Formula: Essential oil blend that might be like Saje’s Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy

I was leafing through my lab notebook today, and I came across these essential oil blends I made up some time in 2016 to smell a bit like the Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy by Saje. It seems like I need to use this one a lot lately… Their product, which is $29 for 10 ml!, contains peppermint…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub variations – modifying the emulsifier

I realized I was burning through a lot of these terms over the last two weeks, so I wanted to stop and take a look at what all this stuff we’ve been talking about means in terms of our products and our experiences as I think the best way to learn is to read something,…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub variations – modifying the fatty alcohol

Last week, we took a look at making this luscious emulsified scrub with tucuma butter & babassu oil. Today, let’s look at a few ways we could modify it! Let’s take some of the concepts we discussed in today’s other post – Defining some cosmetic chemistry terms: Spreadability, play time, cushion, drag, and melt point –…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub with tucuma butter & babassu oil 

I love emulsified scrubs so much! They’re relatively easy to make – melt, freeze, mix, package, use – and you can make so many changes to alter the skin feel and everything else! You’ll notice this formula is quite similar to the emulsified scrub bar I made back in July, and that’s because I wanted a…...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Ingredients to reduce hyperpigmentation (part one)

We’ve spent the last week looking at various ways we can “improve radiance” and “brighten skin”. On Monday, we took a look at using hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and reduce dryness. On Wednesday, we created a hand & body lotion for more humid climates, and Thursday, we created one for more arid…...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: ECOcert facial moisturizer with Varisoft EQ65

One of my favourite new ingredients is Varisoft EQ 65 (INCI: Distearoylethyl dimonium chloride (and) cetearyl alcohol). It’s a green, readily biodegradable, and ECOcert positively charged or cationic compound that works as an emulsifier for lotions and conditioners for your hair. It has to have the pH reduced to 5 to be positive or cationic, so…...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Hydrating lotions for less humid climates

On Monday, we started this series – What does it mean if something “improves radiance” or “brightens skin”? – by looking at how we can use humectants and moisturizing ingredients to decrease skin dryness and increase skin hydration. Yesterday, we made a hydrating hand & body lotion for more humid climates in which we added a…...

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Formula: Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a massage oil in a rollerball bottle

I love the love so much, I wanted to share with you this massage oil that’s super easy to make and can be customized to include what’s in your workshop! You could put this in a bottle with a treatment pump or another cap, but I like to make these in roller bottles to make…...

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Celebrate another day of National Bubble Bath Day with a solid bubble bath more suitable for humid climates

Yesterday, we celebrated National Bubble Bath Day with a solid bubble bath formula suitable for a less humid climate. Since where I live can get so humid you can see little water droplets in the air, I modified the formula to avoid using a lot of glycerin, which attracts moisture from the atmosphere to itself…....

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