients

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I cannot stress enough how much I love this new conditioner and leave in conditioner (coming soon)! These are the very best conditioners I’ve made for my hair ever! I’ve taken maybe 20 selfies in my entire life, and 17 of them have been since I made these conditioners…...

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Updates for the last Saturday of May! Royalty soaps, e-zine, health stuff, business hours, and a bit more…

Hi, everyone! Thought I’d share some updates about what’s going on around the blog! Hello to everyone who arrived here thanks to the link in the video from Royalty Soaps! Wow! I am so honoured that Katie Carson shared my site and e-books about shampoo bars! 🤗 Click here to see her Facebook page with a … Read more

Creating an epic level rinse off conditioner: Altering the conditioning emulsifier

Holy cow, I didn’t expect this to be a series, but here we are! If you want to catch up with what we’ve been discussing over the last week or so, here’s the list of links! CONFIRMED! Formula for an epic level rinse off conditioner with behentrimonium chloride #alltheingredients: ICE Conditioner or JEEQUAT® NDCS or…...

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#alltheingredients: Quaternized lemon shine (Hydroxypropyltrimonium Lemon Protein)

I’ve shared this ingredient with you in a few posts –  creating shampoo bars from scratch, conditioners and cationic polymers, Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part four – actives, and this one, Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Using conditioning agents that won’t weigh down hair – cationic polymers, and Q&A: What’s a…...

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Polyquats! Let’s take a closer look at polyquaterniums or cationic polymers, plus an aside about -trimoniums

I’ve written about this topic before – see this post – but I thought since I have so many more polyquats in my workshop, we should take a closer look at them.  What’s cationic polymer? A polymer is “Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of up to millions…...

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