Beginners! Start here!

Welcome to the beginners’ section of the blog. Here you’ll find everything you’ll need to start making your own products, including starting formulas for all kinds of things as well as my six ingredient lotion series, which will help you modify the lotions to make something you truly love.

We will be updating this section shortly with the Newbie Tuesday section on making facial products – including cleansers and toners – and I hope to start my new series on making naturally compliant lotions shortly!

DEFINING OUR PRODUCTS

What you need to know about making any product (part 1)

What you need to know about making any product (part 2)

How to read and convert formulas

How to convert from percentages to weight

Back to basics: Defining terms for anhydrous products

Back to the very basics: Conditioner

Back to the very basics: Lotions

Back to the very basics: Shampoo

Learning about the skin feel of our oils

MAKING PRODUCTS – SPECIFIC FORMULAS

Formulating lotion bars

Formulating whipped butters

Let’s make a lotion

Let’s make a body butter

Let’s make a thick cream

Let’s make a conditioner!

Let’s make bath salts!

Let’s make bath bombs!

What are surfactants?

 

SIX INGREDIENT LOTIONS

Challenge: Six ingredient lotions

Challenge: Six ingredient lotion – hand lotion with cetearyl ethylhexanoate & cocoa butter

Challenge: Six ingredient lotion with shea, soy bean & sesame oil

Six ingredient lotions: A great way to learn what you like!

Six ingredient lotion: Meadowfoam seed oil and cocoa butter

Six ingredient lotions: Rice bran & mango butter body lotion

Six ingredient lotions: Rice bran & mango butter body butter

Six ingredient lotion: Kukui nut & babassu oil with Polawax or e-wax (updated)

Six ingredient lotion: Kukui nut & babassu oil with Ritamulse SCG (updated)

Six ingredient lotions: Evening primrose, oats & chamomile hand and body lotion

Six ingredient lotions: Evening primrose, oats & chamomile body butter

Six ingredient lotions: Pomegranate & witch hazel facial moisturizer for men

Six ingredient lotions: Green tea & bamboo moisturizer

 

NEWBIE TUESDAY FACIAL PRODUCTS SERIES! 

paste formulas here!

 

WHEN LOTIONS GO WRONG! The epic emulsion fails page! (Added January 11, 2020)

CREATING PRODUCTS (IN MORE DETAIL)

Creating products: Choosing your formulas

Creating products: A moment or two about finding formulas

How can you tell it’s a good formula? Do the math!

Creating products: Assembling ingredients – choosing your supplies

Creating products: Assembling ingredients – preparing your space

Creating products: Assembling ingredients – weighing and measuring

Creating products: Equipment (part one)

Creating products: Equipment (part two)

What options are there for double boilers?

Creating products: Equipment for measuring pH

Creating products: Polawax versus other emulsifying waxes

Creating products: Heating and holding

Creating products: Combining the two phases

Creating products: Combining the two phases – mixing

Creating products: Questions about mixing

Creating products: Cool down phase

Creating products: Packaging – too many choices

Creating products: Packaging – alternatives to bottles

Creating products: Packaging and preservation

Creating products: Labels!

Creating products: Filling our bottles

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT FORMULATING

Vitamin E is not a preservative

You don’t need to add preservatives to anhydrous or non-water containing products

How do I modify a recipe when I add or subtract an ingredient?

What if you go over 70˚C while heating and holding?

Heating & holding and graininess

How to test the temperature of your phases

When making stuff, how do you know what to do? (part one)

When making stuff, how do you know what to do? (part two)

How much stuff should I buy when I’m starting out?

What’s important in a conditioner? Part one

What’s important in a conditioner? Part two

Learning how to read a formula and convert it into weighted measurements – NEW!

Learning to formulate: How to a modify a formula when I add or remove an ingredient?

Learning to formulate: Small changes make a big difference!

DISCUSSION

What do you wish you’d have known when you started?