Duplication: Potential acne cleanser similar to Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser?

In the November Q&A post, Amy asked: So my 20 something year old daughter approached me and asked if I could try my hand at duplicating her acne face wash, she’s tired of paying $15/bottle. It’s Mario Badescu acne facial cleanser. Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone,…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Adding Vita Burst Beads to our products – facial cleansers

We’ve spent the week having some fun with this gelled toner I taught at the first ever spa products class day at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types. On Tuesday, we took a look at…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Adding SCI to oils to create a cleanser? (updated)

I’m trying so hard to get through your comments, but I’m still back in June. There are just so many good ones, it’s hard to answer them with a quick comment or two. In this post, Formulating a Cream Cleanser for dry skin, Afriyie’s Faith asked: Hi Susan, thank you so much for creating an awesome…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Can I use Sepimax ZEN to thicken a facial cleanser so I can include dermabrasion crystals?

In this post, Modifying the facial cleanser even more with hydrolyzed proteins, Jamil asked:  Could I substitute Sepimax ZEN for the Crothix in the cleanser for oily skin recipe and then add dermabrasion crystals to make it a scrub? If so at what Percentage? The crystals did not stay suspended with Crothix.  Yes! Sepimax ZEN can…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner

If you’ve been following the Newbie Tuesday facial products series, you’ll know we’ve spent the last three months making various cleansers for our skin. Let’s take a look at making toners today. What’s a toner? It’s a liquid or gel that we apply after we clean our skin to make it feel nice. I’ve seen…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Modifying your facial cleanser into a foamer bottle recipe

Two weeks ago we talked about adding chemical exfoliants in our cleansers: Today we’ll look at turning them into foaming facial products using these cute foamer bottles. Sorry for being a week late on this. As you know, things have been pretty awful around here and we’re still trying to figure out how to do…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser with chemical exfoliants in the form of powdered extracts

I know sometimes when people see the word “chemical” they stress out, but it shouldn’t! The word chemical only means “something that contains elements“, which is to say everything on earth. Your hair, your window, your cup of tea, arsenic, mushrooms – everything on earth is a chemical. So when we talk about chemical exfoliants,…...

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Newbie Tuesday on Wednesday: Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser (part two)

How do we turn the facial cleanser with botanical extracts (part three) into an exfoliating cleanser by adding a physical exfoliant? I’m so glad you asked! Check out the first part of this post by clicking this link, or scroll down to see the other posts in this series. HONEY, CHAMOMILE & CUCUMBER FACIAL CLEANSER…...

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Newbie Tuesday: How to turn your facial cleanser into an exfoliating facial cleanser

So you’ve made a facial cleanser you really like. What’s next? Let’s turn it into an exfoliating cleanser! There are two ways we can exfoliate – using chemical exfoliants or physical exfoliants. Physical exfoliants are ingredients like loofah, jojoba beads, sugar, salt, fruit seeds, and anything that removes dead skin by abrading it. For facial products,…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Making facial cleansers – feedback

You’ve been awesome in sharing your thoughts about the facial cleansers you’ve been making, but I’d like to hear more from you. What do you think of the recipe you made? (Please specify which recipe you made or share if it’s your own version)What do you like?What don’t you like?Is there something you’d like to…...

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