(Member exclusive) Ingredient: Neossance Hemisqualane

Neossance hemisqualane (INCI: 13-15 alkane) is like squalane, although this one is derived from sugar, not olives, or amaranth. It can reduce frizzies, so the cuticle lays flatter, so you get more shine. I’ve used this in a leave in conditioner and it works well for me on less humid days for my frizzy prone...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – water soluble bamboo

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 version 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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(Member exclusive) Ingredient: Propanediol 1,3 (humectant)

Propanediol 1,3 is an interesting humectant, meaning it draws water from the atmosphere to your skin or hair to offer hydration. It has fast become my favourite humectant as it has such a dry, powdery skin feel with no tackiness that can be used in just about any product that contains water. It’s derived from...

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Ingredient: Miracare Soft 313 (surfactant)

This is a new surfactant blend Lotioncrafter is now carrying. In the spirit of owning every ingredient possible, I had to try this one and create a few formulas with it! Don’t forget – if you’re a $10 subscriber for February, we have a 7% off coupon from Lotioncrafter!  Miracare Soft 313 is a blend...

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