Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – reviewing the formula (part five)

You can see in the photo above, this product eventually becomes really clear. This can change based on the fragrance/essential oil. In this version, I used  Honey I washed the kids (Lush duplicate) fragrance oil with a few drops fuchsia LabColours.  In part one, we took a look at the surfactants for this body wash…....

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the colour & scent phase, thickening, and the formula (part four)

Before we start, the photo above is day three/four of the body wash, and you can see it’s crystal clear. All the bubbles are gone, even though it was bouncing around in the cargo of a few different planes for quite a while.  In part one, we took a look at the surfactants for this…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG (week eight) – hand lotion #2

Welcome to week eight of our series about making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG. If you commented on any posts in the previous series and I asked you to contact me, you will have formulas two and three in your inbox already. If you want to start commenting on those formulas, please share your…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the humectants (part three)

Before we start, the photo above is of the body wash on day two. The bubbles are floating to the top, so the clarity is increasing!  In part one of this series, we took a look at the surfactants we want to use for this formula, then we looked at the rest of the ingredients…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the rest of the stuff phase (part two)

As a note before we start, the photo I’ve chosen above is of the body wash when it’s super foamy and bubbly after I mixed it.  Yesterday, we took a look at the surfactants we’ll be using in this super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants. Today, let’s take a look at this big…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – choosing our surfactants (part one)

As a note before we start, the photo I’ve chosen above is of the body wash when it’s super foamy and bubbly after I mixed it. It will become clear over a day or two… We made it to Liverpool, England, the city from which my family hails, after a very long flight to Amsterdam,…...

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#alltheingredients: Amine oxides – lauramine, myristamine, and cocamidopropyl amines

I’ve been using myristamine oxide in my body washes, shampoos, cleansers, and other surfactant-y products for years, but I’ve never given it its own post. Let’s take a look at it and some related amine oxides to see why we might use them. There are three amine oxides I use – lauramine, myristamine, and cocamidopropylamine…...

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Going on a holiday…

Yep, we’re off to England for a few weeks for a family holiday! (We were supposed to go to In Cosmetics Global in Barcelona afterwards, but it’s been moved to the end of June.) ✈️☕️💂‍♂️ Just getting a few things ready to take with me – shampoo bar, two conditioners, leave in conditioners, lotions, body … Read more

Testing lip balms & lotion bars with esters!

As part of our ester series, Emrys and I have been testing many different lip balms and lotion bars with solid esters to check their pour temperature, colour pay off, skin feel, flavour oil retention, prettiness, and more. Solid esters used in place of butters can increase colour deposition and may feel less greasy, more silky,…...

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