Grapeseed extract: Formulating hair care products

Grapeseed extract can reduce cell proliferation and there’s some talk it could help with hair growth (although I’m always dubious about claims like that). It would make a great addition to a shampoo or conditioner intended for dandruff prone hair! I’m thinking of including a little rosemary extract to the mix as well. (Click here…...

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Chamomile extract: Let’s formulate!

So how can we get the awesome power of chamomile into our products? It’s easy when we have the hydrosol and extract at affordable prices! Since I’ve beaten the toner recipe to death over the last few weeks, let’s take a look at a lotion we could create to include the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing nature…...

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Cucumber extract: Super happy fun formulating time!

Because cucumber extract offers astringency and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s a natural inclusion in toners and after shave sprays and lotions. When using our cucumber extract, I’d suggest starting with 0.5% dissolved in warm water and added to the cool down phase to ensure you won’t be too sensitive to it. You can go as high…...

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Cucumber extract

Cucumber extract (INCI: Cucumis sativa extract) can be found as a powdered extract or a liquid extract, but both are water soluble. You can use the powder at 0.5% to 1% or the liquid at your supplier’s suggested usage (probably 1 to 50%). I’ll focus on the powdered extract for this post…Cucumber is considered emollient,…...

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Rosemary extract: Other products

In this last post on rosemary extract, we’ll take a look at including this lovely extract in various toners, face cleansers, and body sprays. I don’t suggest using rosemary essential oil for stuff you might put on your face – it’s a lovely scent at first, but do we want to smell it all day?…...

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Rosemary extract: Lotions

Rosemary extract is a great addition to any lotion, added at 0.5% to 1% during the cool down phase. Remember, we add it to the cool down phase because some of the polyphenols are heat sensitive, and we don’t want to have it use all its awesome anti-oxidizing power fighting off the heat before you’ve…...

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Rosemary extract: Anhydrous products

Rosemary extract offers anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which makes it perfect for anhydrous balms, unguents, and ointments. Because we will be looking at anhydrous products, we can’t use rosemary hydrosol without some kind of emulsifier, and the powdered extract will be a little harder to include. For the most part, if you want to use…...

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Rosemary extract: Hair care products

Rosemary is a good addition to hair care products, what with the claims of increased blood circulation and the ability to form a thin oily barrier on your skin or scalp, and with the claims rosemary can control sebum production. So let’s make a few hair care products that might be useful for someone with…...

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Rosemary extract: Which extract is right for which product?

Which kind of rosemary extract should you seek? The goodness of rosemary is offered to us in many different ways – deodorized, bleached, hexane, methane, or acetone extracted. For the best levels of carnosic acid, choose hexane extracted. For the best levels of carnosol, acetone extracted is your choice. And for the best levels of…...

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Rosemary extract

Rosemary extract has a lot going for it and you can find it as an essential oil, an oil, a liquid extract, and a powdered extract. Let’s take a look at the liquid and powdered extract (the essential oil post will come one day!). The extract we’re taking a look at today is water soluble…...

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