Formulas from Stepan: Links to the Multicultural Collection for textured or curly hair

I found these formulas from Stepan that are advertised for textured or curly hair that I thought might be interesting as I don’t have much about those hair types on the blog. If you’re interested in trying them, let me know and we can work through one or two and figure out what we can…...

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Simple esters: Compare and contrast!

Wow, it’s taken a while, but we made it to the end of the simple esters series. So far in this series, we’ve taken a look at these solid, simple esters… Myristyl myristate Cetyl palmitate Cetyl rincinoleate Cetyl esters Stearyl palmitate Cetearyl olivate Lauryl Laurate …and I thought we could compare them so you could…...

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Welcome to Newbie Tuesday: Making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG

Woo! It’s back! Newbie Tuesday is back and we’re ready to make some lotions using naturally compliant emulsifiers. For the first part of this series/course, we’ll be using Ritamulse SCG (INCI: Glyceryl stearate (and) cetearyl alcohol (and) sodium stearoyl lactylate) to create hand lotions, body lotions, and body butters. For this series/course, I’m choosing ingredients I…...

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Emulsifiers: Ritamulse SCG (updated January 2020, including linked formulas)

Ritamulse SCG (INCI: Glyceryl stearate (and) cetearyl alcohol (and) sodium stearoyl lactylate) is an all-in-one emulsifier that can be used at 2% to 10% to emulsify up to 25% oils in an oil in the water emulsion, although I’ve found that almost every sample recipe I’ve seen uses 8% or higher. It works best at…...

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Esters: Lauryl Laurate, simple ester

Wow, this is the last of the simple esters we’ll be reviewing in this series! We’ll compare them in a chart, and take a look at some formulas in which we could use them. The next topic in the series? Guerbet esters! Yay!  Lauryl Laurate is a simple ester derived from lauryl alcohol and lauric acid…...

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Emulsifiers: Olivem 1000 (updated January 2020)

Olivem 1000 (INCI:  Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate) is a non-ionic emulsifier, one without a charge, that creates liquid crystal emulsions. It can handle pH measurements from pH 3 to 12, so you can use it with AHAs, fruit acids, salicylic acid, and other acidic ingredients. It’s an ECOcert ingredient, which means it’s naturally compliant…....

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Ester: Cetearyl olivate (simple ester)

Cetearyl olivate is an ester that’s derived from Cetearyl Alcohol – which is a combination of cetyl alcohol (16 carbon) and stearyl alcohol (18 carbon) – reacting with olive oil, which is a mixture of fatty acids that have been esterified, like cetearyl palmitate, cetearyl oleate, cetearyl stearate, and so on. (It’s like cetyl esters in…...

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Esters: Stearyl palmitate, simple ester

We took some time away from the ester series over the holidays, but it’s time to get back to learning more about these awesome non-greasy, silky, glidy emollients. Let’s take a look at another simple ester, stearyl palmitate. As a note, you can find all the posts from this series in the emollients section of the blog…....

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#alltheingredients: Babassuamidopropyl betaine (amphoteric surfactant)

We first met this ingredient when I made my honey, apple & kale foaming kitchen hand cleanser with d-Limonene, but I didn’t go into great detail about it. Let’s take a closer look at babassuamidopropyl betaine (BaB) Babassuamidopropyl betaine (BaB) is an amphoteric foamy, bubbly, lathery™ surfactant like Cocamidopropyl Betaine or Lauramidopropyl Betaine derived from…...

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