Member exclusive video: Small alterations in the type of fragrance oil you use can make a massive difference in viscosity

It’s pretty incredible to see how changing one small thing – the type of fragrance oil you use – can make such a huge difference in the viscosity of surfactant based products, like bubble baths, body washes, cleansers, and more. In the video below, I used this formula for my ultra bubbly bubble bath. I thickened...

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Videos: Differences in thickening between Crothix and Ritathix DOE. 

We’ve been talking a bit about increasing viscosity over the last few days as we worked on a potential duplication for Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly (Member exclusive). I’ve been working with so many new thickeners over the last 2 years, and I’m getting it all together to finally share what I’ve been...

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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...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How to thicken oils that won’t be greasy? Beeswax, cera bellina, and Lipidthix

In the February Q&A, Sharon asked: Can you give some helpful hints on thickening an oil that is not greasy and would not need an emulsifier? I am look for an anhydrous answer. I have tried shea butter but it is too greasy. Shea butter by its very nature is a greasy ingredient, so anything...

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