Membership exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – esters and Neossance Hemisqualane

In this post, Patreon Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?, Doris asked for some ideas for substitutions for panthenol as she was worried it wasn’t vegan. The versions I’ve been using are vegan, but it’s fun to think of other ingredients we might use in our products, so let’s take a look at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – water soluble bamboo

In this post, Patreon Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?, Doris asked for some ideas for substitutions for panthenol as she was worried it wasn’t vegan. The version I’ve been using are vegan, but it’s fun to think of other ingredients we might use in our products, so let’s take a look at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – propanediol 1,3

In this post, we took a look at a few ingredients we could use as possible replacements for panthenol in hair care products as Doris was concerned that panthenol might be derived from animal sources. We ascertained that the versions I have at home from Voyageur Soap & Candle, Lotioncrafter, and Making Cosmetics are vegan,...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Can I leave essential or fragrance oils out of formulas?

In the February Q&A, Sima asked: I am very sensitive to smell and get migraines. I use Kevin Murphy shampoo as it is the only shampoo that I find that doesn’t give me a headache. But I want to make my own shampoo and conditioners so I would love your advice on essential oils and fragrances....

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?

In the February Q&A, Doris asked: I have a number of friends who are vegan and I would like to find panthenol that is strictly plant-based. Apparently, it can come from plants, honey, or meat. So far, I’ve had no luck finding a supplier for vegan panthenol (there’s no mention of the source at the places...

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Member exclusive duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil (part two)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Elin asked if we could duplicate the Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil? Sure! In yesterday’s post, we took a look what each ingredient might do in the product. Today, let’s take a look at how we might make a starting formula for this duplication by figuring out how...

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Member exclusive duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil (part one with asides)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Elin asked if we could duplicate the Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil? Sure! What does this product do? “This one-of-a-kind oil is our secret to hair’s silky perfection. Infused with argan oil, it helps nutrients seep into the hair shaft to protect each strand from styling heat and...

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Question: How can we add a cationic polymer to an anionic product, like shampoo, body wash, or facial cleansers?

I can’t remember who asked it where, but someone asked me: How can we add a positively charged or cationic ingredient like polyquaternium 7 or Honeyquat to a negatively charged or anionic surfactant blend, like a shampoo or body wash? Great question! Let’s recap a bit of the chemistry for a second. (Check out this … Read more

Member exclusive Q&A: Making conditioners with Varisoft EQ 65 – the formula

In the first post of this series, we met Varisoft EQ 65 and in the second post in the series, we compared it to ICE Hair restore and a few other conditioners. In today’s post, let’s take a look at a conditioner formula I’m absolutely loving right now! Remember to follow all the instructions exactly...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Varisoft EQ 65 – all kinds of questions (part two)

As we saw in the previous post, Varisoft EQ 65 is an awesome conditioning ingredient that just needs a little more care and attention when you’re formulating with it. Let’s continue with the question JW posted in the Patreon January Q&A: I have fine hair so I’m interested in Varisoft EQ 65. How is it finicky?...

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