Be careful what you’re buying: Incroquat BTMS-50 vs BTMS-25 and a bit of a tirade about suppliers

So there’s a supplier who is selling what they’re calling Incroquat BTMS-50 (INCI: Behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetyl alcohol (and) butylene glycol) and people are reporting it’s not working well in all kinds of formulas, leading to harder conditioner bars and failing emulsions. When I asked more questions of those customers, they said it came in a flake … Read more

#alltheingredients: Disodium 2-sulfolaurate (aka Disodium 2-sulfododecanoate) – a foamy, bubbly, lathery™ powdered or pasty surfactant!

In the monthly Q&A, Chavi asked, Hi Susan! Amazon just recently recommended me the surfactant Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate Powder. I was wondering if you could share more information about what it is, how it can be used or what it can be substituted for. Thanks! Great question! I love delving into new surfactants, so let’s take a look at...

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#alltheingredients: Blueberry extract (INCI: Vaccinium Uliginosum Fruit Extract and Propanediol) – water soluble, liquid

As blueberries are my very favourite fruit, I was super excited to receive this gorgeous liquid extract from Voyageur Soap & Candle* to try in all kinds of water-based and emulsified products! We’ve already met two types of blueberry oil before – Blueberry seed oil (INCI: Vaccinium corymbosum (blueberry) seed oil) and Blueberry seed oil (INCI: Vaccinium...

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Q&A: Is Incroquat BTMS-50 a “true emulsifying wax”? Does it create less stable emulsions than e-wax?

In this post – Creating a vanilla and cornsilk protecting and conditioning facial moisturizer (part eleven) – Using Incroquat BTMS-50 as the emulsifier, the formula – Olena asked, Hi! I recently read a comment in a Facebook group where an admin wrote that Incroquat BTMS-50 is not a true emulsifying wax compared to Polawax, Emulsifing...

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Welcome to December 2022!

December — my favourite time of year! We adopted little Sasja on December 16; Raymond and I celebrate 29 years as a couple on December 19; my birthday is December 21; we celebrate Christmas on the 25th; and I was adopted as a baby on December 31, so it’s kind of a second birthday. *There’s … Read more