Q&A: Can we include oil soluble actives in an anhydrous facial serum? And a profile of D’Orientine

In the monthly Q&A, Klymer asked, Hello Susan, hope all is well up North! When we buy actives do they always need to be use in an emulsion? I have some oil soluble actives (D’Orientine) that I want to include in oil serums alone. As long as I follow the recommended usage, is this ok...

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Q&A: What’s the difference between PEG-150 distearate and glycol distearate?

In the monthly Q&A, Susan asked, I just went back & re-read Natalie’s comments. I also decreased the Honeyquat from 3% to 2% and included 1% Polyquat 7. I am curious about the difference between PEG-150 Distearate and Glycol Distearate. Great question! The short answer is glycol distearate is good for thickening “traditional” surfactants, like...

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Q&A: Fixing a David Wongk recipe to create a hydrating facial serum with Sepimax ZEN!

In the monthly Q&A, Tevin shared, I’ve bought the master beauty class from Dave and he gave me formulas but it seems wrong, and now I’m here trying to learn how to create my set of products after buying my ingredients in bulk. Currently I need help on my face serum, as it is not...

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Q&A: How can we educate customers about parabens? Some resources you can use!

In the monthly Q&A, Baily asked, Hi! Have you written anything about how we as formulators can help ease customer minds about certain ingredients?? For example, I just switched to Germaben II, which has parabens, which I was strongly against for a long time and my customer base is too. However in my recent research...

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Q&A: Can or should any other preservative be used along side Jeecide CAP-7? Or is Jeecide CAP-7 strong enough on its own?

In the monthly Q&A, Ivy asked, Can or should any other preservative (as in Leucidal Complete / SF MAX) be used along side Jeecide® CAP-7? Or is Jeecide® CAP-7 strong enough on its own? Jeecide® CAP-7 (INCI: Caprylyl Glycol (and) Glyceryl Laurate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate) is a naturally compliant, non-ionic, natural, clear colourless liquid broad...

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