In Cosmetics Global: Urban Renewal Cleansing Balm by Ashland

I’m in love with this gorgeous Urban Renewal Cleansing Balm by Ashland we tried at In Cosmetics Global in Paris last week. It’s full of esters to offer a silky, non- greasy skin feel that melts away on contact with your skin. The key is to choose ingredients that remain solid-ish at room temperature –...

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Duplication of Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich Oil revisited, part two

Yesterday, we reviewed the ingredient list for the duplication of the Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich Oil with apricot kernel oil so we can modify the version we made in October 2017. Today, let’s look at the formula we created originally, and modify it. Kim liked this version, but we ran out of a few ingredients, so we...

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Duplication of Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich Oil revisited, part one

We’ve been struggling with this thickening clay for weeks and have experienced fail after fail, so let’s take a look at one if my must-have products that I’ve taken on holiday with me to England. Back in 2017, I created a potential duplication for Beauticontrol Nutri-Rich oil with apricot kernel oil for a young woman...

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One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in lip balms

As we saw yesterday, sunflower oil is a great addition in a balm. So what about lip balms? Yep, it’s a great addition there, too! As a light feeling, tasteless, and odourless oil, it’s a great addition that offers a bit of shine. LIP SHIMMER STICK BASE8% candellia wax9% beeswax18% shea butter12% mango butter52% liquid...

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The chemistry of our nails: Modifying yesterday’s product

Although I really like yesterday’s recipe – it’s great as a light lotion without having to go to the effort of using emulsifiers and water – I really wanted a balm. What do I need to change? I realized I’d left out the cetyl alcohol or stearic acid, so I added 6% cetyl esters (again,...

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