Why I don’t create today, share tomorrow

This is why I never make something today, share the formula tomorrow. It takes time to see how a product performs in different temperatures and humidities, to see if a lotion separates, a thickener fails, a suspender sinks. We saw that big time while working with the Garamite 7308, thickening clay, as everything fell apart…...

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Discussion: “Is it natural?” Clean beauty

On Friday, April 12th, we took a look at The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification. On Saturday, April 13th, we took a look at at the ideas of “derived from”, minimally processed, and the use of sustainable resources. On Sunday, April 14th, we took a look at how easy it might be to be green…....

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part two

Yesterday, we reviewed the ingredient list for Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner. Today, let’s take a closer look at those ingredients and how we might create a potential formula for the product. Ingredients: Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru) Fresh Strawberry Puree (Fragaria Vesca)*, Fresh Orange Puree (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis)…...

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Discussion: “Is it natural?” Vegan, “inside out”, and non-GMO

On Friday, April 12th, we took a look at The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification. On Saturday, April 13th, we took a look at at the ideas of “derived from”, minimally processed, and the use of sustainable resources. Yesterday, on April 14th, we took a look at how easy it might be to be green…....

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie solid body conditioner? Part one…

In the March Q&A, Katy asked, Hello everyone! I’m just getting started out making my own products. My favorite thing right now is the American Pie solid body conditioner by Lush. I was wondering where I would begin to make something similar. The ingredients seem pretty easy until the end of the list. I’m not sure what the…...

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Discussion: “Is it natural?” It’s not easy being green…

On Friday, April 12th, we took a look at The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification. Yesterday, on April 13th, we took a look at at the ideas of “derived from”, minimally processed, and the use of sustainable resources. Today, let’s take a look at a few concepts we hear all the time about creating more…...

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Discussion: “Is it natural?” Derivation, processes, and sustainability

Yesterday, we took a look at The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification. Today, let’s take a look at a few concepts we hear all the time about creating more natural products.  “Is it natural?” I’m asked this question every single day about ingredients and formulas, and there’s no easy answer. There’s no definition of…...

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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification, and the designation MB (Mass Balance)

I realize I’m starting every sentence lately with, “When I was at In Cosmetics Global…”, but there was so much to take in while we were there for the three days, and I’m so excited at the prospect of sharing all of it with you! One of the trends we noticed was the use of…...

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What a wonderful day for formulating!

What a way to spend a day, eh? Yesterday, I was making in London products at Alchemy Labs with Jane of Making Skincare and Learn Cosmetic Formulation, Anja, and Nanette! We made, in order, HIPEgel Aqua water-in-oil (w/o) lotion, the same lotion with tapioca starch, HIPE Oleo lotion with 90% oil phase, brand new Sapogel…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How thickeners affect the properties of a lotion – stearic acid & lanolin alcohol (part one)

Welcome back to Formulating Fundamentals Friday! I’ve added a new section of the blog I’ve entitled Formulating Fundamentals where you’ll find these posts along with the other ones I’ve written about defining cosmetic chemistry terms. I also encourage you to have the glossary open as we work through this series as a reference. In part…...

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