Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Creating a light, non-greasy summer weight lotion with Varisoft EQ 65 (part three, formula and pH)

If you want to catch up on the acids, bases, and pH – oh my! series, please visit the pH & pH meter section of the blog!  On the 7th, we created the water phase of this light summery lotion with Varisoft EQ 65, and yesterday, we looked at the oil phase and considered which…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Creating a light, non-greasy summer weight lotion with Varisoft EQ 65 (part two, the oil phase)

Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday in creating this light, non-greasy summer weight lotion using Varisoft EQ 65. We figured out what we wanted to include in our water phase, so let’s take a look at the oil phase. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m using Varisoft EQ 65 as the emulsifier to create a…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Creating a light, non-greasy summer weight lotion with Varisoft EQ 65 (part one, the water phase)

I hate summer so very much, but I’m handling it far better this year because we just had central air conditioning installed, and it can get so chilly, I need to put on a light cardigan. (I’m the type who wears shorts all year ’round, so this is a big big deal!) But I know…...

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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The formulas

I’m so excited to share this formula with you, as you can tell from all these exclamation marks! This is the nicest leave in conditioner I have ever made! It has made me so happy with my hair that I’ve been taking selfies and sharing them with you! I’ve never done that before! If you…...

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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The active ingredients

I made this leave in conditioner for the first time in November as we were experiencing an especially dry spell here in the Fraser Valley, and I thought I needed slightly more conditioning and hydrating than normal. It turns out it’s my favourite leave in of all time, suitable for all hair types, even fine…...

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Creating an epic level rinse off conditioner: Reviewing the active ingredients

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I cannot stress enough how much I love this new conditioner and leave in conditioner (coming soon)! These are the very best conditioners I’ve made for my hair ever! I’ve taken maybe 20 selfies in my entire life, and 17 of them have been since I made these conditioners…...

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Creating an epic level rinse off conditioner: Altering the conditioning emulsifier

Holy cow, I didn’t expect this to be a series, but here we are! If you want to catch up with what we’ve been discussing over the last week or so, here’s the list of links! CONFIRMED! Formula for an epic level rinse off conditioner with behentrimonium chloride #alltheingredients: ICE Conditioner or JEEQUAT® NDCS or…...

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Polyquats! Let’s take a closer look at polyquaterniums or cationic polymers, plus an aside about -trimoniums

I’ve written about this topic before – see this post – but I thought since I have so many more polyquats in my workshop, we should take a closer look at them.  What’s cationic polymer? A polymer is “Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of up to millions…...

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Formulas I found online: Conditioners using keratin hydrolysate silox!

After introducing you to this awesome ingredient – keratin hydrolysate silox from Formulator Sample Shop (also found as Keravis from Croda)  – I thought I’d share a few formulas I found on my travels online. Anywhere you see “Keravis”, use the keratin hydrolysate silox. I’ve offered a few ideas for substitutions below each formula as there…...

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Creating hair care products: What do we want our products to do?

I realized I wanted to share more with you about hair and potential damage and such in this series about my new favourite conditioner from the other day. I’ll share my post on my new favourite ingredient, keratin hydrolysate silox tomorrow as I wanted to share a few formulas I found from various manufacturers using…...

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