Creating larger batches: Introduction and scaling up anhydrous whipped body butters!

I’m seeing a lot of people on the various Facebook groups I frequent – including one I moderate, Syndet shampoo bars – expressing concerns that their larger batches don’t have the same properties as their smaller batches, that their bars are harder or softer than they expected, so I thought I’d share this post about...

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Creating an anhydrous facial serum or two with Sensolene®

We met this awesome ingredient, Sensolene® (INCI: Ethylhexyl olivate), a Guerbet ester, a light, non-greasy emollient that also has some cleansing properties, a few weeks ago, and I thought I’d share some formulas originally published in my e-zine, Shiny Things, Volume 2, so you can start formulating with it. Facial serum with Sensolene® This is...

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Creating formulas with isopropyl myristate (IPM): Anhydrous whipped body butters with shea

Over the last few days, we’ve learned that the isopropyl esters are light, fast spreading, non-greasy, and silky, and they can be used with emulsified or anhydrous (without water) products. One of the easiest ways to see how isopropyl myristate (IPM) feels on your skin is to make a simple anhydrous formula and substitute it...

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Q&A: Which is more moisturizing for skin – anhydrous products or lotions? What’s the difference between moisturizing and hydrating?

In this month’s Q&A post, Gabriella asked, Hi Susan, I was wondering which is more moisturising for dry skin: an anhydrous body butter or a lotion/thick body butter with water content? Also, does the water percentage in a lotion/body butter define how moisturising they are? Is a lotion with higher or lower water % more moisturising?...

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Facial products: Anhydrous facial serum with squalane & carrot tissue oil with l-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) – formula

This might be the most popular formula I’ve shared with friends and testers over the last year, my vitamin packed facial serum with squalane & carrot tissue oil. We first made it during the Sunday, July 19th, 2020, Zoom workshop on solubility, and I fear the formula might be lost in the links for that...

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