The chemistry of our nails: Wrap-up

Well, that’s it for nails for now. Here’s a quick set of links on this topic… Chemistry of nailsLecithinLanolinFormulating a balm with lanolin and lecithinFormulating a whipped butter with lanolin and lecithinFormulating a lotion bar with lanolin and lecithinOil based scrubsIncorporating water soluble ingredients in an anhydrous creationOther ideas for nail products… You are not...

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The chemistry of our nails: Modifying yesterday’s product

Although I really like yesterday’s recipe – it’s great as a light lotion without having to go to the effort of using emulsifiers and water – I really wanted a balm. What do I need to change? I realized I’d left out the cetyl alcohol or stearic acid, so I added 6% cetyl esters (again,…...

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The chemistry of our nails: How to include water soluble ingredients in an anhydrous product.

We’re already aware of the awesome power of lecithin and lanolin in our nail care products, so let’s take a look at a lotion or cream you could make as a nail and cuticle treatment product. Considering this would be a lotion or cream, we want the same types of ingredients you’d find in those…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Oil based scrubs

There are a million ways you could make an oil based manicure scrub. I like to make mine with a combination of different weights and greasiness levels – avocado (heavy, dry), sunflower (light, greasy), fractionated coconut oil (very light, dryish), and jojoba oil (heavy, dry) – because each offers a different property. In the end, I…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Lotion bars with lecithin and lanolin

Using a cuticle balm in a stick format is a super easy way to get the goodness of all those wonderful ingredients without having to get your hands completely messy. So let’s take a look at formulating a lotion bar in a tube using lecithin and lanolin. LOTION BAR FOR CUTICLE CARE WITH LANOLIN AND…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Whipped butter with lanolin and lecithin

As I’ve been mentioning for a few days, using lanolin and lecithin together in a nail care product will offer maximum moisturizing, water repellency, and those lovely phospholipids our nails really like. So let’s take a look at making a whipped butter with these ingredients. This recipe is rated E for everyone, and is fantastic…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Formulating a balm with lanolin and lecithin

As we know, lecithin is a great inclusion in a nail care product as it contains a ton of those wonderful phospholipids, and lanolin is a great barrier ingredient that can repel water. So let’s take a look at formulating a cuticle and nail balm using these ingredients. This recipe is rated E for everyone,…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Lanolin

Lanolin is extracted from sheep’s wool grease (the sebaceous secretions of sheep), and is composed of 138 saturated and 32 unsaturated fatty acids with wonderful sterols like cholesterol, lanesterol, and agnesterol, which we know offer great moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, and cetyl and stearyl alcohols, which are great emollients and thickeners. (The cholesterol is of…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Lecithin

So what’s the deal with lecithin? Lecithin is a yellowy substance filled to the brim with various phospholipids or phosphatides, generally extract from eggs or soy beans, although its found in all plants and animals. The soy and the egg lecithin do differ a little. The soy has a fatty acid profile of 20% palmitic…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Some ideas for anhydrous products

Let’s start out with some bad news. You cannot make your nails grow faster by using cosmetic products. (You can make them grow faster by living in a warmer climate, using them by doing things like typing, and by being younger.) You can, however, make your nails more flexible by keeping them hydrated – and…...

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