Friday, June 3, 2016

Have an idea for a one ingredient, five products series?

Do you have an idea for a one ingredient, five products series? It has to be something versatile and easily available at most suppliers' stores. It has to be something I can play with in my workshop and something I can get relatively inexpensively with my new part-time wages.

It could be an emulsifier, but not Polawax, e-wax, Incroquat BTMS-50, or Ritamulse SCG as I have dozens if not hundreds of recipes for those ingredients. It can be an extract, oil, butter, humectant, and so on.

Previous one ingredient, five products series:
Stearic acid
Gels!
Cucumber extract
Sunflower oil (10 products)
Incroquat BTMS-50 (10 products)

I can't wait to see what you say!

22 comments:

Kimberley Scanlan said...

May be a silly suggestion, but maybe you could do one based around panthenol? It's such a wonderful ingredient and I would love to see some more recipes spotlighting it.

Kim said...

Could you do a series on babassu oil? Sal butter would be awesome too!

Magdalena Keating said...

how about pumpkin seed oil?

Justine Ak├žor said...

Maybe something basic like glycerin or xanthan.

Rosa Phillips said...

Beeswax

Sabrina K. said...

Olivem1000

Li Xua said...

How about a high HLB emulsifier, such as cetearyl glucoside or polysorbate 60, and how it can be used to emulsify oils requiring a high HLB, such as argan oil for a nail product or castor oil for a hair product, then how it can be coupled with a low HLB emulsifier like glyceryl stearate or glycol distearate, to emulsify oils with different HLBs such as safflower oil for a face cream or cocoa butter for a foot cream?

Or useful anhydrous products, like salve, pomade, winter hand cream, stick deodorant, lipstick, lip balm, or hand balm, thickened by a single ingredient such as cetyl alcohol or a wax like beeswax, vegetable wax (carnauba, candelila), or maybe a fragrant wax like jasmin, tuberose or rose wax.

Or a base salve or cream that can be modified for different purposes, such as adding melissa and peppermint essential oils to create a herpes cream, or adding chili extract and ravintsara essential oil for a rheumatism cream, or adding bisabolol and arnica extract for a soothing cream.

Or water in oil emulsions, like a winter hand cream with niacinamide, cream for dry skin with panthenol, stick deodorant with allantoin, or lip balm with green tea and mallow extract, all emulsified with the same water in oil emulsifier, like sorbitan olivate or glyceryl laurate.

Or magnesium stearate, which can be used in powder makeup, or can be melted in the oil phase of an emulsion to add a silky feel, or can be added to lipsticks for spread and other anhydrous products for reducing the oily feel.

Or maybe something like urea, which can be used as a humectant in low dosages, mild keratolytic above 5%, or chemical exfoliant above 15%.

Or other such multi-purpose ingredients, like AHAs and BHAs which can be used a buffering agents or exfoliants, bamboo powder as buffering agent, matifying agent, moisture absorber, or makeup filler, clay which can be used in cleansers, creams, deodorants, face masks, or face powders, zinc oxide as UV absorber, moisture absorber, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, or pigment, or soy wax as an ingredient in both creams and simple or lotion candles.

Michelle said...

How about Pumice or Candeillia Wax?

Anamaria said...

I'd suggest Soybean oil, such a good oil and so easy to get

pat bortolin said...

Lets find out more about the great features, differences and uses for Keratin vs. PhytoKeratin

Nancy C said...

I would like to see different uses for lanolin.

Dianne Bowler said...

I'd like to learn more about how to use Allantoin or Lecithin.

ingenting said...

Another vote for xanthan gum :)

It's relatively cheap, and I've seen it used in lots of different products (e.g. facial cleanser, face serum, body lotions, shampoos...)

other things that I think'd be interesting:

phytosterols (I've seen it mostly in eye serums/creams, but it sounds like an awesome ingredient...so I wonder if more could be done with it)

hyaluronic acid (I've only seen it in serums/creams so far)

exfoliants like BHA/AHA

Zinc PCA (it can be used in many products and seems to have anti-odor properties)

Any of the CO2 extracts/active? oils, like cranberry, carrot seed, etc.

In any case, I can't wait for the next installment of the series!!

And as soon as I can donate I will :D

Kathleen said...

I would like to see one on Lanolin. I just made a lip balm recipe with it and I am in love with lanolin. Would love to see other uses for it, I have a very large jar of it :)

JoeyL05 said...

Lanolin!!

Madame Propre said...

First I want to thank you for your blog. You offer a tremendous amount of excellent information! I learn a lot from you. I appreciate the time you give us. What about Olivem 1000? It is very versatile and great quality emulsifier. I would love to read you on its multiple uses.

Danuta Kilar said...

Lanolin please :)

Srjnm said...

You are so generous with sharing information and for giving us opportunities to respond and make requests.

Looks like several are interested in lanolin. If you do choose this ingredient to play with, can you also include what to substitute for it?

To add to the list: Collagen (what is it, how is it obtained, substitute for it), Alpha Hydroxy Acid, and seaweed.

Leialoha said...

Lanolin has my vote also! Thanks for your work here. I learn so much each time I visit!

Kimberley Scanlan said...

I'm also going to second xanthan! That is such a great suggestion from everyone!

Karen van Nieuwenhuizen said...

Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge! I would be interested in learning more about SCI. Again, Thanks.

Yin said...

I vote for xanthan gum as well! I've tried 0.3% and 1% for making the same lotion. This little tweak made a huge difference to the lotion. I would love to learn more about formulating with this ingredient. Thanks Susan! I've enjoying all your books and blog posts!