Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Ingredients to reduce hyperpigmentation (part one)

We’ve spent the last week looking at various ways we can “improve radiance” and “brighten skin”. On Monday, we took a look at using hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and reduce dryness. On Wednesday, we created a hand & body lotion for more humid climates, and Thursday, we created one for more arid...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: ECOcert facial moisturizer with Varisoft EQ65

One of my favourite new ingredients is Varisoft EQ 65 (INCI: Distearoylethyl dimonium chloride (and) cetearyl alcohol). It’s a green, readily biodegradable, and ECOcert positively charged or cationic compound that works as an emulsifier for lotions and conditioners for your hair. It has to have the pH reduced to 5 to be positive or cationic, so...

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(Member exclusive) Potential duplication of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (part two)

Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list and thought about what each ingredient might do in an oily cleansing product like this one. Today, let’s take a look at the list to see what we really need, then how much we might need in a potential formula. Step three: Consider what’s important and...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part two)

In part one of this question we reviewed Thais’s formula and did a little thinking. Today, let’s look at a few ingredients we could add to her product to make it more moisturizing or hydrating. Thais wrote to note that she used 10% hyaluronic acid gel (it contains 0.1% hyaluronic acid), so we need to...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part one)

In the Patreon February 2018 Q&A, Thais asked: As I mentioned a couple of times before I’m really into making lovely serums and light lotions with cosmeceuticals. I received a few days ago, my bigger than intended order from Lotioncrafter and was “scared” of trying to play with some products, scared of mixing stuff wrong...

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