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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