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     2  ~ 2014 mar 07point of interestPoint of Interest !In the What interests you? post, Lucy asks: Is it possible to make an ... a bit, but I think everyone reading this blog can point to an ingredient that  ... ‎Hair care! - ‎Basic lotion making instructions - ‎Emollients - oils, butters & esters - ‎Gels
     2  +2 2014 feb 05glyceryl stearate potassium stearatePoint of Interest!: Tuesday Wonderings: Is glyceryl stearate an all-in Actually, glyceryl stearate SE is often a mix of glyceryl stearate and potassium stearate that is self emulsifying. For some reason, the potassium  ...
     2  ~ 2013 dec 09liquid germall plusPoint of Interest!: Preservatives: Liquid Germall PlusIf you've read this blog for any length of time, you'll know that my preservative of choice is liquid Germall Plus . It contains propylene glycol  ...
     2  ~ 2013 dec 09point of interestsI had to rant about this for a second. I saw these products in my local Safeway, and I had to retreat to the safety of my car to enjoy a very lengthy  ...
     2  +1 2013 dec 02heating squalene for lotionPoint of Interest!: Squalene vs. squalaneThe down side about squalane - it's kinda expensive. You could make some beautiful lotions and creams with squalane , but as it can cost as  ...
     4  +1 2014 feb 23decyl glucosidePoint of Interest!: Using decyl glucoside in our products: What is it?There's an increased interest in using decyl glucoside as a surfactant because of its reputation for being gentle to mild and because it's  ...
     4  -1 2013 dec 18anionic nonionic surfactantPoint of Interest!: Fun with chemistry: Anionic , cationic, and non-ionicAnionic , cationic, and non-ionic refer to the charge on the ingredient in ... Most of our foaming, bubbling surfactants are anionic or negatively  ...
     4  +3 2013 dec 07phytokeratin for hairPoint of Interest!: Fun with phytokeratinI don't use it in my hair care products because I find anything with low molecular weight - phytokeratin and silk - tends to make my hair frizz out,  ...
     5  -1 2014 jan 25sodium cocoyl isethionatePoint of Interest!: A few notes on SCI ( sodium cocoyl isethionate )Some SCI has an INCI of sodium cocoyl isethionate and some has an INCI of sodium cocoyl isethionate (and) stearic acid. This means stearic  ...
     6  +6 2014 jan 26moroccan oil ingredientsPoint of Interest!: Moroccanoil products!Moroccanoil ingredient list: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil  ...
     6  +3 2013 dec 24lotion bar containersPoint of Interest!: Back to basics: Lotion bars - wrap-up and link-o I hope you've enjoyed this series of posts on lotion bars . ... Packaging your lotion bars - You can use tins or containers , but consider using  ...
     6  ~ 2013 dec 10hydrogenated castor oilPoint of Interest!: Ingredient: PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oilI've been meaning to find time to use my new container of PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil , but I haven't had time. But holiday time means free  ...
     7  +14 2014 mar 04camellia sinensis inciPoint of Interest!: Camellia oilCamellia oil, known as "tea oil" or "tea seed oil" ( INCI : Camellia sinensis seed oil) , is a light, non-greasy, really affordable oil filled with oleic  ...
     7  -2 2014 feb 02coco glucoside shampooPoint of Interest!: Shampoo : Formulating a regular shampooA regular shampoo is intended to be used every 3 or 4 days, as opposed to the daily use shampoo .... Coco glucoside and glyceryl oleate
     8  -3 2014 mar 03sea kelp biofermentPoint of Interest!: Cosmeceuticals: Sea kelp biofermentI've always loved the words " sea kelp " (say it fast) and even created a " therapeutic body wash" to go with the name. But what's the deal with sea   ...
     8  ~ 2014 feb 23burda style toiletry patternPoint of Interest!: BurdaStyle patternsJoin Susan as she obsesses about cosmetic chemistry and other things (some possibly related to monkeys). ... BurdaStyle patterns . If you've  ...
     8  -3 2014 feb 06ferulic acid oilPoint of Interest!: Why did I buy that? Ferulic acidI did read somewhere that ferulic acid can help stimulate hair growth, but I ... the product you buy from Lotioncrafter is derived from rice bran oil ),  ...
     8  +27 2014 jan 26glyceryl stearate seActually, glyceryl stearate SE is often a mix of glyceryl stearate and potassium stearate that is self emulsifying. For some reason, the potassium  ...
     9  +2 2014 feb 02low hlb emulsifierPoint of Interest!: HLB system: An introductionThe lower HLB valued emulsifiers are better in water in oil as they are more lipophilic; the higher valued HLB emulsifiers are more hydrophilic.
     9  +10 2014 jan 27sodium methyl cocoyl tauratePoint of Interest!: Surfactants: Taurates (or taurides)For instance, the Herbarie carries Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate , which is found in a paste with 30 to 31.5% active ingredients. It can be used at  ...
     9  +7 2014 jan 05fresh brown sugarPoint of Interest!: What makes people think Fresh Brown Sugar Body I stumbled upon this scrub, Fresh Brown Sugar Polish through Sephora.com, while reading the newspaper this morning. At $65, it claims to be  ...
     9  -3 2013 dec 17new directions conditioner basePoint of Interest!: Conditioner !New Directions : USA (they have a 1800 number) and ... to a conditioner , whereas cetrimonium bromide can be the base of the conditioner .
     9  ~ 2013 dec 02deva care low-pooPoint of Interest!: Duplicating post: Deva Care's Low Poo No Fade Duplicating post: Deva Care's Low Poo No Fade Shampoo. I have to start this post off with two points of interest. One, I can't get onto the site for  ...
     10  -3 2014 jan 01lush dream creamPoint of Interest!: Duplicating products: Lush's Dream CreamSonja suggested that we take a look at Lush's Dream Cream as a possible product to duplicate, so let's review the ingredients. As usual, click  ...
     10  +35 2013 dec 12cetearyl olivate sorbitan olivatePoint of Interest!: Duplicating products: Boots Organic Rich Body ButterCetearyl Olivate (Source Olive Oil): Combined with sorbitan olivate , this makes up Olivem 1000 emulsifier. (Click here for the data sheet or here  ...
     11  +31 2014 feb 27panthenol for hairPoint of Interest!: Better crafting through chemistry: PanthenolPanthenol for hair care products is a fantastic addition at 2% to 5%. It builds a thin moisture film on the surface of your hair (film former) and  ...
     11  -1 2014 feb 22scalp refresherPoint of Interest!: White willow bark extract: Formulating hair care Here's a quick recipe for a scalp refresher for someone with dreads or a particularly dry scalp. I've added the minty ingredients for a slight tingle  ...
     11  ~ 2013 dec 30hazelnut essential oilPoint of Interest!: Hazelnut oilHazelnut oil is another high oleic acid (66 to 85%) oil containing a little
     12  -5 2014 feb 26honeyquat vs honeyPoint of Interest!: Better crafting through chemistry: HoneyquatSo what exactly is honeyquat and how do you use it? Honeyquat .... The nice thing is you can use less of the polyquat 44 (0.5% vs . 3% to 5%).
     12  +10 2014 jan 13moisturiser making suppliesPoint of Interest!: If you're new to lotion making BASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING A LOTION ... 1. Weigh your .... I went to a restaurant supply store and bought a ton of spoons! You'll need  ...
     12  +54 2014 jan 13beta glucan and skincarePoint of Interest!: Cosmeceuticals: Beta glucanBeta glucan is a soluble fibre derived from the cell walls of plants like oat, barley, and reishi mushrooms or from ..... LisaLise - Natural Skin Care .
     12  -6 2014 jan 11cool ties patternPoint of Interest!: Sewing : Cool ties for summerSewing : Cool ties for summer. After a lot of rain and cooler days, we're coming into the heat of summer around here. I start getting  ...
     12  -2 2013 dec 10alcohol as preservativesPoint of Interest!: E-mail question: Using alcohol as a preservativeI want to use products I know contain proven preservatives , and my skin couldn't handle that much alcohol in a leave in product. Alcohol is  ...
     12  ~ 2013 dec 09germall plus msdsPoint of Interest!: Liquid Germall Plus in spray formulations(This MSDS that indicates that Liquid Germall Plus is not a hazard for inhalation under "normal use conditions". What does that mean?).
     13  +40 2014 feb 27homemade wenPoint of Interest!: Duplicating products: Cleansing conditionersIf we take a look at something like the Wen Mint Sweet Almond Cleansing Conditioner (I've analyzed this product in more detail in this post),  ...
     14  -8 2014 mar 04points of interestIn the What interests you? post, Lucy asks: Is it possible to make an ... a bit, but I think everyone reading this blog can point to an ingredient that  ...
     14  ~ 2014 jan 31lip balm sweetenerPoint of Interest!: Lip balms and lipsticksLip balms are fun and easy to make - to be honest, it's the flavouring ... cake or chocolate decorating shops), all of which are not sweetened .
     14  +11 2014 jan 22moroccan oil product listPoint of Interest!: Moroccanoil products !And I'm reviewing these products because of your e-mails and comments. This is most definitely not advertising! Moroccanoil ingredient list :  ...
     14  -3 2014 jan 12sea kelp extract(I've used unfermented sea kelp extract and I found it very briny. Even my Clementine Cupcake fragrance oil couldn't save it - I just had fishy  ...
     15  ~ 2014 feb 20the dish soap makingPoint of Interest!: An (possible) update on the Dish forumi think if you go to fb, do a search for " soap dish forum" it should bring .... This 194 page e-book has more recipes than I can count on making   ...
     16  -1 2014 feb 23caprylPoint of Interest!: Solubilizers: Caprylyl/ capryl glucosideCaprylyl/ capryl glucoside (aka octyl/decyl glucoside or C8-10 alkyl polyglucoside ) is an Ecocert non-ionic solubilizer with a pH of 5.5 to 6 that  ...
     16  ~ 2014 jan 28make wen at homeIf we take a look at something like the Wen Mint Sweet Almond Cleansing ... If you want to learn more about what makes a conditioner a  ...
     16  +34 2014 jan 13beta glucan skinIt's thought that beta glucan works to stimulate and activate macrophages in our skin as well as promoting the protective qualities of our  ...
     16  -1 2014 jan 10back to basics shampooPoint of Interest!: Back to the very basics : ShampooBack to the very basics : Shampoo . One of the most popular sections of this blog are the hair care products, so I thought we should spend a few  ...
     17  -1 2014 feb 13macadamia nut bacteriaPoint of Interest!: Macadamia nut oilMacadamia nut oil contains catechins, which behave as free radical scavengers and anti-oxidants, and may act as anti- bacterial agents.
     17  +1 2014 jan 27pink point oilPoint of Interest!: Duplicating products: Luster's Pink Light oil Luster's Pink Classic Light Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion is specially re-formulated with essential vitamins - Provitamin B5 & Vitamin E - and natural  ...
     17  +7 2014 jan 23burts bees lip shimmerPoint of Interest!: Duplicating products: Burt's Bees Lip ShimmerPam suggested we take a look at Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer as a possible ... Castor oil adds a lot of shine to a lip balm, so that's always a good  ...
     18  -5 2014 feb 25cetearyl alcoholPoint of Interest!: An aside... cetearyl alcoholCetearyl alcohol (also known as cetostearyl alcohol and cetylstearyl alcohol) is a blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohols that we can use at up to  ...
     18  ~ 2014 feb 13nice bodyWeekend Wonderings: How can we make a nice body oil from an oilIn this post on the oil cleansing method, Carol asks: Your comment "Although I imagine it might make a nice body oil!" has encouraged me to  ...
     18  +5 2014 feb 12chamomile extractPoint of Interest!: Chamomile extractWe find chamomile extract in two forms - hydrophilic in the form of the powdered extract and hydrosol, lipophilic in the form of the essential oil.
     18  +5 2014 feb 04mineral makeup with micaPoint of Interest!: Mineral - make up ingredients: Sericite micaMineral make-up used to be made with a talc as the primary filler (more about talc soon!), and you'll still find quite a few huge companies using  ...
     18  -5 2014 jan 26cosmetic grade mineral oilPoint of Interest!: Much maligned ingredients: Mineral oil (part 1)A quick note - There are a number of grades of mineral oil . The two most common are industrial grade and cosmetic grade . These are vastly  ...
     19  +35 2014 mar 06hope in a jarPoint of Interest!: Duplicating products: Philosophy's Hope in a JarI've already broken down the ingredients for the Hope in a Jar in this post, but I'll repeat it here with an eye to duplicating it. As a note, this is the  ...
     19  ~ 2014 feb 22baseoil cleaning methodWhat do you want to know? The oil cleansing method (part 1)It would also be great to see a post on the oil cleansing method and a recipe for oil! What is ... The suggested base oil is castor oil at up to 50%.
     19  ~ 2014 feb 02emulsifying wax nfPoint of Interest!: Emulsifying systems: E-wax , Polawax, and BTMS-50Having said this, I find emulsifying wax NF is not as reliable as I would like, and I tend to use it only in anhydrous scrubs or bars in which I want  ...
     19  +6 2014 jan 15what is sebumPoint of Interest!: Chemistry of skin: SebumAs you can see from this picture, sebaceous glands are located in the hair follicles of our body. The sebum is secreted here, then attach to the  ...
     20  -5 2014 jan 13kukui nut oilPoint of Interest!: Kukui nut oilKukui nut oil (INCI: Aleurites moluccana seed oil) is derived from the kukui nut or candlenut and produces a light, clear yellow liquid with little  ...
     20  +11 2013 dec 19beta-glucan in face creamsBeta Glucan sounds pretty good , but if hydrolyzed Oat protein has .... as my base recipes for lotions, creams , body butters, and moisturizers!
     20  +9 2013 dec 10propylene glycol freeze pointPoint of Interest!: Much maligned ingredients: Propylene glycolIn line at a shop the other day, a woman turned to me and told me that propylene glycol was in anti- freeze and ranch dressing! "I'm not eating  ...
     21  +42 2014 mar 05midnight recovery concentrateDuplicating products: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery ConcentrateDuplicating products: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate . Angelica suggested in this post (which is where you can post your ideas for  ...
     21  +8 2014 feb 05how to thicken homemade shampooPoint of Interest!: Thickeners : Xanthan gumBut remember, if you're making a shampoo , leave the honeyquat and polyquat 7 ... I have a lotion recipe that I made but the lotion is a little thin.
     21  +68 2013 dec 25where to buy moroccanoilYesterday we took a look at argan oil. Today we'll take a look at the most famous products containing this oil - the MoroccanOil products , since I  ...
     21  -2 2013 dec 13organic witch hazelPoint of Interest!: Witch hazel !http://www. organicwitchhazel .com/ I've been looking for a witch hazel extract or hydrosol without alcohol for ages. Theirs is certified organic and  ...
     21  ~ 2013 dec 10brambleberry vanilla oak fragrancePoint of Interest!: Fragrances - weather and seasonal changes?I'm into cocoa, coffee and bourbon vanilla , scents I would consider 'rich' and ' warm'.
     22  -9 2014 feb 12butylene glycolPoint of Interest!: Humectants: Dipropylene glycol & butylene glycolButylene glycol (1,3-butanediol or 2,3-butanediol) is related to the other glycols in that it is also a polyol or polyalcohol (as indicated by those  ...
     22  -3 2014 feb 04tsd guar conditionerPoint of Interest!: Lotions: Is it a good recipe?And of course, check out the Soap Dish (link under my favourites to the .... and conditioner products, including a huge section on surfactants.
     23  -1 2014 feb 01witch hazel hydrosolWitch hazel (INCI: Hamamelis virginiana) can be found as an extract or steam ... I just ordered 3 gallons of witch hazel hydrosol from this place:
     23  +49 2013 dec 06comfrey oil benefitsPoint of Interest!: Arnica, calendula, and comfrey oilsI've written about comfrey extract in the past, so let's just go for a summary here. Comfrey oil contains caffeic acid - a powerful anti-oxidant and  ...
     24  +34 2014 mar 08ghd thermal protectorHeat protecting hair care products - ghd Thermal ProtectorLet's take a look at another heat protecting hair care product - ghd Thermal Protector . Like the Nexxus product yesterday, this is a water based  ...
     24  -6 2014 mar 08camellia seed oilCamellia oil, known as "tea oil" or "tea seed oil " (INCI: Camellia sinensis seed oil ) , is a light, non-greasy, really affordable oil filled with oleic  ...
     24  +2 2014 jan 21how to measure phPoint of Interest!: Chemistry Thursday: How to measure pH ?This is one of the reasons we don't tend to measure the pH of our lotions that much, unless we're adding things like AHAs, salicylic acid,  ...
     24  +30 2014 jan 11oil comparison chartPoint of Interest!: Emollients - oils , butters, and estersCan we use oils from the grocery store? ... Carrier oil comparison chart .... Excel format, and the carrier oil, exotic oil, butter, and preservative comparison charts.
     24  +21 2014 jan 04mineral makeup ingredientsPoint of Interest!: MIneral make-up ingredients : Titanium dioxideTitanium dioxide (Ti02) is a staple in mineral make-up , offering light scattering and whitening properties. In fact, titanium dioxide is one of the  ...
     24  -18 2013 dec 27sea kelp bulkI've always loved the words " sea kelp " (say it fast) and even created a .... I bought sea kelp bioferment from bulkactives for about 7 dollars for a  ...
     25  +9 2013 dec 29tins for lotion barsI hope you've enjoyed this series of posts on lotion bars . ... Packaging your lotion bars - You can use tins or containers, but consider using  ...
     25  +10 2013 dec 28scent review boardI visited the Soap Scent Review Board where you can find a section on the Dish forum, and it sounds like the Dish has been infected by some  ...
     26  +14 2014 feb 08bubble bar lovinsoapPoint of Interest!: What?!?I stumbled upon your blog searching bubble bars and SLSa :) I try to send people your way .... I found this on the blog list at lovinsoap .com.
     26  -11 2013 dec 22squalene to squalane processSqualane has the same great qualities we find in squalene . .... to me for help on a recipe, please include your recipe and creation process .
     26  -6 2013 dec 11clementine essential oil samaraPoint of Interest!: February 2011I didn't get a picture of Greg's fearsome Dalek or Samara's two shirts of
     27  ~ 2014 jan 11sodium stearoyl lactylatePoint of Interest!: Emulsifiers: Ritamulse SCGRitamulse SCG (INCI: Glyceryl stearate (and) cetearyl alcohol (and) sodium stearoyl lactylate ) is an Ecocert self-emulsifier that can be used at  ...
     27  -7 2013 dec 27high shearing mixturePoint of Interest!: Physics Friday: ShearA high shear mixer will disperse one phase of our recipe into a phase into which it wouldn't normally avoid mixing . High shear mixers spin  ...
     27  +3 2013 dec 21surfactants for shampooPoint of Interest!: Surfactant based products, not including shampoo !This is the section for recipes on products you can make with surfactants that aren't shampoo ! If you want products that are shampoo , click here for the hair care  ...
     28  -6 2013 dec 05natural liquid soap thickenerPoint of Interest!: Weekend Wonderings: Thickening a liquid soap Crothix won't work with liquid soap as it needs a pH range of 5.0 to 9.0, and castille soap has a pH of about 10. ... As a quick aside, I just picked up this thickener from Voyageur Soap & Candle, ..... LisaLise - Natural Skin Care.
     28  +22 2013 dec 03freezing point of oilsPoint of Interest!: Heating, holding, freezing , and thawing our (For instance, coconut oil has a smoke point of 180˚C or 350˚F. Click here for a list of ... So can you freeze and thaw then re- freeze your oils ?
     28  -1 2013 dec 02palmitoyl pentapeptide copper cosmedixPoint of Interest!: Duplicating products: An introductionzinc gluconate, copper gluconate, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) ..... Palmitoyl Pentapeptide -3
     29  ~ 2014 mar 07expensive bath oilsQuestion: Is there any point in using expensive oils in our products?Then Rosi asked: So, there is no reason to add expensive oils to our .... oil based scrubs, bath melts, bath oils , oil based sprays, solid scrubs,  ...
     29  -4 2014 jan 28emulsifier wholesale uk cosmeticPoint of Interest!: Question about VE and MF emulsifiers So i am intrigued about the business of adding one emulsifier in fat phase and the other
     29  ~ 2014 jan 26sodium lauryl ether sulfatePoint of Interest!: Surfactants: Alkyl ether sulfatesAlkyl ether sulfates - like sodium laureth sulfate ( SLeS ) - have good foam stability in hard water, good skin tolerance (less irritation), and are  ...
     29  -9 2013 dec 27make leave in conditionerPoint of Interest!: Leave in conditionerTry making leave-in conditioner for that extra oomph you need after washing. You 'll notice this is pretty much the same as a regular conditioner,  ...
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