#alltheingredients: TKB Thickening clay – part three, version 1

The suggestion and recipes shared by TKB Trading for this thickening clay didn’t work for me, so I thought I’d go on a quest for other formulas I could try at home to succeed with this ingredient. I found a formula that called for fractionated coconut oil and isopropyl myristate (IPM) as the oils with 3%…...

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#alltheingredients: TKB Thickening clay (INCI: Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite) – part two

Welcome back from the aside on polar oils and isododecane! Let’s take a look at working with this ingredient! To recap the series so far… Potential duplication of Tarte Frxxxtion Exfoliating Stick (part one) Practice your process: Choose the right preservative for the job #alltheingredients: Thickening clay (part one) Chemistry: What the heck are polar oils?…...

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Why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it? Methyl gluceth-10

I definitely engaged in some aspirational hoarding last year as I ordered so many ingredients from all kinds of places, and I thought I should finally share some of them with you! In this series, I’ll be sharing what I bought, for how much, and why I bought it. You’ll see links to the companies…...

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#alltheingredients Isododecane

Isododecane is a hydrocarbon alkane with no double bonds. It’s a non-polar, oil soluble molecule that only contains carbon and hydrogen atoms. We can use it as an oily ingredient anywhere we might use natural oils or butters (vegetable, seed, and animal oils), as well as with esters and silicones. It’s considered an isoparaffin. More…...

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#alltheingredients: TKB Thickening clay (INCI: Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite)

This is an interesting product I bought as TKB Thickening clay (INCI Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite), to make a few things, mainly the Tarte Frxxxtion Exfoliating stick, another interesting Asian skin care stick I liked, and some highlighting drops the young women in my youth programs wanted to make, but also because apparently I need…...

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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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#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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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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#alltheingredients: Walnut extract G

As you know, I’ve been doing a massive inventory in my workshop, and I’m not hoarding ingredients any more, so let’s get to know another one – FSS Walnut Extract G – which was sent to me by the Formulator Sample Shop for free. (Click here to learn more about my relationship with suppliers.)  This…...

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#alltheingredients: Carob Extract

I have this new extract – carob extract (Aqua (and) Glycerin (and) Ceratonia Silqua Fruit Extract , Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies – that seems interesting. It’s the extract from the locust bean carob fruit, from which we get carob – something my husband calls “chocolate that…...

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