Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly (part three)

On Monday, we obtained and reviewed the ingredient list for this product. Yesterday, we took a look at what was important and what we could leave out. Today, let’s create a potential formula for this product. Recap of the ingredient list: Water, Sodium laureth sulfate, Lauryl betaine, PEG-150 distearate, Fragrance, Decyl glucoside, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl cocamide, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Glycerin, PEG-8 Laurate, Citric acid, Laureth-4, Honey, Shea butter extract, Coconut fruit...

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Member exclusive: Duplicating suggestion post for April!

Do you have an idea for a product you’d like me to look at duplicating? This is the post for you! This is the official post for posting the things you’d like me to consider duplicating. When you make a suggestion, please include a link to the product with a full and proper ingredient list....

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part seven – analyzing a few combinations of anti-aging ingredients

Yesterday, we analyzed an eye gel to see if all the ingredients worked together. Let’s create another product for an anti-aging lotion that might help with age spots or uneven skin tone. Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmeceutical? Part two – categories What’s a cosmeceutical? Part...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part six – analyzing another formula

We’ve been taking a look at cosmeceuticals trying to answer the question – how much is too much when it comes to using or combining cosmeceuticals. Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmeceutical? Part two – categories What’s a cosmeceutical? Part three – things to consider when...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? Part two – categories

We spent a great deal of time trying to define the idea of “cosmeceutical” and “active” in this post, so let’s get to the next parts of the questions posed in my October Q&A on Patreon. Michelle asked: I am wondering what exactly is considered an ‘active’ ingredient, and if there is a maximum percentage recommended for...

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Patreon exclusive: Creating micellar waters (introduction)

Micellar waters are all the rage right now, so what’s the deal with them? What’s a micellar water? These are water based products that contain a lot of water and a few other ingredients at quite low percentages iintended to be used as light, no rinse facial cleansers that remove make-up and oils from our...

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Welcome to March!

Wow, how is it March already? I completely forgot February was a short month, so I was surprised when I saw it was the first today. (In my defence, I am full of various pain killers and muscle relaxants, and I’ve only just realized the calendar in our bedroom still says January.) As a note,...

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A few thoughts and a digest of posts February 7th to February 11th, 2018

I’m sorry I haven’t written more this week, but my lower back/hip has been killing me, making it hard to sit up or even balance my laptop on my knees in bed. I had to cancel at class at Voyageur Soap & Candle yesterday as I can’t stand for long periods of time, which was...

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Welcome to February!

Sorry for the delay in posting this. I thought I had written it up earlier in the week, but it turns out I didn’t save it or maybe I just dreamt I wrote it?You might see things in this post I’ve written elsewhere, so I beg your patience as I try to figure out where...

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Discussion: How do you sanitize your workspace before formulating?

In the January 2018 Patreon Q&A post, Sima asked:  How do you sterilise your equipment such as pyrex jugs, beakers, spoons, spatulas, workbench etc before making a product? Can I start by saying I think it’s lovely that anyone would think I would know anything about being tidy given the state of my workshop? I...

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