Testing the shelf life of your products: Observing a naturally compliant lotion for rancidity

I realized I haven’t shared much about testing our products – a great question that came up in the live Zoom meeting about oils yesterday – so I thought I’d share my experiences with one of my favourite lotions for shelf life. Whenever I make a product, I like to observe it for 6 months...

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#alltheingredients: Sodium phytate (chelating ingredient)

Jen from Lotioncrafter was kind enough to send me some sodium phytate to play with over the summer.  Sodium phytate is a water soluble chelating ingredient we can add to our products at 0.05% to 0.5% to bind with metal ions to keep the ingredients from reacting with them. These metal ions can precipitate in...

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What’s the difference between these Vitamin Es?

In the February Q&A for Patreon, Tash asked: There’s different kinds of vitamin E I see. Natural, synthetic and mixed. Is there any difference between using these in formulations? I wrote a few months ago, and never hit “publish”, which actually turned out to the be a good thing as I have more information I wanted...

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