Ingredient: LuxGlide or LexFeel silicone replacements

I’ve been working with these ingredients for a bit now, and I wanted to share them with you! We had great fun making products with them at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, and I wanted to share information about these ingredients before sharing a formula or two. As a note, there’s some misunderstanding...

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Ingredient: Sodium stearate and making clear gel sticks

Windy Point Soap brought in sodium stearate after I bugged Michele about it, so I thought I’d share more about this ingredient and why I wanted to have it!  If you’re looking to make deodorant sticks, my suggestion is to avoid lotion bars with added baking soda and try making a gel stick with sodium...

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What’s the suggested usage rate for cetrimonium chloride in leave on products?

I get this question all the time, so I thought I should write a post that’ll come up in searches for future reference… Cetrimonium chloride is a positively charged or cationic ingredient that acts as a good detangler by reducing combing forces, which reduces friction on our hair. We can use it as the main...

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Ingredient: Moisture Plex Advanced (humectant)

I can’t believe I haven’t shared my thoughts about this ingredient from Formulator Sample Shop! I’ve used it a lot for years, especially in products where I didn’t want the stickiness of glycerin.  Moisture Plex Advanced from Formulator Sample Shop (INCI Glycerin & Water & Sodium PCA & Urea & Trehalose & Polyquaternium-51 & Sodium Hyaluronate). I’m...

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Subscribers’ Q&A and Discussion: What’s the effective level of ingredients? And thought about using tiny amounts

Amber is on fire this week! In Potential duplication of L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream (part four), she shares: I have to agree with the rant about products that contain tiny bits of this and that. I always, always wonder what the effective level is of each ingredient? I know some things are very effective at very low...

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Surfactants: Sodium coco sulfate (SCS)

Earlier today, I shared with you a duplication of Lush’s Jumping Juniper shampoo bar in which I used sodium coco sulfate. What is this surfactant and why would we use it in a shampoo bar? Sodium coco sulfate (SCS) is closely related to one of the most disliked surfactants, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), so what...

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Liquorice root extract

Liquorice root (or licorice root, if you’re American – INCI: Glycrrhiza glabra) is supposed to work as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-irritant, demulcent, skin whitening, and wound healing ingredient when applied topically. Let’s take a look at what gives liquorice its awesome qualities. Liquorice root contains amino acids, flavonoids, phytosterols like ß-sitosterol and stigmasterol, coumarins,...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: What the heck is this and what can I do with it? Inulin

In the May Q&A, firegirl asked: I bought some inulin as I saw it sold on a supplier site. It says it replace quats in a more environmental way. Has anyone tried this? What is inulin? It’s a polysaccharide that can behave as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and surfactant. (This post) They “have a sweet taste and are present in...

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New ingredients in my workshop: Cucumber hydrosol

I love cucumbers – they’re one of the only vegetables I will eat as I’m super picky – and I love the smell of them in all kinds of products, so let’s take a look at a water soluble way to use cucumbers in our products in the form of a cucumber hydrosol. The version...

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Weekday Wonderings: Is MCT the same as PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides? Can I add things to aloe vera gel? Using SCI in liquid products?

I haven’t been answering many comments you’ve been leaving on this new blog because I feel that when I enter a conversation, it stops, and that’s no fun. But I wanted to return to the idea of doing the Weekend Wonderings based on your questions and comments, as well as highlight some of the cool...

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