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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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s the deal with the emulsifier, Crodex A (INCI: Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which we might find in Lush products?

In the January Q&A on Patreon, Tash asked: I found something that’s a bit intriguing, and couldn’t find a reference to it anywhere on your blog. This is a bit of weird product I’m scratching my head over. It seems archaic when compared to some of the nice e-waxes that have appeared lately : Crodex A: (Cetearyl…...

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Duplications: How to start duplicating Lush’s lotions (updated)

It seems like most of Lush’s lotions are based on this kind of formula– an emulsion that uses stearic acid-TEA as the soap based, alkaline emulsifier. It’s the basis for the Ocean Salt scrub we duplicated in July, it’s the basis of the Dream Cream duplication on my blog, and it’s the basis of this Gorgeous…...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication for Lush’s Ocean Salt exfoliating scrub (part two, prototype recipe)

  Yesterday we took a look at the ingredients for Lush’s Ocean Salt face & body scrub. Today, let’s create a prototype formula.Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Fresh Grapefruit Infusion (Citrus Paradisi), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Stearic Acid, Fresh Organic Lime Extracted in Vodka (Citrus aurantifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Avocado Butter (Persea…...

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Potential duplication for Lush’s Shower Smoothies (addendum)

Before we conclude this series on duplicating Lush’s Shower Smoothies – if you missed it, click here to see the most recent post  and the links to the other parts – I wanted to address the ingredient lists you’d find in other products of this nature at Lush.If you were interested in duplicating the African…...

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Potential duplication of Lush’s Shower Smoothies (part four)

So far we’ve reviewed the ingredient list, looked at the suggested usage rates for each ingredient, and created a prototype recipe using the stearic acid/triethanolamine emulsifier . Today, let’s take a look at using Polawax for the emulsifier.We use Polawax (or Natragem EW) at 25% of the oil phase . So if we have 29.1%…...

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Potential duplication of Lush’s Shower Smoothies (part two)

We spent some time reviewing the ingredient list for Lush’s Shower Smoothies – actually, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner , which is slightly different than the shower smoothie, but the same general idea – so I thought we could take a look at the suggested usage rates of each ingredient, the phases into which we could…...

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