Q&A: What is saccharomyces? Why is it in products?

In the August Q&A, Brian asked: It’s the saccharomyces ingredient that seems new or unusual in both these products. Maybe a yeast of some kind. Rare? How to preserve? Effective for what? Brian referenced these two products, which will lead into another question about what it means for something to be an “essence”. Fresh, Black Tea Kombucha…...

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#alltheingredients: Betaine! Are all these ingredients called “betaine” the same thing?

In the August Q&A post, Amy asked: Hope this isn’t the wrong place to ask, but is Vegemoist (Glycine Betaine- Sugar Beet Extract) the same as TMG or Betaine Anhydrous (dietary supplement)? If so, can I use the powdered supplements for skincare with similar results? The Q&A is the perfect place to ask questions as…...

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Q&A: Can we re-use plastic containers? Can we re-use tins?

In the August Q&A, Stephanie asked, This might be the stupidest question ever, but can I re-use PET containers or metal tins? I’m brand new at this and right now I’m just creating for myself. So when I run out of something, rather than throw the container away and buy a new one, I’d much…...

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Q&A: What’s zinc PCA and how do I formulate with it? (#alltheingredients)

In the July Q&A, Charlette asked, I’ve been looking into developing some skincare for acne/break out prone skin. I’ve been reading about Zinc PCA-but cannot find it ANYWHERE among our usual wonderful suppliers. I ended up requesting samples on Knowde. From what I read-it is not the same as Zinc Oxide? Do you have any suggestions…...

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Q&A: Why is sorbitan olivate in my facial cleanser? And stuff about structured liquids!

In the June Q&A, Heather asked, Can you talk about “coconut alcohol”? I know that it is used an emulsifier but cannot find any place to source the ingredient. It is being used in Oseas Ocean Cleansing Mud. When reading the ingredients list it piqued my curiosity and want to know more about it. They are…...

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Q&A quickies: Formulas for Dead Sea Salts?

In the July Q&A post, Mimi asked, Do you have any good recipes for Dead Sea salt? Also, can I substitute Dead Sea salt for sugar in a sugar scrub? Thank you! The short answer is no, you can’t really substitute Dead Sea Salt for all of the salt or sugar in other products because…...

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Q&A: What’s coconut alcohol? (#alltheingredients)

In the June Q&A, Heather asked, Can you talk about “coconut alcohol”? I know that it is used an emulsifier but cannot find any place to source the ingredient. It is being used in Oseas Ocean Cleansing Mud. When reading the ingredients list it piqued my curiosity and want to know more about it. They are…...

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Q&A: Does resveratrol need to be diluted before using?

In the July Q&A, Heather R asked, I need help in understanding “Resveratrol” – Does it need to be diluted first like Hyaluronic Acid does? I would like to use it in a spray on facial toner. I bought 5g of it from Lotioncrafter. I’ve written a short post on Resveratrol, which I’ve linked in the…...

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Q&A: Which preservative works best with alkaline liquid soap? Let’s talk about the chemistry of soap, pH, and preservatives!

In the June Q&A, smc asked, Preservatives for liquid soap. I’m playing with liquid soap make, and due to the high percentage of water I’ll need a preservative. What preservatives work well in a high pH environment and doesn’t have a horrible scent? Thanks.  As a quick note before we start, I have pages where…...

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Q&A quickie: What can I substitute for BHT in an anhydrous facial oil?

In the June Q&A, Amy asked, I’ve got a question for ya! I’m duping Elf’s nourishing facial oil, it’s a fairly straight forward dupe. My question is about the BHT, is it really necessary? I’m thinking that they added to extend the life of the oils, but would something like rosemary oleoresin be a more…...

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