Tips & techniques: How to use a foamer bottle with diluted soap or surfactants

Someone shared this video from Aromatics International with me of someone showing you how to use a foamer bottle with liquid soap, and I thought maybe I could share some of my thoughts and a formula for diluting castille soap in one of these containers. Foam pump or foamer bottles were designed to create more foam…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How to add Penstia powder or silica microspheres to lotions? How to modify a lotion for the summer? Where to get misters? (updated)

In the February Q&A. Christina asked: With warmer with warmer weather coming on, my facial moisturizers are feeling more greasy. I want some oils, and use squalane and some others. Can I just add some microsilica or penstia powder to take out the greasiness? The moisturizers I have contain lovely peptides,etc. I really like them in…...

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Creating products: Labels! (updated)

We don’t necessarily think of labelling our products as being an essential part of product creation, but when you accidentally use mentholated foot lotion as a facial moisturizer, you’ll realize that we must label everything! Original post from January 24, 2010…Why you must label everything!  Look at the picture to the left. Look at the…...

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Aesthetics of our products: Label making – an example (updated)

So here’s an example of a label I use on my foot scrub bars. I package these in cellophane bags and close it with the label. I like to include three major pieces of information – the name of the product and fragrance, instructions for use (if it isn’t obvious), and a simplified ingredient list…....

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Why you must label everything! (updated)

I know I go on about labelling things, but there’s a good reason. Look at the picture to the left. Look at the picture to the right. If the sun wasn’t shining through the window and you were using the same bottles, the products would look very much the same. The one on the left…...

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Packaging: Filling bottles! (updated)

Filling containers can be such a huge pain in the bum! Here are a few things I thought I’d share. Since I am a surfactant junkie, I make a lot of bubble baths, body washes, and shampoos that need bottling. I find the easiest way is to get a funnel and pour it in. With…...

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Packaging: Choosing the right container based on ingredients (updated)

So you’ve chosen a shape, but have you considered the composition of your bottle? We have tons of different plastics to choose from, but each has their advantage. Most of these can’t be filled at over 160F, but we aren’t going to be bottling anything that warm, are we? HDPE: High density polyethylene – Good…...

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