Hey $10 subscribers! The May 2020 e-zine is out – Surfactants: Body washes & shower gels!

Every month, I start off on the first choosing the e-zine. Sometimes, I start it completely from scratch; other times, I find something I started writing in a previous month and add to it. This month, I chose one of my favourite topics – making body washes/shower gels! – and started writing. I scoured through…...

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Zoom meeting formulas: Hydrating body wash & hand cleanser using Xanthan Gum

We made these formulas in the Zoom meeting on Sunday, May 16, 2020, on mixers. You can download the PDF with all the information here, or you can read the posts! Thanks for joining me on this short tour of my workshop to take a look at how to use a magnetic stirrer and overhead…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – reviewing the formula (part five)

You can see in the photo above, this product eventually becomes really clear. This can change based on the fragrance/essential oil. In this version, I used  Honey I washed the kids (Lush duplicate) fragrance oil with a few drops fuchsia LabColours.  In part one, we took a look at the surfactants for this body wash…....

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the colour & scent phase, thickening, and the formula (part four)

Before we start, the photo above is day three/four of the body wash, and you can see it’s crystal clear. All the bubbles are gone, even though it was bouncing around in the cargo of a few different planes for quite a while.  In part one, we took a look at the surfactants for this…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the humectants (part three)

Before we start, the photo above is of the body wash on day two. The bubbles are floating to the top, so the clarity is increasing!  In part one of this series, we took a look at the surfactants we want to use for this formula, then we looked at the rest of the ingredients…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – the rest of the stuff phase (part two)

As a note before we start, the photo I’ve chosen above is of the body wash when it’s super foamy and bubbly after I mixed it.  Yesterday, we took a look at the surfactants we’ll be using in this super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants. Today, let’s take a look at this big…...

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Goin’ on a holiday: Super hydrating body wash with loads of humectants – choosing our surfactants (part one)

As a note before we start, the photo I’ve chosen above is of the body wash when it’s super foamy and bubbly after I mixed it. It will become clear over a day or two… We made it to Liverpool, England, the city from which my family hails, after a very long flight to Amsterdam,…...

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A tale of two body washes…

A tale of two body washes. Same formula, different fragrance oils. On the left, pistachio cream: On the right, sweet Meyer lemon. This isn’t a testament to the quality of the ingredients or fragrance/essential oils – this can happen with any mix you create. Working with surfactants isn’t as easy as just changing the fragrance…...

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Video: The effects of pH on the viscosity of Iselux Ultra Mild

Yesterday, we took a look at measuring the pH of an Iselux Ultra Mild body wash formula, then testing it again after adjusting the pH. I forgot to share the before and after video so you can see the thickening from altering the pH alone! I’m sorry I couldn’t show you the pH adjusting bit,…...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: How to make a creamy body wash with SCI?

In the June Q&A, Karrye asked, I’ve been musing over creating a creamy body wash. Something that would go in a bottle, and be a thicker consistency. I’d like to use SCI as I have loads on hand and it does give a nice skin feel. I also have DSL and Slsa. Could you point me…...

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