Newbie Tuesday: Facial cleansers – creating a recipe

Yay! The day is here! We’re creating a very basic facial cleanser recipe for each skin type, which you can try out, then modify it with all kinds of interesting ingredients over the next few days. Then we can get together next Tuesday to look at what you thought of the product and what changes…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Facial cleansers – the pH of our ingredients

One more thing before we get to the details of our various surfactants…Let’s take a look at the importance of the pH of our products. Our skin has an acid mantle, which is a fine, slightly acidic film with a pH of 4.7 to 5.9, which acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses, and other…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Facial cleansers – what are surfactants?

On Tuesday, I asked you to think about your skin type. Today I’ll share with you what I know and love about foamy, bubbly, and lathery surfactants. I love surfactants the way other women love shoes. I have a closet of them, and sometimes I take them out of their little box in my workshop…...

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Emulsifiers: Aristoflex AVC – a facial serum with Vitamin C and ferulic acid

I liked yesterday’s lotion and I really liked last week’s lotion with Aristoflex AVC. But there are more experiments to be done, so let’s take a look at a Vitamin C and ferulic acid serum made with this new emulsifier! The main ingredients in this recipe are ferulic acid and Vitamin C, a combination that…...

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Emulsifiers: Aristoflex AVC – a light lotion with pumpkin seed oil, allantoin and bull kelp bioferment

I’ve been in the workshop playing with Aristoflex AVC, a new to me all-in-one emulsifier that creates gels and light lotions at only 1%! It’s also a cold emulsifier, meaning no heating required, which is why I can make 8 in one day! On Thursday, I introduced you to a moisturizer with moringa seed oil…...

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Emulsifier: Aristoflex AVC – light lotion with silicones and oil soluble extract

I introduced you to a new emulsifier, Aristoflex AVC, yesterday. Today I’ll share the first recipe I tried with it! As with anything I get new, I like to make a small batch of the product so I can see what I think. I made a 100 gram batch of this product, and it filled…...

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Formulating a foaming facial cleanser good for lash extensions – version #2

We took a look at a foaming facial cleanser that might be good for lash extensions yesterday, and I thought we’d look at another version today. WITCH HAZEL & MARSHMALLOW FOAMING FACE AND LASH CLEANSER58.5% distilled ater10% foaming soy surfactant10% witch hazel5% cocamidopropyl betaine5% marshmallow extract5% white tea extract (liquid)2% panthenol2% quaternized rice (or another…...

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Formulating a foaming facial cleanser good for lash extensions – version #1

I’m a huge fan of my foaming facial cleanser with foaming soy surfactant, but I thought I’d try a variation on this recipe that would be more suitable for normal to dry skin. I started getting eye lash extensions in October because I have short eye lashes and I was tired of messing up my…...

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Formulating an under eye gel: Raymond’s creation

Last Sunday, Raymond and I made it into the workshop to make some eye gel. He’s been using it for a week now, and it’s time to share the recipe! We started by establishing our goals. What did Raymond want from an eye gel? He is getting worried about having dark circles under his eyes…...

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Fun with soy: Creating a foaming soy cleanser

I admit I’m totally addicted to my favourite foaming facial cleanser. It feels great on my skin, and it lasts forever! (I only need to make 100 ml every four or five months!) I’ve tried it with foaming silk, foaming oat, and foaming rice surfactants, and thought it was time to try it with foaming…...

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