Potential duplication of Sisley Paris Floral Toning Lotion (part two)

Welcome back! We took a look at part one of this duplication process the other day by analyzing the ingredient list, then we took a bit of an aside to look at fruit essences. Today, let’s see if we can’t create a base formula for this product! We established that despite the name – Sisley…...

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Potential duplication of Sisley Paris Floral Toning Lotion (part one)

In the October duplicating thread, Pamela asked, Susan, I have heard a lot of raving from the Youtube beauty community about the Sisley Floral Toning Lotion, (Yes, it is Jeffree Star Approved! For what that’s worth!). But it costs $103 USD for 8.4 ounces!!!! They don’t have the full ingredient list anywhere that I could…...

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Foamy, bubbly, lathery surfactants: Creating a foaming facial cleanser with Iselux Ultra Mild

I’m having such great fun teaching at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary this week! We have one class left today – premium facial care – and then we leave for home tomorrow. I’ve been having so much fun playing with all these various ingredients so I’m still super busy, but I wanted to share a few…...

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Q&A: Can I use sodium lauroyl sarcosinate in place of SCI in a creamy cleanser?

In the July Q&A, Tessa asked, So here’s where I need help: How to substitute surfactants. There’s a formula that calls for 5% SCI (powder) and I’d like to use Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate instead. But how can I know what % of this ingredient to use so I can get the same cleansing effect as…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! A series on testing, measuring, and adjusting pH in our products. Creating a facial cleanser with decyl glucoside (part two – the formula!)

Thanks for joining me today to create this foaming facial cleanser with decyl glucoside, which we’ll then test with our pH meters and strips! I’m so excited to share this all with you, so let’s get right to the formula, then the process! Yay! If you’d like to catch up on all the posts in…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! A series on testing, measuring, and adjusting pH in our products. Creating a facial cleanser with decyl glucoside (part one)

This is a bonus formula I teach during my eco facial classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle to demonstrate the fun of testing and adjusting the pH of a cleanser. I call this one my sulfate-free, ECOcert foaming facial cleanser with decyl glucoside, which kinda describes it really well as it contains decyl glucoside as…...

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Duplication: Potential acne cleanser similar to Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser?

In the November Q&A post, Amy asked: So my 20 something year old daughter approached me and asked if I could try my hand at duplicating her acne face wash, she’s tired of paying $15/bottle. It’s Mario Badescu acne facial cleanser. Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone,…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Adding Vita Burst Beads to our products – facial cleansers

We’ve spent the week having some fun with this gelled toner I taught at the first ever spa products class day at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types. On Tuesday, we took a look at…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Adding SCI to oils to create a cleanser? (updated)

I’m trying so hard to get through your comments, but I’m still back in June. There are just so many good ones, it’s hard to answer them with a quick comment or two. In this post, Formulating a Cream Cleanser for dry skin, Afriyie’s Faith asked: Hi Susan, thank you so much for creating an awesome…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Can I use Sepimax ZEN to thicken a facial cleanser so I can include dermabrasion crystals?

In this post, Modifying the facial cleanser even more with hydrolyzed proteins, Jamil asked:  Could I substitute Sepimax ZEN for the Crothix in the cleanser for oily skin recipe and then add dermabrasion crystals to make it a scrub? If so at what Percentage? The crystals did not stay suspended with Crothix.  Yes! Sepimax ZEN can…...

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