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

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. In part three, we took a look at how your choice of emulsifier alters the properties of a lotion, and made lotions with emulsifying…...

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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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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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Weekday Wonderings: Why make an emulsified body butter over a whipped butter?

I used to do a thing on the old blog I called Weekend Wonderings where I’d find comments you’d made over the previous week and share them in a post. I stopped doing it as there were so few comments on the old blog and a lot of them were things that had been said…...

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How to convert a formula from percentages to grams (updated)

One of the most important things you can do as a beginner is to learn how to read formulas written in percentages and convert them into grams. We don’t use liquid measurements are they are so inaccurate and your products can fail pretty easily with a little too much of this and a little too…...

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Subscribers Q&A: Making alterations to a toner? Lexgard Natural preservative

In the June Q&A, Kuni asked: I would like to try your Lavender & Chamomile Toner for my 12 year old daughter, but I don’t have honeyquat and germall plus (could not find it in my country). Could I use Softisan GC8 (Glyceryl Caprylate) up to 2% as hydrating agent, anti acne and anti microbial support…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Why don’t we measure by volume? and more!

In this post, Creating products: A moment or two about recipes, Caroline said, I like using weight measurement for recipes because it is so much easier to measure than worrying about cups/teaspoons, etc. and also find it more convenient. However, there are a lot of recipes out there that don’t use weight. This one particular…...

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Newbie Tuesday on Thursday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs

Last week we took a look at AHAs. Today, let’s add some of these to our gelled serum with or without oils using Sepimax ZEN. We’re using a combination of fruit acids you can find as Multifruit BSC, fruit acid complex, and other names because we can add quite a bit of it without having to…...

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Newbie Tuesday on Wednesday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs (part one)

Yesterday we took a look at making a gelled serum with 10% oil with Sepimax ZEN. Today, let’s add some fruit acids to the mix to create something that will act as an AHA or alpha-hydroxy acid, something Sepimax ZEN can handle at up to 4% without problems! As a quick note, it can also…...

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