Blast from the past: Silicone replacements…

I’ve read the e-mails and the comments and I know some of you are seeking alternatives to silicones. Fortunately, you can find ingredients that will offer the same kind of conditioning, slip, film forming, and shine enhancing qualities of dimethicone to include in your hair or skin care products. (You really can’t mimic the effects…...

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Tutorial: Sewing a cosmetic bag

I’m really enjoying sewing cosmetic bags! I made a ton of them over the holidays as presents for the older kids in our youth programs who do all the volunteering for us (setting up, cleaning up, enforcing the rules, running games, and so on), so I thought it was apt to share this pattern with…...

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Update on yesterday’s trying new things out lotion!

Part of the problem in trying all new ingredients in a lotion is that it’s hard to figure out exactly what you like and what you don’t like. (I’m referring to the lotion I made on Thursday.) What I should have done is create a usual recipe then switch out one ingredient – say the…...

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Whipped babassu, sal, and hemp seed oil butter!

I’m declaring April the month to try something different (at least for me, but you’re welcome to play along). I made a lotion yesterday with all kinds of ingredients I’ve never used before, and today I thought I’d make a new whipped butter. (If you want to know more about babassu oil, click here!) WHIPPED…...

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Getting out of your comfort zone as a formulator…

I ended this body butter post by saying there aren’t many variations on lotions, which might seem like a bizarre statement considered the probably millions of recipes you see on suppliers’ sites, manufacturers’ sites, blogs, and forums (that should be fora, right?). The basics of every lotion are oil, water, emulsifier, and preservative, but it’s…...

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Formulating with extracts and oils – facial moisturizer for dry skin

Let’s play with our extracts and oils to come up with a really decadent light facial moisturizer for someone with dry, aging, weather damaged skin. (For the post on basic facial moisturizers, click here…) Let’s start with our oils and butters. I don’t like to use butters in a facial moisturizer because it can bother…...

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White willow bark extract: Formulating skin cleansing products

I do love body wash, and I know I’ve already tweaked this recipe a thousand times, but let’s take a look at including white willow bark extract in our body wash! Why would we want to use it here? It works well for oily skin, acne prone skin, and aging skin to reveal new and…...

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White willow bark extract: Formulating hair care products

White willow bark is an excellent inclusion in a hair care product for someone with really oily hair or a dandruff prone scalp. The salicylic acid helps exfoliate the scalp, and the tannins are astringent – a winning combination. We’ve taken a look at using rosemary extract in hair care products – do the same…...

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White willow bark extract: Formulating facial products

White willow bark extract is a great inclusion in products where you want the awesome power of salicylic acid – so let’s take a look at using white willow bark extract in facial products. Salicylic acid is recommended for oily skin, acne or blackhead prone skin, and red or inflamed skin. Since I have all…...

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Chrysanthemum or feverfew extract

Chrysanthemum extract (also known as feverfew, INCI: Chrysanthemum parthenium flower extract) is considered to be a good anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, and anti-septic (anti-fungal and anti-microbial). It contains tannins, sesquiterpenoids, flavonoids, and more!Camphor contains tannins, specifically gallic acid, which act as good anti-oxidants and wound and burn healers. It contains luteolin (which you might remember from…...

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