Q&A Quickies: Let’s talk about water – distilled, spring, mineral, alkaline, and reverse osmosis

For the love of all that is good and holy, do not use tap water in your products! It’s full of all kinds of things – chlorine, fluoride, metals, bits of soil, and so much more – that can mess up the clarity, stability, preservation, and general goodness of your products. Check out this post…...

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No Zoom workshop today, but there is a Discord chat

As it’s Father’s Day in North America, and you all told me you’d be busy today, there is no Zoom meeting today. We’ll be back next week with a workshop in conditioners! I’ll be on Discord at 5 pm PDT for a general chat on any topic or to answer your questions on my new…...

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Q&A: Where can I find Incroquat CR? And finding replacements for ingredients I use

In this month’s Q&A, Dalel Djegham asked, I’m looking for Incroquat CR to make a solid conditionner. I can’t find it easily. Here what I found: Purple Citrus, Saffire Blue, The Herbarie, CoChem (sample), Croda (sample), somewhere I found Quatrex CRC (by Chemron Corp). (Is it even the same thing?) So my questions are: where do I…...

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Some questions that came up during the Zoom meetings: Natural surfactants or natural preservatives?

One of the most awesome bits of our weekly Zoom meetings is hearing all the questions you have and seeing you sharing your thoughts, suggestions, and answers with each other in the chat! I’m doing my best to answer them, but some things just need a little more time to swirl around in my head…...

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Q&A: How do we use powdered extracts in place of liquid or vice versa?

In the April Q&A, Cristina asked: Hi Susan! How do I adjust a formula that calls for a powdered extract but I have the liquid version and viceversa? For example, if the formula says 1% powdered X extract, but I have it in liquid, do I still use 1% of the liquid version? Would I…...

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Q&A: What’s the reason for putting silver in cosmetics?

In the January Q&A, Emma asked: I have a question about some products I recently received as a gift from my brother in Berlin. There is a really nice store there called Urban Cosmetics and they have a lot of natural products, hydrosols, etc. Reading the ingredients I notice they put silver in their serum and…...

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Q&A: Is there a way to make sodium coco sulphate (SCS) not so drying?

In the January Q&A, AA asked, Hi Susan!! Is there any way to make SCS not so drying?? Not just for hair but also skin. I’ve checked and adjusted the pH and also combined surfactants to no avail.. I would just throw in the towel, but I bought a bunch on sale a while back…...

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Q&A: Why is my duplication of a scalp tonic turning milky?

In the December Q&A, Gypcie asked: Hello Swift, I’m trying to figure out how to add water to denatured alcohol without the formula turning milky. I’m attempting something like this product here – Peppermint & Aloe Soothing Scalp Tonic.  This product comes out perfectly clear, do you think it’s the Hydroxypropyl Guar that keeps it clear…...

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Q&A quickies: Why do we have to allow the product to cool before packaging?

Why do we always say to package your product when it’s reached room temperature? Because we don’t want all that condensation in the bottle or the cap, which can happen when the product is even slightly warm. Before you know it, you have mold and other nasty things growing in the cap that’ll end up…...

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Q&A quickie: When adding a preservative to a lotion master batch, do I add enough preservative to include the FO/EO?

In this post – Back to basics: Making your first lotion! – Leona asked, When adding preservative to a lotion master batch, do I add enough preservative to include the FO/EO? When figuring out how much preservative to use, we want to take into account all the ingredients in the formula. This means the water, aloe…...

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