Formulating with a single oil

In this series of posts, you’ll notice I’m using only one oil in my creations…I don’t generally do this in lotions as I like to have a blend of oils that offer exactly what I want for the weather, skin type, and application.A light oil will sink in quickly (or at least feel as if...

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Facial moisturizer with sunflower oil

Facial moisturizers should be light, moisturizing, and slightly occlusive. I like to have a moisturizer that offers anti-inflammatory features because my skin tends to be on the red side. A facial moisturizer containing sunflower oil offers all of those features – although it’s not going to have a really long life span. We are going...

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Sunflower oil (updated)

Sunflower oil is a fantastic oil if you are looking for a high linoleic acid oil. It is light, meaning you can make some very light moisturizers containing great ingredients, and it’s inexpensive. Its fatty acid make up is…5 to 7% palmitic acid (saturated, C16)3 to 6% stearic acid (saturated, C18)16 to 36% oleic acid...

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Beard conditioner with linoleic acid containing oils

Won’t someone please think of the pirates?Winter is coming, and this means red cheeks and dry, chapped skin. Moisturizers can be a great help, but what about our manly friends with beards? Moisturizers can leave their beards a lank, greasy mess, but the skin underneath needs a little love! We know linoleic acid can help...

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Linoleic acid: Lotion bars

A simply way to get linoleic acid on your skin is to make a simple lotion bar. (And my picture isn’t great – I have to learn how to use that white balance!) SIMPLE LOTION BAR32% beeswax33% butter33% liquid oil1% Vitamin E or other anti-oxidant at suggested rates1% fragrance or essential oils (at safe levels)Melt...

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