How the ingredients determine the pH of a shampoo bar, and testing Lush’s Jumping Juniper bar

When we were at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies two weeks ago, we had great fun testing the pH of various Lush products, including three shampoo bars – Jumping Juniper, Montalbano, and Trichomania – as well as two “self-preserving” shower gels, Honey I Washed the Kids and The Olive Branch. Let’s take a look at...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part two: How of much of each thing should we use?

Welcome back to the series after our little side trip about “self-preserving” lotions. I can assure you, we will be using preservatives in our version of Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion! (Click here for part one…) And welcome back after my rant about the INCI ingredient list! (Definitely read that!) Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Almond...

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Another aside about Lush’s “fresh fruit purées” now that I have an ingredient list with INCI names…

Sorry I had to take a break in the Lush duplications, but I finally received my American Pie solid body conditioner and an American Cream solid body wash, and had to address what I saw on the ingredient list they sent me. Point of Interest: The solid body wash is way too fragranced! I love...

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Preservatives: Let’s talk about hurdle technology and “self-preservation”

Thanks for joining me for this aside on the idea of a product that contains water, like a lotion, can be “self-preserving”. There’s a post on Lush’s site – A beginners’ guide to self-preserving – that we’ll get to shortly, but first, we need to take a look at the idea of hurdle technology, “a term used...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part one: Analyzing the ingredient list

In part one, we reviewed the ingredient list for the American Pie Naked Body Conditioner, an anhydrous bar. In part two, I tried to find one to try, but they were either sold out or discontinued, so I bought a Little Pot of Energy Naked Body Lotion. As an aside, we took a look at...

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