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    DIY Lash and Brow Serum

    This combination makes a good brow and lash serum due to the properties of the ingredients: Overall, this blend combines moisturizing, nourishing, and soothing ingredients that can support the health and appearance of brows and lashes. However, as with any skincare or haircare product, it’s essential to do a patch test and monitor for any adverse reactions, especially around the sensitive eye area. Ingredients Instructions

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    Sulphate free shampoo with sodium lauroyl sarcosinate

    SHAMPOO FORMULATION with Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS:This is a Sulphate free shampoo with natural surfactants. It is a clear shampoo; you can add colour or use a fragrance with transparent colour for more clear (similar to water) shampoo.• Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate: Anionic surfactant which is mild and has good foaming properties.• Coco glucoside: Non-ionic surfactant which increases the mildness of the shampoo. Decyl glucoside can be used but the foam will differ.• Coco Betaine: Amphoteric surfactant which boosts foam and also helps in increasing viscosity.Conditioning ingredients:• Glycerine(optional) is a humectant which adds moisture to the hair.• Polyquat 7: It is a cationic conditioning agent which reduces frizz and…

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    Formulations,  Ingredients Info


    When you start on the journey of creating your cosmetic products you will, unfortunately, come across a good deal of misinformation. To be successful you will need to research, study and analysis your products and formulations constantly to be up to date with new technology and consumer needs. It doesn’t have to be daunting, I personally recommend visiting the following pages to learn more about cosmetics, formulations and what’s new in cosmetics … Please note: This is for information ONLY, I am not affiliated with these websites, books or guides and do not gain anything from mentioning them on this page. www.formulabotanica.com There is so much information here, I don’t…

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    Ingredients Info

    A quick guide to Cosmetic Preservatives

    What is a Preservative? A preservative is an ingredient that protects the products from going bad or being contaminated. It increases the shelf life of the product. Why are preservatives needed?Preservatives are absolutely necessary to prevent bacterial growth and mold. Whenever there is a chance of the introduction of water, it can lead to bacterial growth. We cannot see microbial growth with the naked eye. Yeast and mold may appear like black or white spots, or a yellowish layer. Other ones, cannot be detected directly. Unpreserved products can lead to skin diseases and skin infections. Fresh products are a house for microbial growth. Even fruits, and milk go bad and…

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    Hair-repairing & Moisture-boosting HAIR BUTTER

    Hair Butter Formulation HEAT PHASE COOL DOWN PHASE Method1: Measure out your heated phase ingredients in a heat proof container.2: Using either a bain-marie or double boiler, gently melt your ingredients, stirring occasionally until completely liquid.Remove off the heat and allow to cool at room temperature until it is no longer warm, then transfer to the fridge (this can take up to 2 hours).When the butter is firm, use an electric whisk to whip the butter until it has increased in volume and has a light, airy consistency resembling whipped cream.3: Once the butter has been whipped, add your cool down ingredients4: Whisk again to ensure all the ingredients are…

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    Moisture-boosting, sealing & detangling Hair Cream formulation.

    Hair cream can be applied to both wet or dry hair and can be used before or after heat styling for added moisture. WATER PHASE OIL PHASE COOL DOWN METHOD1: Measure out your water phase ingredients in a glass beaker 2: Measure out oil phase ingredients in a glass beaker.3: Gently melt both phases in separate over low heat using a bain-marie or double boiler, stirring occasionally.4: When both phases are completely liquid, pour the oil phase into the water phase. 5: Immediately blend with an immersion blender until the mixture forms a homogenous consistency. 6: As the emulsion cools it will continue to thicken and resemble a cream.7: Once…

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    Qat-scented cleansing balm gently removes eye makeup & cleanses the skin. Heated phase9.45g | 31.5% sweet almond oil3g | 10% coco-caprylate or Hemisqualane3g | 10% castor oil3g | 10% Olivem10003.9g | 13% cetyl alcohol3g | 10% colloidal oatmeal (ultra-fine oat flour)4.5g | 15% white kaolin clay – Cool down phase0.15g | 0.5% Vitamin E – Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan. – Weigh the heated phase ingredients into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in your prepared water bath to melt everything through. Stir occasionally as the mixture heats to ensure…

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    Solubilizer – Mist, Sprays, Toners & Bath Oils

    When something is soluble it means it is able to be dissolved in water. For example, sugar is soluble in water. When you add sugar to water and stir, it quickly dissolves and you end up with a sweet glass of water. Solubilizers, as they relate to making cosmetics, help to make otherwise insoluble liquids soluble in water. For example, if you wanted to make a body spray with essential oils, you could simply add essential oils to your spray, but you would have to vigorously shake your spray before use.  Enter solubilizers! In the example of the body spray, you would mix your essential oils with a solubilizer before…

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    BASIC cream formulation

    A basic formulation can be the foundation of an incredible anti-aging, pigmentation, or acne cream. PHASE INGREDIENT % PERCENTAGE A WATER 77 B EMULSIFIER -BEAUTYDERM 8 B COCONUT OIL 4 B SUNFLOWER OIL 4 B KALAHARI MELON SEED 4.5 C PRESERVER – OPTIPHEN 1 C VITAMINE E 1 C ESSENTIAL OIL 0.5 OPTIONAL C ACTIVE ( reduce water by 1.5%) 1.5 METHOD In a large heat proof glass container, add water and heat and maintain temp at 70 – 75C In another heat proof glass container add phase B ingredients and heat to 70-75c, continue stirring When both containers are the same temperture, add the oil to the water slowly…

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    Body,  Formulations

    Formulating with Hemisqualane

    Silky Hair Serum 3g | 12% BTMS-25 0.5g | 2% cetyl alcohol 11.25g | 45% Rosehip oil 10g | 40% Hemisqualane 0.125g | 0.5% Vitamin E 0.125g | 0.5% essential oil(s) of choice Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan. Weigh the BTMS, cetyl alcohol, rosehip oil, and Hemisqualane into a small heat-resistant glass. Place the measuring cup in your prepared water bath to melt everything through. Once everything has melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat Set the measuring cup on a towel or hot pad to insulate it from the counter…