Q&A: What is saccharomyces? Why is it in products?

In the August Q&A, Brian asked: It’s the saccharomyces ingredient that seems new or unusual in both these products. Maybe a yeast of some kind. Rare? How to preserve? Effective for what? Brian referenced these two products, which will lead into another question about what it means for something to be an “essence”. Fresh, Black Tea Kombucha...

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You can get all kinds of cold emulsifiers at Windy Point Soap in Canada! Woo!

You know how I’m currently obsessed with cold process emulsifiers? I’m happy to say we have them in Canada now! Yep, Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary is carrying… Jeequat NDCS Conditioning Cold Process Emulsifier – you know, the one I used for my epic level conditioner! Jeesperse ICE-T CIS-2 Conditioning Cold Process Emulsifier … Read more

Q&A quickie: You don’t need to add a solubilizer with surfactants or emulsions

I’m about to say something pretty controversial, which you already know after reading the title: You don’t need to add solubilizer to your foamy, bubbly, lathery surfactants as they’re by definition surfactants, and they can do the job themselves. The very nature of a surfactant is that it has a hydrophilic or water loving head...

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#alltheingredients: Betaine! Are all these ingredients called “betaine” the same thing?

In the August Q&A post, Amy asked: Hope this isn’t the wrong place to ask, but is Vegemoist (Glycine Betaine- Sugar Beet Extract) the same as TMG or Betaine Anhydrous (dietary supplement)? If so, can I use the powdered supplements for skincare with similar results? The Q&A is the perfect place to ask questions as...

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Hey $10 subscribers! The August e-zine is here! 10 minute hair care!

I’ve been having so much fun working with cold emulsifiers over the last few years, and I had to share those formulas and ingredients with you in this month’s e-zine – 10 minute hair care products! The stats: 17,282 words, 54 pages, and 22 formulas  How can we possibly make conditioners in 10 minutes? By using cold...

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