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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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    Formulations,  Uncategorized

    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…

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    Formulating with Surfactants

    Surfactants are such fun ingredients to formulate with and they are so versatile. You can use them for a range of applications & Products…  shampoos, facial wash, body wash, surface cleaners, foaming products and so much more. But before we dive into formulating, mixing, and making products there is a little bit of chemistry we need to understand. Surfactants lower the surface tension between two liquids and act as detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, and dispersants. They have good cleansing and foaming properties. Surfactants are classified as either primary or secondary surfactants and have different chemical structures (anionic, non-ionic, amphoteric and quaternary) A key to utilizing surfactant’s unique properties…

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    Making Natural Cosmetics and Formulating Products

    Let me start with a warning, IT’S ADDICTIVE !! once you start this Exciting journey you going to want to make and replace everything in your home. You will look at products differently and read all the ingredients on the packaging because you are going to want to know why and what is in it. My advice.. start one product at a time. Learn the basics and have patience with the process, study the ingredients and most of all know why you want to make it and why. So where to start? If you just starting out and want to experiment with some bath & Body products, try products like…

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    Body,  Formulations

    Skin Nourishing Body Butter Formula

    Now, this is when FORMULATIONS can be so much fun. You can change the ingredients to suit your needs, so if you want a body butter to have a calming and relaxing scent, then you can change the essential oils to lavender or lemongrass. If want a more balancing anti-inflammatory body butter, then Jojoba oil or Argan oil is a good choice. There are a variety of oils and butters and each has special qualities and properties. It can be difficult to choice which to use. Research and study the ingriedients you would like to use and experiment with SMALL BATCHES to see if it works for you. In this…