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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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 10: A short video about altering the pH of our products

We had great fun in the workshop making a bunch of little videos about pH, pH indicators, adjusting, testing, and everything else to do with this topic. Here’s a little 2 minute video we made showing how phenolphthalein behaves when we add an acid and reduce the pH. We took a look at pH indicators…...

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#alltheingredients: Jeesperse ICE-T CIS-2 (cold emulsifier, conditioner)

You know I’m a fan of these Jeen cold emulsifiers, so let’s meet a new one Jeesperse® ICE-T CIS-2! I’ve written about these cold emulsifiers from this company previously… JEEQUAT® NDCS or Naturally Derived Conditioning System aka ICE Conditioner (cationic) ICE Hair Restore or Jeesperse® ICE-T CPCS (cationic) ICE Sunflower or Jeesperse CPW-S (INCI: Sunflower…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 9: Reducing or increasing the pH of our products

I went into quite a bit of detail in this post – Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part four: Testing our products with pH meters – but thought I’d write up a quick reference post on how to adjust the pH of our products. If you want to reduce the pH or make…...

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#alltheingredients: PEG-150 distearate

This PEG-ester or polyethyleneglycol diester of fatty acids is a good thickener for a variety of surfactant blends, including sulfate free products. The white flakes are soluble in hot water, surfactants, and alcohol, and has an HLB 18.9, indicating it could be paired with a low HLB emulsifier to create lotions. good for sulfate free…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 8 : How does a pH meter work?

If you want to catch up on this series, please check out the pH & pH meters section of the blog by clicking the link.  I thought I’d share a little more of the science of our pH meters with you as I found it really interesting! You don’t need to know this to test…...

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