Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Hydrating lotions for less humid climates

On Monday, we started this series – What does it mean if something “improves radiance” or “brightens skin”? – by looking at how we can use humectants and moisturizing ingredients to decrease skin dryness and increase skin hydration. Yesterday, we made a hydrating hand & body lotion for more humid climates in which we added a...

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Formula: Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a massage oil in a rollerball bottle

I love the love so much, I wanted to share with you this massage oil that’s super easy to make and can be customized to include what’s in your workshop! You could put this in a bottle with a treatment pump or another cap, but I like to make these in roller bottles to make...

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Celebrate another day of National Bubble Bath Day with a solid bubble bath more suitable for humid climates

Yesterday, we celebrated National Bubble Bath Day with a solid bubble bath formula suitable for a less humid climate. Since where I live can get so humid you can see little water droplets in the air, I modified the formula to avoid using a lot of glycerin, which attracts moisture from the atmosphere to itself....

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – a hand lotion

If you’ve never used stearic acid in a lotion before, this is the lotion formula  I recommend as a great starting point. It’s a small variation on the basic lotion you’ll find in the newbie section of the blog, but it’s a great way to learn what stearic acid brings to your product. As I mentioned...

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Esters: Using ethylhexyl palmitate in your creations – making a body butter with shea!

I’ve said it a hundred times so far, but esters are a great way of increasing the feeling of dryness or reducing the feeling of greasiness, increasing the lightness and spreadability, and decreasing the thickness of your lotions or butters. So let’s take a look at a really greasy product – body butter with shea...

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