Thursday, January 23, 2014

I'm working on a few things...

But I'd still love to hear from you! I'm working with some new emulsifiers and researching products for kids, but I'm needing some inspiration for the next few weeks! So please, don't hesitate to share your thoughts, your successes, your questions, and so on. I should be back to posting tomorrow, and I'll get to what you have been asking, emailing, messaging, and commenting in the next few days. 

I'm really eager to start the Newbie Tuesday series again and I wonder if we shouldn't revisit the topic if hair care as it seems that it both interests and bewilders you? What do you think? 

Finally, here is a picture of some lotions with new emulsifiers! 


Zenobiah said...

Yes, please hair care! (Tad obsessed with that, just bear with me).

I made this shampoo from The Herbarie: (

I used Hydrolyzed Oats instead of silk amino acids and LGP instead of Optiphen.

It was wonderful straight off the bat, but then weird things started happening. I left the bottle in my cold bathroom and the shampoo turned from opaque to all white, and the viscosity turned to snot. If I held the bottle under warm water it returned to its 'natural state'.

What causes this? The SMC Taurate or the GuarSilk? Is there a way to make products less susceptible to temperature?

Thank you in advance, Susan!


Bunny said...

Yes! More hair care stuff! In particular, I'm interested to know more about this quaternized rice you've been mentioning here and there... there's not much around the internet on it!

Patricia said...

I'm excited about shampoo at the moment, and the burning question on my mind is . . . how to make it pretty! (Deep, I know). I'd really really really like to add mica, but failing that, it'd be fun to talk color. As well as all the, you know, functional stuff.

Patricia D. said...

Dear Susan,
I've been wanting to make a gel body scrub for a long time now (maybe throw some bubbles in there too?) but I don't see anything similar in your blog.

Maybe it's just me, but I just can't stand oil/butter scrubs. I would love to see what you can come up with :)

Thank you for being so active with your blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan -

Love the pix - looks interesting and can't wait to hear more! I'm slowly making my way through your blog… reading the copious amounts of info on, mainly at the moment, preservatives and thickeners. Good thing: I found your blog! Bad thing: I'm more confused then ever (which could be good… as it's also a path to new understandings!) Could I get your thoughts (or feel free to refer me to a post) - I blend a beautiful facial serum with plant oils (rose hip, argan, avocado, etc. That's it - 100% plant oils… I need to think in terms of a preservative but I'd like something on the ecocert list (and I appreciate your prior thoughts on what is natural, what is 'organic', and the concept of minimally processed). I'm keen to stay as 'natural' as possible… but first priority is safety. Many thanks for sharing your wisdom! Best wishes from Ireland!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan (Part ll) -

Do you think there is a mystical force that answers your questions as soon as you put them out there? I'm writing to refine my earlier question (above) as I just happened on another of your informative postings: Do I have this correct?:

Leucidal Advanced Aloe & Liquid Leucidal are ONLY potentially suitable (given the limitations you discussed) with water / oil formulas?

Is NataPres suitable for 100% oil formula?

Are they all in liquid form?

Increasingly confused… but hopeful and grateful for your thoughts,

Kim said...

How about a post that's about products like AHA, DHA, Dermanew,... The products that lighten your skin, help with dark/age spots, are peeling like (not sure about this one)? My mom has been begging me to make a facial product that will help her with her dark spots. I have multiple additives that are claimed to have that effect but I'm full of questions about the use of these...
- What's the effect of these items on the skin
- if it actually helps with spots, is it long term or do you have to keep using the product?
- are these products dangerous? (Irritating)
- could I use multiple of these additives, or do I have to stick with one? (My idea being: the more you use the bigger the succes)
- do I have to use other additives (soothing, inflammation) in my end product?

I hope you can shine some light on this because I really want to help my mom, but don't want to harm her with my products.


Marjo said...

Curious about tour kids stuff! And have fun researching
The new emulsifiers! I currently have conditioning emulsifier hope maybe you play with that one too :)

Marjo said...

Oh and if you need inspiration.. I am interested in ph adjusting with fe citric acid
Measuring must be done in cold phase but the acid has to be dissolved so i wonder what the best routine would be

Elizabeth Stringer said...

I'd love to follow Newbie Tuesday if it starts up again. I'm also interested in hair care, plus facial cleansers and antioxidant serums.

Thanks very much

Anonymous said...

Susan, I have been following your post for several years now and love, love, love your blog.

I work in the salon industry.I have been making the shampoo and conditioning bars for a couple years. I use them and several of my friends, clients and co-workers love them.

Just wanted to say thanks for all you do.


Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Thanks everyone for the comments. Please keep them coming! I really am struggling to find topics right now for series or multiple posts!

Hi Marjo, Renee, and Birgitte! I've answered your questions in today's Weekend Wonderings.

Linda Reynolds said...
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Linda Reynolds said...

Susan, as per Rene Beyers, I would love a good facial serum, facial cream recipe|
Love your blog, although most of the time it is over my head!

Katie Ziegler said...

I'm curious about the fatty acids that don't have their own posts. You have a lot of great info on stearic and oleic, but I'd like to know more about the rest, such as palmitic, linolenic, lauric, arachidic, and the exotic ones that only are in one or a few oils (like ricinoleic acid, gadoleic acid, erucic acid, punicic acid, and any others you can think of). Most often, you give a paragraph to the uncommon fatty acids, but I want moooore ;-)

Hopefully this gives you some fuel for a series, or at least a few posts.

You are my one-stop spot for information that I can trust, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. I spend so much time researching so that I can make the best possible products for my family and friends (and myself too!). If I didn't have you, I don't think I would have had the confidence to actually make anything. I know I've said this before, but it can't be said enough . . . **Thank You**

Katie Z