Back to basics: Making your first lotion!

I see people asking all the time where to start the process of learning how to make lotions, and my first suggestion is to check out the beginners’ section of my blog where I have starting formulas for all kinds of products, from whipped butter and lotion bars to lotions, creams, and body butters along…...

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Potential duplication for Coochy Shave Cream (part four)

First, we took a look at the ingredient list for Coochy Shave Cream, Frosted Cake, then we figured out what’s important and how much of each thing we might use in our starting formula. Yesterday, we tried the formula and thought it could use a little more thickening, so let’s take a look at making…...

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Creating a light hydrating summer body milk with Olivem 1000 – part one

On Thursday, we met a new-to-me oil, tamanu oil! Let’s take a look at how we might use this in a lotion! As a note, I find the smell too strong to use in huge amounts in an anhydrous product, like a lotion bar or whipped butter, but you could certainly use it in those…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part three: Prototype formula

So far we’ve reviewed the ingredients list, took a quick aside to talk about self-preserving lotions and hurdle technology; and thought about how much of each ingredient to use. Today, let’s make a prototype formula for this American Pie Body conditioner lotion!   We’re following the basic lotion making instructions for this formula. 1. Weigh…...

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In Cosmetics: Fluffy textures

Over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and writing about the sensory characteristics of our ingredients and products, so In Cosmetics was a huge, moveable feast of textures and sensations. This one was interesting! My awesome convention buddy, Nanette Vaughn of NV&O, noted that if she had made something that looked…...

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Babassu, coconut & quinoa hand and body lotion becomes botanical bounty of extracts

We had fun formulating this babassu, coconut & quinoa hand & body lotion at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary in November – click here to see yesterday’s post – but I thought it’d be fun to make a few changes because, you know, I can’t leave well enough alone! I love love love…...

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From my classes: Babassu, coconut & quinoa hand and body lotion

I’ve been wanting to share this formula with you since my return from Calgary in mid-November, but I’m always so swamped with other things. I’m taking a break from the gel series for a few days… Cold, windy, snowy winters might be all picturesque and stuff, but it can do one heck of a number…...

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Some questions you had about Olivem 1000 lotions…

I’m trying to make more time to read and respond to your comments, but I find I normally get a few minutes in when someone asks a really interesting question, and it becomes a five part series instead of a three minute response! Here are some great questions I saw in the comments this morning……...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s the deal with the emulsifier, Crodex A (INCI: Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which we might find in Lush products?

In the January Q&A on Patreon, Tash asked: I found something that’s a bit intriguing, and couldn’t find a reference to it anywhere on your blog. This is a bit of weird product I’m scratching my head over. It seems archaic when compared to some of the nice e-waxes that have appeared lately : Crodex A: (Cetearyl…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Trouble shooting a Simulgreen 18-2 lotion

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