Are you really sensitive to that ingredient?

When we start making our products, we tend to have some preconceived notions we’ve developed after using commercial products all our lives. I preferred unscented Dove’s Sensitive Skin body wash because everything else made me break out. I have no idea what was in that or what was missing from it, but for some reason...

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Formulating for dry skin: Lower hydration levels

In an ideal world, we’d all live in climates with 40% to 60% humidity and a lot of cases of dry skin would go away. (And in that same ideal world, chocolate would be calorie free and people would treat intellectual pursuits the way they do sports, but I digress…) But we don’t, so we...

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Formulating for dry skin: Impaired skin barrier ingredients

As the goal of this blog is to set you on fire rather than handing you matches, I thought we’d take some time to look at the ingredients that might benefit dry to really dry skin.  What do we know about dry to really dry skin? We know that really dry skin probably has an...

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Formulating for dry skin: What is dry skin?

What does it mean to have dry skin? What might be causing it? What ingredients could you use in your products to help with this issue? Let’s take a look at these questions before we enjoy a few days of formulating for this skin type! What does it mean to have dry skin? (Original post from...

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Humectants: Panthenol – a closer look

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a fan of panthenol and use it in many different products. We see it a lot in hair care products, but I think it has a place in skin care products, especially those for dry or wounded skin. Allow me to share…...

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