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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Some thoughts on what you could do for a cucumber body butter – anhydrous whipped butters

Let’s say the horrible recipe we met Saturday for a homemade cucumber body butter sounded appealing to you, but you don’t want it to separate or become contaminated in a few days, what could you do? If you wanted to make an anhydrous or non-water containing whipped butter with just oils and butters, you could use … Read more

Members’ Q&A: Adding slip and glide to lotion bars?

In the April Q&A, Gabriella asked: I’m trying to make a lotion bar; however, the product doesn’t glide on smooth like a lip balm would. It bunches in my skin (like in the picture) and the product goes on the side of my container tube making it messy to put the cap on. Should I increase...

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Members’ Q&A: Formulating a dry oil spray?

In the April Q&A, Laura asked: I’m wondering if there is a recipe on the site anywhere for a dry oil spray or if it’s simply Cyclomethicone with some fragrance oil in it? I did try searching but my words ‘dry oil’ only turn up things for dry skin, I can’t find an actual recipe so...

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Members exclusive: Formulas I would have offered at the US conference: Anhydrous facial serum

I was scheduled to offer a seminar on facial products at the US conference in Atlanta in early May, but had to cancel due to my ongoing pain issues, so I present to you the formulas I would have shared at the sold out (30 participants) $89 per person seminar. I love a good anhydrous...

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Membership exclusive Q&A: What solubilizer can I use in a cleansing oil like MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil?

In the March Q&A, Melanie asked: I have a question about Polysorbate 80. I purchased some to experiment with but have since discovered that this is the magical substance that turns oils into milky rinse off formulas in products such as MAC Cleanse Off Oil. I found a recipe that used Polysorbate 80 at 10% with...

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