Ingredient: Calendula extract (water soluble)

I’ve used this one so many times, but I’ve never written an entire post on it, which is surprising as I love it so much! I’ve written about the oil soluble extract or infused oil, which is awesome, but let’s take a few minutes to consider the water soluble aspects of this wonderful flower! So…...

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Why did I buy that again? Hydroxyethylcelullose

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Ingredient: Olive oil unsaponifiables

Olive oil unsaponifiables (INCI: Olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables) are the unsaponifiable portion of olive oil that can be used in our products as an oil and ethanol soluble emollient, much in the way we’d use olive oil.  Use it the way you would any other oil, but especially where you want a light product,…...

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Ingredient: Kera straightening and curls (updated)

I’m planning to share a recipe with you that contains this ingredient kera straightening and curls (INCI: Hydrolyzed Keratin & Trametes Versicolor Extract), so it seemed like a good idea to take a look at it! We’re all familiar with keratin – it’s the protein we find in our hair, skin, and nails. The hydrolyzation of it…...

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Ingredient: Lycopene bioferment (updated)

I’m extremely fortunate to receive awesome free stuff from the Formulator Sample Shop*, but I can’t just use an ingredient without doing some research, so let’s take a look at what I’ve learned about lycopene bioferment. Lycopene is a tetraterpene, a carotene, and a major pigment in tomatoes. It is a strong anti-oxidant that scavenges…...

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Ingredient: Lupine amino acids

I received some lupine amino acids from the Formulator Sample Shop*, so I thought I’d play around with them for a bit. But you know me…I can’t just use something, I have to research it, so let’s take a look at this ingredient! Lupine amino acids are – wait for it – amino acids from…...

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Ingredient: Date palm extract (updated)

I’ve become interested in date palm extract lately – I’ve seen quite a few references to it lately as an anti-wrinkle ingredient, and I was given a sample of it from the Formulator Sample Shop*. I’m already using it in the form of their Volumizing Complex PF (Water & Rice Amino Acids & Lactobacillus/Date Fruit Ferment…...

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Foaming bath butter: Let’s make a white chocolate foaming bath butter sugar scrub!

Yesterday we got acquainted with foaming bath butter, that pasty surfactant mix that we can whip into a lovely frothy mixture to which we can add various exfoliants, like sugar, colours, oils, and fragrances to make a great foamy and lathery body scrub. Let’s take a look at making one now. I decided to keep…...

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Why did I buy this and what the heck can I do with it? Foaming bath butter

I’ve always wanted to play with Foaming Bath Butter, but I could never find it. Then Voyageur Soap & Candle brought it in, and it was time to play! (You can get this at various suppliers. Check the frequently asked questions section of the blog to find a supplier near you!) So what is foaming…...

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Thickeners: Ritathix DOE

As I mentioned in this Weekend Wonderings post, I bought Ritathix DOE, a thickener for surfactant based products and I thought I’d give it a try. Let’s take a look at this thickener in this post, then look at how I use it to thicken things in tomorrow’s post. Then we’ll compare it to Crothix…...

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