Hey $10 subscribers! The April 2020 e-zine is out – Learning to Formulate: Combining oils, butters, and other emollients

Sorry this e-zine is so late. Every time I thought I was done, I thought of something else I wanted to include, and had to spend a few days re-writing it! Thank you for your patience! One of the biggest changes I’ve made over the last five years is the analysis of sensory characteristics of…...

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Live video stream – Sunday, April 26, 2020, at noon PDT! The sensory characteristics of emollients!

Anyone up for another Zoom meeting? I had such a blast at the last one, I thought we should do another! For this one, let’s take a look at the sensory characteristics of our emollients, specifically oils, solid oils, esters, and silicones. I thought we could take out our sensory characteristic sheets, and work on…...

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Membership exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – esters and Neossance Hemisqualane

In this post, Patreon Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?, Doris asked for some ideas for substitutions for panthenol as she was worried it wasn’t vegan. The versions I’ve been using are vegan, but it’s fun to think of other ingredients we might use in our products, so let’s take a look at…...

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(Member exclusive) Ingredient: Coco caprylate

We met this ingredient a few years ago, but I didn’t go into much detail, which is kind of weird as I often go into too much detail. Let’s take another look at coco caprylate.. Coco caprylate is an ester of “coconut alcohol, caprylic, and capric acid”, in other words, a fatty alcohol derived from coconuts…...

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