10 minute lotions: Hydrating strawberry smoothie with ViscOptima SE (part two, formula)

On Monday, we met one of my favourite new cold process oil-in-water emulsifiers, ViscOptima SE (INCI: Sodium polyacrylate, ethylhexyl cocoate, PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate, polysorbate 20), which you might find as GelMaker RHEO from Making Cosmetics, and yesterday, we reviewed the ingredients we might use in a super hydrating, cold process, strawberry smoothie cream suitable…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – reviewing the formula (part five)

You can see in the photo above, this product eventually becomes really clear. This can change based on the fragrance/essential oil. In this version, I used  Honey I washed the kids (Lush duplicate) fragrance oil with a few drops fuchsia LabColours.  In part one, we took a look at the surfactants for this body wash…....

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the colour & scent phase, thickening, and the formula (part four)

Before we start, the photo above is day three/four of the body wash, and you can see it’s crystal clear. All the bubbles are gone, even though it was bouncing around in the cargo of a few different planes for quite a while.  In part one, we took a look at the surfactants for this…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the humectants (part three)

Before we start, the photo above is of the body wash on day two. The bubbles are floating to the top, so the clarity is increasing!  In part one of this series, we took a look at the surfactants we want to use for this formula, then we looked at the rest of the ingredients…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the rest of the stuff phase (part two)

As a note before we start, the photo I’ve chosen above is of the body wash when it’s super foamy and bubbly after I mixed it.  Yesterday, we took a look at the surfactants we’ll be using in this super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants. Today, let’s take a look at this big…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – choosing our surfactants (part one)

As a note before we start, the photo I’ve chosen above is of the body wash when it’s super foamy and bubbly after I mixed it. It will become clear over a day or two… We made it to Liverpool, England, the city from which my family hails, after a very long flight to Amsterdam,…...

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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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