Emulsifiers: Glyceryl stearate SE

Glyceryl stearate SE seems like an old school emulsifier – we can use it with the HLB system as it has a value of 5.5 to 5.9 – but it makes lovely light, fluffy, non-greasy lotions with an elegant skin feel. It’s a modified version of glyceryl stearate, so it can be used as the sole…...

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Creating a light, lime-y emulsified scrub for summer! The formula and visual tutorial

Yesterday, we took a look at my new favourite summery lime-scented emulsified scrub. Let’s look at the formula and how to make this! Combine the heated phase into a glass container and place in the double boiler. I heated it until it all melted – around 70˚C – and left it for another 5 minutes to…...

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Creating a cold process, light kukui nut oil conditioner or lotion with Jeequat® NDCS/ICE conditioner

On Saturday, I shared my new epic conditioner that uses ICE Conditioner or JEEQUAT® NDCS or Naturally Derived Conditioning System (INCI: Cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, sorbitan laurate.) Yesterday, on Sunday, we learned more about this ingredient. Today, I’d like to share with you a super quick, cold process conditioner or lotion so easy to make, we…...

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Some links about the HLB system

As I’ve been working through some comments on the blog – I am trying my hardest to get to them, but there’s so many and I’m trying so hard to put the finishing touches on a super long series – I’ve noticed a few things I thought I should share, enjoy, or question! I’ve noticed…...

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Adapting our formulas to use ECOcert ingredients: Olivem 1000

Originally posted to Patreon on Dec 9, 2017 at 6:00am Let’s continue our series on how to adapt our formulas to use more ECOcert ingredients by taking a look at how we might use Olivem 1000 in the potential duplication of Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter. Part one, defining our terms Part two, gelling agents…...

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An aside about Simulgreen 18-2 (emulsifier)

Originally posted to Patreon on Dec 11, 2016 at 9:39am If you joined us yesterday, you saw the first potential duplication recipe for this product using sorbitan stearate and polysorbate 60. In that post, I mentioned an emulsifier called Simulgreen 18-2 in the recipe, and I wanted to share a quick aside with you about using it…....

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How can we adapt our formulas to be more natural? Share your thoughts!

Originally posted to Patreon on Dec 2, 2017 at 4:59am In this series so far we started by taking a look at a few different ways we could define the word “natural”. then we looked at some gelling agents that might be considered more natural than our carbomers., and we concluded the other day by taking…...

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How can we adapt our formulas to be more natural? Emulsifiers

(originally posted on Patreon on Dec 1, 2017 at 5:00am) In this series so far, we’ve tried to define what “natural” or green might be, and we took a look at some replacements for gelling agents. Let’s take a look today at some emulsifiers we could use in place of Simulsol 165 or Polawax. Before I…...

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Q&A: Wondering about the use of lye/sodium hydroxide in lotion or cream formulas? 

In September Q&A post, tessarex asked, I’m wondering about the use of lye/sodium hydroxide in lotion/cream formulas. I’m curious because I’ve got a friend using Vicco’s Turmeric Cream, which lists its ingredient as – Active Ingredients: Turmeric 16%, Sandalwood oil .5% Cream Base: Stearic acid, Sorbitol, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Sodium Hydroxide, Water. It’s probably not…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub variations – modifying the emulsifier

I realized I was burning through a lot of these terms over the last two weeks, so I wanted to stop and take a look at what all this stuff we’ve been talking about means in terms of our products and our experiences as I think the best way to learn is to read something,…...

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