Learning to formulate: What kind of lotion do you want to make?

The first thing I ask myself when I’m formulating a product is what exactly do I want to make? What type of lotion, cream, or butter do I want right now, for what body part, and for what reason? In short, what’s my goal for this product? Asking yourself this question is the first step … Read moreLearning to formulate: What kind of lotion do you want to make?

Question: What is the cheapest lotion you could make?

In this post, Patrick asks: I’ve made a hand lotion that our household really likes with Jojoba, FCO, RBO, Soy, Avocado, Shea Butter & Mango Butter. I toss in some fancy additives including panthenol and everything totaled comes to about $5USD for 500g. Not horrible, but a bit much. Anyway, here’s my question: What’s the absolute cheapest … Read moreQuestion: What is the cheapest lotion you could make?

Thickeners: Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC)

Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (also known as hypromellose or HPMC as I’ll be typing from now on!) is a non-ionic, water soluble polymer derived from cellulose. It comes as a white or off-white odourless powder that we use to thicken our products. Because it’s non-ionic, it has many uses like shampoos, lotions, shaving gels, and pretty … Read moreThickeners: Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC)