Let’s take another look at mineral oil!

As I mentioned the other day, the thickening posts and Iron Chemist will be delayed a few days until the weather warms up enough for me to enter my workshop! I’m willing to suffer for my beloved chemistry, but not so much that the headaches return and keep me in bed for days!  I thought...

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Esters: Using C12-15 alkyl benzoate in facial moisturizers

A facial moisturizer is the perfect place to use C12-15 alkyl benzoate or cetearyl ethylhexanoate as they’re lightweight, emollient, non-comedogenic, and non-greasy, meaning we get the benefits of an oil without the possible drawbacks like blackheads or break-outs. And the increased occlusivity of C12-15 alkyl benzoate is always great for facial products! Let’s take a...

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An aside…Leave-in conditioners become facial moisturizers

This is a picture of my sprayable serum (left) and my sprayable lotion (right). I wouldn’t put a facial moisturizer in a spray, because getting sprayed in the face isn’t that pleasant when it’s gooey. I do like a toner in a spray bottle, though.  When I’m formulating a facial moisturizer, I generally start off...

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