Experiments in the workshop: Blooming Jelly Cleanser from LV Lomas, working through the formula

Ina reminded me yesterday at our cosmetic chemistry coffee klatch that I hadn’t shared this formula, so I thought I should remedy this before the year is over!  Back in May, I met with Shannon of IMCD, a distributor of so many of the ingredients we use and adore, and I fell in love with...

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Experiments in the workshop: Moisture Renewal Body Wash using Kelcogel® CG-LA – working with this formula

First, we met my new favourite gum, gellan gum, then we took a look at the Moisture Renew Body Wash formula from the manufacturer along with some ideas on which preservatives will work for it. Today, let’s make this formula and take a look at how to mix it along with testing and adjusting the...

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Experiments in the workshop: Moisture Renewal Body Wash using Kelcogel® CG-LA

The other day, we met my new favourite gum, Kelcogel® GG-LA, low acyl gellan gum, so let’s get formulating with it today! The first formula I tried was a variation on their Moisture Renewal Body Wash, which uses a combination of gellan gum and xanthan gum as a thickener and suspender. As a quick aside,...

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Experiments in the workshop: Blooming Jelly Cleanser!

What’s happening in the workshop this week? We’re cooking up a little something called a Blooming Jelly Cleanser, a foamy, lathery, bubbly, transparent cleanser we can pour into any adorable moulds. (We met these a few months ago, but I’ve only had a chance to try it this week.) This isn’t the wobbly, jiggly jelly...

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Experiments in the workshop: Fragrance and essential oils with Iselux Ultra Mild

Just a few of the many many samples I’ve created for the Iselux Ultra Mild surfactant – which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies. It takes ages to test out different ways it might thicken, what might thin it, how it clears up, and how stable it is over time. I have at...

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