Q&A: What can I use instead of Lauryl Alcohol in this manufacturer’s formula?

In the May Q&A post, Liza asked, Is there anything I could use (that is available in Canada) as an alternative to Lauryl Alcohol at 2.5% in this Stepan conditioner formula? Great question! When I’m thinking about making a substitution, I go through a bit of a process. One, I need to know what this...

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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The formulas

I’m so excited to share this formula with you, as you can tell from all these exclamation marks! This is the nicest leave in conditioner I have ever made! It has made me so happy with my hair that I’ve been taking selfies and sharing them with you! I’ve never done that before! If you...

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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The active ingredients

I made this leave in conditioner for the first time in November as we were experiencing an especially dry spell here in the Fraser Valley, and I thought I needed slightly more conditioning and hydrating than normal. It turns out it’s my favourite leave in of all time, suitable for all hair types, even fine...

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Q&A: Making and using citric acid and 18% sodium hydroxide solutions?

In the May Q&A, Sarah commented, I have some questions!!! 1) Regarding changing pH; can I make and bottle a 50% citric acid solution and an 18% sodium hydroxide solution or do I need to make it fresh each time? 2) If bottling, does it need a preservative with the extreme acidity/alkalinity? 3) How long will each last...

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Hey May 2019 $10 subscribers: The May 2019 e-zine is here!

I’ve been obsessed with ways to describe the sensory experiences we have with our ingredients, and with summer upon us, I wanted to share how to make products with a cooling, fresh kick and a watery quick break.  Both of these terms come from a more minimalist point-of-view about skin care, less about occlusion and...

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