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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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...
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 … Read more
On my Patreon feed, Laura asked: Question about botanical extracts: I want to avoid using liquid extracts because mane contain Phenoxyethanol and my clients DO NOT want it. Nor do they want Sodium Benzoate. There are not many available preserved with Leucidal Liquid. I do use some powdered extracts, but they tend to not dissolve, settle … Read more
I wanted to share with you my new e-zine, Formulating with botanical extracts, part one. I’m sharing what I know about various extracts, including goji berry, willow bark, pumpkin seed, and more, including a ton of brand new recipes, including a few for a clay mask and a liquid blend you could add to it, … Read more
In June’s Q&A thread, Laura asked: Question about botanical extracts: I want to avoid using liquid extracts because may contain Phenoxyethanol and my clients DO NOT want it. Nor do they want Sodium Benzoate. There are not many available preserved with Leucidal Liquid. I do use some powdered extracts, but they tend to not dissolve,...
I’m slowly working my way through the comments you’ve left me over the last few months, and I’ll be posting those I think would appeal to a larger audience over the next little while. If you have a question, please comment on a relevant post, regardless of how old it might be, and I’ll do … Read more
As we saw in yesterday’s post and Tuesday’s post, we can use all kinds of lovely botanical extracts to take our facial cleansers from great to mega-super-lovely-awesome! If you followed the shopping list for this series, you would have purchased rosemary and chamomile for oily skin, chamomile and green tea for normal skin, and chamomile … Read more