#alltheingredients: Fision® Hydrate (INCI: Water, sodium PCA, wheat amino acids, panthenol, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, Hydroxyproline) – skin care active

Let’s meet one of my new and favourite humectants – ingredients that hydrate the skin by attracting water – Fision® Hydrate (INCI: Water, sodium PCA, wheat amino acids, panthenol, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, hydroxyproline). What does this lovely, water soluble band of merry humectants claim it can do? It can restore hydration and draw water to the...

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 Q&A: Why use sorbitol in a conditioner? How can grapeseed oil have a 2 year shelf life? and more!

So many of this month’s comments ended up in the spam filter, so I apologize for those of you waiting for an answer who didn’t get one. I should be caught up by now (she said with hope). I do my best to answer all the comments I can, but if I’m running out of...

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#alltheingredients: Manuka honey extract (humectant)

I’ve been playing with Manuka honey extract – INCI: Honey extract (and) butylene glycol or INCI: Water (and) Glycerin (and) Honey Extract (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Citric Acid – 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...

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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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