Colouring surfactant mixes!

I know the kids who come to my craft groups think I’m being no-fun Susan when I suggest trying a drop of colour in the surfactant-y mixes and adding it drop by drop if you want a more vivid colour…but here’s the result. Take a look at this body wash. I admit it, I went...

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E-mail question: Thickening surfactant systems

In this post, Naomi writes…If I don’t have Crothix, could I substitute stearic acid? or Cetyl Alcohol? or another thickener – like Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose? So, you add in Crothix for thickening purposes? What do you suggest as possible substitutes?No, you can’t use stearic acid or cetyl alcohol. They will eventually separate out and leave a...

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White willow bark extract: Formulating skin cleansing products

I do love body wash, and I know I’ve already tweaked this recipe a thousand times, but let’s take a look at including white willow bark extract in our body wash! Why would we want to use it here? It works well for oily skin, acne prone skin, and aging skin to reveal new and...

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Formulating with oils – body wash

I really do love body wash – they smell nice, they get me clean, they are all foamy and lathery – and I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate moisturizing ingredients into them. So why don’t I use oils more often? I’m always seeing ads for body washes with moisturizers or ribbons of moisture...

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