#alltheingredients: Sodium phytate (chelating ingredient)

Jen from Lotioncrafter was kind enough to send me some sodium phytate to play with over the summer.  Sodium phytate is a water soluble chelating ingredient we can add to our products at 0.05% to 0.5% to bind with metal ions to keep the ingredients from reacting with them. These metal ions can precipitate in…...

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Experiments with rheology modifiers: Gelmaker CC aka Cosmedia Gel CC

Another beaker broken during the grand oil thickening experiments! I don’t know what it is about high shear + clay based thickeners, but if this keeps up, I’ll have to order the 100 and 150 ml by the caseload! Oh well, it’s all in the name of figuring out how we can use these ingredients…...

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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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Q&A: Have you combined different surfactant thickeners in one product?

In this post on bubble bath, Liquid bubble bath: The process and formulas, Allison asked, Susan you mentioned here having many different thickening ingredients, and I’m wondering if you’ve ever combined more than one in a single product? I look at manufacturer’s formulations online, and I’m noticing that some will use something like Glucamate DOE-120…...

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Practice your process: Choosing the right preservative for the job! 

We need to talk about a preservatives for a bit for both the Tarte Frxxxtion stick duplication and in general. When we’re formulating, we need to evaluate every product to see which preservative will work best with it. In most of the formulas I make, I use Germall Plus liquid because it works with the…...

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