Q&A: Glitters! So many questions about shiny things!

In the October Q&A, Stephanie asked: My question is: What’s the deal with pressed glitters? I keep seeing them pop-up on Instagram, I’ve seen them in Sephora and there are a lot of DIY You Tube videos for making your own. The reason I ask, is my daughter tried one while we were at Sephora…...

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Originally on Patreon: How can we adapt our formulas to be more natural? Gelling agents and gums

Yesterday, we started a series taking a look at how we can make adapations to our products to use more natural, green, biodegradable, and certified ingredients. Today, let’s look at gelling agents. When it comes to making more natural products, I find there are three huge areas where it’s hard to find natural ingredients… 1…....

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A few notes on this series about making gelled toners from my classes…

I hope you’re enjoying the series I’ve been sharing about making gelled toners. I thought I had scheduled posts for Thursday and Friday, but I guess I hit “save draft” instead of “publish”. I’ve shared those with you today… From my classes: Gelled toner becomes sheet mask (Thursday) All the ingredients! Vita Burst Beads (Friday) Experiments…...

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

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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Members’ Q&A: Using different weights of hyaluronic acid? How to use sodium carbomer powder?

In the April Q&A, Sarah asked: I bought some sodium carbomer (powder, from Lotioncrafter) because I don’t yet have a pH meter, and liked the idea of something I didn’t need to neutralize. I have found one instance of you using Sodium Carbormer, in your recipe for cream-gel in your Cosmeceuticals vol. 2 e-zine; you recommend…...

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Question from Patreon: Is there a limit to how much carbomer can be used in a lotion?

In the November Q&A on Patreon, Sawyer asked: Are there limits to how much carbomer can be used in a oil in water face cream? It seems to be a common ingredient in face lotions, and I love the idea of a cushiony lotion, but when I try to emulsify my gelled water phase with…...

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Experiments in the workshop: “Magnesium oil” gel with Siligel

A few weeks ago, we met this new gelling ingredient, Siligel  I’ve made a gel with it and magnesium chloride, often called “magnesium oil” as it can handle up to 20% salts. As I can’t type, please see my handwritten notes below. Anything underlined in red is an ingredient you can find out more about…...

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Why did I buy that again? Siligel

This is a neat new gelling agent that’s considered green, eco-friendly, and natural. Siligel (INCI: Xanthan Gum (and) Lecithin (and) Sclerotium Gum (and) Pullulan) can create gels, be used as a stabilizer in emulsions, suspend things like exfoliants in gels, and enhance skin feel. (They say it may be a substitute for silicones.) It comes…...

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It’s too hot to craft: Summery floral gel

I’ve never really thought of myself as a floral kind of person, but it turns out I really love rose, rose geranium, and gardenias far more than I thought. This is what inspired this “It’s too hot to craft” summery floral gel using lovely hydrosols and waters gelled with Sepimax ZEN. I’ve been using this…...

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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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