Q&A: Is Incroquat BTMS-50 a “true emulsifying wax”? Does it create less stable emulsions than e-wax?

In this post – Creating a vanilla and cornsilk protecting and conditioning facial moisturizer (part eleven) – Using Incroquat BTMS-50 as the emulsifier, the formula – Olena asked, Hi! I recently read a comment in a Facebook group where an admin wrote that Incroquat BTMS-50 is not a true emulsifying wax compared to Polawax, Emulsifing...

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Q&A: How can we best thicken low pH face cleansers or body washes/shower gels?

In the monthly Q&A post, Allison asked, Hello there! I hope the start of fall where you are at is lovely! I have a question about thickening low-pH face and body washes. I have a heck of a time thickening anything with a pH less than 5. Crothix is usually a winner for me but...

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Q&A: Can a lotion made with Sepimax ZEN be super light but also super tacky and sticky on the palms of your hands? 

In the monthly Q&A post, Shelby asked, Hi Susan! Can a lotion made with Sepimax Zen be super light on the body but SUPER tacky and sticky on the palms of your hands? I made two body yogurts the other day and loved the way they felt on my body. They were super light and just...

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Q&A: What’s the binder in this shower steamer ingredient list? Let’s take a look at the ingredients and more about shower steamers!

In this month’s Q&A, Jaime asked, I’m trying to understand the binder in this shower steamer ingredient list that doesn’t include an oil or butter. They are very hard and dissolve slowly. It appears to be held together by the PEG-150 and wax. I would be a little concerned about putting wax in my drain, but...

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Q&A: How can we know if an ingredient is gluten-free?

In a message I received from a Q&A subscriber, I was asked this important question: How we can tell if an ingredient is gluten free? The short answer is to check the listing or data sheet from the supplier or manufacturer. If something contains gluten, it will usually tell you. If it doesn’t contain gluten, it...

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