Point of Interest: Preservatives!

I’m so happy when I hear people want to use preservatives, but a few questions have been posed to me lately that I thought required a blog post. Preservatives are ingredients we add to our products that contain water soluble ingredients or will be exposed to water. They prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, yeast,...

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Newbie Tuesday: Modifying your facial cleanser into a foamer bottle recipe

Two weeks ago we talked about adding chemical exfoliants in our cleansers: Today we’ll look at turning them into foaming facial products using these cute foamer bottles. Sorry for being a week late on this. As you know, things have been pretty awful around here and we’re still trying to figure out how to do...

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Subscriber exclusive: Shea Moisture retention shampoo (part four)

I made up the prototype recipe from the other day , but had to make a few changes because the pH was super high and the viscosity was low. Let’s look at the recipe, the process, then the alterations. I’ll put in bold the alterations I made in the recipe and process.As a note, I...

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplication of Shea Moisture Retention shampoo (part three)

Sorry for being a day late here, but my pH meter decided to play silly games with me and I couldn’t get it going until last night. I finally made the recipe from the previous post , but I’m not terribly happy with it. I had to reduce the pH pretty substantially, and had to...

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Subscriber exclusive: Shea Moisture retention shampoo (part two)

Yesterday we took a look at the ingredient list for this shampoo: Today we’ll create a prototype recipe based on the ingredients and how they interact. And tomorrow I’ll share with you how it felt using it in my shower and what I’ll be changing.If you’d like to see more detail about my duplicating process,...

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