Q&A: How can I stabilize the colour of products with watermelon extract?

In the June Q&A, Anna asked, I formulate 99-100% natural products, and love color, so I’ve been using natural colorants in my products, such as glycerites, watermelon powder (Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract from Formulator Sample shop). My general formula is: hydrosols, distilled water, allantoin, sodium lactate, glycerite (or watermelon powder), natural chelating agent-PA3 (Sodium…...

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Q&A: Can we use food grade herbal supplements in our skin care products?

In the February Q&A, Marina asked, Hello, Susan (and everyone else!), what’s your opinion on using dry herbal extracts being sold for health supplements for skin care? Horse chestnut extract sounds intriguing to me, which I first found at New Directions Aromatics. Because of higher shipping cost and minimum order fee from NDA, I looked for…...

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#alltheingredients: Walnut extract G

As you know, I’ve been doing a massive inventory in my workshop, and I’m not hoarding ingredients any more, so let’s get to know another one – FSS Walnut Extract G – which was sent to me by the Formulator Sample Shop for free. (Click here to learn more about my relationship with suppliers.)  This…...

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#alltheingredients: Carob Extract

I have this new extract – carob extract (Aqua (and) Glycerin (and) Ceratonia Silqua Fruit Extract , Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies – that seems interesting. It’s the extract from the locust bean carob fruit, from which we get carob – something my husband calls “chocolate that…...

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Ingredient: Calendula extract (water soluble)

I’ve used this one so many times, but I’ve never written an entire post on it, which is surprising as I love it so much! I’ve written about the oil soluble extract or infused oil, which is awesome, but let’s take a few minutes to consider the water soluble aspects of this wonderful flower! So…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Exfoliating botanical extracts

As we saw yesterday, there are all kinds of different botanical extracts we can add to our shampoo to make it just that little bit more awesome! Today, let’s add some exfoliating extracts to help with dandruff or dry skin. The goal is to use extracts and ingredients that cause desquamation or the process of…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Botanical extracts

If this is the first post you’ve seen on this topic, we’ve been working on it for a while. Here’s the list so far… Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar Surfactants: Sodium coco sulfate or SCS Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Powdered surfactants Creating a…...

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New ingredients in my workshop: Cucumber hydrosol

I love cucumbers – they’re one of the only vegetables I will eat as I’m super picky – and I love the smell of them in all kinds of products, so let’s take a look at a water soluble way to use cucumbers in our products in the form of a cucumber hydrosol. The version…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What should be the pH of our finished products for willow bark extract?

In yesterday’s post, we started a discussion on the pH of our products when using AHAs. Today, let’s take a look at willow bark as per Marta’s question in the January Q&A! I’m a big fan of willow bark extract as it contains all that lovely salicylic acid, but it’s far easier to use in…...

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Using 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in our products

In yesterday’s post on cooling sprays, I used aloe vera 200x powder, which is a concentrated powdered extract that we can dissolve into water to make aloe vera. The easiest way to do it is this: Into a container, measure out 1 gram aloe vera 200x extract, add 198 grams of distilled water, and 1…...

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