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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Recipes from the HSCG 2017 conference: Niacinamide & willow bark hydro-gel – part two, all about Sepinov EMT 10

In yesterday’s post, we took a look at the ingredients to create a hydrating and oil free recipe with niacinamide and willow bark. Today, let’s take a look at this new gelling agent and what it offers. I’m using Sepinov EMT 10 as my gelling agent (INCI: Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer). It’s a pre-neutralized polymer...

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Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Gigawhite & Vitamin C moisturizer with Aristoflex AVC – the water phase (updated)

We took a look at the oil phase and emulsifier in this recipe yesterday. Let’s take a look at the water phase today. Because I can only use around 5% oils in this recipe, it’s even more important to choose our water phase carefully to include ingredients that will hydrate our skin. I’m adding resveratrol in this...

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Newbie Tuesday: Gels, gels, gels! Making a gelled toner with Ultrez 20

Last week, we met our gelling agents – Ultrez 20, a carbomer that has to be neturalized with something like triethanolamine or 18% lye, and Sepimax Zen, a pre-neutralized polymer. We’ll play with Ultrez 20 this week and Sepimax Zen next week. There are two ways to make something with Ultrez 20: You can add...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner (part four) – adding cosmeceuticals

Yesterday we took a look at cosmeceuticals and a few that we could incorporate into our toners. Today we’ll create a few recipes you can try at home! Let’s say you liked this simple toner for dry skin with rose water and cucumber, what could we add to this mix? Quick note: This toner is...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner (part three) – introduction to cosmeceuticals

When last we met – which was a while ago, sorry! – we were looking at modifying a basic toner recipe using humectants, hydrolyzed proteins, cationic polymers, and more. This week I’d like to take a look at modifying the recipe further using what we call cosmeceuticals. What’s a cosmeceutical? They’re “cosmetic products with properties very similar...

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Update on the Newbie Tuesday facial products series

I thought I’d share an update on my plans for what we’re making next. I’m sorry we got off track recently, but I think I planned more than I could handle given what’s been happening with our family lately. I think this schedule I’m planning out here is do-able, although there may be side trips...

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A few resources that might interest you today about salicylic acid and acne

I found a few resources that might interest you if you’re interested in learning more about formulating with salicylic acid in your products, something I’ll be discussing as we get back to making toners in the Newbie Tuesday series on facial products, which starts again on Monday, January 16th. What you see here is willow...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner, part two

Last week we started making toners. This week, we’ll modify them using some of the interesting ingredients we can get from our suppliers. As an aside, there’s nothing wrong with a simple toner of rose water or witch hazel plus preservative. Simple can be just as awesome as super and ridiculously complicated, so don’t stress...

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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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