Blast from the past: Making Lush’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner and other Shower Smoothies

In March 2017, I was asked to create a duplication of Lush’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, a lotion we apply, then rinse, in the shower. Despite the name, these Shower Smoothies aren’t positively charged (cationic) conditioners at all – the original version uses a negatively charged (anionic) soap called TEA stearate, made by reacting stearic...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part three: Prototype formula

So far we’ve reviewed the ingredients list, took a quick aside to talk about self-preserving lotions and hurdle technology; and thought about how much of each ingredient to use. Today, let’s make a prototype formula for this American Pie Body conditioner lotion!   We’re following the basic lotion making instructions for this formula. 1. Weigh...

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Another aside about Lush’s “fresh fruit purées” now that I have an ingredient list with INCI names…

Sorry I had to take a break in the Lush duplications, but I finally received my American Pie solid body conditioner and an American Cream solid body wash, and had to address what I saw on the ingredient list they sent me. Point of Interest: The solid body wash is way too fragranced! I love...

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Q&A: pH meters and the pH of lotions, including Lush’s Dream Cream

In the July Q&A, Kh asked, I just got a pH meter (from Lotioncrafter) (I think I even chased my cat around with it) and now I know the pH of everything in my house. But I was surprised to find that the toner and lotion I measured came out around 4.5 – anyway, I didn’t use...

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Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar

I’m sharing this with everyone as I’m finding it very strange that everyone wants to use sodium coco sulfate as the base of a shampoo bar when the pH is far too high – over pH 9, which is alkaline, when we want to be pH 6 or lower – and can damage your hair...

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