Experiments in the workshop: It’s too freakin’ dry around here – a lotion with isododecane

On February 27th, we met isododecane, a non-polar, lightweight emollient we can use for all kinds of products as an emollient, moisturizer, and dilutor as well as a great inclusion in colour cosmetics. It works really well with dimethicone, which is why I’ve been using it in this facial moisturizer using the cold emulsifier, RM-2051…...

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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 fun! Quick key lime meringue lotion with Aristoflex AVC

Yesterday, we met lime butter (INCI: Citrus Latifolia Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (and) Tocopherol), which I’m using in this formula because I like it as an emollient, plus it smells amazing! Today, let’s create a light, cold process lotion using Aristoflex AVC and Penstia powder. If you’ve ever wondered what the proceeds of the five…...

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It’s too hot to craft! Formula round up!

In the spirit of making cooling sprays as we just did with menthol and alcohol, I thought I’d share some links to the series I wrote last year – it’s too hot to craft! – when we made products that didn’t need heating. Introduction (updated, links) Summery floral gel Peppermint & chamomile cooling spray Cold process…...

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Pumpkin spice latte lotion with Penstia powder (updated)

We’ve had some fun with coffee butter over the last month. We made a whipped vanilla latte coffee butter for National Coffee Day in September, and made a pumpkin spice latte with Aristoflex AVC last Thursday. I thought I’d alter Thursday’s formula to include one of my new favourite ingredients, Penstia powder (INCI Name: Adipic…...

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Mmm…pumpkin spice latte lotion!

Check out this quick, cold emulsifier lotion using coffee butter! (I’m not able to type much due to my arm injury, so please do a search for the ingredients that you see underlined in these handwritten notes.) A massive thank you to Lisa for taking the time to type all of this out for us…...

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Weekend Wonderings: What’s making my lotion sticky? (part two)

Yesterday, we took a look at a formula submitted by BrNy to see what could be making her lotion sticky. Today, we’ll see what we can do to reduce that skin feel. Here’s the ingredient list again: Glycerin, resveratrol, n-acetyl glucosamine, water, sea kelp bioferment, niacinamide, dl-panthenol, allantoin, liquid Germall Plus, fractionated coconut oil, and…...

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Weekend Wondering: What’s making my lotion sticky? (Part one)

In this post, Aristoflex AVC – light lotion with NAG, ceramides, and quaternized rice, BrNy asked: I know this is an old-ish post but thought I’d try my luck anyway. I made this lotion based off of a recipe I saw at Lotioncrafter.com but added NAG at 4% and subtracted 4ml of water (I made…...

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It’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part four with ICE Hair Restore (updated)

Last Monday, we met a new, cold process conditioner I bought from Making Cosmetics called Ice Hair Restore (aka Gracefruit’s EasyMix Smooth or Jeesperse CPCS). Last Tuesday, we made a hair conditioner with it, then modified that on Wednesday into a more intense conditioner my best friend coined the Pineapple Express Intense Conditioner. Let’s modify…...

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It’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part three with ICE Hair restore (updated)

On Monday, we met a new conditioning agent called ICE Hair Restore (aka Jeesperse ICE T CPCS or Gracefruit’s EasyMix Smooth). And yesterday, we made a nice conditioner with it. But you know me – I have to play – so let’s take a look at another version I’m loving! PINEAPPLE EXPRESS INTENSE CONDITIONER 83%…...

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