Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Botanical extracts

If this is the first post you’ve seen on this topic, we’ve been working on it for a while. Here’s the list so far… Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar Surfactants: Sodium coco sulfate or SCS Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Powdered surfactants Creating a … Read more

Potential duplication of Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream by Drunk Elephant (part three)

On Friday, we enjoyed part one of this review of the ingredient list for the Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream by Drunk Elephant, and continued the review with part two yesterday. Let’s finish up the review. Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Glycine Soja Meal/Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate (Pseudozyma...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Conditioners & cationic polymers

If this is the first post you’ve seen on this topic, we’ve been working on it for a while. Here’s the list so far… Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar Surfactants: Sodium coco sulfate or SCS Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Powdered surfactants Creating a … Read more

Potential duplication of Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream by Drunk Elephant (part two)

Yesterday, we started our review of the ingredient list for a potential duplication of Drunk Elephant’s LaLa Retro™ Whipped Cream. It’s a super long list, so we’ve had to break it into three parts! Let’s keep going… Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Glycine Soja Meal/Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment...

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Potential duplication of Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream by Drunk Elephant (part one)

In the June duplication request post, LY asked if we could work on Drunk Elephant’s LaLa Retro Cream. “It’s a thick face cream that has a really pleasing texture…thick but also light and comes in a jar with a pump.” Sure, let’s take a look! What is this? “A retro-style moisturizer that rehabilitates, brightens and firms...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Combinations to reduce hyperpigmentation

We’ve spent the last week looking at various ways we can “improve radiance” and “brighten skin”. Last Monday, we took a look at using hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and reduce dryness. Last Wednesday, we created a hand & body lotion for more humid climates. Last Thursday, we created one for more arid...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Humectants, proteins, emollients, and vitamins

So far in this series, we looked at a duplication for Lush’s Jumping Juniper bar; met the sodium coco sulfate (SCS), a powdered surfactant we could use in such a product; reviewed some other powdered surfactants; then reviewed the liquid surfactants. We also took a little side trip to consider how to calculate active surfactant matter. Today, I’d … Read more

Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Ingredients to reduce hyperpigmentation (part two)

We’ve spent the last week looking at various ways we can “improve radiance” and “brighten skin”. On Monday, we took a look at using hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and reduce dryness. On Wednesday, we created a hand & body lotion for more humid climates, and Thursday, we created one for more arid...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Let’s meet the liquid surfactants

Yesterday, we started creating this shampoo bar formula from scratch by looking at the powdered surfactants. Today, we’ll look at the liquid surfactants you can use in this formula. Quite honestly, there may be hundreds of choices for liquid surfactants we could purchase, so the easiest way to make some decisions is to consider our … Read more