#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

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

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 CONDITIONER83% distilled…...

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It’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part two with ICE hair restore

Yesterday, we met a new hair conditioning ingredient, ICE Hair Restore (aka Jeesperse ICE-T CPCS or EasyMix Smooth from Gracefruit) INCI: Cetearyl alcohol (and) behentrimonium chloride (and) polyquaternium 37. It doesn’t need to be heated and held to work, so it’s perfect for these ridiculously hot days when going into your workshop to formulate with…...

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