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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Q&A: Into which phase would I put n-acetyl glucosamine? Is there a limit to the size of the cool down phase?

In the March Q&A, Olja asked, My question is about NAG (N-acetyl glucosamine). To which phase do you put it. If you put it to the cool down phase, do you dissolve it prior? Can you dissolve it in a glicerite extract (which also contains some water) and than put it in the lotion? Moreover, if using…...

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Experiments in the workshop: It’s too freakin’ dry around here – a lotion with isododecane

On February 27th, we met isododecane, a non-polar, lightweight emollient we can use for all kinds of products as an emollient, moisturizer, and dilutor as well as a great inclusion in colour cosmetics. It works really well with dimethicone, which is why I’ve been using it in this facial moisturizer using the cold emulsifier, RM-2051…...

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Formulating Fun! Modifying the Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion with a fatty alcohol

Way back in January, I shared with you this potential duplication for Saje Psoria Ease Healing Treatment Lotion. There were four parts to this series – analyzing the ingredient list, part one and part two, a prototype formula, then a modified formula – but I had to add a part five! I really liked that formula, which…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How thickeners affect the properties of a lotion – stearic acid & lanolin alcohol (part two)

Welcome back to Formulating Fundamentals Friday! I’ve added a new section of the blog I’ve entitled Formulating Fundamentals where you’ll find these posts along with the other ones I’ve written about defining cosmetic chemistry terms. I also encourage you to have the glossary open as we work through this series as a reference. In part…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How thickeners affect the properties of a lotion – stearic acid & lanolin alcohol (part one)

Welcome back to Formulating Fundamentals Friday! I’ve added a new section of the blog I’ve entitled Formulating Fundamentals where you’ll find these posts along with the other ones I’ve written about defining cosmetic chemistry terms. I also encourage you to have the glossary open as we work through this series as a reference. In part…...

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Formulating Fundamentals Friday: How thickeners affect the properties of a lotion – fatty alcohol

Welcome back to Formulating Fundamentals Friday! I’ve added a new section of the blog I’ve entitled Formulating Fundamentals where you’ll find these posts along with the other ones I’ve written about defining cosmetic chemistry terms. I also encourage you to have the glossary open as we work through this series as a reference. In part…...

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Adapting formulas to use ECOcert ingredients: Simulgreen 18-2 – using fatty alcohols (updated)

Originally posted to Patreon on Dec 7, 2017 at 4:59am I don’t think it’s any surprise that I really love this emulsifier, Simulgreen 18-2, given I’ve been formulating with it like crazy lately. I started working with it back in June 2015, and it’s become one of my favourites. Let’s see how we can use…...

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Adapting our formulas to use ECOcert ingredients: Olivem 1000

Originally posted to Patreon on Dec 9, 2017 at 6:00am Let’s continue our series on how to adapt our formulas to use more ECOcert ingredients by taking a look at how we might use Olivem 1000 in the potential duplication of Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter. Part one, defining our terms Part two, gelling agents…...

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