Q&A: Can I make my own glycerite, extract, or infusion?

In this month’s Q&A post, MsWabi asked, I’d really like to use turmeric in my face cream and/or face oil and would like to make my own extract. What do you think is the best way to make a turmeric extract for use in an emulsion or facial oil? This is something that’s come up a...

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Summer products: 10 minute summer lotion with ViscOptima SE, part three – botanical extracts

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 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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Questions from the recent Zoom workshop on shampoo bars: Adding other ingredients, including purple dyes, botanical extracts, and keratin

I’m still going through the chat log for the shampoo bar workshop we held on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 trying to answer the questions I might not have addressed. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at adding all kinds of other ingredients to our bars. Wow, this should have been a book! I’m over 7,000 words...

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Q&A: How do we use powdered extracts in place of liquid or vice versa?

In the April Q&A, Cristina asked: Hi Susan! How do I adjust a formula that calls for a powdered extract but I have the liquid version and viceversa? For example, if the formula says 1% powdered X extract, but I have it in liquid, do I still use 1% of the liquid version? Would I...

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