Discussion: What are your favourite ingredients? Lotions and facial products

In the February Q&A, Cecilia asked: I’m picking up some new things again. Looking for more naturally-derived/natural adjacent stuff. Looking for thickeners, emulsifiers, surfactants (I have SCI, CB, decyl and coco glucosides I think), any cool actives, preservatives… doesn’t have to be natural. but what would be your top say 10 or so ingredients, I … Read more

Member exclusive: Making lotions with Varisoft EQ 65 (part two, the formula) – The light, fluffy, triple threat 97% natural or ECOcert lotion

Yesterday, we took a look at some guidelines around making lotions with Varisoft EQ 65, an ECOcert cationic or positively charged emulsifier that can be used for conditioners as well as lotions. Let’s create a formula for a light, fluffy, mousse like lotion today. I’m on a serious ester kick right now – you’ll see...

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Member exclusive: Making lotions using Varisoft EQ 65 (part one)

In the January Patreon Q&A, Emmi asked how we could incorporate water soluble ingredients into lotion bars, then casually mentioned she had Varisoft EQ 65 that she might be able to use as an emulsifier. Yes, this is possible, as we saw in this solid scrub bar! We’ve made so many lotions using cationic quaternary...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How to incorporate water soluble ingredients into anhydrous bars using an emulsifier

In the January Patreon Q&A, Emmi asked how we could incorporate water soluble ingredients into lotion bars, then casually mentioned she had Varisoft EQ 65 (positively charged emulsifier that we can use as a hair conditioner) that she might be able to use as an emulsifier. Yes, this is possible, so let’s take a look at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Making conditioners with Varisoft EQ 65 – the formula

In the first post of this series, we met Varisoft EQ 65 and in the second post in the series, we compared it to ICE Hair restore and a few other conditioners. In today’s post, let’s take a look at a conditioner formula I’m absolutely loving right now! Remember to follow all the instructions exactly...

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Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Rosehip & calendula moisturizer (part two)

On Monday, we met a new emulsifier, Simulgreen 18-2, and yesterday we created a facial moisturizer with it. Let’s spend some time looking at why I chose the ingredients I chose! We have three phases: the heated water phase, which contains anything that is water soluble and can stand heat; the heated oil phase, which … Read more

Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Rosehip & calendula moisturizer (part one)

Yesterday, we met a neat new emulsifier, Simulgreen 18-2. Let’s take a look at the facial moisturizer I created for my demonstration at the 2017 Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild conference, which was very kindly sponsored by Lotioncrafter. There are so many cool things about this formula, but the best might be that all the … Read more