Question: How much cetyl alcohol to use with BTMS-25?

In this post, Substituting: What to do when you can’t wait to create!, there seems to be some confusion about how to use cetyl alcohol with BTMS-25. Why add a fatty alcohol to a conditioner? They can boost the substantivity of the cationic quaternary compound, which means more conditioning awesomeness for our hair! Fatty alcohols...

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Ingredients: Natrasorb Bath

Natrasorb Bath (INCI Tapioca starch) isn’t the kind of tapioca starch you can buy from a regular store. It’s modified so it can hold a ton of oils – carrier oils and fragrance or essential oils – in a powdered state. It’s hydrophilic – meaning it likes water – and it can absorb oils easily....

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Weekend Wonderings: Magacamianussol?, new ingredients, and the importance of pH in a shampoo

Have a weekend wondering? Have a question for which you can’t find an answer or something that’s been bugging you for weeks? Visit this post and share your weekend wondering with us! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT MAGACAMIANUSSOL MIGHT BE?In this post, Lise asks: Have you ever come across this ingredient: Magacamianussöl (from an ingredients list...

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An argument for using distilled water in our products

Chilliwack’s water has won more prizes than I can count for quality and taste, but we started emergency chlorination this week after E. coli was discovered and made a few people sick. A woman from British Columbia was found in the water supply of a hotel in California recently. And the water in the bathroom...

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