Formulating fun! Quick key lime meringue lotion with Aristoflex AVC

Yesterday, we met lime butter (INCI: Citrus Latifolia Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (and) Tocopherol), which I’m using in this formula because I like it as an emollient, plus it smells amazing! Today, let’s create a light, cold process lotion using Aristoflex AVC and Penstia powder. If you’ve ever wondered what the proceeds of the five…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How emulsifiers affect the properties of a lotion – part two

In part one, we looked at substituting one oil or butter for another oil or butter in a lotion. In part two, we altered the viscosity by altering the oil phase. In part three, we took a look at how your choice of emulsifier alters the properties of a lotion, and made lotions with emulsifying…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How emulsifiers affect the properties of a lotion

Welcome to part three of this new series, Formulating Fundamentals! In part one, we looked at substituting one oil or butter for another oil or butter in a lotion. In part two, we altered the viscosity by altering the oil phase. Today, let’s take a look at how your emulsifier alters the properties of a…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: Altering the viscosity by altering the oil phase

Welcome to this new series I’m calling Formulating Fundamentals Friday where I’ll be sharing all kinds of things I hope you’ll find useful in learning how to formulate your own products. If this is all completely new to you, check out the Beginners! Start here! section of the blog.  Last week, I introduced you to…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: Substituting one emollient for another in a lotion! 

Welcome to this new series I’m calling Formulating Fundamentals Friday where I’ll be sharing all kinds of things I hope you’ll find useful in learning how to formulate your own products. If this is all completely new to you, check out the Beginners! Start here! section of the blog.  In my lotion formulas, you can…...

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Babassu, coconut & quinoa hand and body lotion becomes botanical bounty of extracts

We had fun formulating this babassu, coconut & quinoa hand & body lotion at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary in November – click here to see yesterday’s post – but I thought it’d be fun to make a few changes because, you know, I can’t leave well enough alone! I love love love…...

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From my classes: Babassu, coconut & quinoa hand and body lotion

I’ve been wanting to share this formula with you since my return from Calgary in mid-November, but I’m always so swamped with other things. I’m taking a break from the gel series for a few days… Cold, windy, snowy winters might be all picturesque and stuff, but it can do one heck of a number…...

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

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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Oh, the weather outside is frightful: Formulating a chamomile & allantoin occlusive hydrating spray for winter 

Oh, the weather outside is frightful – okay, not where I live as it’s sunny with a high of 13°C, but it’ll be cold and windy soon enough – and that means wind and cold chapping! There are a few awesome ingredients you can use to protect your skin from the elements, like allantoin, which…...

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I’m like a kid in a candy store at Windy Point Soap: Making an ECOcert lotion using Olivem 1000 – modifying the formula

On Sunday, we started designing this Olivem 1000 lotion with an eye to including lovely ingredients to create a mostly natural, green, ECOcert, readily biodegradable, super creamy lotion. Yesterday, I shared a formula from a class I held at Windy Point Soap in Calgary on the weekend. Today, let’s take a look at a few…...

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