Members’ exclusive: Working with liposomes – Vitamin C in a light moisturizer

Yesterday, we took a look at how to use MAP liposomes in a light, gelled facial serum. Today, let’s see how these might work in a lotion. Keep this in mind when we’re formulating with these liposomes: They should be used at 1% to 10% in the cool down phase (lower than 45˚C) in products...

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Some thoughts on what you could do for an emulsified cucumber body butter (Polawax)

We’ve been having some fun re-creating a safer, more stable version of this terrible HGTV recipe for a homemade cucumber body butter, and I thought after making the Simulgreen 18-2 version yesterday we could finish this series up with a Polawax version! Let’s use this formula for a body butter, which you can find in … Read more

Some thoughts on what you could do for a 99% natural, emulsified cucumber body butter (Simulgreen 18-2)

If the idea of a cucumber body butter appeals to you, but you didn’t want to create the separated, contaminated mess we met in HGTV’s seriously awful recipe, join me now to make an emulsified body butter using a few different cucumber extracts. We took a look at making anhydrous or non-water containing formulas for … Read more

Another installment of “for the love of God, please don’t make this!” – HGTV’s homemade cucumber body butter

Why does Mother’s Day bring out the worst possible formulas for bath & body products from companies who have no business sharing them? Last year we had the wet tea leaf contamination extravaganza from David’s Tea: This year, HGTV put out this recipe for “homemade cucumber body butter”. You can find my post from Facebook … Read more

Members’ Q&A: How to administer tests on emulsions for stability?

In the April Q&A, Tash asked: I like mucking about with things to see if I can break them. I’ve done it previously by deliberately contaminating my emulsified sugar scrub with bread, fish tank water etc to see how well the preservative system held up. So I was interested to read about the freeze-thaw test in the...

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Members’ Q&A: Formulating an oil free moisturizer? And a huge aside on polarity and solubility

In the April Q&A, Kelly asked: I’m looking through some of the prior ezines as I need to create an oil free body moisturizer. I’m planning to start fake baking, spray tanning! All recommendations point out that to get lasting results, and less streaking etc, that an oil free moisturizer is best suited. If you have...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part two)

In part one of this question we reviewed Thais’s formula and did a little thinking. Today, let’s look at a few ingredients we could add to her product to make it more moisturizing or hydrating. Thais wrote to note that she used 10% hyaluronic acid gel (it contains 0.1% hyaluronic acid), so we need to...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part one)

In the Patreon February 2018 Q&A, Thais asked: As I mentioned a couple of times before I’m really into making lovely serums and light lotions with cosmeceuticals. I received a few days ago, my bigger than intended order from Lotioncrafter and was “scared” of trying to play with some products, scared of mixing stuff wrong...

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