Question from Patreon: Why isn’t my toner spraying properly?

On Patreon, Susan asks: My question is regarding toners and the spritzer bottle.  I have been making your toner recipe (from Newbie Tuesdays) with distilled water, rose hydrosol, witch hazel, glycerin, sodium lactate, allantoin, cucumber extract, chamomile extract, and liquid germall plus – % same as yours (I’m in the midst of moving, so my…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Gels, gels, gels! Making a gelled toner with Ultrez 20

Last week, we met our gelling agents – Ultrez 20, a carbomer that has to be neturalized with something like triethanolamine or 18% lye, and Sepimax Zen, a pre-neutralized polymer. We’ll play with Ultrez 20 this week and Sepimax Zen next week. There are two ways to make something with Ultrez 20: You can add…...

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Newbie Tuesday: New schedule of posts…

Wow, I’m really off track again thanks to the intellectual property theft and plagiarism I’ve been dealing with lately, and I ask your indulgence as I try to figure out how to fit all the things in that need to be done and keep up with posts on the blog.  I hope you enjoyed making…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner (part four) – adding cosmeceuticals

Yesterday we took a look at cosmeceuticals and a few that we could incorporate into our toners. Today we’ll create a few recipes you can try at home! Let’s say you liked this simple toner for dry skin with rose water and cucumber, what could we add to this mix? Quick note: This toner is…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner (part three) – introduction to cosmeceuticals

When last we met – which was a while ago, sorry! – we were looking at modifying a basic toner recipe using humectants, hydrolyzed proteins, cationic polymers, and more. This week I’d like to take a look at modifying the recipe further using what we call cosmeceuticals. What’s a cosmeceutical? They’re “cosmetic products with properties very similar…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner, part two

Last week we started making toners. This week, we’ll modify them using some of the interesting ingredients we can get from our suppliers. As an aside, there’s nothing wrong with a simple toner of rose water or witch hazel plus preservative. Simple can be just as awesome as super and ridiculously complicated, so don’t stress…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner

If you’ve been following the Newbie Tuesday facial products series, you’ll know we’ve spent the last three months making various cleansers for our skin. Let’s take a look at making toners today. What’s a toner? It’s a liquid or gel that we apply after we clean our skin to make it feel nice. I’ve seen…...

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One ingredient, five products: Gels – making a gelled toner (part three)

We took a look at making a gelled toner with pre-neutralized gel yesterday, but we found it a little thin. (That’s not a bad thing; I just want something a bit thicker!) Let’s take a look at how we could make a gelled toner from scratch! To make a gelled toner from scratch – or…...

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One ingredient, five products: Gels – making a gelled toner (part two)

On Friday we took a look at a new product, a gelled toner, and figured we could make one at home using carbomers. The big difference between making a regular, liquid toner and a gelled toner will be eliminating stickier ingredients because we won’t be removing it from our skin. What kinds of things would…...

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One ingredient, five products: Cucumber extract in a more complicated toner

Cucumber extract is one of those ingredients that just sounds cooling and soothing and moisturizing, and it can provide all of that and more in our products. In our toners, cucumber extract behaves as an astringent, which is great for normal to oily skin, and as an emollient, which is great for all skin types…....

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