#alltheingredients: Hyalurosomes (INCI: Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethylsilsesquioxane Copolymer & Phospholipids & Hyaluronic Acid) – active ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid

Quick note before we begin*: Maggie from Formulator Sample Shop just let me know that they have a deal on this ingredient, FSS Hyalurosome (INCI: Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethylsilsesquioxane Copolymer & Phospholipids & Hyaluronic Acid), Hyaluronic Acid that’s released over time in our products. It’s normally as high as $167 a kilogram, but they’ve reduced it to $67 a...

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Q&A: How interchangeable are humectants?

In this month’s Q&A, Susan asked, I’m wondering whether humectants are fully interchangeable, the same way that hydrolyzed proteins seem to be. Specifically, I’m looking at a Lotioncrafter formulation (Time Defy Facial Serum) which calls for butylene glycol but I don’t have any. I do have vegetable glycerin, honeyquat, sodium lactate, and propanediol 1-3. I’m hoping...

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Q&A: What would be a good humectant blend for a leave on product that’s effective at all humidities? What would be most effective for a body wash?

As you might have noticed from the pinned posts section of the blog, there’s a question and answer post there for $5 and $10 subscribers to ask questions to which I promise replies. This one from this month… In this month’s Q&A, Jai asked, Hi Susan, I have two questions about humectants: 1. What would be...

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#alltheingredients: Hyaluronic Acid 4D – film former, hydrator

I’m having great fun working with variations on Hyaluronic Acid this month. First, we met Oleo-HA (INCI: Sodium hyaluronate, hydrogenated castor oil, castor seed oil); now let’s meet Hyaluronic Acid 4D (INCI: Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aqua), an ingredient I found at Lotioncrafter (USA). This is a...

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#alltheingredients: NatraSmooth™ (facial & hair active, hydrating)

I found this ingredient at Lotioncrafter, NatraSmooth™ (INCI: Water, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp (Snow Mushroom) Extract, Betaine, Glycerin), a nicely gelled liquid derived from snow mushroom (also called silver ear mushroom) as an anti-oxidant that works as an amazing humectant and skin and hair conditioner. It binds water to the skin and hair to work as...

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