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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#alltheingredients: Crocus Sativus Flower Extract (Saffron) extract

This looked like an interesting extract found in the ingredient list of our most recent potential duplication, Deva Curl Wash Day Wonder Pre-Cleanse Slip Detangler, so let’s see what this is all about! “Crocus Sativus Flower Extract is an extract of the flowers of the Saffron Crocus, Crocus sativus L., Iridaceae”, (reference) which is used…...

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#alltheingredients: What’s a fruit essence or distillate water?

There are all kinds of botanical waters we can use in our products, and these fruit essences (aka distillate water) are a lovely way to get all the awesome goodness and fragrances of fruit without the bright or dark colours. A fruit essence is a “highly aromatic water recovered at the pre-heater stage of the…...

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#alltheingredients: Chia seed extract (water soluble)

Let’s meet a lovely water soluble extract, chia seed extract – INCI: Glycerin (and) Water (and) Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Potassium Sorbate – I’ll be using in my classes at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies! Chia seed extract – Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed – is used as a great anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory,…...

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#alltheingredients: Quinoa extract (water soluble)

Let’s meet another awesome extract I’ll be using in my classes at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies this weekend and the next, quinoa extract (water soluble), INCI: Glycerin (and) Water (and) Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Potassium Sorbate This ingredient has all kinds of neat properties – including working as an anti-oxidant, film…...

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Q&A: How can I stabilize the colour of products with watermelon extract?

In the June Q&A, Anna asked, I formulate 99-100% natural products, and love color, so I’ve been using natural colorants in my products, such as glycerites, watermelon powder (Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract from Formulator Sample shop). My general formula is: hydrosols, distilled water, allantoin, sodium lactate, glycerite (or watermelon powder), natural chelating agent-PA3 (Sodium…...

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Q&A: Can we use food grade herbal supplements in our skin care products?

In the February Q&A, Marina asked, Hello, Susan (and everyone else!), what’s your opinion on using dry herbal extracts being sold for health supplements for skin care? Horse chestnut extract sounds intriguing to me, which I first found at New Directions Aromatics. Because of higher shipping cost and minimum order fee from NDA, I looked for…...

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