Creating a light hydrating summer body milk with Olivem 1000 – part one

On Thursday, we met a new-to-me oil, tamanu oil! Let’s take a look at how we might use this in a lotion! As a note, I find the smell too strong to use in huge amounts in an anhydrous product, like a lotion bar or whipped butter, but you could certainly use it in those…...

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Emulsifiers: Glyceryl stearate SE

Glyceryl stearate SE seems like an old school emulsifier – we can use it with the HLB system as it has a value of 5.5 to 5.9 – but it makes lovely light, fluffy, non-greasy lotions with an elegant skin feel. It’s a modified version of glyceryl stearate, so it can be used as the sole…...

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Q&A: Can we use Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar for fine hair? 

In the November Q&A, Sarah asked, Have you ever used Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar or conditioner bar? Is there any reason why it could not be used this way? Is there a pH concern for this ingredient? For a shampoo bar for fine hair (that I do not want to over-condition), could I replace…...

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Some questions you had about Olivem 1000 lotions…

I’m trying to make more time to read and respond to your comments, but I find I normally get a few minutes in when someone asks a really interesting question, and it becomes a five part series instead of a three minute response! Here are some great questions I saw in the comments this morning……...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with Varisoft EQ 65, actives, extracts, and humectants 

Last week, we started this series by using Varisoft EQ 65 to make very light, fluffy rinse off conditioners. Let’s make a few light, fluffy rinse off conditioners using some of the ingredients and actives we met the other day. I haven’t found the Volumizing Complex does much in a rinse off conditioner, but you’re…...

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Some thoughts on what you could do for a 99% natural, emulsified cucumber body butter (Simulgreen 18-2)

If the idea of a cucumber body butter appeals to you, but you didn’t want to create the separated, contaminated mess we met in HGTV’s seriously awful recipe, join me now to make an emulsified body butter using a few different cucumber extracts. We took a look at making anhydrous or non-water containing formulas for…...

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(Membership exclusive) Ingredient: Geogard ECT, ECOcert, COSMOS, NPA preservative

As I’m trying to work with more ECOcert ingredients this year, I thought I’d share my thoughts on Geogard ECT, (INCI: Benzyl Alcohol & Salicylic Acid & Glycerin & Sorbic Acid), an ECOcert, COSMOS certified, NPA accepted broad spectrum preservative. It might also be found as Neopres ECT. Geogard ECT is a water soluble, low…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Should Natragem EW be used with a thickener?

In the January Q&A from Patreon, Elin asked: Hello! Should Natragem EW be used with a thickener (i.e. cetyl alcohol) to ensure a stable emulsion? I recently made a simple lotion with Natragem and sometimes when I squeeze the lotion from the bottle the oil comes out. eek! Not sure what happened…Perhaps it is better to…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Making conditioners with Varisoft EQ 65 – the formula

In the first post of this series, we met Varisoft EQ 65 and in the second post in the series, we compared it to ICE Hair restore and a few other conditioners. In today’s post, let’s take a look at a conditioner formula I’m absolutely loving right now! Remember to follow all the instructions exactly…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Varisoft EQ 65 – all kinds of questions (part two)

As we saw in the previous post, Varisoft EQ 65 is an awesome conditioning ingredient that just needs a little more care and attention when you’re formulating with it. Let’s continue with the question JW posted in the Patreon January Q&A: I have fine hair so I’m interested in Varisoft EQ 65. How is it finicky?…...

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