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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#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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