Q&A: Has anyone used MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)? What did you think?

In the August Q&A, Charlette very awesomely asked more awesome questions! I‘m wondering if anyone (including Susan!) has used Methylsulfonylmethane–otherwise known as MSM? From what I’ve read–it’s like a wonder ingredient-and yet I don’t see it in formulas. It’s referred to as an “additive”. Essential Wholesale says this about ingredient: “Excellent ingredient for mature skin...

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Q&A: What can I do with sea kelp bioferment? Can I put it in a shampoo bar?

In the September Q&A, Andrea asked: I bought sea kelp bioferment…now what do i do with it? I mixed a bit into the Tracie Martyn dupe and it felt nice on my skin. Could it replace some of the water in that concoction? Could we add sea kelp to a shampoo bar? How would that work,...

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Q&A: Using l-ascorbic acid in anhydrous and silicone based formulas

In the July Q&A, Karrye asked, You previously mentioned using L-Ascorbic acid in anhydrous formulas so that they could be used on wet skin, in order to reap the benefits of Vitamin C without the chance of it oxidizing. However, I don’t think you showed any recipe examples. Could you please? PS. I’m aware I...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: Is there a benefit to mixing different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid?

In the June Q&A, Charlette asked: I am confused about using low and high molecular HA. I understand that the low weight doesn’t gel – but has better penetration. Is it possible to use both low AND high weights in a formula? I like the gelling of the high molecular (especially in toner–gives a bit of...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: What is the difference in function between Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Collageneer? Can I add Co Q10?

In the June Q&A, Jaime asked: What is the difference in function between Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Collageneer? Can they both work in one oil serum. Can I also add Co Q10? From this post: Collageneer (INCI: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Lupinus Albus Seed Extract) can be used at up to 2% in the cool...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Actives & cosmeceuticals: Coenzyme Q10

I know we touched on this interesting cosmeceutical in this post from 2011 – Some thoughts on cosmeceuticals – but I thought it was time to re-visit Coenzyme Q10! CO-ENZYME Q10 (INCI: Ubiquinone) Purpose: Anti-aging, photo-aging Suggested usage: 0.2% to 3% in the heated oil phase until dissolved. It can precipitate out of your product, so a...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Combinations to reduce hyperpigmentation

We’ve spent the last week looking at various ways we can “improve radiance” and “brighten skin”. Last Monday, we took a look at using hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and reduce dryness. Last Wednesday, we created a hand & body lotion for more humid climates. Last Thursday, we created one for more arid...

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Members’ exclusive: Working with liposomes – Vitamin C in a light moisturizer

Yesterday, we took a look at how to use MAP liposomes in a light, gelled facial serum. Today, let’s see how these might work in a lotion. Keep this in mind when we’re formulating with these liposomes: They should be used at 1% to 10% in the cool down phase (lower than 45˚C) in products...

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Members’ exclusive: Working with liposomes – Vitamin C in a gelled facial serum

Vitamin C is notoriously annoying to work with if you’re not using the right version. In general, you can’t just add l-ascorbic acid to a water based product and be done with it as it’ll oxidize and be awful. This is why we turn to Vitamin C liposomes! Please see part one of this series...

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Actives & cosmeceuticals: Vitamin C revisited

As a note, part of this post was originally shared on January 21, 2011, on the old blog. There are some great comments over there that I couldn’t bring over here, so I encourage you to check those out if you’re interested. Vitamin C is a water soluble anti-oxidant has been proven in studies to...

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