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 Tips & techniques: How to add new ingredients into a formula that contains water Q&A: How do we determine how much emulsifier to use? (And the 25% rule for Polawax)
Creating products –
PDF of the basics, those I teach at the start of every class ($3 subscribers and up)
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?
Series/course: Making naturally compliant lotions using Ritamulse SCG : Shopping lists for ingredients, supplies, and packaging as well as optional components. Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 We took a look at the general formula we’ll be using for the hand lotions. I explained the formula, the chemistry of lotions, the reason we use preservatives, and the sensory characteristics we can expect with Ritamulse SCG. We compared emulsifiers, then I shared the basic format of the formula we’ll be following in this series along with an explanation about why we’re using the general ingredients we’re using. Tuesday, January 21st, 2020: We reviewed the ingredients we’re using in the formulas, and looked at why we might use them. I shared the formulas for the first hand lotion in both chart and PDF format along with all the instructions. Tuesday, January 28. 2020: We took a look at how to choose preservatives for our products. We took a look at all the questions I ask myself as I’m creating formulas to ensure I have the right preservative for the job. I shared a worksheet you could download in PDF form to evaluate your product and preservative. We also learned Tuesday, February 4th, 2020: how to evaluate the efficacy of a preservative in our chosen products. It’s all about the sensory characteristics of the oils and butters we’re using as well as the sensory characteristics of the lotions as we make them. I shared my sensory characteristic chart so you can evaluate the ingredients and write down your thoughts as you work with your lotions. Tuesday, February 11th, 2020: What did you think? What changes did you make? What did you like? What didn’t you like? Share your thoughts on your first lotion in this post from February 11, 2020! Part one – questions, thoughts, discussions, and modified formulas for hand lotion #1. Tuesday, February 18th, 2020: Part two – questions, thoughts, discussions, and modified formulas for hand lotion #1. Tuesday, February 25, 2020: – We created hand lotion #2 using a light, greasy oil and a light, non-greasy oil. There were a few PDF downloads – the sensory comparison chart of our oils, a blank sensory chart to use for your thoughts, and the PDF of the second hand lotion. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – We created hand lotion #3 using a little non-greasy oil, a little heavy oil, and a solid oil, babassu oil, to see what happens when we increase the Tuesday, April 14, 2020 viscosity a little.
Testing the shelf life of your products: Observing a naturally compliant lotion for rancidity – We started making body lotions by adding a butter – mango or shea – to see what impact they’d have on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 viscosity and sensory characteristics. – We made our second body lotion with greasier feeling oils and shea butter. Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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
Introduction to making facial products series/course Newbie Tuesday: We’re making facial products! – intro post! Shopping list Equipment list
Creating foamy, bubbly, lathery facial cleansers Let’s start making facial cleansers! – Formulating for your skin type Surfactants – what are they? Meet the surfactants pH of our surfactants Facial products – the base formula Facial cleansers – modifying them with humectants and cationic polymers Did you make cleanser? What did you think? (part one) Did you make cleanser? What did you think? (part two) Did you make cleanser? What did you think? (part three) Did you make cleanser? Submit your formulas! Question: Can you add carrier oils to cleansers? Newbie Tuesday on Monday: Modifying the formula with hydrolyzed proteins Newbie Tuesday on Tuesday: Modifying the formula with aloe vera Newbie Tuesday on Wednesday: Modifying the formula with botanical extracts (part one) Newbie Tuesday on Thursday: Modifying the formula with botanical extracts (part two) Newbie Tuesday on Friday: Modifying the formula with botanical extracts (part three) Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser (part one) – physical exfoliants Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser (part two) – physical exfoliants Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser by adding chemical exfoliants Modifying your facial cleanser into a foamer bottle formula
Creating hydrating toners! Creating a facial toner (part one) Creating a facial toner (part two) Creating a facial toner (part three) – cosmeceuticals Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner (part four) – adding cosmeceuticals (so many formulas!)
Creating gels! Gels, gels, gels! Ultrez 20 Gels, gels, gels! Sepimax ZEN Making a gelled toner with Ultrez 20 Gels, gels gels! Lavender & chamomile oil free gel moisturizer for normal skin types Newbie Tuesday: Gels, gels, gels! Chamomile & cucumber oil free gel moisturizer for dry skin types Newbie Tuesday: Using Sepimax ZEN to create an oil free moisturing gel Newbie Tuesday: Making a gelled facial serum with oil using Sepimax ZEN Newbie Tuesday on Wednesday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs (part one) Newbie Tuesday on Thursday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs
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?