The formula is only the start: The process is everything! (Updated June 2022)

How did this beautiful, fluffy, gorgeous conditioner with Varisoft EQ 65 become that epic fail? This is what happens when the process required to make a product isn’t followed properly. If it needs high shear and you’ve used a hand mixer, the product will fail. If you’re supposed to alter the pH at a certain … Read more

Quick post: Emulsion types – oil-in-water (o/w) or water-in-oil (w/o)?

Short post because I’ll be referring to this quite a lot in a few upcoming series… The type of emulsion you make isn’t just about how much oil or water we have in a lotion – like, more water = oil-in-water (o/w) or more oil = water-in-oil (w/o) – but about the emulsifier. This emulsifier...

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#alltheingredients: Natural Emulsifier 146 (INCI: Cyclodextrin, sorbitol, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate) aka Beauté by Roquette® DS 146

This non-ethoxylated, non-ionic, cold processed, naturally derived, powdered emulsifier, Natural Emulsifier 146 (INCI: Cyclodextrin, sorbitol, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate) aka Beauté by Roquette® DS 146, creates oil-in-water products ranging from sprays to lotions to creams with an oil phase up to 60%. This emulsifier offers a light, dry, non-greasy, smooth skin feel* for everything from light lotions...

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Q&A: Can I use e-wax NF or Incroquat BTMS in a lotion with magnesium chloride?

In the monthly Q&A, Jennifer asked, Hi Susan, I am hoping you can tell me if either e-wax NF or BTMS 25 or 50 are a suitable emulsifier for a Magnesium lotion? I’m not finding the answer when searching. Thank you so much! First, let’s look at what a magnesium lotion is, then we’ll look at...

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Welcome to June 2022!

Wow, it’s almost summer! Where did the year go? I know where some of it went – riding bikes! Have I mentioned my newfound love and obsession with my e-bike? I know it must seem so boring, but it’s something I can do when my arms and hands are in spasm and I can’t get … Read more