Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Ingredients to reduce hyperpigmentation (part one)

We’ve spent the last week looking at various ways we can “improve radiance” and “brighten skin”. On Monday, we took a look at using hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and reduce dryness. On Wednesday, we created a hand & body lotion for more humid climates, and Thursday, we created one for more arid…...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: ECOcert facial moisturizer with Varisoft EQ65

One of my favourite new ingredients is Varisoft EQ 65 (INCI: Distearoylethyl dimonium chloride (and) cetearyl alcohol). It’s a green, readily biodegradable, and ECOcert positively charged or cationic compound that works as an emulsifier for lotions and conditioners for your hair. It has to have the pH reduced to 5 to be positive or cationic, so…...

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

Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list and thought about what each ingredient might do in an oily cleansing product like this one. Today, let’s take a look at the list to see what we really need, then how much we might need in a potential formula. Step three: Consider what’s important and…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part two)

In part one of this question we reviewed Thais’s formula and did a little thinking. Today, let’s look at a few ingredients we could add to her product to make it more moisturizing or hydrating. Thais wrote to note that she used 10% hyaluronic acid gel (it contains 0.1% hyaluronic acid), so we need to…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part one)

In the Patreon February 2018 Q&A, Thais asked: As I mentioned a couple of times before I’m really into making lovely serums and light lotions with cosmeceuticals. I received a few days ago, my bigger than intended order from Lotioncrafter and was “scared” of trying to play with some products, scared of mixing stuff wrong…...

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Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (part four, the formula)

Okay, we’ve spent three long posts looking at the ingredients, so let’s get on with a starting formula for this Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleanser. (As a note, I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet, but I have it planned for later this week!) Catch up by reading part one, part two,…...

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Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (part two)

In yesterday’s post, we started our review of the ingredients for the Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk. Let’s continue! Water (Aqua), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium capitatum) Floral Water*, Kaolin, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil*,  Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) Fruit Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sunflower…...

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