Sunscreens

Yep, it’s that time of year again (at least in the Northern Hemisphere)! It’s time to buy buckets of sunscreen and make sure Mr. Sun doesn’t make us all red and unhappy! We definitely need to be wearing sunscreen!There are two types of sunscreen ingredients – physical blockers and chemical blockers. The physical blockers are titanium...

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Shampoo: Making a 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo (dry hair)

If you’re a dry haired girl, a 2-in-1 shampoo is probably a bad idea. It simply won’t offer all the conditioning and moisturizing you want in a product and might make your hair feel really awful. But it’s not for me to judge what is right for your hair, so here’s a modification to the...

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Question: Polysorbate 20 vs. polysorbate 80

Anonymous posted this question in this post: What’s the difference between polysorbate 80 & 20? Polysorbates are ethoxylates of fatty acids esterified with anhydrosorbitol. Polysorbate 20 is a polyoxyethylene derivative of sorbitan monolaurate whereas polysorbate 80 is a polyoxyethylene derivative of sorbitan and oleic acid. And as much as I love chemistry, I realize this really...

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Question: Can you use cetrimonium chloride in a shampoo?

Lalla asks in this post: Can I use cetrimonium chloride in a shampoo? Yes! (Well, that was easy, eh?) But wait, there’s more! Cetrimonium chloride plays well with surfactants, so it’s a great inclusion in a conditioning shampoo (especially one for very tangly hair) and it removes silicones well, so it’s a great inclusion in a...

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Shampoo: Making a 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo (normal to oily hair)

I admit I’m not the biggest fan of the all in one kind of product – but then again, I have long, coarse hair that likes some serious conditioning without oils, so who am I to talk? – but we can make one by modifying yesterday’s daily use shampoo with only a few tweaks! Someone...

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