#alltheingredients: Azelaic Acid

In the October Q&A post, Chelsea asked, Hey swift – I am super interested in azelaic acid and some in general information about it. I made sure to to check via the search first and didn’t produce results; though I hope I didnt accidentally miss this ingredient info on the blog. Thank you much for…...

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Q&A: What are these new products using “essence” in the name?

In the August Q&A post, Brian asked, What are these new products using “Essence” in the name? Fresh Black Tea Kombacha and Tatcha The Essence, Plumping Skin Softer, both listing saccharomyces as the first ingredient, and both hitting near $100 in price. The dictionary definition of “Essence” makes no sense here but it is a…...

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Q&A: Does resveratrol need to be diluted before using?

In the July Q&A, Heather R asked, I need help in understanding “Resveratrol” – Does it need to be diluted first like Hyaluronic Acid does? I would like to use it in a spray on facial toner. I bought 5g of it from Lotioncrafter. I’ve written a short post on Resveratrol, which I’ve linked in the…...

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Q&A: Into which phase would I put n-acetyl glucosamine? Is there a limit to the size of the cool down phase?

In the March Q&A, Olja asked, My question is about NAG (N-acetyl glucosamine). To which phase do you put it. If you put it to the cool down phase, do you dissolve it prior? Can you dissolve it in a glicerite extract (which also contains some water) and than put it in the lotion? Moreover, if using…...

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Q&A: Which emulsifiers do we use to make a lotion containing acids, such as AHAs or fruit acid complex?

In the October Q&A post, Sarah asked: This is a question that has been consuming me – which emulsifiers do we use to make a lotion or cream (not a gel) containing acids, such as fruit AHAs, and lactic acid? Seriously! Which ones? Signed, Old and Wrinkly Kristina shared, Simulgreen 18-2 is ECOcert and Natrue certified, AND is stable between ph…...

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Q&A: Has anyone used MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)? What did you think?

In the August Q&A, Charlette very awesomely asked more awesome questions! I‘m wondering if anyone (including Susan!) has used Methylsulfonylmethane–otherwise known as MSM? From what I’ve read–it’s like a wonder ingredient-and yet I don’t see it in formulas. It’s referred to as an “additive”. Essential Wholesale says this about ingredient: “Excellent ingredient for mature skin…...

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Q&A: What can I do with sea kelp bioferment? Can I put it in a shampoo bar?

In the September Q&A, Andrea asked: I bought sea kelp bioferment…now what do i do with it? I mixed a bit into the Tracie Martyn dupe and it felt nice on my skin. Could it replace some of the water in that concoction? Could we add sea kelp to a shampoo bar? How would that work,…...

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Q&A: Using l-ascorbic acid in anhydrous and silicone based formulas

In the July Q&A, Karrye asked, You previously mentioned using L-Ascorbic acid in anhydrous formulas so that they could be used on wet skin, in order to reap the benefits of Vitamin C without the chance of it oxidizing. However, I don’t think you showed any recipe examples. Could you please? PS. I’m aware I…...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: Is there a benefit to mixing different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid?

In the June Q&A, Charlette asked: I am confused about using low and high molecular HA. I understand that the low weight doesn’t gel – but has better penetration. Is it possible to use both low AND high weights in a formula? I like the gelling of the high molecular (especially in toner–gives a bit of…...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: What is the difference in function between Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Collageneer? Can I add Co Q10?

In the June Q&A, Jaime asked: What is the difference in function between Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Collageneer? Can they both work in one oil serum. Can I also add Co Q10? From this post: Collageneer (INCI: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Lupinus Albus Seed Extract) can be used at up to 2% in the cool…...

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