Q&A: Can we include oil soluble actives in an anhydrous facial serum? And a profile of D’Orientine

In the monthly Q&A, Klymer asked, Hello Susan, hope all is well up North! When we buy actives do they always need to be use in an emulsion? I have some oil soluble actives (D’Orientine) that I want to include in oil serums alone. As long as I follow the recommended usage, is this ok...

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Q&A: Is honey safe to use in lip balm? Will it work in an anhydrous (waterless) product?

In the monthly Q&A, Christi asked, Hi Susan- I’m a recent groupiey🤣. Been formulating for a year and I’m currently enrolled in multiple courses at Formula Botanica. I my question is about honey, primarily Manuka Honey and the huge honey debate about if it’s safe to use in lip balm. I have made balms with...

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Q&A: What is Undaria pinnatifida (seaweed) powder? Where can I find it? How can I make this gorgeous OSEA Undaria Algae Body Oil?

In the monthly Q&A, Donna asked, Hello, I am trying to duplicate a body oil that has seaweed/algae as an ingredient, undaria pinnatifida powder to be specific. I can’t find a similar ingredient that will work in oil. All other ingredients are oils or extracts. Does anyone have a suggestion? The body oil is OSEA Undaria Algae...

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Let’s make a pumpkin spice themed anhydrous butter!

Let’s make a version of a whipped anhydrous body butter you can pumpkin spice up with a variety of different ingredients! We’ll start with a basic formula with three variations with instructions, then we can look at how we might alter it to meet our theme! The formula! Weigh the oils and butter in a...

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Q&A: Can we make an in-shower lotion bar from a conditioner bar? (Short answer yes, with loads of links to formulas)

In this month’s Q&A, Cristina asked, Hello! I am looking into making some kind of conditioner bar/lotion bar that I would apply to my skin in the shower after washing and shampooing- then rubbing in and rinsing off. Would I be able to just make a conditioner bar type product but instead add skin loving ingredients?...

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