In Cosmetics Global: Urban Renewal Cleansing Balm by Ashland

I’m in love with this gorgeous Urban Renewal Cleansing Balm by Ashland we tried at In Cosmetics Global in Paris last week. It’s full of esters to offer a silky, non- greasy skin feel that melts away on contact with your skin. The key is to choose ingredients that remain solid-ish at room temperature –…...

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Duplication of Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich Oil revisited, part two

Yesterday, we reviewed the ingredient list for the duplication of the Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich Oil with apricot kernel oil so we can modify the version we made in October 2017. Today, let’s look at the formula we created originally, and modify it. Kim liked this version, but we ran out of a few ingredients, so we…...

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Duplication of Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich Oil revisited, part one

We’ve been struggling with this thickening clay for weeks and have experienced fail after fail, so let’s take a look at one if my must-have products that I’ve taken on holiday with me to England. Back in 2017, I created a potential duplication for Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich oil with apricot kernel oil for a young woman…...

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One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in lip balms

As we saw yesterday, sunflower oil is a great addition in a balm. So what about lip balms? Yep, it’s a great addition there, too! As a light feeling, tasteless, and odourless oil, it’s a great addition that offers a bit of shine. LIP SHIMMER STICK BASE8% candellia wax9% beeswax18% shea butter12% mango butter52% liquid…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Modifying yesterday’s product

Although I really like yesterday’s recipe – it’s great as a light lotion without having to go to the effort of using emulsifiers and water – I really wanted a balm. What do I need to change? I realized I’d left out the cetyl alcohol or stearic acid, so I added 6% cetyl esters (again,…...

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Back to basics: Balms – let’s get complicated

I liked my complicated lotion bar so much, I thought I’d see if I could turn it into a balm-like product with a more whippy consistency. I did this by adding more liquids and reducing the solids.COMPLICATED BALM FILLED WITH ESTERS AND SILICONES 20.3% beeswax 4.1% cetyl esters 24.4% shea butter 22.8% cetearyl ethylhexanoate 1.6%…...

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Back to basics: Balms – tweaking the new recipe idea.

As we know, a balm is a product intended to help with a condition of some sort intended to be rubbed in, so we need to modify these recipes to help with some condition. What condition could we choose here? How about sun exposure? Let’s say you’ve been in the sun a little too long…...

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Back to basics: Balms – a new recipe idea

We’ve turned our whipped butters and lotion bars into balms by using specific essential oils and using specific oils and butters (click here and here). Let’s take a look at creating balms that are really softer versions of lotion bars that we’ll store in jars or tins. (Because there’s no water in this balm, you…...

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Back to basics: Balms – choosing the right oils and butters

Choosing the right oils and butters can turn your anhydrous product into a balm. For instance, choosing an oil high in phytosterols like sesame seed, soy bean, or apricot kernel oil might help with inflammation. Choosing olive oil might help with post-sun exposure. Or choosing an oil high in Vitamin E, like wheat germ oil,…...

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Back to basics: Balms

We’ve taken a look at whipped butters and lotion bars, so let’s take a look at another type of anhydrous product – the balm. What exactly is a balm? It is a “medicated topical preparation for application to the skin…(that is) rubbed in” (from Wikipedia). Obviously I won’t be making any claims for the products…...

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