Formulas from the 2017 HSCG conference: Sweet almond & pomegranate oil anhydrous serum

I’ve had such great feedback on this serum, so I’m pleased as heck to share it with you. I’ll share the recipe with you today, then go into more detail about each ingredient over the next few days, including some of these new and exciting oils! My goal for any oil based facial serum is…...

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Recipes from the HSCG 2017 conference: Niacinamide & willow bark hydro-gel – part three, the recipe and modifications (updated)

Yesterday, we met a new gelling agent in the form of Sepinov EMT 10, and Monday we took a look at the ingredients we’re using in this recipe. Today, let’s look at the recipe and some modifications we can make to it! NIACINAMIDE & WILLOW BARK OIL FREE MOISTURIZER (HYDRO-GEL) WATER PHASE 74.5% distilled water…...

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Recipes from the HSCG 2017 conference: Niacinamide & willow bark hydro-gel – part two, all about Sepinov EMT 10

In yesterday’s post, we took a look at the ingredients to create a hydrating and oil free recipe with niacinamide and willow bark. Today, let’s take a look at this new gelling agent and what it offers. I’m using Sepinov EMT 10 as my gelling agent (INCI: Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer). It’s a pre-neutralized polymer…...

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Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference – Niacinamide & Willow Bark Hydro-gel (part one)

Some skin types can’t handle oils, so this recipe is an oil free moisturizer or serum into which you could add all kinds of lovely water soluble ingredients. My goal for this product is to hydrate skin, help reduce inflammation, soothe irritated skin, and promote a more even skin tone. I’m using willow bark extract…...

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Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Gigawhite & Vitamin C moisturizer with Aristoflex AVC – the active ingredients and recipe (updated)

On Monday, we took a look at the oil phase and emulsifier for this recipe. Yesterday, we took a look at the water phase and preservative. Today, let’s take a look at the active ingredient and the final recipe. I’m adding Alpaflor® Gigawhite (INCI: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf…...

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Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Gigawhite & Vitamin C moisturizer with Aristoflex AVC – the water phase (updated)

We took a look at the oil phase and emulsifier in this recipe yesterday. Let’s take a look at the water phase today. Because I can only use around 5% oils in this recipe, it’s even more important to choose our water phase carefully to include ingredients that will hydrate our skin. I’m adding resveratrol in this…...

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Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Gigawhite & Vitamin C moisturizer with Aristoflex AVC – the oil phase and emulsifier (updated)

I was fortunate to be asked to present at this year’s Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild conference in Las Vegas, and thought I’d share some of those recipes with you. Lotioncrafter very kindly sponsored my presentation, providing me with all the ingredients I needed as well as all the supplies from beakers to spatulae and…...

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Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Introduction

I had such a blast at the Handmade Soap & Cosmetics Guild’s conference in Las Vegas last week with Jen from Lotioncrafter, who sponsored my workshop, and my husband, Raymond! It was an absolute honour to present a workshop there on facial moisturizers – and if you enjoyed it, don’t forget to tell them so…...

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