Creating a decadent dry brushing oil with squalane, another hydrocarbon

Yesterday, we created decadent dry brushing oil with isododecane that had a light, non-greasy feeling with great slip, glide, and spreadability. Today, let’s take a look at making this with another hydrocarbon, squalane. A reader named Stephany asked me this question on Instagram, where you can find me as @swiftcraftymonkey: I was reading your posts on squalane,…...

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Creating a decadent dry brushing oil with isododecane with an aside about grape seed oil

I’ve been playing a lot with isododecane, that very light, non-greasy, non-polar hydrocarbon we met the other day, and wanted to share another formula we’re loving around the SwiftCraftyMonkey house during these drier winter months! I can’t believe how itchy I’ve been feeling since the humidity dropped back in December. Yeah, I know, it’s like…...

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Formula: Making a few Vick’s like products with essential oils for cold & flu season

After sharing the post yesterday – Formula: Essential oil blend that might be like Saje’s Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy – Raymond remarked that we needed more of that Vick’s like jelly as one of us is bound to be sick sooner rather than later. Then I realized I hadn’t shared this with you, so it’s time…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Why make an emulsified body butter over a whipped butter?

I used to do a thing on the old blog I called Weekend Wonderings where I’d find comments you’d made over the previous week and share them in a post. I stopped doing it as there were so few comments on the old blog and a lot of them were things that had been said…...

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Creating an awesome new emulsified scrub bar with my new butters!

Last week, I introduced you to one of my favourite new butters – tucuma butter – so I thought today  I’d share with you the awesome new emulsified scrub bar I created with it. When I make scrub bars, I tend to make the base, then add the scrubby stuff outside of the main formula…...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: Can we freeze oil soluble extracts or essential oils to prevent rancidity? 

In the June Q&A, LY asked: I saw a post about freezing oils to keep them from going rancid. Can you also freeze oil soluble extracts without them losing their potency? In the same post, Amber asked: What about Essential Oils? The main reason to put anything in a fridge or freezer is to slow down the process…...

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Potential duplication of L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (part three)

On Monday, we reviewed the ingredient list of this anhydrous facial serum. Yesterday, we reviewed the list to see what was important and how much of ingredient to use. Today, let’s see how we can create a potential formula. Okay, we have an idea of how we’ll make this duplication with all those oils, but…...

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Potential duplication of L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (part two)

Yesterday, we reviewed the ingredient list for this anhydrous serum. The next step is to figure out what needs to be in here to make the product work and what’s there for label appeal. Ingredient list: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Octyldodecanol – Coco-Caprylate/Caprate – Squalane – Borago Officinalis Seed Oil…...

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Potential duplication of L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (part one)

When I was working on the potential duplication of L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream (part one), I noticed they suggested, “For best results, mix one drop of Immortelle Divine Youth Oil to a small amount of Immortelle Divine Cream before application to strengthen its benefits.” So they want you to mix in a drop of this oil…...

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Formulating on a budget: Using cucumber in our products

This is why I love comments from you, my lovely readers! In this post on cucumber hydrosol, Allison noted: This sounds absolutely lovely, but $7.85/ounce for hydrosol?!?! Wow….it is times like these that I sometimes think that I have chosen the wrong hobby, especially given my limited means…. 🙁 We have definitely chosen a more expensive…...

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