Chemistry: Atoms, moles, and molecular weight

I realized there were a few more terms I had to share before we get into the natural gum thickeners. Plus, I needed to give you the date of the quiz. Nah, just kidding…or am I? 🙂 On September 7th, we started this series off by looking at why xanthan gum might pill or ball…...

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Defining some cosmetic chemistry terms: Spreadability, play time, cushion, drag, and melt point

Let’s spend a little more time getting to know some formulating terms and concepts! Check out these posts from Saturday and Sunday… Defining some scientific terms: Solubility, viscosity, surface tension, and interfaces Defining some scientific terms: Contact angle, wetting, refractive index, and specific gravity As we work through these definitions, think about how these ingredients…...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: What does it mean if something “improves radiance” or “brightens skin”? Part two – promoting a more even skin tone

Oops! I realized I haven’t written much on melanin and such, so I had to stop for a moment to do that before we move on to looking at other ingredients we could use in yesterday’s ECOcert moisturizer. In the first part of this series, we looked at what it means for an ingredient to…...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: What does it mean if something “improves radiance” or “brightens skin”? Hydration and moisturization

What does it mean if something “improves radiance” or “brightens skin” or makes skin more “luminous”? Well, sir or madam, you’ve asked quite the awesome question there! Let’s dive down that rabbit hole! Smooth skin reflects more light, wrinkled skin reflects less light because it’s not a smooth surface and can appear dull or rough…....

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Discussion: Let’s talk about descriptors!

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we describe our ingredients and products, and thought we could brainstorm to create a better vocabulary for what certain words mean when we use them to describe oils, fragrances, and such. We could create a glossary of terms here on the blog and in future e-zines and e-books,…...

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