Q&A quickie: What can I substitute for BHT in an anhydrous facial oil?

In the June Q&A, Amy asked, I’ve got a question for ya! I’m duping Elf’s nourishing facial oil, it’s a fairly straight forward dupe. My question is about the BHT, is it really necessary? I’m thinking that they added to extend the life of the oils, but would something like rosemary oleoresin be a more…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part three: Prototype formula

So far we’ve reviewed the ingredients list, took a quick aside to talk about self-preserving lotions and hurdle technology; and thought about how much of each ingredient to use. Today, let’s make a prototype formula for this American Pie Body conditioner lotion!   We’re following the basic lotion making instructions for this formula. 1. Weigh…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part two: How of much of each thing should we use?

Welcome back to the series after our little side trip about “self-preserving” lotions. I can assure you, we will be using preservatives in our version of Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion! (Click here for part one…) And welcome back after my rant about the INCI ingredient list! (Definitely read that!) Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Almond…...

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Another aside about Lush’s “fresh fruit purées” now that I have an ingredient list with INCI names…

Sorry I had to take a break in the Lush duplications, but I finally received my American Pie solid body conditioner and an American Cream solid body wash, and had to address what I saw on the ingredient list they sent me. Point of Interest: The solid body wash is way too fragranced! I love…...

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Preservatives: Let’s talk about hurdle technology and “self-preservation”

Thanks for joining me for this aside on the idea of a product that contains water, like a lotion, can be “self-preserving”. There’s a post on Lush’s site – A beginners’ guide to self-preserving – that we’ll get to shortly, but first, we need to take a look at the idea of hurdle technology, “a term used…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part one: Analyzing the ingredient list

In part one, we reviewed the ingredient list for the American Pie Naked Body Conditioner, an anhydrous bar. In part two, I tried to find one to try, but they were either sold out or discontinued, so I bought a Little Pot of Energy Naked Body Lotion. As an aside, we took a look at…...

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Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part six: Little Pot of Energy, version 4

Welcome back to this duplication of Lush’s Little Pot of Energy solid lotion bar! We’ve been working on this for a few days now. Here are the posts so far in this series… Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner? Part one Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner?…...

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Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part five: Little Pot of Energy, versions 2 and 3

Welcome back to this duplication of Lush’s Little Pot of Energy solid lotion bar! We’ve been working on this for a few days now. Here are the posts so far in this series… Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner? Part one Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie Solid Body Conditioner?…...

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Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part four: Little Pot of Energy, version 1

As I mentioned in part two of this series, I couldn’t find an American Pie Solid Body Conditioner when I was in the UK, so I bought a Little Pot of Energy Naked Body Lotion to see if I could duplicate that one until I could find the appropriate bar. Check out this series so…...

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Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part three: Little Pot of Energy, analyzing the ingredients list

As I mentioned in part two of this series, I couldn’t find an American Pie Solid Body Conditioner when I was in the UK, so I bought a Little Pot of Energy Naked Body Lotion to see if I could duplicate that one until I could find the appropriate bar. Check out this series so…...

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