Weekday Wonderings: How to make a longer lasting lotion?

In this post, More information on calculations, Chris B from the Dish asks: I was just wondering what oils/butters you recommend adding to a lotion to make the lotion last longer on the skin? I have tried many of your formulas (love a few of them) but after about two hours, the moisturizing effect is gone...

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What have we learned about formulating products for dry skin?

Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned about dry skin and about formulating products for dry skin! There are links o’ plenty and I really recommend that you click on them to find out more about each topic. This is intended as a quick summary of the last month, and if you want to...

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Formulating for dry skin: Making an emulsified scrub

If I were to make a sugar scrub for dry skin, which ingredients would I want to include? Occlusives, emollients, and humectants! But an emulsifier scrub is an anhydrous product, so it’s hard to include things like glycerin or sodium lactate as they will come out of the product and make a mess. So what can...

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Formulating for dry skin: Making a body butter

I know I keep saying the same thing, but when you make a product for dry skin you want to make sure you’ve chosen appropriate occlusive ingredients – allantoin, dimethicone, or cocoa butter – along with good emollients that contain linoleic acid, gamma-linoleic acid, or conjugated linoleic acid and good humectants. You want these things...

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Formulating for dry skin: Toners continued…

As we saw in this post and this post, the pH of our skin care products is absolutely vital, and more so for facial products. When we’re creating a cleanser, toner, or any other non-lotiony product, we have to make sure we are testing our pH and ensuring that it will be in the right...

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