Preservative: Jeecide CAP-5

As I mentioned, I have some new preservatives to share with you. Here’s the other one!  From TKB Trading: “Cap 2 and Cap 5 are both broad spectrum preservatives. Cap 5 is more effective against yeast and mold since it contains sodium sorbate but its optimized pH range is 3-7. Cap 5 is soluble in…...

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Preservative: Jeecide CAP-2

I bought two preservatives from TKB Trading – Preservative Cap-2 and Preservative Cap-5 – as I really wanted to make a lip balm that contains water, and that means I need a preservative. My favourite one, liquid Germall Plus, isn’t suitable for oral or lip care products, so I had to find something new. Let’s take a…...

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It’s time for another round of “What the hell is this?”

Let’s play your favourite game and mine – What the hell is this? The rules are simple: Try to figure out what this is by reading the ingredient list and the “featured properties” information. Here’s the ingredient list! Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Dead Sea salt, Acadian Sea Kelp, Citric Acid, Plant Glycerin •…...

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Formulating Fun! Modifying the Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion with a fatty alcohol

Way back in January, I shared with you this potential duplication for Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion. There were four parts to this series – analyzing the ingredient list, part one and part two, a prototype formula, then a modified formula – but I had to add a part five! I really liked that formula, which…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How thickeners affect the properties of a lotion – stearic acid & lanolin alcohol (part two)

Welcome back to Formulating Fundamentals Friday! I’ve added a new section of the blog I’ve entitled Formulating Fundamentals where you’ll find these posts along with the other ones I’ve written about defining cosmetic chemistry terms. I also encourage you to have the glossary open as we work through this series as a reference. In part…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How thickeners affect the properties of a lotion – stearic acid & lanolin alcohol (part one)

Welcome back to Formulating Fundamentals Friday! I’ve added a new section of the blog I’ve entitled Formulating Fundamentals where you’ll find these posts along with the other ones I’ve written about defining cosmetic chemistry terms. I also encourage you to have the glossary open as we work through this series as a reference. In part…...

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#alltheingredients: Lanolin alcohol

I bought this ingredient last year from Making Cosmetics, so I thought we should take a look at it before formulating with it in this week’s Formulating Fundamentals Friday on fatty alcohols and acids. This is a fatty alcohol, like cetyl alcohol or cetearyl alcohol, derived from lanolin. It’s used in the same way, as…...

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Get a bloody thermometer already! Equipment review

As I’ve been as wandering around the ‘net over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed people aren’t bothering to measure the temperature of their products any more. A popular blogger makes lotions by telling you to put the heated water phase and heated oil phase in a double boiler, then tells you to remove it…...

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Some links about the HLB system

As I’ve been working through some comments on the blog – I am trying my hardest to get to them, but there’s so many and I’m trying so hard to put the finishing touches on a super long series – I’ve noticed a few things I thought I should share, enjoy, or question! I’ve noticed…...

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#alltheingredients: Stepanquat DC-1

I am working hard to find time to do more than look at the comments as they come in, but it’s hard when I get to the fourth one and it inspires a post or even a series! Keep those great comments coming!  In this post, Why did I buy that again? Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine (updated), ChampagneJ asked, Hi…...

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