Subscribers’ Q&A: Using more than 5% niacinamide? Making a Pepha Tight formula?

In the May Q&A, Csoap asked: 1. I know Niacinamide isn’t recommended over 5-6%, but want about combining in application? I have 2 products I love that have 4% each. I sometimes use them together. I haven’t seen flushing but my skin turnover is amazing! But this combo can cause flushing, correct? If you use too…...

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Members’ Q&A: Using different weights of hyaluronic acid? How to use sodium carbomer powder?

In the April Q&A, Sarah asked: I bought some sodium carbomer (powder, from Lotioncrafter) because I don’t yet have a pH meter, and liked the idea of something I didn’t need to neutralize. I have found one instance of you using Sodium Carbormer, in your recipe for cream-gel in your Cosmeceuticals vol. 2 e-zine; you recommend…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can we use Lotioncrafter’s Vitaplex in a hair or skin care product?

In the January 2018 Q&A post, Linda asked: I am not sure if you have posted about using the Vitaplex from Lotioncrafter*, but if you have I can’t seem to find it. It says it is for hair and skin, but the required pH seems to be a bit high for hair, so that has me…...

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These are a few of my favourite things: Volumizing complex (updated)

I’ve been using the Volumizing Complex from the Formulator Sample Shop* in my leave in conditioner for quite a few years, and I won’t make a leave in without it! The INCI for this product is Water & Rice Amino Acids & Lactobacillus/Date Fruit Ferment Extract & Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluorethyl PEG Phosphate. The rice amino acids will…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Leave in conditioner with kera straightening and lycopene bioferment (updated)

I love leave in conditioners! They offer so much wonderful awesomeness to your hair with low levels of ingredients. Where to start making a leave in conditioner? As usual, think about your goals? What do you want in this product? That answer will help you move in the right direction! I have oily, frizzy hair…...

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Ingredient: Date palm extract (updated)

I’ve become interested in date palm extract lately – I’ve seen quite a few references to it lately as an anti-wrinkle ingredient, and I was given a sample of it from the Formulator Sample Shop*. I’m already using it in the form of their Volumizing Complex PF (Water & Rice Amino Acids & Lactobacillus/Date Fruit Ferment…...

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