Q&A: Can I use sodium lauroyl sarcosinate in place of SCI in a creamy cleanser?

In the July Q&A, Tessa asked, So here’s where I need help: How to substitute surfactants. There’s a formula that calls for 5% SCI (powder) and I’d like to use Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate instead. But how can I know what % of this ingredient to use so I can get the same cleansing effect as…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! A series on testing, measuring, and adjusting pH in our products. Creating a facial cleanser with decyl glucoside (part two – the formula!)

Thanks for joining me today to create this foaming facial cleanser with decyl glucoside, which we’ll then test with our pH meters and strips! I’m so excited to share this all with you, so let’s get right to the formula, then the process! Yay! If you’d like to catch up on all the posts in…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! A series on testing, measuring, and adjusting pH in our products. Creating a facial cleanser with decyl glucoside (part one)

This is a bonus formula I teach during my eco facial classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle to demonstrate the fun of testing and adjusting the pH of a cleanser. I call this one my sulfate-free, ECOcert foaming facial cleanser with decyl glucoside, which kinda describes it really well as it contains decyl glucoside as…...

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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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