Saturday, April 2, 2011

Duplicating products: An introduction

I know a lot of us get into making products in the hopes of duplicating products we love by making it more moisturizing, more concentrated, or better smelling. Oftentimes we're motivated by saving money (and you know that isn't going to happen until we're out of the playing and experimenting phase). Sometimes it's easy - finding a zinc oxide cream recipe is pretty simple - and sometimes there are so many different ingredients in small amounts that it's hard to figure out what's necessary and what's not.

Here's an older post about my thought processes when I want to duplicate a product if you want to rush ahead a bit....and you can click on the label duplicating to see all the posts about this topic. 

Knowing your ingredients is the first step to learning how to duplicate a product you love. (Click here for a post on how to research your ingredients.) You can't decide what's vital in a product if you don't know that glycol distearate can work as a low HLB emulsifier and a pearlizer in a shampoo or body wash. You don't have to know what it means when you look at the ingredient list - do some research with reputable sources, which I've included in the post above.

Some products will be unduplicatable in your workshop (I don't think that's a real word, but it works!). There might be ingredients you can't get, ingredients you don't want to buy due to cost, or processes you can't do with your stick blender and mixer. That's fine. Modify it. If you can't find glycol distearate, then use another moisturizer or pearlizer in that shampoo. If you can't get your hands on C12-15 alkyl benzoate, then learn about other esters that might work. You might not get the exact skin feel you want, but you can get mighty close, and you might end up making something better!

I hope this series also helps you to modify recipes you find on the 'net. It's always frustrating to find something that sounds awesome only to find out you don't have the ingredients. Learn about your ingredients, and you won't need to order a whole bunch of new oils or humectants to make that amazing sounding product!

As this is the start of a series on learning to duplicate products, please feel free to e-mail me or comment on what products you'd like to duplicate. I'll ask you to give me the full name of the product and a link to a good ingredient list that we can work with in a future post as I really don't have time to hunt those down myself. Any product suggestions sent in without this information will go to the bottom of the research list (and it's a big list!) Please do not send me products from homecrafters as we need to respect the time and effort they put into their products. I can't wait to see what you want to make!

This series will make you want to spend money. I apologize in advance.

Thank you for visiting the blog. I am not taking suggestions for duplicating products any more and do not plan to do so in the future. I hope I have provided you with tons of information in this series and others so you can make your own products! 


Jen W said...

Hey thanks for starting this series! What an awesome idea.

I've been wanting to replicate this clay based exfoliator from Trilogy


Anonymous said...

I'd love help recreating my favourite moisturiser. It's Lush Afterlife and it got discontinued a few years ago and I've never found anything I like as much since. Ingredients at

Will said...

I found this really valuable -- it was sort of how I started out...

It's all common sense, but it organizes it in one place.


Will said...

Good morning Susan!

I tried to make this when I first began playing with this stuff, and despite good intentions and lots of research and hard work, failed (miserably)...

Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer

Ingredients: water (aqua), glycerin, butylene glycol, dimethicone, iris florentina root extract, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, epigallocatechin gallate, sodium polyacrylate, hydrogenated polydecene, trideceth-6, zinc PCA, retinyl palmitate, sodium hyaluronate, squalane, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ethylhexyl palmitate, PPG-2 myristyl ether propionate, alcohol, allantoin, C12-15 alkyl lactate, polyquaternium-11, disodium EDTA, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, phenoxyethanol, fragrance (parfum), alpha-isomethyl ionone, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, linalool.


Another user asked about these, and I've been hoping you'd tackle them. I believe you commented about difficulty with preserving, so I've been waiting so that I don't brew up something germy and toxic. I don't like the color green at all!

Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes -- Oil Free

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Xanthan Gum , Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Isopropyl Palmitate, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Methylparaben, Perfume (Fragrance), Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, FIL



Tara said...

My husband asked me to duplicate this product: Soothing Touch Herbal Therapy Moisturizing Massage Cream ( I listed the ingredients from the bottle:
Octyl palmitate
Cetyl alcohol
Propylene glycol
Sweet almond oil
Sesame oil
Basil oil
Sage oil
Emulsifier 165 (Norfox 165)
Germaben II
Stearic acid
Chamomile extract
Clove bud oil
Peppermint oil
Eucalyptus oil
Sandalwood oil
Arnica extract
Calendula oil
Aloe vera gel

...and it makes no sense to me! I know TEA is used at no more than 1%, which means everything else would be used at <1% including emulsifier?!?

Sometimes I think that companies intentionally list ingredients out of the proper order to avoid what we are trying to do...duplicate them. I know they are supposed to list ingredients in descending order, but let's face it; the cosmetics industry is not regulated all that well...

Bajan Lily said...

What about Carols daughters 'Hair Milk'? It's popular with African American hair types. I imagine it's thicker than most leave ins...

The Ingredients in Carol's Daughter Hair Milk ...
Water, Soy Bean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil Or Lemongrass, Fragrance, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin C, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.
(I don't like the beeswax though).
Or this pink oil moisturiser
Without lanolin and beeswax?

Will said...

...back again

On the topic of hair stuff

VO5 Conditioning Hairdressing

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Lanolin, PEG 8 Dilaurate, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Isopropyl Myristate, Fragrance (Parfum), BHA

I've used this product for decades (and learned of it from my parents). The smallest dab does condition and goes a long way to fight fuzz/frizz. I mix it into hair gel and would notice its absence.

I'm surprised to see the first ingredients, but I think they're there for a long shelf life -- the stuff "never" goes bad.

Could you do a dup or makeover?


Anonymous said...

The only body oil that has ever actually worked for me is Neutrogena Body Oil. I was wondering how could I make a "clone"? Or would the ingredients to make it myself be more expensive than just buying it at $10 for 8.5 oz.? And what is that lovely scent it has? It's so light and delightful to me.

Here are the ingredients I have found for it:

Here’s a peek at just exactly what it is you are putting on your body when you use the 32 oz Neutrogena Body Oil:

* Isopropyl Myristate
* Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum)
* PEG 40 Sorbitan Peroleate
* Propylparaben
* Fragrance

This stuff works sooooooooo good on me that it's all I can do not to use it all the time because of the expense. I hope there's a cheaper alternative that I can make myself?

Thanks for your help! K_Angel

Angelica said...

Thanks for directing me to the correct post!

Here's the ingredients for Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalene, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil/Evening Primrose Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia oil/Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil/Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumis Sativus Extract/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract/Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rosa Spp/Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract/Jasmine Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil fmla 685449/18 Code F.I.L: D39273/5

I was wondering what a good substitute for Dicaprylyl Carbonate is since I can't seem to find it in lotion making supply sites. Thanks!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hey everyone! You asked, I responded! Here are some of the posts for these products, with more to come!

Lush's Afterlife Moisturizer
Oil of Olay in shower lotion
Neutrogena's Body Oil
Carol's Daughter Hair Milk
Luster's Pink light oil moisturizer
VO5 conditioning hair dressing

I'm still working on the cleansing towelette recipe, but I have worked out some starter recipes for the Trilogy cleanser, Soothing Touch Masssage Cream, and the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Complex.

If you have any more ideas, keep them coming, and don't limit them to lotions! Hair products are welcome as well!

Gabrielle said...

Hi Susan, I was wondering if you could do a post on duplicating Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Calming Conditioner.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract (*Yarrow), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract (*Matricaria), Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Extract (*), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (*Lavender), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract (*Rosemary), Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Extract (*Clary), Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Extract (*Thyme), Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract (*Coltsfoot), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract (*Nettle), Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Centrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Citric Acid

I love this conditioner, but the regular grocery store sizes are really expensive and the litre sizes are hard to find. I know Winners has the litre sizes, but not all the time!

Love the blog! :)

Ellbie said...

Hi Susan,

What about AVEDA Be Curly Shampoo?
The ingredients are Aqueous (water/aqua/eau) Extract/Extrait Aqueux, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Sodium Coco/Babassu Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Babassuamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Galactoarabinan, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Palmamidopropyl Trimonium Methosulfate, Guar Hydroxpropyltrimonium Chloride, Dehydroxamthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid.
I got these off the web site This stuff is great for curly hair,

Thanks, for all you do, I have SO MUCH STUFF I want to make.


ps I love the Aqueous = water

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,

Would you consider duplicating Prevage MD cream? It is priced at $130 or so. I would love to see your version of this!

1.Water (Aqua)
3.Dimthicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer
4.Pentylene Glycol
8.Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate
9.Algae Extract
10.Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer
11.Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone
12.Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
13.Sodium Hyaluronate
14.PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate
15.Propylene Glycol
16.Sodium PCA
19.Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate
21.Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer
22.Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside
23.Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer
26.Butylene Glycol
27.Sodium Hydroxide
28.Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol
30.Benzoic Acid
34.Sorbic Acid
36.Red 4 (CI 14700)
37.Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Thanks for all the great work!


Johanna said...

Hi Swift!

First I want to thank you for doing this dupe series. It's so great in demystifying commercial products.

Anyhoo, a couple of years ago (before I was into this whole cosmetics thing), a friend recommended that I try Dr. Hauschka product. She had severe acne for years and said that the products had helped her a lot. I was having some sort of hormonal face explosion problem and my skin was going crazy. Never had acne before and was in my late twenties, no cool.

So I took the plunge and tried some super way too expensive Dr. Hauschka products, most notably the cleansing cream and milk. I liked them a lot, and heck, they were expensive, so they must be good, right?

Back to present day. Now that I'm into this stuff I'm curious about what exactly I'm putting on my face. The first thing, that really surprised me actually was this from the website:

"We carefully design and manufacture packaging that enables us to keep our products free of artificial preservatives."

And they do do that; their packaging is designed so that you never touch it and it doesn't contact much air. But still. Gross. And I've been putting it on my face for 2 years.

Then I see in the ingredients for the "Cleansing Milk" something called 'fermented grain extract.' I know fermentation and preservation of food go together somehow (but I don't have a good grasp on how), so I'm wondering, is this what they are using to preserve the product? Or are they really not preserving it at all?

This is an expensive product, and I like using it, so it would be interesting to see a dupe that either contained preservatives, or get an illuminated view of how this product is preserved. Here are the ingredients:

Water/Aqua, Alcohol, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Fermented Grain Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol

Anyways, thanks!

Anonymous said...

OMGosh! can i jump on this bandwagon, Susan?
Philosophy's "cult" cleanser Purity Made Simple,
water (aqua), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, coco-glucoside, cocos nucifera (coconut) alcohol, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, geranium maculatum oil, guaiac (guaiacum officinale) extract, cymbopogon martini oil, rosa damascena extract, amyris balsamifera bark oil, santalum album (sandalwood) oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, cinnamomum cassia leaf oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, piper nigrum (pepper) seed extract, polysorbate 20, glycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben, citric acid, imidazolidinyl urea.

Or their "cult" moisturizer, Hope in a Jar, ingredients:
water (aqua), lauryl lactate, behenic acid, behenoxy dimethicone, glycerin, glyceryl stearate se, behenyl alcohol, pentaerythrityl tetracaprylate⁄tetracaprate, cyclopentasiloxane, tocopheryl acetate, benzyl alcohol, cyclohexasiloxane, retinyl palmitate, arginine, stearic acid, panthenol, beta-glucan, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, xanthan gum, triethanolamine, propylene glycol, methylparaben, propylparaben, diazolidinyl urea.

I've been trying to dup these two for months, any input, advice, suggestions, I would be much obliged!

And as always, thank you for helping us all be better at formulating.

Cori L said...

Hello, the DDF Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew is a great product and would be great to try and duplicate! Especially with summer coming up :o)

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Beeswax, Propylene Glycol, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Hydroxyethlcellulose, Dimethicone, Hydrocotyl Extract, Polysorbate 80, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Grape Seed Extract, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben.

soapilyeverafter said...

Hi Susan,
I think this is themost fantastic idea ever. The product I would LOVE to be able to duplicate is by LUSH, a no rinse facial cleanser called 9 to 5. here are the ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Stearic Acid, Fresh Dove Orchid Extract (Dendrobium), Everlasting Flower Absolute (Helichrysum stoechas), Ylang Ylang Absolute (Cananga Odorata), Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Jen W said...

Hi Susan,

I feel a bit greedy putting in another request, but here goes:

Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 cleansing emulsion. It's my favourite cleanser.

Katie said...

Hi, Susan. I would love to make a good cream cleanser for dry skin. The one I've been looking at is Unscented Cream Cleanser by Body Time. The ingredients list is:
Water/aqua/eau, Prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) nut oil, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, cocamidopropyl betainamide MEA chloride, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water, sucrose cocoate, sodium cocoyl amino acids, sarcosine, potassium aspartate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, p-anisic acid.

The link to their site is:

Beruda said...

Hello Susan, what a great series. I got a sample of this cream and it was wonderful but to pricey. I got this ingrdients list from the home shopping network site that sells some Lancome products. I was not able to find a list on the Lancome site.

Lancôme Rénergie Lift Volumetry Night Cream Ingredients:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Elaeis Guineensis Oil/Palm Oil, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Alcohol Denat., PEG-100 Stearate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire Dabeille, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Silica, Polyacrylamide, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 14700/Red 4, CI 19140/Yellow 5, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Faex Extract/Yeast Extract/Extrait De Levure, Adenosine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Argania Spinosa/Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Vigna Aconitifolia/Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Polyurethane-2, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Pentylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Carbomer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Octadecenedioic Acid, Laureth-7, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate.

HSN Link:|2810|bs0011&prev=hp!sf!2810&ccm=bs|2810|bs0011

Thank you

zaczarowany pierniczek said...

If it's not too late for this post, I'd like to learn how to duplicate my favourite conditioner Aubrey Organics White Camellia Ultra-Smoothing Conditioner:
Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Organic Aloe Vera, White Camellia Oil, Wheat Germ Oil; Extracts of Fennel, Hops, Balm Mint, Mistletoe, Camomile and Yarrow; Organic Germanium Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Sage Oil, Carrot Oil, Aubrey's Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C, and E)

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm gathering them up and doing research for more posts!

Hi Johanna! If you look at the Dr Hauschka products, you'll see alcohol is the second ingredient, which can be used at 10% to 20% to preserve a product (although I wouldn't trust it without some serious challenge testing, plus it can be very drying). (Here's a post I wrote on preservation of products using alcohol, if you're interested.)

Hi zaczarowany! We can't duplicate Aubrey products because their ingredient lists aren't accurate. What's "Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base"? They use it in everything, yet there's no definition of what this might be. Everything else on the list is irrelevant when it comes to a conditioner because they're not conditioning agents - they're little extras to make our hair feel softer, less fly away, and so on. So without information on the actual conditioning agent they're using, we can't make a start on it. Sorry!

Sarah said...

I so love this series! Thanks, Susan, for making it informative and easy to understand.
I'd love to see this product duplicated:

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

Solution: gently exfoliate to buff away dead skin cells and impurities for smoother, clearer skin. Containing purifying eucalyptus, softening cocoa butter and fine jojoba beads.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Jojoba esters, Cetyl esters, Glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan stearate, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Panthenol, Cetearyl alcohol, Sodium hydroxide, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.

Here's the link:

I'd also love to see if you can dupe the Elemis products!

sfs said...

My daughter and I use a fabulous face primer by Colorescience that looks good on both of us even though we have different complexions. The ingredient list is ridiculous and I haven't had a chance to play with duplicating it so I am submitting it for your consideration:

6.8% Titanium dioxide
5% zinc oxide (SPF 20)

cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl crosspolymer, dimethiconol, ethylhexyl hydroxystearate benzoate, hydro rice protein, glycerin, mica bismuth oxychloride, blue algae extract, grapefruit extract, beta-glucan, propylene glycol, green tea, Vitamin E, butylene glycol, palmaria palmata extract, aloe vera oil, iron oxides, phenoxyethanol, beta carotene-CL 40800, chlorphenesin, methylparaben, benzoic acid, stearic acid, cyclohexa-siloxane, triethoxycaprylsilane, calcium silcate, carmine, lavender oil, tea tree oil, tangarine oil, melissa extract


Sonja Potenze said...

Dear Susan,

I love your blog. I have been a devoted reader since last autumn, when I got more interested in homemade cosmetics and started to make my first concoctions. I'm very happy I found your blog as I have learned enormously by reading it.

The idea of duplicating products is excellent and by this first comment I am making to your blog I'd like to suggest you include in the duplication list some or all of the following (I have listed them in the order I'd most like to see them duplicated):

Lush Dream Cream
Lush Dream Wash
- these two products have been so far the only thing that's been able to cure my difficult body skin and eczema, but are far too expensive to afford on a student budget so I'd love to be able to make them at home

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
- could this be made without SLS? I've been planning to imitate the product by sustituting the surfractants in the recipe with a soap nut concoction

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
- I love this product and think it should be quite easy to dulicate as the ingredient list is rather simple

Thank you very much in advance if you accept any of these challenges and thank you for this wonderful blog! Best regards from sunny Helsinki!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Sonia. Can you please post links or ingredient lists for these products? Thanks!

Here are links to the most recent duplicating posts - you ask, I try!

Trilogy gentle face exfoliant
Soothing touch massage cream
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Aveda's Be Curly Shampoo

Ingrid said...

Hi Susan,
I would love to be able to duplicate this hair mask that I started using about one year ago. I have very fine, flyaway, tangled hair that usually sits flat, but with this 2 minute hair mask from Ojon, my hair feels thick, lots of volume and no static, even in winter.
I use it twice a week, and don't bother with any other conditioners. Love, love this stuff!!
P.S. - Another great idea you had for your blog.
Cheers and may thanks,

Revitalizing 2 Minute Hair Mask:

Ingrid said...

Hi again Susan,
I have these wonderful foamer bottles that I'm trying to use for the first time. I'm giving a go to your facial cleanser recipe for foamer bottles and I realized that my other favourite Ojon hair product uses the same bottle. I never dreamed I might be able to duplicate this product that I love, so if you have the time to take a look at the ingredient list, I will be eternally grateful!
More cheers, and many more thanks,

The Ojon Conditioning Volumizing Foam is ideal for adding weightless volume and definition. It's perfect for fine or medium textured hair, as well as permed locks. It has been formulated to add body and control without build-up. It also helps activate curl, and bring frizz under control. This exceptional formulation also works to combat the effects of humidity. Made with a blend of 100% Pure Ojon Palm Nut Oil and plant derived conditioners. It also has vitamins A and E components to nourish and protect. The pH balance formula helps to prolong hair colour, while adding a healthy looking shine, softness and manageability. Clinical studies have supported the view that 100% Pure Ojon Palm Nut Oil helps to fortify, rebuild and nourish damaged, colour treated or processed hair.


rebeckology said...

You are absolutely wonderful. Because of your ability to explain each ingredient and help work out percentages used in products, you are encouraging me to become more comfortable and creative in my product making. Thank you very, very much.

I absolutely love this hand cream from Jurlique which is quite thick and was hoping you might be able to come up with some ideas.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water); Cetearyl Alcohol; Glycerin; Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil; Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil; Honey; Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate; Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Rosa gallica Flower Extract; Bellis perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract; Viola odorata (Violet) Extract; Echinacea purpurea Root Extract; Viola tricolor (Heartease) Extract; Lecithin; Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil; Fragrance (Parfum)*; Lactic Acid; Hydrolyzed Soy Protein; Alcohol; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Root Extract; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Citral*; Eugenol*; Geraniol*; Linalool*; Citronellol*.
* From Natural Essential Oil (Rose - Rosa damascena)

Rebecca England

Cori said...

I just thought of another great product! Boscia's Clear Complexion Cleanser is an amazing cleanser that keeps my acne-prone skin clear! Here are the ingredients: Water, Diglycerin, Maltitol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Methyl Gluceth-10, Potassium Cocoyl Glutamate, Tea-cocoyl Alaninate, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Lauroyl Glutamate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium, Flower/ Leaf/Stem Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sasa Kurilensis Water, Glycerin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil.

Mychelle said...

I love this series Swift! I have a product I have been wanting to duplicate for a long time - Chi Silk Infusion Hair Serum. It is probably pretty simple and I do make your basic serum formula, but I am not sure at what ratios to incorporate the esters, or what an ethyl ester of hydrolized silk is exactly. The consistency is thick but very pourable, slick but not too greasy. Here is a link to the product:

And here are the ingredients:
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate,
Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk, Phenoxyethanol,
D&C Yellow 11,
D&C Red 17,
Zinc Oxide,
Titanium Dioxide,
Boron Nitride Powder

I would love to see what kind of product you would make with similar ingredients!

rebeckology said...

So sorry. I forgot to send you the link to the Jurlique Rose Hand Cream.

Here it is:

Many, many apologies.


sweeteababy0427 said...

Hi Susan!

Could you help with Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil*, Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Oil, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil*, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis Flower) Oil*, Clary (Salvia Sclarea)*, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)*, Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Fargara)*, Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil*, Mallow (Malya Sylvestris)*, Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) Oil*, Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja)*, Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (Corn), Sodium Hydroxymethlyglucinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived).
*Certified Organic

Here is a link to the product:

Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this series it has been such a learning experience! I still have a hard time figuring out where to start but your posts have been super helpful.
Here is my suggestion, I have used it before but it is pretty expensive. Pear and Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher. The list of ingredients as per the box are:

Pyrus Communis (Pear) Pulp, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Pulp, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Juice, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice, Papaver Somniferum (Poppy) Seed, Juglans Regia (Fine Wanut) Exfoliant, Silica, Vegetable Glycerin, Cyamopsis Tetragnoloba (Guar) Gum, Plantago Lanceolata (Plantain) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Alfalfa, Mica, Glycolic Acid, Vegetable Squalene, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Tocopheryl Actate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitat (Vitamin C Ester), Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil

This product is a green jelly like substance that you add a bit of water to make it easier to scrub your face. It is really nice in that it helps to exfoliate without being to rough. It is used twice a week.
Here are some links, but they do not give the product ingredients. I went and bought a jar so that I could get the ingredients.

Thank you for all your help and good work!

Lana in the Peg

photoshadows said...

I'd love to see a blog post about formulating DevaCare's Low Poo Shampoo. It's a mild, low-foaming liquid shampoo for color-treated curly hair. The website describes it as, "DevaCare's coconut-derived, mild lathering cleanser is gentle enough to use daily while maintaining the moisture balance of the hair and scalp. Enriched with Vitamin C and orange peel extract to slow color fading."

Ingredients according to label are:
Aqueous Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Melissa Offcinalis (Balm Mint), Rosmarinus Offcinalis (Rosemary), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel; Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-75 Lanolin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Benzophenone-4, Polyquaternium-10, Hysroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-7, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Absorbic Acid, Fragrance, Red 40, Yellow 5

The product can be found online (with little info) at:

Thanks so much for this series!!!


photoshadows said...

I am interested in formulating an older version of Oil of Olay's Moisturizing Body Wash, but can't find a link to it since they changed the product. It was simply called "Oil of Olay Moisturizing Body Wash" and was simply a non-drying / moisturizing body wash. The ingredients were as follows:

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Soybean Oil, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Palm Kernel Acid, Maleated Soybean Oil, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Benzoate, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Eucalyptus Oil, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil

Any thoughts on the formulation of this product would be wonderful as my dad loved it and it seems simple enough to duplicate--famous last words! :)

Thanks again!!!


Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi photoshadows. What about this recipe for the Dove moisturizing body wash (duplicate recipe)? It sounds pretty close.

An update on those things that have been duplicated...I'm taking a break for a few days to do some HLB emulsification stuff, then we're back to duplicating. If I haven't written about your product yet, give me time!

Lush's 9 to 5 Cleanser
Boots Organic Rich Body Butter
Giovanni 50:50 Hydrating Calming Conditioner and part two for this product.

And yes, I am working on a cleansing towelette/baby wipe/something with cloths recipe, but it takes time to make sure it works well, doesn't evaporate, and stays well preserved so give me a little time!

soapilyeverafter said...

hi again, i thought of another product- i hope it isn't too much or too late. This is a natural deodorant that costs $18!! I would love to be able to see this duplicated. The ingredients list is quite long:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Botanical Fragrance Blend.

Here is the link:

Lesley Willson said...

Sorry, I don't have a product name or list of ingredients - I would like a decent shaving cream/lotion that I can make and put in a container that can be recycled. Aerosol containers don't recycle. I tried several of the lotion types but they are too thin and not very effective.

Pam said...

Hi Susan,

I would like to see a duplication of Aubrey's Vegecol with Aloe Moisturizing Cream. Although I have never tried the product my sister-in-law and several friends are hooked. Now I am hooked on trying to figure it out myself.

Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base
Organic Aloe Vera
Witch Hazel (natural herbal extract)
Horsetail Extract
Calendula Oil
St. John's Wort Oil
Coltsfoot Extract
Coneflower Extract
Panthenol (Vitamin B-5)
Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F)
Carrot Oil
Organic Lemon Peel Oil
Aubrey¹s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E).

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan
Wont you please consider to replicate the Sugar Plum Fairies from Lush. Thanks for a great blog.

Pam said...

Hi Susan,

I would love to know how to make Burt's Bee lip shimmer gloss

thank you
The ingredients are:

Ingredients: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil
olus (vegetable oil
huile vegetale)
cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille)
olea europaea (olive) fruit oil
candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla)
helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
aroma (flavor)*
butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter
ricinus communis (castor) seed oil
cananga odorata flower wax, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower wax
ammonium glycyrrhizinate
rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
glycine soja (soybean) oil
canola oil (huile de colza). May contain: alumina, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides). *natural flavor

rebeckology said...

Hi Susan,

I'm struggling with a product that I'd like to duplicate and wonder if you can help me.

It's Jurlique's Rose Hand Cream.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water); Cetearyl Alcohol; Glycerin; Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil; Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil; Honey; Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate; Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Rosa gallica Flower Extract; Bellis perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract; Viola odorata (Violet) Extract; Echinacea purpurea Root Extract; Viola tricolor (Heartease) Extract; Lecithin; Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil; Fragrance (Parfum)*; Lactic Acid; Hydrolyzed Soy Protein; Alcohol; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Root Extract; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Citral*; Eugenol*; Geraniol*; Linalool*; Citronellol*.
* From Natural Essential Oil (Rose - Rosa damascena)

It has sodium cetearyl sulfate in it which seems to be a cleansing agent???? Why would they put a cleansing agent in a hand cream?? I've read that sodium stearyl sulfate is an emulsifier but sodium cetearyl sulfate is a cleanser (foaming agent)??

I'm obviously missing something (only a newbie) and hope you might be able to shed some light on this. It's a beautifully thick hand cream that rubs in quite easily yet gives a long lasting protective feel.

Any clues??

Thanks so much again for your wonderful blog. It is amazing and we are all so lucky that someone with your knowledge cares enough to share. Well done.


Heidi said...

Hi Susan

I second the suggestion to dupe "Philosophy's "cult" cleanser Purity Made Simple"

And how about a makeup primer like Laura Geller's Spackle or Smashboxes
photo finish.

Here's a great leave in conditioner by Goldwell Kerasilk instant silk fluid.

These are all bank busters and it would be nice to have a dupe for them.

Thanks for your series!!!

1. Philosophy's cleanser Purity Made Simple:

ingredientswater (aqua), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, coco-glucoside, cocos nucifera (coconut) alcohol, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, geranium maculatum oil, guaiac (guaiacum officinale) extract, cymbopogon martini oil, rosa damascena extract, amyris balsamifera bark oil, santalum album (sandalwood) oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, cinnamomum cassia leaf oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, piper nigrum (pepper) seed extract, polysorbate 20, glycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben, citric acid, imidazolidinyl urea, yellow 5 (ci 19140).

2. Laura Geller's Spackle undermakeup primer:

Ingredients: Water, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethiconol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Lecithin, Bisabolol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.

3. Smashbox Photo Finish under makeup primer:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.

4. Goldwell Kerasilk instant silk fluid leave in conditioner:

Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Phonyl Trimethicone, Polyquaternium-37, Wheat Bran Lipids, Hydrolyzed Silk, Panthenol, Jojoba Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium chloride, Alcohol Denat, Trideceth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Rebecca! I wondered this as well, but it's marketed as an oil in water all in one emulsifier called Lanette N as cetearyl alcohol and sodium cetearyl sulfate. Here's a data sheet on it.

Hi Pam. I can't do any of the Aubrey Organic products because everything starts with the coconut base and we don't know what that is. We can try with the rest of the ingredients, but they use that stuff in everything so we don't be able to duplicate it well.

Coming up...Liz Earle's Exfoliating Gentle Face Exfoliator, Hope in a Jar, Purity Made Simple, and Ojon 2 Revitalizing 2 minute mask. I'm working on other ones, but it takes me a long time to break down every ingredient, write the post, and write up a recipe! Please be patient!

Ambra said...

Hi Susan.
I have two favorite products that I can hardly live without and would love to be able to duplicate them:
The first is a leave in cream that works really well from Aveda. You did the shampoo already: be curly, curl enhancer with wheat protein:
Aqueous (Water/Aqua/Eau)
Estracts/Extraits aqueux: Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract
Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow)
Aloe Barbadensis leaf Juice
Cetearyl Alcohol (Source: Coconut)
Phenyl Trimethicone (Source: Silicia)
Behentrimonium Chloride (Souse:(Rapeseed oil)
Hydrolyzed Wheat protein (Source: Wheat)
Amyl Cinnamal
Cinnamidopropyltrimoium Chloride
Glycerin (Source: Coconut)
Tocopherol (Source: Soy)

And the other is a stick deodorant: Donna Karan Cashmere mist:
Stearyl alchohol
Hydrogenated Castor oil
PPG-14 Butyl Etherr
Casmere mist ffragrance
Linoleic acid
Linolenic acid
Corn starch modified
PEG-8 diserate
Acrylates/Carbamadte copolymer
Alpha-isomethyl ionone
Benzyl Salicylate
Hexyl cinnamal
Benzyl benzoate
Benzyl Alchohol
Cinnamyl alchohol
Active ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly 15.40*%

mimimoo said...

Susan, thanks for this great series! If you have time could you take a look at the Clinique Moisture Surge. It is a cream gel. You can take a look at the texture in this review:

* Purified Water
* Cyclomethicone
* Butylene Glycol
* Glycerin
* Dimethicone
* Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3
* Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water
* Sodium Hyaluronate
* Tocopheryl Acetate
* Caffeine
* Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer
* Hydrogenated Lecithin
* Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer
* Trehalose
* Sucrose
* Phenyl Trimethicone
* Sorbitol
* Oleth-10
* Carbomer
* Tromethamine
* Stearoxytrimethylsilane
* Dimethicone Copolyol
* Polysorbate 20
* Disodium EDTA
* Phenoxyethanol
* Methylparaben
* Yellow 5
* Red 4

Here is an article about 'Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer';col1

Thank you.

Sara @Osmosis said...

This product has been discontinued and I just loved the way it worked in my hair. I've tried to duplicate it, but I'm missing some ingredients. So far, I've missed the mark. I'd love to get your take on it and then maybe I'll know which ingredients I really need to buy.
John Frieda FRIZZ-EASE Straight Answer Straightening Spray
Water, Alchochol denat., Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-11, Steartrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-46, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-450, Polyquaternium-6, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylparaben, Fragrance.

Bajan Lily said...

Wow, so many comments since I last posted!
Just in case there's room for one more:

Garner fructis triple nutrition hair spray. How do they keep it so clear with both olive and avocado oils????

Anonymous said...

hi susan,
great series! id love to know what you´d make of lush´s shower smoothies. Cleanser? soapy cream? can we do this with surfactants only?

Creamed Almond and Coconut Shower Smoothie:
* Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia),
* Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis),
* Glycerine,
* Sodium Palm Kernelate,
* Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera),
* Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,
* Vanilla Extract (Vanilla planifolia),
* Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata),
* Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale),
* Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus labdanum),
* Sodium Chloride,
* Tetrasodium Etidronate,
* *Benzyl Benzoate,
* Perfume,
* Methylparaben,
* Propylparaben.

Dreamwash Shower Smoothie:
* Calamine Powder,
* Water (Aqua),
* Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis),
* Rapeseed Oil,
* Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera),
* Glycerine,
* Sodium Stearate,
* Sodium Hydroxide,
* Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia),
* Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis),
* Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia),
* Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida),
* Sodium Chloride,
* Tetrasodium Etidronate,
* *Linalool,
* Perfume.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for doing this series! It is really helpful that you take the time to explain the properties of each ingredient. I'd love to duplicate a cleansing cream for my fine, dry African American Hair. I've tried a couple that appear to contain more than the usual amounts of cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol and cetrimonium chloride than you suggest in your posts. One is the Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner. The other two are from As I am Naturally. The Cleansing Pudding and the Coconut Cowash (thicker and gentler than the cleansing pudding - perhaps because it contains more cetyl alcohol and less cetrimonium chloride). Here are the links:

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I forgot to include the ingredient listing for the three cleansing creams!

Cleansing Conditioner (in a bottle)
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG -7 Olivate, Guar Hydroxypropytrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Mentha Piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 60, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.

Cleansing Pudding (jar)
Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol², C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetearyl Alcohol², Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Glycerin¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice ¹, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Poyquaternium-10, Piroctone Olamine, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene.

Cleansing Cowash (thicker than pudding)
Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol², PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone.

Thanks again!

Bajan Lily said...

Finally found an ingredient list for the Garnier Fructis product:

Aqua/Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Hexylene Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Linalool, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Olea Europaea Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Ribes Nigrum Oil/Black Currant Seed Oil, Ci 19140/Yellow 5, Ci 17200/Red 33, F.I.L. D38660/1.

Bajan Lily said...

And if you have time for one more: Darcy Botanicals Natural Coils Curling jelly- because I'd like to see how u can add oil to a gel product.

Distilled Water, Organic Aloe Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Coconut Cream, Organic Brown Rice Extract, Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum (Thickeners), Hydrolyzed Oats, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Fragrance & Sea Moss Extract.

Or this one (which I've actually used so would be easier to compare the consistency of the end products)

Water Aqua , Coconut Milk Cocos Nucifera Extract , Soybean Oil Glycine Soja , PVP , Polyquaternium 37 , Propyl Paraben , Methyl Paraben , DMDM Hydantoin , Propylene Glycol , Fragrance Parfum , Sucrose

Joni said...

If you haven't heard it enough already, this series is awesome! Thanks for your blow-by-blow breakdowns of all these products so far. It really adds an interesting dimension beyond just using them without knowing much about why they work and how they're made.

I wanted to throw L'Occitane's Almond Apple Velvet Concentrate into the pile of suggestions. Apparently, they're discontinuing it, and my mother's reaction was, as usual, "It's always the ones I like that they axe!" So I figure it's worth a shot asking here.,p29CV050A0.htm

Aqua (Water), Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol (Natural origin ingredient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Protein (Sweet Almond/Natural origin ingredient), Cyclomethicone, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple/Natural origin ingredient), Biosaccharide Gum 1 (Natural origin ingredient), Glycerin (Natural origin ingredient), Trioctanoin/Triethylhexanoin, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond/Natural origin ingredient), Squalene (Natural origin ingredient), Cetearyl Glucoside (Natural origin ingredient), Corn Starch Modified (Natural origin ingredient), Vinegar (Natural origin ingredient), Coriandrum Sativum Fruit Oil (Coriander/Natural origin ingredient), Tocopherol (Natural origin ingredient), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary/Natural origin ingredient), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower/Natural origin ingredient), Stearyl Alcohol (Natural origin ingredient), Carbomer (Natural origin ingredient), Perfume (Fragrance), Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Natural origin ingredient), Ceteareth 6 (Natural origin ingredient), Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Linalool (Natural origin ingredient), Limonene (Natural origin ingredient)

As a caveat, this list was taken off of Amazon...couldn't find it on L'Occitane's own site.

Icyrain said...

I'll add my thanks to all those you've already compiled for starting this series of posts.

I've been trying to duplicate the Knotty Boy Dreadlock Conditioning Spray to no avail. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Here's the link:

Here's the ingredients list:
Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium methosulfate (Colza-Oil Derived), Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Wax), Butylene Glycol (Vegetable-Derived Conditioning Agent), Hempseed Oil (Certified Organic), Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Hydrolysed Oat Protein, Fragrance Oils, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Natural Enzyme Preservative)

Will (for another user) said...

I'm copying this from another date (and from another user) as you've requested that your duplication requests reside here.

This'd be a unique and challenging duplication !


Patrick here, good day!

With a nod to Blondie, how about creating a kick ass, mild, moisturizing dog shampoo.

I know dogs skin is a different ph than humans, so I wasn't sure where to begin.

If possible, more "common" ingredients than esoteric?

Someone suggested to me that mineral oil might be a good inclusion in a pet shampoo. Sounds weird, but the more I think about it, they're probably right. Opinion?

The reason for the post: my last purchased bottle of dog shampoo was $8 USD, and that was from a discount store, but that's not my main motivation. The biggest issue is I didn't like the myriad chemicals contained within.

Our two dogs need to go through a post-winter dog wash in style.

Thanks! Patrick

Will said...

My own contribution toward the dog shampoo request (copied from another date).


Re dog shampoo, I think I remember reading somewhere that it should include some beeswax for a shiny coat.

Can't remember if it was a liquid product or a cold process soap, though.

I also remember that some place sells "natural" dog shampoo that's a liquid castille with tea tree and eucalyptus oil.

I also remember warnings all over the place that dog shampoo should never, ever be used on cats as their livers can't handle essential oils. Probably worth mentioning...

Here's a comment and ingredient panel for an expensive "natural" dog shampoo: Aroma Paws 12 oz. Luxury Dog Shampoo & Conditioner in One. Leaves your dog's coat soft, fluffy & unbelievably shiny!

Aroma Paws Shampoo & Conditioner is blended with Green Tea Leaf Extract for a shiny coat, Aloe Leaf Extract to soothe skin, and Sweet Almond & Coconut Oils to relieve dryness and detangle. Our all natural, CHEMICAL FREE cleansing agents will safely, gently and naturally cleanse your dogs skin & coat.


Ingredients: Purified Water, Earth Derived Cleansers (from Coconut, Palm & Corn), Glycerin, Panthenol, Colloidal Oatmeal, Pure Honey, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Extracts of: Apple Fruit, Lime Flower, Beet Root, Aloe Leaf, Chamomile Flower, Cucumber, Pine Tree Root, & Dandelion, Cellulose Gum, Palm Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Blend of Botanical & Essential Oils

April 14, 2011 5:15 AM

Will said...

(continued - again from prior date)

...and another, love the name...

Isle of Dogs Natura Luxury Intensely Nourishing Gloss Dog Shampoo for Intense Shine

Ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroamphocetate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) extract, wheat amino acids, hydrolyzed wheat protein and linoleic acid and linolenic acid and hyluronic acid and sorbitol and triticum vulgare (wheat germ) oil and simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil and panthenol and tocopherol, yeast extract, di (lauryl dimethyl ammonium hydroxy propyl), decyl glucoside, citric acid, behenamido-propyl hydroxyethyl dimonium chloride, peg-150 pentaery-thri

...another one I liked the name was called "Sexy Beast", but found no ingredient description.

...found a panel that describes various qualities of herbals as related to dogs:

Coconut Papaya SENSITIVE SKIN FORMULA. Coconut Oil: a natural moisturizer. Papaya Extract: conditions skin & coat. Vanilla Bean Oil: soothing, stress reliever. Seagrass Extract: purifies skin & increases circulation. Seaweed Extract: anti-inflammatory. Great for Dogs with very long coats, extra detangling abilities.
Geranium Orchid Sage: MOISTURE RICH, ANTI-ITCH FORMULA. Geranium Oil: balances dry skin. Orchid Flower Extract: protects skin from moisture loss. Peony Extract: antioxidant. Rose Oil: tones skin, reduces inflammation. Clary Sage Oil: relaxant. Great for Older Dogs, Extra Emollients for Dry Skin.
Honeysuckle Jasmine: DRY SKIN & DANDRUFF RELIEF FORMULA. Honeysuckle Oil: natural emollient. Indian Jasmine Oil: mood elevator, antiseptic. Sweet Violet Oil: helps reduce insomnia & stress. Great for Itchy dogs, Provides extra relief for dry skin.
Lavender Chamomile: ANTI-ITCH & HOT SPOT RELIEF FORMULA. French Lavender Oil: relaxant & skin soother. Roman Chamomile: helps restore pH balance to dog's skin & coat. Ylang Ylang Oil: softens skin. Eucalyptus Oil: naturally refreshes and cleans skin.
Great for Dogs with Anxiety, helps calm during bath time.
Mandarin Green Tea: SHINY COAT FORMULA. Mandarin Oil: rids dog's coat of environmental build-up. Green Tea Leaf Extract: antioxidant. Ginger Root: improves circulation. Great for Outdoor & Extra Dirty Dogs.
Orange Nutmeg Veriver: SHINY COAT & CALMING FORMULA. Sweet Orange Oil: naturally calming & detoxifying. Honey: antioxidant & antimicrobial. Nutmeg Oil: natural antiseptic. Vetiver Oil: calms aggression. Great for Calming Aggressive Dogs, Sweet Orange Oil is known as the "Happy Oil".
Pomegranate Cucumber: FLUFFY SHINY COAT FORMULA. Pomegranate Extract: moisturizer & antioxidant. Cucumber Extract: moisturizer and astringent. Lemongrass Oil: aids natural shine. Peppermint Oil: helps relieve itching. Great for Any Dog.
Vanilla Lemongrass: NATURAL COAT BRIGHTENER FORMULA. Vanilla Bean Oil: soothing, stress reliever. Lemongrass Oil: aids natural shine. Pink Grapefruit: astringent & coat cleanser. Rose Oil: tones skin, reduces inflammation. Great for Dogs with Light Colored Fur.

Have a great day! Good luck dog washin' Patrick, come do mine, too!


April 14, 2011 5:15 AM

Tara said...

Hi Susan. I would love to be able to duplicate this foaming bath butter because I have all the ingredients. I don't know if you've ever used it, but it is very firm, sort of in between the texture of shea and cocoa butters. They sell it everywhere, but here is a link to NDA's:

Thanks Susan!

Tara said...

I forgot to include the ingredients list from the foaming bath butter in the above comment:
• Glycerin
• Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
• Sorbitol
• Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate
• Sodium Chloride
• Phenoxyethanol
• Tetrasodium EDTA

Easy ingredients! Yay!

Madeaj said...


I hope I'm not too late. Can you help me recreate Suave Professionals for Men, Styling Pomade - Medium hold + medium shine.

Water (Aqua), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Steareth-20, Oleth-10 Phosphate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Triethanolamine, PVP, VP/VA Copolymer, Fragrance (Parfum), DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Madeaj said...

Oh I forgot to add, the appearence of the Suave Professionals for men styling pomade is like a clear solid or paste. It is quite thick and looks almost like a gel but acts like a paste. It holds its shape when you scoop some out.

Zafirah said...

Hi there Susan,
I would like to request a suggestion in duplicating an IQQU product by Michelle Phan. It is the Jasmine Rice Scrub. I tried the product once and in love with it! However, the product can't be found in Malaysia :( I'm hoping that I can get some help in duplicating this product.

Here is what I got from the website :

Key Ingredients Rice Bran - Is rich in natural vitamins and omega. Tocopherol - An organic compound composed of Vitamin E and antioxidants. Paraben Free Not tested on animals.
Active Ingredients : Aqua, Mineral oil, Rice scrub, Stearic acid, Glycerine, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Carbomer, Jasmine essential oil, Vitamin E, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Apple extract, Fig extract

Website URL :

I really hope that you will consider my humble request.
Thanks in advance! :)

Regards from Malaysia :)

Zafirah said...

I'm sorry..missed out the website it goes :

Thanks again!

Madeaj said...

Hey Susan

I got so excited at the idea of replicating products that I forgot to tell you thank for what you have done already. I tell you this site is like an addiction. My sister laughs when I talk about your site like you live down the street or something. Thanks even if you can't recreate my request. I am dying to do some of the things you've already posted.

Kat said...

Hi, Susan.

I always have to say "thanks" because I can't thank you enough for your site - I just love it. Now, on the topic of duplication, I'd love to see this product duplicated - Neutrogena's Extra Gentle Face Wash. Even though it's called that, if I recall correctly, it has a bit of scrubiness/exfoliation to it.

Here's the page on their website that has the product -

And here's the ingredient list:

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Isohexadecane, TEA-Cocoyl Glutamate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Bisabolol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, BHT, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben

Sarah said...

Thanks so much Susan, for including my previous request. I'd like to be cheeky and add a couple more:

Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask:

A light creamy mask containing a dynamic blend of Mimosa, amino-acid rich Honey, soothing Samphire, Orange and Bergamot.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Butyl Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-12, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Honey Absolute (Mel), Acacia Decurrens Absolute, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethoxydiglycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Red 4 (CI 14700), Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polyacrylamide, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Dipentene (D-Limonene), Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citral.

Also: Elemis Absolute Eye Mask.

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Water, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Oil, Propylene Glycol, Sucrose Distearate, Isohexadecane, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum , Plantago Ovata Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Extract, Carbomer, Yeast (Faex) Extract (faex), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil (bitter orange), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Absolute, Mimosa Dealbata Absolute, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (lavender), Sucrose Stearate, Tromethamine, Glutamine, Leucine, Serine, Proline, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Diazolidinyl Urea, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Sorbitol, Propylparaben.

soapilyeverafter said...

here is another thing i would love to replicate:

ingredients Multibase Concentrate (5 Gallons)


Multibase Concentrate (5 Gallons):
New & Improved Formulation For 2009! Multibase EL2!

5 Gallon Bulk Size comes in a sealed bucket and weighs 40lbs. Save 10% off per lb when purchasing this size!

Save on Scents Luxury Spa Multibase Concentrate

Ingredients: Glycerin, Glyceryl Monostearate, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl, Palmitate, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Vera Extract, Phenoxyethanol (Stabilizer), Water


thanks sooo very much! you are the best!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hey everyone. Thanks for the suggestions! Here are the most recent posts I've written based on these product. There are more coming, but I will be taking a break from this series shortly to take a closer look at ingredients. Please feel free to make suggestions in this thread - I check it regularly for ideas!

Boots Organic Rich Body Butter
Lush's 9 to 5 Cleanser
Korres' Milk Proteins 3 in 1 cleansing emulsion
Pear & Poppyseed Microderm Polisher
Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator
Hope in a Jar
Philosophy's Purity Made Simple
Ojon Revitalizing 2 Minute Hair Mask
Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes -- Oil Free
Lush's Dream Cream
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer
The Healthy Deodorant
Jurlique's Rose Hand Cream
Lush's Sugar Plum Fairies

Mozartiana said...

Hi Susan!
I would like to make a suggestion for duplicating body cream from Rituals (popular European brand). Here's the list of ingredients:

And here's the link to the product:

I LOVE your blog! Great job!
Greetings from the Netherlands!


Ruth said...

Susan..I have used Joico products for years, on my natural curly, and on the dry side are the Conditioner and Shampoo Ingred..I would love to me able to make this, hopefully for a lot less money..

Joico Moisture Recovery Conditioner Ingredients: Deionized Water - Aqua , Isopentyldiol , Sorbitol , Dimethicone , Behentrimonium Chloride , Stearyl Alcohol , Behenyl Alcohol , Ethylhexyl Palmitate , Jojoba Seed Oil - Simmondsia Chinensis , Hydrolyzed Algin , Chlorella Vulgaris Extract , Sea Water - Hydramine Sea Complex , Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin - Quadramine Complex , Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Human Hair K , Aminopropyl Dimethicone , Citric Acid , PEG-6 Methyl Ether Dimethicone , PEG-90M , Propylene Glycol , Sodium Citrate , Steartrimonium Chloride , Stearyl Dihydroxypropyldimonium Oligosaccharides , Fragrance - Parfum , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate , DMDM Hydantoin , Blue 1 - CI 42090 , Ext Violet 2 - CI 60730 , Yellow 5 - CI 19140

Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau,Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Mehtyl Cocyl Taurate, Cocamide Mea, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Sea Water/Maris Aqua/Eau De Mer, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Silicone Quaternium-16, PEG-150, Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glcerides, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Butyloctanol, Undeceth-11, Undeceth-5, Arginin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimmonium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sorbitol, Stearyl Dihydroxylpropyldimonium Oligosaccharides, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, DMD Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance/Parfum, EXT. Violet 2 (CI 60730), Blue 1( CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

Ingrid said...

Hi Susan,

Thanks ever so much for all the duplications, I am playing the mad scientist in the kitchen. lol
If you have a chance to look at this product, I would love to duplicate this eye cream from Aloette. It's very lightweight and not greasy at all. Thanks in advance.
Cheers, Ingrid

Aloette Eye Restore Complex - Anti-Aging Formula

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinenesis (Jojoba) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunfflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycosamininoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Epilobium Anugstifolium (Willowherb) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylamide, Denatured Alcohol, Allantoin, Disodium Edta, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iron Oxides, Proplparaben, Triethanolamine, Laureth-7, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xantham Gum

Ingrid said...

Sorry Susan, the link didn't print correctly.
Here's the proper link:

Thanks, Ingrid

Tola said...

Hi Susan, I wondered if you'd like to try duplicating Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment. I'm entirely too broke to buy it but would love to try it out.

Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Guar Hydropropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Perfum), Methylparaben, Taurine, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Oleth-10, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Lecitin, Phosphoric Acid, Avacado Oil/Persea Gratissima, Trehalose, Arginine HCl, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben

melian1 said...

i'd like to try making this shampoo, an Equate brand knock-off of Pantene Pro V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo. Pantene ingredients on the web aren’t exactly the same, and diff sites had diff ingredient lists. Couldn’t find a web site for the Equate ingredients, so here they are directly from the bottle, in order:

ammonium laureth sulfate
ammonium lauryl sulfate
glycol distearate
cetyl alcohol
sodium chloride
cocamide MEA
panthenyl ethyl ether*
lysine HCI**
Sodium Citrate
Hydrogenated Polydecene
Sodium Benzoate
Disodium EDTA
Centrimonium Chloride
Citric Acid
Ammonium Xylenesulfonate

*provitamin complex
**amino protein complex

valerie & rick said...

Hi Susan,
I am a huge fan of your blog and have all of your ebooks. However, I am unable to duplicate this product. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.

Ingredients:Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Oxide, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Allantoin, Papain, Salicylic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PCA, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Cyclodextrin, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Thanks so much

Abby said...

Hi Susan,
apart from the amount of melanin, is there any significant difference between black skin and caucasian skin? This is one product I would love to duplicate: Iman Time Control Liquid Assets Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
Ingredients:Water, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Decyl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol. May contain: PEG-12. Triethanolamine, Yeast Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Benzophenone-2, Cornflower Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Cotton Seed Extract, Octinoxate, Plankton Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Papaya Fruit Extract, Lemon Juice Extract, Rosa Centrifolia Flower Extract, Matricaria Extract, Menthol, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol.

Whitney said...

Hi Susan,
I'm a huge fan of this blog. I'd love help duplicating this product Naturopathica's Carrot Seed Soothing Serum.

Whitney said...

Sorry, here's the ingredient list & a link.

INGREDIENTS/INCI: Helianthus Annuum (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Oil*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Root Extract*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan: I'm your biggest fan.
Please help duping some of these hair styling product:
• Alterna bamboo strand expand: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyimide‐1, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, VP/VA Copolymer, Glycerin, Panthenol, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Root Extract, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Seed Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Rice Amino Acids, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG20 Almond Glycerides, Phenyl Trimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, Silicone Quaternium8, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethiconol, C1115 Pareth7, Citric Acid, Linalool, Laureth9, Disodium EDTA, Trideceth12, Benzophenone4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Azelaic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Calphostin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Salicylate, nCarboxyethyl Butyric Acid, Niacin, Ornithine Decarboxylase, Phosphorus, Retinyl Palmitate, Threonine, Zinc Gluconate, Polyquaternium10, Silanetriol Melaninate, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Bromelain, Papain, Superoxide Dismutase, Fragrance (Parfum)

• Alterna bamboo shine mist: Cyclomethicone, SD Alcohol 40, Phenyl Trimethicone, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces (Lysate, Copper, Zinc) Ferment, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Dimethylcetylaminohempseedate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Polysilicone-15, Superoxide Dismutase, Quaternium-95, Propanediol, Organic Phyllanthus Emblica Extract, Organic Phyllostachis Bambusoides (Bamboo) Extract, Organic Ribes Grossularia Fruit Extract, Grain Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Lactoferrin, Retinyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Corn Oligosaccharides, Copper Oxidase, Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol.

Thanks very much

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
I was wondering if we can duplicate Creme de la mer. It is very expensive, but people I know swear by it. I found this ingredient list:
• Seaweed (Algae) Extract
• Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
• Petrolatum
• Glycerin
• Isohexadecane
• Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract
• Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina)
• Lanolin Alcohol
• Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil
• Eucalyptus Globules (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil
• Magnesium Sulfate
• Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seeds
• Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seeds
• Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seeds
• Prunus Dulcis (Powdered Almonds) [sodium, Potassium, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, And Zinc Gluconate]
• Paraffin
• Vitamin E Succinate
• Niacin: Vitamin B3
• Beta-carotene
• Decyl Oleate
• Aluminum Distearate:
• Octyldodecanol
• Citric Acid
• Cyanocobalamin
• Magnesium Stearate
• Panthenol
• Limonene
• Geraniol
• Linalool
• Hydroxycitronellal
• Citronellol
• Benzyl Salicylate:
• Citral
• Methylchloroisothiazolinone
• Methylisothiazolinone
• Alcohol Denat
• Fragrance

I would like to see it more natural (meaning no petrolatum or mineral oil).

Love your posts

Leman said...

I have discovered your blog just before you started your 'why did I buy that ingredient' series. In the last year I started taking an interest in DIY skin care and have attended few 'natural skincare courses' here in London. In this very short time since I discovered your blog I have learned more from you than from all the courses I attended and books I read. You are one amazing woman!

I was so upset when you said you are not continuing with duplicating products series which I so loved :-( In your post yesterday you said we could submit products for duplication and you will consider though you cannot guarantee... By this first post I am making to your blog I'd like to suggest you include the Vitamin A resurfacing treatment cream from Cosmedix. I have oily/combination skin and this made my face so smooth and even; fine lines and discolouration started to fade away though I didn't get any exfoliation effect it was like gold dust to me! I was only able to use one pot in the past as it was sooo expensive. I don't say such things for products easily, I have used many products and nothing was ever comparable to this! So I beg you to consider duplicating this Susan!!! The top ingredients in this product are lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid etc so it does match your current series 'why did I but that?' and yesterday's post on Malic acid'! -{hoping that I have convinced you by this :-)}

Here is the ingredient list for Cosmedix Define - Vitamin A resurfacing treatment :

Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid (L), Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Albumen, Retinol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Malic Acid (L), Tartaric Acid (L), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, D-alpha-tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Galactoarabinan, Allantoin, Lecithin, Bisabolol (L-alpha), Benzyl Alcohol, Fullersomes, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil

And this is a link to the product:

I'm very happy I found your blog and thanks for all the hard work you do.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I would like to see a dupe for the Curling Custard Gel by Kinky Curly or the Curly Magic from Uncle Funky's Daughter. Both use the following ingredients:

Ingredients: botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectin, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,

Can you give a try on duplicating this cream? Its my absolute favorite hand cream, it's from Germany, yes I'm living here. This cream is just amazing, quick absorbing, protecting, mosturizing and makes hands smooth and soft.

The ingredients list is:
INCI: Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cocoglycerides, Shorea Stenoptera Butter, Cera Alba, Methyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearic Acid, Carrageenan, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Triethylene Glycol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben,
Dehydroacetic Acid, Parfum, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate.

Please, please have a look!

I love your site, I've learned so much, thank you for your commitment.

cheers Angie

Anonymous said...

I forgot, the creams name is Dualin - Skin protecting cream, the brand is Physioderm. (For those who want to try it out, its really a great cream)

Thanks alot!

Anonymous said...

Hey Susan,
Your blog is so helpful and I learn more chemistry here than I ever did at school. Would you be able to duplicate this japanese toner? Its called Hada Labo Super Acid Moisturizing Lotion.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Disodium Succinate, Methlyparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Succinic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate

Here's a link to a blog post describing the product.


Anonymous said...

Hi Susan

Could you replicate the Vaseline Sheer Fusion lotion?

I find it very moisturzing and my skin feels soft for hours.

Agua. Glycerin, Isopropylmyristate, Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Tapioca Starch, Dimethicone, Triethyl Citrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Water/Eau Minerale, Parfum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-12, Dimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.


Paula said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for sharing so much information. I love learning with your blog!
I would love to duplicate "Angels on Bare Skin" from Lush. It is like a paste that you mix with water and rub on your face and I love it!
Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis),
Water (Aqua),
Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida),
Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia),
Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla),
Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta),
Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre),
Lavender Flowers (Lavendula hybrida),

And here is the link to the product:

Thank you so much in advance! and I really look forward to reading your future postings.

Natalie said...

Hi Susan!

I've been reading your blog for quite some time now and recently started making a few products. One product I would LOVE to duplicate is the "Ocean Salt Cleanser" from LUSH! Here's the link:

Below are the ingredients listed on the website:

Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Fresh Grapefruit Infusion (Citrus grandis), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Stearic Acid, Fresh Lime Extracted in Vodka (Citrus aurantifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Fresh Avocado Butter (Persea gratissima), Coconut Fat (Cocos nucifera), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Glycerine, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, FD&C Blue No. 1, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Thanks! ^^

Anonymous said...

Hi susan, I was wondering if you could duplicate this hair moisturizer for me. It is called Luster's S-Curl "No Drip" Activator Moisturizer Hair Spray. This is a light hair moisturizer. It is not thick or very creamy.

Here is a link to the pic and ingredients-,default,pd.html

The ingredients are:
Water , Glycerine , Cetearyl Alcohol , Propylene Glycol , Acetamide MEA , Ceteth-20 , Olealkonium Chloride , Stearalkonium Chloride , Panthenol , Simethicone , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Fragrance

Anonymous said...

Hiya! Love your blog.

I would love to see how you would duplicate these 2 products:

vapour skin perfector

Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil
Cera Alba (Beeswax)
Tocopherol Vitamin E)
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil &
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil
Papain (Papaya)
Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract
Mica (CI 77019)
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense)
Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil)
Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Petals

and this vapour foundation

Organic/Bio Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil,
Organic/Bio Lecithin, Organic/Bio Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Essential Oils and Natural Fruit Essences, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense)*, Organic/Bio Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil), Organic/Bio Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus Flowers) [+/—: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019)]

hope you can work this out! id love to see it.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for the series! I absolutely love it!

I rather enjoy Redken products and would love to replicate the Color Extend shampoo.

Jane Zia said...

Hi Susan! I would like to duplicate Fekkai's brilliant glossing cream. It is a very light product that works well on my wavy frizzy hair. I have been using Frizz-Ease for years but it weighs my hair down. Since this cream is expensive I would love to be able to make it on my own! Here is a link

and here are the ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Propylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Olea Europaea (Olive Oil) Fruit Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG 8 Methicone, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Laureth-7, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Cinnamidopropyltrimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Dimethicone PEG-8, Meadowfoamate, Fragrance/Parfum, Methylisochloroisothiazolinone, Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

Ashley said...

In Love with Body Care has a "fat burning cream" that claims to fight fat and cellulite. I would love to know your thought process on this product.

Here is the ingredient list: Water, Habanero infused Coconut Oil, Chocolate (high cacao content), Mycelium (mushroom extract), Coffee, Emulsifying Wax, Orange Oil, Fenugreek, Wild Yam, Yarrow, Lecithin, Glycerine, Boric Acid, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Nettles

Taebug1 said...

I would be so grateful to have help in recreating my favourite cream cleanser - it's only sold in stupidly small bottles and I just want to be able to have a decent sized pot in my bathroom! I'm way too novice to work it out myself, or so it seems... It's the Organic Cleanser for Dry Skin by Natural Elements - a UK company that specializes in simple, petro-chemical and paraben free, organically based products.

Ingredient list: Water (Aqua), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis), Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Linalool.

Hope you are able to help!

Taebug1 said...

Ah, I should have added that available surfactants in the UK seem to be limited to SCI, Sodium Cocosulphate, Disodium Cocoampho-diacetate and the Glucosides: Coco-Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside and Lauryl Glucoside. In terms of emulsifiers and thickeners we seem only able to purchase BTMS, Cetearyl Glucoside, Lamesoft, Guar Conditioning Gum, Olivem 1000, Polysorbate 80, Jojoba, Rice Bran
& Apricot Waxes, Candelilla Wax and
Carnauba Wax. Which is more why I'm finding it a little tricky to figure out. ;)

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Before you add your suggestion for a duplication to this post, please read this post.

I appreciate the interest in the concept of duplicating products, but the point was to help you (the collective you) to learn to make your own products, and it didn't seem to serve that purpose. It's just resulted in more requests for duplication, which was kind of not the point.

If you're interested in learning how to make products for yourself, please check out the formulating series (which starts here) or the hair care section.

Susanna said...

I understand your reasons for stopping duplication requests, but like Kathy on 18th November 2011 I am interested in making a product smiliar to Lush's Big. None of the ingredients look that unusual and I can sort them into the water or infusions, 3 surfectants, oil and fragance oils, plus the salt but I'm really struggling to work out proportions, I can't find a sufficiently similar recipe to substitute into. I'd appreciate your expert help.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Please don't ask me to duplicate any products for you. I wrote that series as a way of teaching you how to do it yourself and thought it might inspire you to learn new ways of making products, but it didn't, and I'm done with it. (Click here to see my explanation as to why I'm done with duplicating products.)

Please don't ask me again because it puts me in the awkward position of having to say no, then you'll get upset and think I'm mean, then I'll feel bad. I think I've made it clear I don't want to do this any more.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, you have taught me so much. I would like to re-create Jurlique Daily Exfoliator

Aqua (Water);
Prunus dulcis (Almond);
Avena sativa (Oat);
Avena sativa (Oat) Bran;
Sesamum indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil;
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate;
Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract;
Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract;
Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract;
Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) Seed Extract;
Calendula officinalis Flower Extract;
Rosa gallica Flower Extract;
Bellis perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract;
Viola odorata (Violet) Extract;
Curcuma longa (Turmeric) Root Extract;
Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil;
Fragrance (Parfum)*;
Xanthan Gum;
Triticum vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract;
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate;
Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C);
Lactic Acid;
Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Root Extract;
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C);
Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract;
Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
* From Natural Essential Oil (Chamomile - Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria); Geranium - Pelargonium graveolens)

Thank you

Anonymous said...

WOW! You always blow my mind with your awesomeness!

I have been dying to re-create a scrub that I love. It's jelly-like with a pretty purple-ish color and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin since it's all natural...

Blueberry Soy Sugar Scrub by Eminence

(this really is their given ingredient list)

Sugar cane granules
blueberry juice
blueberry pulp
raspberry pulp
green tea
coconut oil
avocado oil
sweet almond oil
black tea
vitamin E
ground flax seeds
sunflower oil

I started a feed at dish, trying to make sense of these ingredients because I really want to make this (it's SO expensive)... since they didn't use INCIs some things are quite ambiguous and unfortunately this really is the actual ingredient list given on the packaging, not a "key ingredient" list...

I really love this scrub (I think I may have mentioned that already) and so wish I could re-create it (or even one similar) but still keeping with the idea of being all natural. Is that even possible?

I know sometimes hydrated silica is used in anhydrous formulas to achieve a gel consistency... but I'm wondering if that is the only way.

If this seems interesting enough to tackle I would be ever grateful :)

much love to you for your generosity in sharing your unbelievable wisdom :))

ChemKitty said...

I'm SO sorry...

I really tried to read every part of that series and all the comments but I literally missed (the most important) the part where you said not to ask about any more dupes :(

(which I totally understand)

Having missed that part I wrote a request for re-creating a blueberry sugar scrub (it's labeled as being by "anonymous" because when I wrote it just now I had not yet figured out how to make a profile, but yeah.. that was me) :(

I was reading all the requests and got excited since I've been desperate to re-create this scrub, but after reading your post to stop asking for dupes I feel terrible for my oversight of missing that and now I just feel like an idiot.

If I knew how to delete my request for blueberry soy scrub I would, but since I am not sure if (or how) I can do that please accept my apology for not seeing that and for being one more asking for more than you already give so generously.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,

I to have been trying to recreate Cliniques Moisture Surge Gel I know someone else mentioned it here on this page.

Unfortunately I am finding alot of the emulsifying waxes BTMS and Emulsifying Wax NF although great for my body make my sensitive facial skin break out.

Do you have any emulsifying alternatives that may be suitable to my skin?

Thanks very much

Sara said...


I am a long-time reader, occasional commenter and forever-follower of your blog, Swiftcraftymonkey :)

I've never wrote but I've wanted to for some time. First, thank you for the time and effort you pour into your blog; it has become a valuable resource for me and, I suspect, many others. I'm writing you because I'm stumped with what I thought would be a simple face lotion recipe to recreate. It's a fairly common recipe used by companies large and small (from Dr. Mercola to small apothecaries, with small variations in essential oils and absolutes etc.), yet I can't seem to find even one recipe similar to the one below:

Aloe Vera, Rose Distillate, Shea Butter, Calendula Extract, Cacao Butter, Emulsifying Wax, Avocado Oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Carrot Seed Oil, Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, Kokum Butter & Mango Butter, essential oils

Might this be a possible post for the product duplication section of SCM? I'd love to recreate this facial lotion but I can't stand the thought of using up any more precious ingredients in failed test batches :( I also wonder if there might be a comparable substitute for the emulsifying wax?

Thank you so, so, so much for all that you do :)



Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Please see my comment above as to why I will not be duplicating any more products. Please visit the formulating series to see my template recipes for various lotions so you can learn to make your own! It is way more fun to figure it out yourself!

Zsuzsi said...

Dear Susan,

I'm from Hungary (Europe), but I love your blog and read it whenever I need answers about homemade cosmetics.
What I would like to ask you to duplicate is Lactacyd Femina Intimate Wash (I'm not sure if it is sold in the US or not). My gynecologist recommended it to me when I was pregnant, and it worked, but now I would like to make something which more natural, possibly without SLES.
the ingredients:

aqua, magnesium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, PEG-55 propylene glycol oleate, perfume, lactose, milk protein, cocamide MEA, laureth-10, lactic acid, glyceryl laurate, glycol distearate, sodium laureth sulfate, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, sodium chlorhide, methyl isothiazlinone, methyl chloro-isothiazolinone

Thanks for your help,

Anonymous said...

I can completely understand your wish to not continue duplicating products (after all, why do so much work for a ton of people who would rather have you do it than experiment themselves?) and since you've made that comment a lot of people have seemed to miss it. However, a few people took your comment to heart and merely asked you for some brief advice while they were trying to do it on their own, like Susan on October 3 2012, or Susanna on December 29 2012. But you kind of blew them off as though they were asking for an entire recipe, telling them to stop asking :/

If you don't want people to comment AT ALL, maybe you should make an EDIT: update to your blog post saying you are no longer taking requests OR answering questions. Some people don't read all of the comments either unless they have all the time to comb through them so having it appended to the blog would help. Just a suggestion.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Anonymous. I don't expect anyone to read all the comments, which is why - for quite some time - the last the last paragraph of the post says "Thank you for visiting the blog. I am not taking suggestions for duplicating products any more and do not plan to do so in the future. I hope I have provided you with tons of information in this series and others so you can make your own products!" I have included the declaration that I won't be duplicating any more products in the I really can't help you and before you write to me posts.

If you missed what I thought was really obvious (and repetitive) do you suggest I say to make this point clear?

And please use your name in your comment or I will have to delete it as per the policy of the blog. (Please see the upper right hand part of every page on the blog for this request.)

Asha said...

Hi Susan, could you duplicate DevaCurl One Conditioner for all of us kinky curly girls who uses Deva products. Thanks,
Pat Wilson

Here's the ingredient list:

Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Cetyl Esters, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Propylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum)

VanMomKaren said...

I just found out the moisturizer I've used for decades has been discontinued by the manufacturer, Numark.

It's name is Lanolor Cream, & the ingredients as listed:
Purified Water; Glyceryl Stearates; Propylene Glycol; Cetyl Esters Wax; Isopropyl Palmitate; Cetyl Alcohol; Lanolin Oil; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Methylparaben; Artificial Fragrance; Simethicone

Any suggestions or an identical product?
Thank you!

~Karen~ said...

Hello, I've recently found out that the moisturizing cream I've used forever, has been discontinued or suggestions?

It is Lanolor Cream, ingredients:
Purified Water; Glyceryl Stearates; Propylene Glycol; Cetyl Esters Wax; Isopropyl Palmitate; Cetyl Alcohol; Lanolin Oil; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Methylparaben; Artificial Fragrance; Simethicone

Thank you!

Elizabeth Stringer said...

I'd be interested in duplicating Guerlain's Midnight Secret formulation, although it has a huge ingredient list:
Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Tromethamine, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-21, Sodium Lactate, Oryzanol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Citronellol, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Glycoproteins, Geraniol, Linalool, BHT, Gold, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Benzyl Benzoate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Plankton Extract, Citral, Cinnamyl Alcohol

CariJo said...

Hi Susan,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your blog! I waver between excitement at all there is to learn and total confusion! (I figure it will take time to get the hang of things).

My son has battled with eczema for ages, and I have CRP, so we have both relied on a product called "LactiCare" by Stiefel. We used the OTC version as a face / body moisturiser. I think it had 12% lactic acid. It was very smoothing for our very coarse skin. Unfortunately, they've discontinued it, so we've been trying the alternatives and they don't work near as well, and worse, they stink!

I hope you'll give a try at duplicating, as I would love to make it for us. Here's the ingredients:

Water, Mineral Oil, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sodium Pca, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Myristyl Lactate, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Dmdm Hydantoin, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

I found it on this link -

Love your blog!

CariJo said...


So Sorry...

I did not see that you were no longer duplicating.

My bad.

Off to read more of your generously offered articles.

Best of everything for 2014!

Anonymous said...

Hello all..
I am looking to re-create a face cream that has the following ingredients. Just a basic idea on how do do this would be great. I have not found anything similar out there.. It's a thick white cream almost like a body butter..suggestions welcome!
Thank you. HollyJ.

Organic sunflower oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Jojoba OiL, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Beeswax, Purified Water, Chamomile Extract, Vitamin E, Sodium Borate, Essential Oils of Rosewood, Lavender, Wildcrafted Rosemary Leaf Extract

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Holly. We aren't duplicating recipes around here any more. What I can tell you is that this is a water-in-oil lotion that is emulsified using borax and beeswax. I'm afraid I don't have any recipes for that kind of recipe, but this should be easy enough to duplicate once you learn how to make a water-in-oil basic recipe.

To future readers, please note I am not duplicating recipes any longer. If you want to know why, click here.

Anonymous said...

Hi I stumbled on this this page and well I'm not to sure how you guys make duplicates of products but 'd love to know how. I have this conditioner I love but since I bought it at Ross I have never found it again. Anywho if I could make it that would be amazing. Do I have to have special stuff to duplicate it? Where would I get the products to make it?

Nelli said...

Hi Susan,
Thank you SO much for your blog. I have learned a lot.
I am a big Lush fan and I would like to know how to duplicate the facial cleansers like ocean salt or any other products of Lush. I know you duplicated 9 to 5 and American cream. But if there would be more Lush stuff I would highly appreciate. Thanks again for your time and willingness to share your knowledge.

Nelli said...

Sorry didn't know about not duplicating anymore

Anonymous said...

Hello, I would want to know if all these ingredients are without danger for my hair or my body:

Aqua, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Organic Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint, Triple Distilled) Essential Oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid

thanks, Mary

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Mary. I'm afraid you're at the wrong blog because we don't use words like "dangerous" to refer to our ingredients. I encourage you to look up each of these ingredients on this blog to learn more about each one.

Scarlet Brown said...

Dear Susan,

I am a regular follower of your blog, I just love all your post. I have treied quite a few of your receipe and they have always turned out wonderful.

I would love if you can duplicate this deodrant receipe from kingstonsoap company. below are mentioned the ingredients.

Ingredients: Propylene Glycol*, Deionized Water, Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, PEG-200/Hydroginated Castor Oil, Isosteareth-2, Salicylic Acid, Steareth-100 Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis ( Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol (Optiphen®), Lavendula Angustifolia Oil.

thank youu .

Name Munira Khambata

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Scarlet. As you may have missed in the post, I don't offer duplicating services any more. You can look up the recipes on this blog for making deodorants and modify them using the ingredients you like.

Dee said...

Hi Susan
Hope you are well

I know you don't offer duplication services anymore but what are your thoughts on hot oil treatments? I can't find any facts only peoples opinions?

In the 90s and 00s I use to use Vo5 hot oil. Do you remember it came in a little 14ml capsule that you heated up in warm/hot water, massaged it into your hair and then wash it out after 60 seconds. It was great for my dry African hair.

I use to buy it at Boots but it seems to have totally disappeared from shops in the UK and can only be bought on Amazon but I am concerned that at some point that stock will disappear as I am not sure Unilever actually make it any more.

I think I can make my own and find a creative way of heating it up.

Below is the ingredients list for Vo5 hot oil treatment.
• Aqua,
• Cocotrimonium Chloride,
• Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,
• Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil,
• Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil,
• Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil,
• Prunus Amygldalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,
• Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract,
• Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil,
• Hydrolyzed Pearl,
• Maris Sal,
• Glycerin,
• Hydrolyzed Soy Protein/ Vegetable Amino Acids/ Lysine Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride,
• Acetamide MEA,
• Polyquaternium-10,
• Propylene Glycol,
• Phytantriol,
• Parfum,
• PEG-20 Castor Oil,
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate,
• Oleth-20,
• Hydroxyethylcellulose,
• PEI-1750,
• Sodium Chloride,
• Isopropyl Alcohol,
• Disodium EDTA,
• Sodium Hydroxide,
• Hydrochloric Acid,
• Sodium Acetate,
• Ethanolamine,
• Acetic Acid,
• DMDM Hydantoin,
• Phenoxyethanol,
• Amyl Cinnamal,
• Benzyl Salicylate,
• Limonene,
• CI15985 - colour

Thank you

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

HI Dee! Interestingly enough, this isn't just a hot oil treatment. There's a ton of different conditioners and hydrolyzed proteins, which are great for your hair. Do a search for some of those ingredients here, and you'll learn all about why they're a great choice!

Frit said...

Hi Susan,

The one product I'd really like to see duplicated is a discontinued item from Lush; their 'Porridge' soap. I really like the smell, and it's the first soap I have ever used that did not leave my skin feeling itchy and dry after a shower.

Ingredient list, as per their website:

Water (Aqua) Rapeseed Oil (Brassica napus) (Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil) Glycerine Pinhead Oatmeal (Avena sativa) Sorbitol Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) (Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil) Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis) Titanium Dioxide Fragrance Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus labdaniferus) (Cistus Labdaniferus Resin) Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) Sodium Chloride Sodium Hydroxide EDTA Tetrasodium Etidronate *Limonene

And the link to the product page:

Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us, and show us how this is done. And especially for being so kind as to figure out the duplication of these products for those of us (like me!) who are to new to this to attempt it on our own!


Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Bailey,
As I mention in this post and many times in the comments and other places, I don't offer help duplicating products any more on the blog as I feel it's more helpful to to provide loads of information and formulas you so you can figure it out yourself. On top of this, I'm not a soap maker, so I couldn't help you make soap, although this does have a dose of sodium lauryl sulfate, so it has some surfactants in the mix. You won't be able to duplicate until you know your ingredients, so my best suggestion is to start with some beginner's formulas, which you can find in the Newbie section of the blog, and start making things one small batch at a time. You'll have a blast, and before you know it, you'll be able to duplicate this!

Frit said...

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your quick reply! :)

Yeah, I noticed the posts stating you no longer did formula duplication only AFTER I'd submitted my post. Ah well, live & learn. ;)

I shall do as you suggest, and do some mini batches of things, until I can work it out myself. I'll be using a lot of the ingredient information that you provide, as you've already done the research on many of them. (I'll research the others m'self, obviously.)

It may be a while before I can do all this, as I currently do not have a place I can use as a lab.

Thank you for all your wonderful information, you are an inspiration to me!


Carolyn Shelton said...

if anyone can duplicate Profound Beauty's Curl Glaze I'll but it! They went out of business and I've been traumatized since. Here is the list of ingredients:
Aqua,hamamelis virginiana (with hazel) extract, polyquaternium-28, pvp, hydralyzed wheat protein/pvp crosspolymer,polyquaternium-59, cocamidopropyl betaine, equisetum arvense extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, ger

Carolyn Shelton said...

If anyone can duplicate Profound Beauty's Curl Glaze, I'll buy it. Here are the ingredients.

Aqua,hamamelis virginiana (with hazel) extract, polyquaternium-28, pvp, hydralyzed wheat protein/pvp crosspolymer,polyquaternium-59, cocamidopropyl betaine, equisetum arvense extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, ger