Summer products: 10 minute summer lotion with ViscOptima SE, part two – hydrosols, floral waters & fruit essences

Welcome back to this series, Let’s make and modify products for summer! In the first part of this modification of the 10 minute strawberry & honey parfait with ViscOptima SE, we added some humectants, allantoin as an occlusive, and altered the oils a little bit. I shared our base formula with some modifications, which we’ll build…...

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Summer products: 10 minute strawberry & honey parfait with ViscOptima SE, part one

Welcome back to this series, Let’s make and modify products for summer! When it comes to making anything for summer, we can make all kinds of modifications that’ll make our skin feel colder, more hydrated, more watery, but still reduce transepidermal water loss and give us all that awesome moisturized goodness we want in our…...

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Live demo: Creating a 10 minute, naturally compliant, cationic (positively charged) lotion – download, formula

This is the formula we’ll be following for the Zoom call for Saturday, April 18th, 2020, at 11:00 to 11:40 am PDT. You can download the PDF by clicking this link – cold emulsifier demo april 2020 This cold process conditioner – Jeequat® NDCS (INCI: Cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, sorbitan laurate) is great…...

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10 minute lotions: ViscOptima SE (INCI: Sodium polyacrylate, ethylhexyl cocoate, PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate, polysorbate 20) – cold emulsifier

If you’ve read my e-books, Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part one or 10 minute lotions, you’ve met this super fast, cold process emulsifier before. I bought mine as GelMaker® RHEO from Making Cosmetics, which is their name for it. 125 ml or 4.2 ounces is $13.90 US before taxes and shipping and such. As a note,…...

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How do I learn about new ingredients? STEPANQUAT® Helia (part five) – formula using Jeesperse® ICE-T CIS-2, evaluation

Welcome back! Did you have fun navigating all those lovely rabbit holes we fell down on Monday as we learned all about the chemistry of the three ingredients found in STEPANQUAT® Helia (INCI:  Disunfloweroylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Sunflower Seed Oil Glycerides (and) Lauryl Lactyl Lactate)? Did you enjoy putting together the ingredient reference chart? And are you looking forward…...

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How do I learn about new ingredients? Join me as we learn more about STEPANQUAT® Helia (part four) – formula using Jeesperse® ICE-T CIS-2

Welcome back! Did you have fun navigating all those lovely rabbit holes we fell down on Monday as we learned all about the chemistry of the three ingredients found in STEPANQUAT® Helia (INCI:  Disunfloweroylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Sunflower Seed Oil Glycerides (and) Lauryl Lactyl Lactate)? Did you enjoy putting together the ingredient reference chart? And are you looking forward…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Increasing the viscosity of my epic rinse-off conditioner (part two)

Catch up on this series! We’ve been taking a look at conditioning hair masks. We started by analyzing Sephora’s hair sleeping mask, rose smoothing and anti-frizz version. Then, we analyzed Moroccanoil’s version in depth, and took a look at a few others very briefly. Then, we looked at the conditioning emulsifiers we might use along with some emollients…...

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Celebrate Hallowe’en with pumpkin spice latte lotion!

I’m in bed sick with what I think might be the flu, so let’s celebrate Hallowe’en with a blast from the past! Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with coffee butter! Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with a whipped vanilla latte coffee butter! Mmm…pumpkin spice latte lotion! Pumpkin spice latte lotion with Penstia powder if you…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Increasing the viscosity of my epic rinse-off conditioner (part one)

In this post – Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Part one – Sephora’s hair sleeping mask collection! – I asked if you wanted me to write up a version of my rinse-off EPIC hair conditioner that included 3% cetearyl alcohol, which would be thicker,  and you said yes! So let’s do that now!…...

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#alltheingredients: Jeesperse® ICE-T-LB-T-NS (cold emulsifier, anionic)

I’m having such great fun teaching at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary this week! We have three classes left – eco lotion making using naturally compliant emulsifiers; intermediate lotion making; and premium facial care – so I’m still super busy, but I wanted to share a few things from this week! Well, that…...

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