Another installment of “for the love of God don’t make this!” – Goodful’s Homemade Gentle Magnesium Lotion – potential formulas

Yesterday, we analyzed the absolutely horrible recipe shared by Goodful for a Gentle Homemade Magnesium lotion. Today, let’s look at how we could make a safe, stable, and effective version that won’t be contaminated two days after making it. If you just want to see the formula, scroll about 3/4 the way down this post....

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Member exclusive Q&A: Why did this lotion fail? Part two – fragrance or essential oils and mixing

Yesterday, we took a look at how changes in oils and preservatives might impact a lotion. What else could be an issue here? Fragrance and essential oils aren’t inert ingredients: We know vanilla can make things brown, but it can also thin out a product thanks to the vanillin. This is why we may have...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Why did this lotion fail? Part one – oils & preservatives

In the November 2017 Q&A on Patreon, Marta wrote, I made your Silken Vanilla Latte Body Butter (Simusol 165) a month ago without any substitutions and followed your basic lotion-making instructions.  All of my lotions emulsified with BTMS-50 have been stable (as of three months – when I began all this fun).  The body butter...

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Prepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter with Simulgreen 18-2 (part two)

The other day, we spent some time getting to know each of the ingredients I like for this lotion, so let’s make the darned thing already! As an aside, thanks for commenting on the previous post!  BAOBAB & BABASSU BODY BUTTER WITH SIMULGREEN 18-2 HEATED WATER PHASE 36% distilled water 10% aloe vera extract or...

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Weekend Wondering: What’s making my lotion sticky? (Part one)

In this post, Aristoflex AVC – light lotion with NAG, ceramides, and quaternized rice, BrNy asked: I know this is an old-ish post but thought I’d try my luck anyway. I made this lotion based off of a recipe I saw at Lotioncrafter.com but added NAG at 4% and subtracted 4ml of water (I made...

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