Hey $10 subscribers! The December 2019 e-zine is out! Check out Rheology Modifiers: Hydrocolloids

Thanks so much for your patience as I finished up this super lengthy e-zine this month. I’ve been working on this e-zine series since last year, and there was just so much I wanted to share with you!  Oh wow! 25,902 words and 74 pages long, this e-zine is all about hydrocolloids, natural and modified…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Blooming Jelly Cleanser from LV Lomas, working through the formula

Ina reminded me yesterday at our cosmetic chemistry coffee klatch that I hadn’t shared this formula, so I thought I should remedy this before the year is over!  Back in May, I met with Shannon of IMCD, a distributor of so many of the ingredients we use and adore, and I fell in love with…...

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#alltheingredients: Fruit enzyme complex PF (active)

I realized I hadn’t shared anything about this ingredient with you this year, so let’s make that right! Fruit enzyme complex PF* is a combination of an number of different fruits, containing 10.889% each of pomegranate, star fruit, passion fruit, kiwi, mangosteen, pineapple, lychee, Indian jujube, and guava with 2% Leucidal as preservative. This blend is…...

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Q&A: Why is my duplication of a scalp tonic turning milky?

In the December Q&A, Gypcie asked: Hello Swift, I’m trying to figure out how to add water to denatured alcohol without the formula turning milky. I’m attempting something like this product here – Peppermint & Aloe Soothing Scalp Tonic.  This product comes out perfectly clear, do you think it’s the Hydroxypropyl Guar that keeps it clear…...

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#alltheingredients: Hydroxypropyl guar (rheology modifier)

I have a really interesting question from this month’s Q&A that I want to answer, but first we need to take a look at hydroxypropyl guar. I have this ingredient as Jaguar® HP-105 from Solvay but you can also find it as Polycos, so some of this might be specific to one version or another. Hydroxypropyl…...

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Foaming facial cleanser formula: An apple a day… (part two)

I’ve been having great fun formulating with foaming apple (INCI: Sodium cocoyl apple amino acids) to make this extra apple-y foaming facial cleanser. Yesterday, we chose our surfactants and other water phase ingredients. Today, let’s choose the preservative and create the final formula! Which preservatives could we use here? We need something that works with pH…...

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Foaming facial cleanser formula: An apple a day… (part one)

I mentioned much earlier this year that I loved the apple fruit essence and foaming apple surfactant from Lotioncrafter for creating a super apple-y facial cleanser, but I didn’t share it! (Thanks for the reminder, Kelly!) Let’s take a look at creating this foamer bottle facial cleanser, lash extension cleanser, and makeup remover using these…...

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