Weekday Wonderings: Using urea, finding data sheets & formulas, ULProspector, and cutting the ends of tubes for pumps or misters.

Just a few thoughts that didn’t seem to fit into any other posts… Please please please do not use urea in your products if you’re not creating a pH buffer – using something like sodium citrate and citric acid or sodium lactate and lactic acid – because it can cause upward drift of our pH,...

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Weekend Wonderings: Can I combine cationic ingredients with non-ionic or anionic surfactants?

I’m doing my best to respond to your comments, but considering the other day I made it through three comments before spending a morning researching and writing yesterday’s post on cetrimonium chloride, it’s not as simple as writing a few lines and being done if I want to offer you the most information I can....

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Weekday Wonderings: Substituting humectants, using fresh aloe, and using stabilizers with emulsions

As I mentioned, I’m doing my best to respond to many of your comments, so I’ve gone back three weeks to see what interests you! I’m responding to the questions you’ve posted in the Let’s formulate: Chamomile & aloe botanical summer time body butter posts at the moment. We looked at the reasons for making whipped...

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Weekday Wonderings: Why make an emulsified body butter over a whipped butter?

I used to do a thing on the old blog I called Weekend Wonderings where I’d find comments you’d made over the previous week and share them in a post. I stopped doing it as there were so few comments on the old blog and a lot of them were things that had been said...

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Weekday Wonderings: Is MCT the same as PEG-6 caprylic/capric triglycerides? Can I add things to aloe vera gel? Using SCI in liquid products?

I haven’t been answering many comments you’ve been leaving on this new blog because I feel that when I enter a conversation, it stops, and that’s no fun. But I wanted to return to the idea of doing the Weekend Wonderings based on your questions and comments, as well as highlight some of the cool...

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