Formulating with hydrogenated butters: Lime butter

As I mentioned back in September, I bought a lot of lime butter by accident, so I’ve been formulating with it quite a bit lately. Let’s take a look at this ingredient and other hydrogenated oils/butters before we formulate with it. Lime butter – INCI: Citrus Latifolia Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (and) Tocopherol, according…...

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Tips & techniques: How to use a foamer bottle with diluted soap or surfactants

Someone shared this video from Aromatics International with me of someone showing you how to use a foamer bottle with liquid soap, and I thought maybe I could share some of my thoughts and a formula for diluting castille soap in one of these containers. Foam pump or foamer bottles were designed to create more foam…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How thickeners affect the properties of a lotion – fatty alcohol

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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Are you taking the free Learn Cosmetic Formulation course yet? Module 4 opens this Friday!

How far along are you in the free Learn Cosmetic Formulation Course I’m offering with Perry Romanowski of Chemists’ Corner and Jane Barber of Making Skincare? If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry! You can join us at any time! And it’s completely and utterly free! Click the link to learn more!  This Friday, … Read more

Pro tip: Allantoin goes into the heated water phase – not the cool down phase – of emulsions

On January 28 on this blog’s Facebook page, I shared the links to the post on allantoin from January 17th here on the blog, and an interesting discussion sprung up, which I thought I’d share here and add more of my thoughts and links because all of a sudden, people are using allantoin in the…...

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Formulating a soothing botanical anti-itch spray for a very dry winter!

I live in a pretty humid part of the world – about 100 km east of Vancouver, B.C. – but there are a few weeks every year where it gets so dry, I swear I lose 10 pounds in water weight! We have two humidifiers going around the clock right now, but my skin definitely…...

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$10 subscribers! Check out this coupon from Formulator Sample Shop!

Formulator Sample Shop is joining in on the holiday fun around here, and they’re offering a coupon to my $10 subscribers! Woo! Thank you! They’ve been such a great supporter of the blog for quite a number of years now, and I’m so happy they’re offering this kind gift to my subscribers! Some of you…...

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$10 subscribers – check out this coupon from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies!

Are we lucky or what? Once again this month, Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary is offering you, my lovely readers, a coupon code to get all kinds of wonderful things for less! Want a few ideas on what you can buy there? They have all the stuff you’ll need to make shampoo bars, from SCI…...

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$10 subscribers – check out this month’s Lotioncrafter coupon!

I know you all know how much I love Lotioncrafter. Jen is a dear friend of mine, and quite the enabler when it comes to new, exciting ingredients! Her enthusiasm knows no bounds, and I’m honoured she shares her love of formulating with me! Have you checked out their new site yet? It’s absolutely gorgeous…...

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