Welcome to the resources page, where you’ll find links to all kinds of things from ingredient write ups to chemistry concepts to tips & tricks!
Table of contents
Infusions & teas
Lotions, creams & moisturizers
Oils & butters
Organic & natural ingredients or products?
Process of making products
Shelf lives of products
Shopping for supplies
Can I use aloe vera gel in my products? (Short answer: No)
Adding preservatives to anhydrous products. (not including sugar/salt scrubs)
How do some people manage to get water soluble things to emulsify in anhydrous products?
Why do we heat and hold anhydrous products? (Scroll down a bit)
A more in depth look at anti-oxidants
Why grapefruit seed extract (GSE) isn’t a preservative (but is an anti-oxidant)
How do anti-oxidants affect the shelf life of your product?
Rancidity: A primer
Converting formulas from percentages to grams (NEW, 2018)
Converting recipes from percentages to weights (older post)
please check out the chemistry section as well
Emulsifiers – check what you’ve got!
Emulsifying systems – Polawax, e-wax, and Incroquat BTMS-50
Emulsifying systems – Olivem 800
When lotions go wrong – Olivem 800 fail!
Using Polawax and that 25% usage concept.
Beeswax is NOT an emulsifier
How to replace BTMS-50 with BTMS-25?
How do we make substitutions with our emulsifiers? Polawax
How do we make substitutions with our emulsifiers? E-wax
How do we make substitutions with our emulsifiers? Ritamulse SCG
How do we make substitutions with our emulsifiers? Incroquat BTMS-50
How do we make substitutions with our emulsifiers? Lotionpro 165
What does it mean to have an “active ingredient” or percentage of active ingredient?
Are astringent ingredients still moisturizing?
Are you getting what you think when you buy ingredients?
Do we need to use a preservative in soap?
How can you tell if a recipe is good?
How do I use powdered extracts?
How do you know into which phase we should add an ingredient?
How do you know how much of each ingredient to add to a product?
What’s an INCI name?
How to read INCI names (part 1)
How to read INCI names (part 2)
Making up batches of products and scenting them later
What does solubility mean?
What does anionic, cationic, and non-ionic mean?
What’s the difference between solubilizers and emulsifiers?
What are penetration enhancers?
Where do I get my information (how to research)?
When can you tinker with a finished product?
Why are you trying to create recipes from scratch?
Also check out the chemistry section for more information!
Please check out the humectants section of the blog as it’s full of information on humectants!
Can I make my own glyceride, extract, infusion, or infused oil? (Updated December 12, 2021)
Can I re-heat a failed lotion?
Compensating for evaporation of the water phase during heat and hold
How much emulsifier should I use? (Specifically about Polawax)
Should I add the water phase to the oil phase or the oil phase to the water phase?
Some thoughts about greasiness in lotions
Troubleshooting an epic lotion fail
When lotions go wrong!
What is the “soaping effect”?
What is the cheapest lotion we could make?
What if our phases go over 70˚C?
Why we heat and hold our ingredients!
Why we heat and hold our ingredients separately!
Why did my lotion fail? Loads of links here!
Why did my lotion fail? Emulsifiers
Why did my lotion fail? Emulsifiers continued…
Why did my lotion fail? Heating and holding
Why did my lotion fail? Optiphen
Why did my lotion fail? Water in oil emulsions
How to make a successful lotion
Can we substitute one oil for another?
Can we use grocery store oils in our products?
Does heating & holding damage our oils or butters?
Heating, holding, freezing & thawing oils
How to temper your butter to avoid graininess!
Why do we heat and hold anhydrous products? (Scroll down a bit).
How can grapeseed oil have a shelf life of a year?
Why are whipped butters whippable?
Check out the section of the blog on emollients for all the posts on carrier oils, exotic oils, butters, and esters!
Please visit the preservatives section of the blog for more information on this topic!
Determining shelf lives of products (part 1)
Determining shelf lives of products (part 2)