How do I learn about new ingredients? Join me as we learn more about STEPANQUAT® Helia (part four) – formula using Jeesperse® ICE-T CIS-2

Welcome back! Did you have fun navigating all those lovely rabbit holes we fell down on Monday as we learned all about the chemistry of the three ingredients found in STEPANQUAT® Helia (INCI:  Disunfloweroylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Sunflower Seed Oil Glycerides (and) Lauryl Lactyl Lactate)? Did you enjoy putting together the ingredient reference chart? And are you looking forward…...

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Formulas from Stepan: Links to the Multicultural Collection for textured or curly hair

I found these formulas from Stepan that are advertised for textured or curly hair that I thought might be interesting as I don’t have much about those hair types on the blog. If you’re interested in trying them, let me know and we can work through one or two and figure out what we can…...

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Beginners! Check out my foolproof hand & body lotion formula!

I’ve noticed a lot of people trying to make lotions and experiencing serious fails, so I thought I’d share my pretty much foolproof formula for a hand & body lotion with Polawax, emulsifying wax NF, or Incroquat BTMS-50. I’m serious when I say it’s foolproof – if you follow my instructions and don’t go substituting…...

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Foaming cleanser formula: A festive salad de fruits foaming facial cleanser with fruit enzyme complex PF

Sorry for taking so long to share this salad de fruits* foaming facial cleanser, the final part of the apple a day foaming cleanser formula series, but I wanted to get some ideas from Raymond about how he enjoyed it. You’ll see his comments at the end of this post. *I took 7 years of…...

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Foaming facial cleanser formula: An apple a day… (part two)

I’ve been having great fun formulating with foaming apple (INCI: Sodium cocoyl apple amino acids) to make this extra apple-y foaming facial cleanser. Yesterday, we chose our surfactants and other water phase ingredients. Today, let’s choose the preservative and create the final formula! Which preservatives could we use here? We need something that works with pH…...

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Esters: Making a light and non-greasy ECOCERT hand & body lotion with simple esters – part two, choosing the oil phase

Catch up on this series: Part one, the chemistry and nomenclature of esters; part two, types of esters and their sensory characteristics; and part three, chemistry of the sensory characteristics. We also took a look at the hydrolysis of esters, and simple esters!  The other day, we took a look at the emulsifiers and simple esters…...

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Esters: Making a light and non-greasy ECOCERT hand & body lotion with simple esters

Catch up on this series: Part one, the chemistry and nomenclature of esters; part two, types of esters and their sensory characteristics; and part three, chemistry of the sensory characteristics. We also took a look at the hydrolysis of esters, and simple esters!  The other day, we met this lovely, silky, non-greasy, naturally compliant simple ester…...

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Esters: Using cetyl palmitate as a substitute for fatty alcohols and acids (part two)

Catch up on this series: Part one, the chemistry and nomenclature of esters; part two, types of esters and their sensory characteristics; and part three, chemistry of the sensory characteristics. We also took a look at the hydrolysis of esters, and simple esters!  The other day, we met cetyl palmitate, a simple waxy, flaky, oil soluble…...

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Esters: Using cetyl palmitate as a substitute for fatty alcohols and acids (part one)

Catch up on this series: Part one, the chemistry and nomenclature of esters; part two, types of esters and their sensory characteristics; and part three, chemistry of the sensory characteristics. We also took a look at the hydrolysis of esters, and simple esters!  Yesterday, we met cetyl palmitate, a simple waxy, flaky, oil soluble ester that…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Increasing the viscosity of my epic rinse-off conditioner (part two)

Catch up on this series! We’ve been taking a look at conditioning hair masks. We started by analyzing Sephora’s hair sleeping mask, rose smoothing and anti-frizz version. Then, we analyzed Moroccanoil’s version in depth, and took a look at a few others very briefly. Then, we looked at the conditioning emulsifiers we might use along with some emollients…...

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