Member exclusive: Do you have questions about surfactants and/or thickeners?

I’ve been working on these posts about all the new surfactants and thickeners I have for almost a year, and every time I think I’m ready to share, I end up down a rabbit hole as I follow my curiosity for a few hours as it’s just such an interesting topic. I think I know...

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Member exclusive video: Small alterations in the type of fragrance oil you use can make a massive difference in viscosity

It’s pretty incredible to see how changing one small thing – the type of fragrance oil you use – can make such a huge difference in the viscosity of surfactant based products, like bubble baths, body washes, cleansers, and more. In the video below, I used this formula for my ultra bubbly bubble bath. I thickened...

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Videos: Differences in thickening between Crothix and Ritathix DOE. 

We’ve been talking a bit about increasing viscosity over the last few days as we worked on a potential duplication for Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly (Member exclusive). I’ve been working with so many new thickeners over the last 2 years, and I’m getting it all together to finally share what I’ve been … Read moreVideos: Differences in thickening between Crothix and Ritathix DOE. 

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: Potential duplication of Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly (part two)

In yesterday’s post, part one of the potential duplication of Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shea shower jelly, we started analyzing the ingredient list for this product. Today, let’s look at a few other things so we can create a potential formula. When I’m duplicating my third step is to figure out what’s really...

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

In the April duplicating post, Lisa asked if we could take a look at duplicating Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly. Sure! Let’s give it a shot! The selling point of this product is that it’s a body wash that’s a fun jelly. Not as jelly as the Lush Shower Jellies, but so jelly...

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Weekday Wonderings: Is MCT the same as PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides? Can I add things to aloe vera gel? Using SCI in liquid products?

I haven’t been answering many comments you’ve been leaving on this new blog because I feel that when I enter a conversation, it stops, and that’s no fun. But I wanted to return to the idea of doing the Weekend Wonderings based on your questions and comments, as well as highlight some of the cool … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Is MCT the same as PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides? Can I add things to aloe vera gel? Using SCI in liquid products?

Member exclusive: Cromollient SCE micellar water

Cromollient SCE is a bit different than the solubilizers we’ve been playing with over the last few days in that it’s an emollient that offers moisturizing after application on our skin, which is simply lovely! We can make a really nice one using as little as 2% or increase it as high as 5% for...

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Member exclusive: Lightly fragrant champa micellar water (ECOcert)

When it comes to making an ECOcert micellar water, I turn to caprylyl/capryl glucoside, a non-ionic surfactant that helps us solubilize small amounts of water that works as the cleanser on our skin in the same way the PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides and polysorbate 80 worked. I have to admit something to you – I don’t...

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Solubilizers: Caprylyl/capryl glucoside

I wrote a bit about this solubilizer caprylyl/capryl glucoside in this post on glucoside surfactants, but let’s learn more about it now! Caprylyl/capryl glucoside (aka octyl/decyl glucoside or C8-10 alkyl polyglucoside) is an Ecocert non-ionic solubilizer with a pH of 5.5 to 6 that can be used as a solubilizer and a very gentle surfactant. It … Read moreSolubilizers: Caprylyl/capryl glucoside