Some thoughts on what you could do for a 99% natural, emulsified cucumber body butter (Simulgreen 18-2)

If the idea of a cucumber body butter appeals to you, but you didn’t want to create the separated, contaminated mess we met in HGTV’s seriously awful recipe, join me now to make an emulsified body butter using a few different cucumber extracts. We took a look at making anhydrous or non-water containing formulas for...

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(Membership exclusive) Ingredient: Geogard ECT, ECOcert, COSMOS, NPA preservative

As I’m trying to work with more ECOcert ingredients this year, I thought I’d share my thoughts on Geogard ECT, (INCI: Benzyl Alcohol & Salicylic Acid & Glycerin & Sorbic Acid), an ECOcert, COSMOS certified, NPA accepted broad spectrum preservative. It might also be found as Neopres ECT. Geogard ECT is a water soluble, low...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Should Natragem EW be used with a thickener?

In the January Q&A from Patreon, Elin asked: Hello! Should Natragem EW be used with a thickener (i.e. cetyl alcohol) to ensure a stable emulsion? I recently made a simple lotion with Natragem and sometimes when I squeeze the lotion from the bottle the oil comes out. eek! Not sure what happened…Perhaps it is better to...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Making conditioners with Varisoft EQ 65 – the formula

In the first post of this series, we met Varisoft EQ 65 and in the second post in the series, we compared it to ICE Hair restore and a few other conditioners. In today’s post, let’s take a look at a conditioner formula I’m absolutely loving right now! Remember to follow all the instructions exactly...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Varisoft EQ 65 – all kinds of questions (part two)

As we saw in the previous post, Varisoft EQ 65 is an awesome conditioning ingredient that just needs a little more care and attention when you’re formulating with it. Let’s continue with the question JW posted in the Patreon January Q&A: I have fine hair so I’m interested in Varisoft EQ 65. How is it finicky?...

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