#alltheingredients: Manuka honey extract (humectant)

I’ve been playing with Manuka honey extract – INCI: Honey extract (and) butylene glycol – for the last few years, but I haven’t shared the ingredient write up anywhere but the Shiny Things, volume 2 e-zine. Let’s take a look a few minutes to learn more about this awesome humectant and skin conditioner! Honey is...

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#alltheingredients: Betaine! Are all these ingredients called “betaine” the same thing?

In the August Q&A post, Amy asked: Hope this isn’t the wrong place to ask, but is Vegemoist (Glycine Betaine- Sugar Beet Extract) the same as TMG or Betaine Anhydrous (dietary supplement)? If so, can I use the powdered supplements for skincare with similar results? The Q&A is the perfect place to ask questions as...

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Why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it? Methyl gluceth-10

I definitely engaged in some aspirational hoarding last year as I ordered so many ingredients from all kinds of places, and I thought I should finally share some of them with you! In this series, I’ll be sharing what I bought, for how much, and why I bought it. You’ll see links to the companies...

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Q&A: Making a cooling spray (part two) – menthol and a basic formula with alcohol

The other day, we took a look at a few ingredients that might make our skin feel cooler. (And there’s a neat discussion going on in the August Q&A about ingredients that might make our skin feel warmer.) In the July Q&A, Mary shared, Today it is 110˚F degrees outside and I have to be outside...

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Q&A: What ingredients could make us feel cooler? (updated)

In the July Q&A, Mary shared, Today it is 110˚F degrees outside and I have to be outside in this heat. When we were playing with Aristoflex AVC, I made a gel lotion with cucumber hydrosol that I called “cool as cucumber”. It is a perfect lotion for hot flashes! I like to use it around...

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