Updates on duplicated formulas for the month…

I have a few duplications I’ve been working on for a while now – specifically Tarte’s Frxxxtion Stick, an exfoliating cleanser in stick form, and Benefit’s Pore-Fessional Face Primer. I had to wait for ingredients to arrive so I could make up prototypes and such. (I’m very excited about the silicone waxes I was sent as…...

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Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar

I’m sharing this with everyone as I’m finding it very strange that everyone wants to use sodium coco sulfate as the base of a shampoo bar when the pH is far too high – over pH 9, which is alkaline, when we want to be pH 6 or lower – and can damage your hair…...

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(Member exclusive) Potential duplication of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (part two)

Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list and thought about what each ingredient might do in an oily cleansing product like this one. Today, let’s take a look at the list to see what we really need, then how much we might need in a potential formula. Step three: Consider what’s important and…...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of the Nip + Fab Soften Kale Fix Moisturizer (part three, formula)

Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list. An hour ago, we looked at where to start. Here’s the formula for my first attempt… Please click here for detailed information about the steps I use to duplicate a formula… Join me tomorrow as we take a look at a few modifications for making this…...

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For my Patreon subscribers – the duplicated posts have a home here now!

To all my lovely Patreon subscribers: To make finding things easier, for the duplicating posts, I’ve put together a permanent page that’ll be linked to the right hand side of the blog. Click here to see it! It’s ever so exciting! I honestly didn’t realize how many duplications I’ve done so far! Please note, everyone…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Does behentrimonium methosulfate destroy proteins? Does castor oil contain ricin? Can we create a waterless cleanser? And a recipe for an oil based cleanser from Artemis!

DOES BEHENTRIMONIUM DESTROY PROTEINS?In this post, Workshop!, Irina asks: I have read that BTMS cannot be used with proteins as it destroys proteins. What are you thoughts about this, is this true? Also, have you ever worked with peptides? Peptides said to be very fragile and do not like oils, how do you handle them? It…...

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Duplicating products: My process

Two of the more popular posts on the blog are the Duplicating Products: Lush’s After Life moisturizer (part one) and (part two) posts, and one of the more popular topics is how to duplicate products. I’m not planning on getting into duplicating products for the blog again – although I’ll always post those I’m working on to give…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Why so many emulsifiers in a commercial product, why we weigh essential oils, heating our phases, and creating a double boiler

In this post, Keisha asks: I’ve fallen in love with Laura Mercier’s Ambre Vanilla Souffle and was trying to replicate it. Looking at the ingredients, it seems like they might have used two different emulsifiers (glyceryl stearate & peg-100; cetearyl alcohol & polysorbate 60.) I’m curious, why would someone use two different complete emulsifiers? I was able to…...

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Duplicating products: Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner (part three)

So we’ve taken a look at what makes a cleansing conditioner cleansing, the ingredient list for the Curl Junkie product, and a possible duplicate. Now let’s take a look at some other ways we could duplicate this product! I suggested this recipe as a possible duplication yesterday… POSSIBLE DUPLICATION OF THE CURL JUNKIE DAILY FIX…...

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Duplicating products: Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner (part two)

So what do we need to include in a duplicate recipe for this product? Take a look at the ingredient list again – Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG -7 Olivate, Guar Hydroxypropytrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Mentha Piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Yucca…...

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