#alltheingredients: Stepan-Mild® LSB, a foamy, bubbly, lathery™ surfactant (INCI: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (and) Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate

I can’t believe I haven’t told you the joys of using Stepan-Mild® LSB (INCI: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (and) Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate), one of my favourite foamy, bubbly, lathery™ surfactant blends. Let’s take a look at it before we have some fun with the Zoom call this weekend – Foamy, bubbly, lathery surfactants on Saturday, May 2…...

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Hey $10 subscribers! The April 2020 e-zine is out – Learning to Formulate: Combining oils, butters, and other emollients

Sorry this e-zine is so late. Every time I thought I was done, I thought of something else I wanted to include, and had to spend a few days re-writing it! Thank you for your patience! One of the biggest changes I’ve made over the last five years is the analysis of sensory characteristics of…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG (week ten) – body lotions!

Welcome back to Newbie Tuesday! Sorry, I missed last week – I didn’t realize how much time preparing for the Zoom meeting and writing the e-zine would take, and Newbie Tuesday was lost in the shuffle. I’m working on getting all the weeks prepared in advance so I won’t fall behind as much. Quick question…...

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Testing the shelf life of your products: Observing a naturally compliant lotion for rancidity

I realized I haven’t shared much about testing our products – a great question that came up in the live Zoom meeting about oils yesterday – so I thought I’d share my experiences with one of my favourite lotions for shelf life. Whenever I make a product, I like to observe it for 6 months…...

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Duplication (video): The Ordinary or Peter Roth’s 100% squalane or Josie Maran’s 100% Argan oil

Thanks for joining me on the live Zoom meeting today! I had fun, and hope you did too. Sorry I went so long! I know I’m such a chatterbox! I wanted to share this earlier, but forgot, so here’s my version of these products. ? If you want a written copy of the duplication, click…...

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Live video stream – Foamy, bubbly, lathery surfactants on Saturday, May 2 at 11 am PDT!

For this Zoom meeting, we’ll be making a surfactant based product – right now, I’m thinking bubble bath or body wash (thickened) and cleanser in a foamer bottle – then looking at the impact of fragrance or essential oils on clarity and viscosity. Topic: Foamy, bubbly, lathery surfactants! Time: Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:00 AM…...

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Live video stream – Sunday, April 26, 2020, at noon PDT! The sensory characteristics of emollients!

Anyone up for another Zoom meeting? I had such a blast at the last one, I thought we should do another! For this one, let’s take a look at the sensory characteristics of our emollients, specifically oils, solid oils, esters, and silicones. I thought we could take out our sensory characteristic sheets, and work on…...

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Q&A: How do we use powdered extracts in place of liquid or vice versa?

In the April Q&A, Cristina asked: Hi Susan! How do I adjust a formula that calls for a powdered extract but I have the liquid version and viceversa? For example, if the formula says 1% powdered X extract, but I have it in liquid, do I still use 1% of the liquid version? Would I…...

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Our first Zoom meeting! Making a 10 minute lotion on Saturday, April 18th, 2020! Find the download here!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited about our Zoom call tomorrow! Time: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 11:00 AM to 11:40 AM PDT (Look up the time in Vancouver, BC, to see what time it is for you) Join Zoom Meeting – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72609061048?pwd=Q2JyWDIwRFN1dGpTclczaE5nQSt3UT09 Meeting ID: 726 0906 1048 Password: emulsifier I’ve created this handout so you can…...

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Live demo: Creating a 10 minute, naturally compliant, cationic (positively charged) lotion – download, formula

This is the formula we’ll be following for the Zoom call for Saturday, April 18th, 2020, at 11:00 to 11:40 am PDT. You can download the PDF by clicking this link – cold emulsifier demo april 2020 This cold process conditioner – Jeequat® NDCS (INCI: Cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, sorbitan laurate) is great…...

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