Newbie Tuesday beginner lotion making series/course from September 2020

Welcome to the landing page for our beginners’ lotion series for September 2020 and beyond. I’ll be updating these links with the new posts as well as those I think go along with them so you can work through them at your leisure.

For this series, I recommend you read the posts and make the formulas in the order you’ll see below. Each post builds on the previous one as I’ve designed it as a course.

There’s another part to this series/course in which we make a more advanced version of the formula, which you can find on the Formulating Friday series/course home page or you can scroll down to see those posts. They start in the same place with same posts on ingredients and process, but on September 18th, 2020, we start looking at more complicated versions of the formula.

You can find the links to the previous series in which we made naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG in the beginners section of the blog (scroll down a bit).

Click here for the invitation to the Newbie Tuesday beginner lotion making discussion group/text chat on Discord!

Introduction to the entire series! 

August 28, 2020: Introduction, the plan, shopping lists, packaging, and equipment

September 8th, 2020: Introduction: The chemistry of lotions and some things about Polawax, e-wax NF, Phytomulse, and Natragem EW

September 9th, 2020: An aside for this week’s Newbie Tuesday post: Calculating the emulsifier

September 10th, 2020: Introduction to the ingredients we’ll be using in this series.

September 11th, 2020: Introduction to the ingredients we’ll be using in the advanced part of the series (part one, rheology modifiers, chelating ingredients, and anti-oxidants)

September 12th, 2020: More ingredients we’ll be using for the advanced formulas for Formulating Fridays, part two – esters, dimethicone, and vitamins!

To learn more about choosing preservatives, look at this post from the previous series. 

Part one: Polawax, Natragem EW, e-wax NF, or Phytomulse (almond, amaranth, chlorella, or coconut)

Additional: Do we pour the water phase into the oil phase or vice versa?

Sunday, September 13th, 2020: Creating hand & body lotions with Polawax – meeting link, password, and downloads

September 15th, 2020: First formula – hand & body lotion

September 22nd, 2020: Second formula – body butter or cream

September 23rd, 2020: Second formula – altering the viscosity

An aside: The formula is only the start: The process is everything!

October 6th, 2020: Third formula – facial moisturizer


Part two: Incroquat BTMS-50

November 3, 2020: Introduction to Incroquat BTMS-50

November 10, 2020: Hand & body lotion with Incroquat BTMS-50

November 14th, 2020: Choosing preservatives for cationic emulsions, like Incroquat BTMS-50

November 17th, 2020: Body butters with Incroquat BTMS-50

December 1st, 2020: Creating creams with Incroquat BTMS-50

December 8th, 2020: Formulating facial moisturizers with Incroquat BTMS-50.


Part three: Simulsol/Lotionpro™ 165 

January 12, 2021: Newbie Tuesday series: Creating emulsions with Simulsol/Lotionpro™ 165 – part one, let’s meet the emulsifier and learn how to use it!

January 13, 2021: Newbie Tuesday & Formulating Friday: Creating emulsions with Simulsol/Lotionpro™ 165 – part two, thickeners, rheology modifiers, and preservatives! (Week one)

January 19, 2021: Newbie Tuesday: Creating emulsions with Simulsol/Lotionpro™ 165 – Hand & body lotions (week two)

January 26, 2021: Hand & body lotions (week three) – increasing the viscosity 

February 16, 2021: Body butter (week four)

March 2, 2021: Creams and thickened lotions (week five)

March 9, 2021: Newbie Tuesday – facial moisturizer (week six)


Some more resources! 

If you’re completely new to making products, check out my beginners start here! section of the blog where we start with the very basics. This includes information how to read a formula, why we measure by weight, and more.

If you’d like to know more about chemistry, please click here for my free-for-subscribers introduction to chemistry course. 

And click here to sign up for the free course at Learn Cosmetic Formulation I’m offering with Perry Romanowski of Chemists’ Corner and Jane Barber of Making Skincare

Please click here to download a PDF of my general formulating notes for making products! ($3 and higher subscribers.)

Formula directory on the blog! You can find all the formulas I’ve written for the blog here! Woo hoo! ($3 and higher subscribers)