Members’ exclusive: Making a micellar water with cucumber hydrosol

I’ve absolutely fallen in love with cucumber hydrosol, and have been using it in my micellar waters and toners for a while now to get that crisp fragrance and soothing properties. It’s incredibly simple to use it in either product by substituting 10% to 20% cucumber hydrosol for any other hydrosol or in place of...

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(Member exclusive) Potential duplication of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (part one)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Kathy FK asked if we could duplicate Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Sure, we can give it a try! What does the company say about this product? “Begin with dry hands and a dry face. Apply 1-2 pumps into the palm of your hand and massage onto face, including … Read more

Member exclusive Q&A: Could I add BTMS-50 to an oil cleanser?

In the March Q&A, Stephany asked: So I have made a simple gentle (morning with no makeup) oil cleanser with FCO and cromollient (solubilizer) and I am looking for ways to make it feel more luxurious, thick, and silky without using silicones because my skin usually doesn’t like them. Current Recipe: 98% FCO (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride) 2%...

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Member exclusive: Let’s make a micellar water!

The other day, we took a look at micellar waters, so let’s see how we can make our own. Quick summary: Micellar waters are water based products that contain a lot of water and a few other ingredients at quite low percentages intended to be used as light, no rinse facial cleanser that removes make-up...

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Patreon exclusive: Creating micellar waters (introduction)

Micellar waters are all the rage right now, so what’s the deal with them? What’s a micellar water? These are water based products that contain a lot of water and a few other ingredients at quite low percentages iintended to be used as light, no rinse facial cleansers that remove make-up and oils from our … Read more

Experiments in the workshop: Making a rose water & chamomile facial cleanser with other surfactants and Siligel

We made a lovely facial cleanser the other day with Miracare Soft 313 and Siligel. Let’s take a look at using other surfactants in this formula. The key to using Siligel as your thickener for surfactants is to remember what you can’t use with it. You don’t want to go higher than 5% active anionic … Read more

Experiments in the workshop: Making a facial cleanser with Miracare Soft 313 and Siligel

Yesterday, we took a look at formulating a body wash with Miracare Soft 313 thickened with Siligel. Today, let’s look at making a facial cleanser with some of these same ingredients. When I formulate a facial cleanser, I think about using lower surfactant levels than I would for a body wash, bubble bath, or shampoo. … Read more

Member exclusive Q&A: Formulating a cleansing balm (part one)

In the January Q&A, Linda asked: Hi Susan, I am on a cleansing balm frenzy, and I was wondering what ingredient would make this wash off and be a cleanser? Which, they say it does, easily and without using a muslin cloth or anything — and it has tremendous reviews! It’s called the Farmacy Green Clean...

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Member exclusive duplication: Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Cleanser (part two)

Yesterday we took a look at the ingredient list for this product, so let’s take a look at the ingredients again to see how we might use them in our first potential duplication formula. When he asked for this duplication, Luigi noted: “Looking at the ingredients though it looks super super simple. Like literally the...

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Member exclusive duplication: Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Cleanser (part one)

In the January 2018 duplicating post, Luigi asked if we could duplicate this product, Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Cleanser. Sure, let’s take a look at it! He also noted: Looking at the ingredients though it looks super super simple. Like literally the first 3 ingredients are all that’s...

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