Membership exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – esters and Neossance Hemisqualane

In this post, Patreon Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?, Doris asked for some ideas for substitutions for panthenol as she was worried it wasn’t vegan. The versions I’ve been using are vegan, but it’s fun to think of other ingredients we might use in our products, so let’s take a look at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – water soluble bamboo

In this post, Patreon Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?, Doris asked for some ideas for substitutions for panthenol as she was worried it wasn’t vegan. The version I’ve been using are vegan, but it’s fun to think of other ingredients we might use in our products, so let’s take a look at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – propanediol 1,3

In this post, we took a look at a few ingredients we could use as possible replacements for panthenol in hair care products as Doris was concerned that panthenol might be derived from animal sources. We ascertained that the versions I have at home from Voyageur Soap & Candle, Lotioncrafter, and Making Cosmetics are vegan,...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?

In the February Q&A, Doris asked: I have a number of friends who are vegan and I would like to find panthenol that is strictly plant-based. Apparently, it can come from plants, honey, or meat. So far, I’ve had no luck finding a supplier for vegan panthenol (there’s no mention of the source at the places...

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Member exclusive duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil (part two)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Elin asked if we could duplicate the Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil? Sure! In yesterday’s post, we took a look what each ingredient might do in the product. Today, let’s take a look at how we might make a starting formula for this duplication by figuring out how...

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Member exclusive duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil (part one with asides)

In the February 2018 duplicating post, Elin asked if we could duplicate the Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil? Sure! What does this product do? “This one-of-a-kind oil is our secret to hair’s silky perfection. Infused with argan oil, it helps nutrients seep into the hair shaft to protect each strand from styling heat and...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Do we need to adjust the pH of conditioners we make?

In the December Q&A, Camirra asked: I have a question about needing to adjust the pH of conditoners that are made with Incroquat BTMS-50, BTMS-25 or behentrimonium chloride. I read previously on your blog that conditoners made with this ingredient dont need to be pH adjusted. I read on your post that hair products need to...

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Video & download: Making conditioners (from Facebook Live)

I’m so happy to share this video with you I did as a Facebook Live demonstration for the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild on December 27th, 2017. It’s unedited and runs 80 minutes, but I think it’s chock full of interesting information about hair care products as well as a demo on making conditioners and me staring … Read more