I’m like a kid in a candy store at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies: Creating a chia seed & honey lotion using Polawax

We’ve been having great fun working with cold emulsifiers during my classes at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary this week! (We have five more classes to go – pH & preservatives, eco lotion making, intermediate lotion making, facial products, and premium facial products this week and weekend!) But I thought I’d share one…...

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My classes at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies starting this weekend and a fun new formula!

We’re leaving tomorrow for ten fun-filled day of classes at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies, and hanging out with my Calgary friends, Michele, Keith, and Jenna! Yay! While I’m away, I’ll be sharing all kinds of formulas we’ll be making along with information on ingredients, experiments, and all the great stuff we’re doing out there!…...

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Back to basics: Making your first lotion!

I see people asking all the time where to start the process of learning how to make lotions, and my first suggestion is to check out the beginners’ section of my blog where I have starting formulas for all kinds of products, from whipped butter and lotion bars to lotions, creams, and body butters along…...

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Potential duplication for Coochy Shave Cream (part four)

First, we took a look at the ingredient list for Coochy Shave Cream, Frosted Cake, then we figured out what’s important and how much of each thing we might use in our starting formula. Yesterday, we tried the formula and thought it could use a little more thickening, so let’s take a look at making…...

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Heat-proofing our body butters by making emulsified body butters!

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. We increased the melting point by thickening our oils with ingredients like Lipidthix or Cera bellina, and we…...

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Creating a light hydrating summer body lotion with Olivem 1000 – part three, thickening with fatty alcohols, acids, and esters

Earlier this week, we met a new-to-me oil, tamanu oil! On Friday, we created a summery body milk with this oil with a ton of humectants to give our product a quick break kind of feeling, then we made the lotion using three variations on the formula. Today, let’s take a look at how we…...

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Creating a light hydrating summer body milk with Olivem 1000 – part two

Earlier this week, we met a new-to-me oil, tamanu oil! Yesterday, we created a summery body milk with this oil with a ton of humectants to give our product a quick break kind of feeling. Today, let’s make that lotion before considering a few ways we could alter it with thickeners, oils, and rheology modifiers…....

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Creating a light hydrating summer body milk with Olivem 1000 – part one

On Thursday, we met a new-to-me oil, tamanu oil! Let’s take a look at how we might use this in a lotion! As a note, I find the smell too strong to use in huge amounts in an anhydrous product, like a lotion bar or whipped butter, but you could certainly use it in those…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part three: Prototype formula

So far we’ve reviewed the ingredients list, took a quick aside to talk about self-preserving lotions and hurdle technology; and thought about how much of each ingredient to use. Today, let’s make a prototype formula for this American Pie Body conditioner lotion!   We’re following the basic lotion making instructions for this formula. 1. Weigh…...

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In Cosmetics: Fluffy textures

Over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and writing about the sensory characteristics of our ingredients and products, so In Cosmetics was a huge, moveable feast of textures and sensations. This one was interesting! My awesome convention buddy, Nanette Vaughn of NV&O, noted that if she had made something that looked…...

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