A look back at 2017: My new favourite ingredients (part one)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve more than 400 new ingredients – not including micas, colourants, glitters, fragrance oils, or essential iols – including so many new surfactants, surfactant thickeners, cold lotion emulsifiers, conditioners, cationic polymers, preservatives, humectants, silicones, esters, oils, butters, extracts & hydrosols, proteins, cosmeceuticals & complexes, emulsifiers, and more, some of…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Dimethicone in hair care products

Dimethicone is a great addition in any hair care product as it offers conditioning, film forming, and de-frizzing. It increases hair’s softness and shine. You can use it in shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, cream rinse, or anti-frizz sprays. The easiest recipe I make is this one for an anti-frizz spray. ANTI-FRIZZ SPRAY90% cyclomethicone10% dimethicone Weigh…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Dimethicone

I’m a huge fan of silicones in just about any application in which you can put an oil. Dimethicone is my favourite by far. It adds slip and glide to a lotion, offers oil free moisturizing in a moisturizer, helps to defrizz my hair in a conditioner, offers conditioning in a shampoo, and more! What…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Water soluble shea butter

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I like water soluble olive oil! It gives me a chance to add some moisturizing to products that normally wouldn’t contain oils, like body washes or toners. Today’s favourite ingredient is similar to yesterday’s – water soluble shea butter (INCI: PEG-50 shea butter). Like the water soluble olive oil…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Water soluble olive oil

I love love love water soluble oils! Water soluble oils are oils that have been esterified to become more water soluble. Some of them can be used as emulsifiers – like Cromollient SCE – but all of them can be used in water only creations, like body washes or shampoos. One of my favourites is water…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Pumpkin seed oil

I’m a huge fan of pumpkin seed oil for a number of reasons. It’s an inexpensive oil that’s easy to find at many suppliers’ shops. It has a nice balance of oleic and linoleic fatty acids with some nice levels of Vitamin E. It has a decent shelf life, and doesn’t have a strong smell…....

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These are a few of my favourite things: Volumizing complex (updated)

I’ve been using the Volumizing Complex from the Formulator Sample Shop* in my leave in conditioner for quite a few years, and I won’t make a leave in without it! The INCI for this product is Water & Rice Amino Acids & Lactobacillus/Date Fruit Ferment Extract & Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluorethyl PEG Phosphate. The rice amino acids will…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Foaming proteins

I’ve been experimenting with foaming protein surfactants over the last two years, and I still can’t figure out which one is my favourite! I started with foaming silk surfactant (also click here), then foaming oat surfactant, then foaming rice surfactant, and recently foaming soy protein surfactant. These surfactants are foamy and lathery cleaning ingredients we can…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Niacinamide

I am finding I’m using niacinamide more and more in my products lately. It’s not just for facial products for me; I’m finding use for it in body butters as well! The claims for niacinamide are pretty substantial and they are backed up by studies and good science. Studies have shown that 2% in a…...

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What’s your favourite thing?

As you may have noticed, I’ve started a series about my favourite ingredients last week, and I thought I’d ask you what you like! What’s your favourite ingredient? Do you have a preferred product in which you like to use it? If it’s a not-so-common ingredient, could you include a link to it in your…...

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