Better crafting through chemistry: Esters – isopropyl myristate (IPM) – updated, 2021

Original post from 2009!  If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a fan of isopropyl myristate or IPM. I use it primarily as a dry or astringent emollient to reduce the greasy feeling of other oils in a lotion or lotion bar. You can use it in large...

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Ingredient: Calendula extract (water soluble)

I’ve used this one so many times, but I’ve never written an entire post on it, which is surprising as I love it so much! I’ve written about the oil soluble extract or infused oil, which is awesome, but let’s take a few minutes to consider the water soluble aspects of this wonderful flower! So...

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Why did I buy that again? Hydroxyethylcelullose

If you are reading this on Blog Lovin’, please note they are exploiting my work without permission for their monetary gain. I have expressly forbidden them from using my written work, yet they continue to post it on their platform. I do not take advertising or sponsorship from anyone on this blog and make no...

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Ingredient: Olive oil unsaponifiables

Olive oil unsaponifiables (INCI: Olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables) are the unsaponifiable portion of olive oil that can be used in our products as an oil and ethanol soluble emollient, much in the way we’d use olive oil.  Use it the way you would any other oil, but especially where you want a light product,...

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Ingredient: Kera straightening and curls (updated)

I’m planning to share a recipe with you that contains this ingredient kera straightening and curls (INCI: Hydrolyzed Keratin & Trametes Versicolor Extract), so it seemed like a good idea to take a look at it! We’re all familiar with keratin – it’s the protein we find in our hair, skin, and nails. The hydrolyzation of it...

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