Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How emulsifiers affect the properties of a lotion

Welcome to part three of this new series, Formulating Fundamentals! In part one, we looked at substituting one oil or butter for another oil or butter in a lotion. In part two, we altered the viscosity by altering the oil phase. Today, let’s take a look at how your emulsifier alters the properties of a...

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Potential duplication of Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion (part four)

Thanks for joining me for part four of this potential duplication. On Saturday, we took a look at the first part of the ingredient list, and we looked at the rest of the ingredient list on Sunday. We figured out and made a prototype formula yesterday, so let’s take a moment today to gather some...

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Potential duplication of Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion (part three)

Thanks for joining me for part three of this potential duplication. On Saturday, we took a look at the first part of the ingredient list, and we looked at the rest of the ingredient list yesterday. Let’s figure out what we’ll use in the prototype so I can go shopping and get supplies! Let’s break the...

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Potential duplication of Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion (part two)

Thanks for joining me for part two of this potential duplication. Yesterday, we took a look at the first part of the ingredient list. Let’s take a look at the second half so we can figure out a great place to start our potential duplication. Glyceryl stearate SE: And here’s our stabilizer. You can use...

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Potential duplication of Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion (part one)

While she was Christmas shopping, our wonderful daughter, Emrys, ventured into Saje, a “wellness shop” that carries all manner of lotions and potions that’s just opened up in a mall near us. Her boyfriend suggested they buy a lotion called Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion, but she wanted to make it instead! Woo! Let’s get...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: Altering the viscosity by altering the oil phase

Welcome to this new series I’m calling Formulating Fundamentals Friday where I’ll be sharing all kinds of things I hope you’ll find useful in learning how to formulate your own products. If this is all completely new to you, check out the Beginners! Start here! section of the blog.  Last week, I introduced you to...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: Substituting one emollient for another in a lotion! 

Welcome to this new series I’m calling Formulating Fundamentals Friday where I’ll be sharing all kinds of things I hope you’ll find useful in learning how to formulate your own products. If this is all completely new to you, check out the Beginners! Start here! section of the blog.  In my lotion formulas, you can...

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Q&A: Heating, holding, and evaporating the heated water phase?

In the December Q&A, Michele asked: When you are heating your distilled water do you boil it on the stove and heat and hold for 20-25 minutes? Is that necessary or only necessary when making some formulations? I find when I do this, the water evaporates. I’m concerned that my percentages are no longer accurate because...

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Babassu, coconut & quinoa hand and body lotion becomes botanical bounty of extracts

We had fun formulating this babassu, coconut & quinoa hand & body lotion at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary in November – click here to see yesterday’s post – but I thought it’d be fun to make a few changes because, you know, I can’t leave well enough alone! I love love love...

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From my classes: Babassu, coconut & quinoa hand and body lotion

I’ve been wanting to share this formula with you since my return from Calgary in mid-November, but I’m always so swamped with other things. I’m taking a break from the gel series for a few days… Cold, windy, snowy winters might be all picturesque and stuff, but it can do one heck of a number...

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