Preservatives: Let’s talk about hurdle technology and “self-preservation”

Thanks for joining me for this aside on the idea of a product that contains water, like a lotion, can be “self-preserving”. There’s a post on Lush’s site – A beginners’ guide to self-preserving – that we’ll get to shortly, but first, we need to take a look at the idea of hurdle technology, “a term used…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part one: Analyzing the ingredient list

In part one, we reviewed the ingredient list for the American Pie Naked Body Conditioner, an anhydrous bar. In part two, I tried to find one to try, but they were either sold out or discontinued, so I bought a Little Pot of Energy Naked Body Lotion. As an aside, we took a look at…...

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Why I don’t create today, share tomorrow

This is why I never make something today, share the formula tomorrow. It takes time to see how a product performs in different temperatures and humidities, to see if a lotion separates, a thickener fails, a suspender sinks. We saw that big time while working with the Garamite 7308, thickening clay, as everything fell apart…...

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Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part six: Little Pot of Energy, version 4

Welcome back to this duplication of Lush’s Little Pot of Energy solid lotion bar! We’ve been working on this for a few days now. Here are the posts so far in this series… Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner? Part one Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner?…...

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Certifying natural & organic products: ISO 16128

On Friday, April 12th, we took a look at The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification. On Saturday, April 13th, we took a look at at the ideas of “derived from”, minimally processed, and the use of sustainable resources. On Sunday, April 14th, we took a look at how easy it might be to be green…....

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Certifying natural & organic products: NATRUE

On Friday, April 12th, we took a look at The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification. On Saturday, April 13th, we took a look at at the ideas of “derived from”, minimally processed, and the use of sustainable resources. On Sunday, April 14th, we took a look at how easy it might be to be green…....

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Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part five: Little Pot of Energy, versions 2 and 3

Welcome back to this duplication of Lush’s Little Pot of Energy solid lotion bar! We’ve been working on this for a few days now. Here are the posts so far in this series… Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner? Part one Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner?…...

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

It’s finally here! 55 pages and 16,785 words later, we have an e-zine, It’s not easy being green, part one, in which we’re creating cleansing grains, foaming facial cleansers, micellar waters, hydrating toners that we can use as gels, targeted treatments, and scrubs, as well as GLITTER GEL using certified green, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly ingredients  That’s…...

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Certifying natural & organic products: COSMOS

On Friday, April 12th, we took a look at The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification. On Saturday, April 13th, we took a look at at the ideas of “derived from”, minimally processed, and the use of sustainable resources. On Sunday, April 14th, we took a look at how easy it might be to be green…....

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