Monday, May 9, 2011

Why did I buy that? (Revisited)

I'm putting out the request again - tell me about those ingredients you've purchased but never used because you're really not sure what they're for or why you might use them! (Click there for the previous post!)

I have a great list of my own ingredients and a great list from that I shall be writing about in the near future...but I'd love to hear about more of those ingredients you own but don't use. (Right now, I'm really confused as to why I'm not including trimethylsilylamondimethicone in everything!) I'm looking forward to experimenting with and writing about ingredients that aren't so familiar to us.

I had hoped to do some experimenting with my own "why did I buy that again" ingredients, but Easter weekend was kind of a bust workshop-wise. I enjoyed the return of the stomach flu (and yes, I've been to the doctor and it's a particularly nasty bacteria going around our community and not something worse!), I was playing with duplicate products, and I was lured away from the workshop by the appeal of sewing my summer wardrobe!

If you have an ingredient that stumps you, that you aren't sure how to use, or just want to learn more about, comment here and we'll get to those ingredients with some recipes in the near future!


Crystal said...

Behenyl alcohol
Disodium EDTA
Glycol Stearate
Polyquaternium 44
Laureth 4
Lactic Acid

Meaue said...

Here are a few to gnaw on...

ferulic acid
Prolipid 141
stearamidopropyl dimethylamine
polyglyceryl oleate
caprylyl glycol EHG
Oliwax (LC)


midnight fireflies said...

lactic acid for me also!
malic acid
a whole bunch of different dried herbs

crafty said...

Here you go:

Castor wax
Spirulina extract
kokum butter

Topcat said...

Hmmmmm, now let me see ~

Diatomaceous Earth
Vanillin Supreme Powder

I also have some ipm but I will be using that very soon so it doesn't count ;)

Tara said...

I bought The Herbarie's SCS-CAB foamy blend from another formulator. I didn't really research it beforehand. It doesn't look like it would be very gentle, so I'm not sure how to formulate with it.

aljonor said...

Casor Jelly

Madeaj said...

I have Castor Jelly, Red Palm butter/Oil, Argan oil, and Rose petal powder and bentonite clay.
The clay and petal powder I use for facials but I'm open to other uses.

Madeaj said...

Hmmmm Blogger must have taken off my comment. I have the following items.

Castor Jelly (Camden-Gray)
Red palm fruit oil
Hesh rose petal powder
Bentonite clay
drinking rose water (50% rose, 50% distilled water)
I'm using the clay and rose petal powder for facials but I would love to find other uses for them.

Thanks Susan, yours is the second blog I go to in the morning and only because you are in another time zone so your updates are later in the morning for me. Otherwise you'd be first. You have inspired me to do a lot of research and making my own products.

Anonymous said...

I know that emu oil has lots of benefits, but for some reason (I must have been feeling rich) I bought some, I do not use it.
Just so you know, I think your duplicating posts are great but I really like the ones where you experiment and I have to think. Keep up the good work and know that you are very enjoyable to read!

Georgette said...

decyl glucoside
sodium lauroyl lactylate

Jackie said...

Ceteryl Ethylhexanoate and esters in general. I always think they would be so lovely but then when I formulate I decide that an oil might be better. I understand the oils better. Also esters intimidate me. I'm not sure how they will work with my emulsifiers since I am getting away from ewax and I'm not completely comfortable with the new ones.

Lise M Andersen said...

the following fruit extracts

why why why did I buy these? What did I think they could do??

melian1 said...

i bought some pre-neutralized carbomer. i don't have a clue what to do with it.

Anonymous said...

How 'bout sucrose cocoate? Can I use this instead of glycol distearate or coco betaine, or along with these ingredients in a shampoo? Can I use this in a cream or conditioner as well?

Anonymous said...

PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether

Jenny said...

Hi Susan-
I purchased lactic acid and tea tree oil in the hopes of making an acne treatment - possibly a very light lotion using as little oil as possible (5%?) and BTMS as the emulsifier. If using these ingredients together would be too harsh, I'd love to try 5% tea tree oil since studies such as this one generally use 5%:;year=2007;volume=73;issue=1;spage=22;epage=25;aulast=enshaieh

I'd also love to know if we can us decyl glucoside as the sole surfactant for shampoo/body wash. If not, I'll bite the bullet and buy cocamidopropyl betaine.

Thanks so much!

Bajan Lily said...

squalane (not squalene)
carbamide crystals (urea?)
PEG 4O Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Rooibos Tea

Leman said...

Hi Susan,

I have a long list which I have used little or some not at all or not too sure how to incorporate in my formulation. I'd love to have some ideas on how to use them.

Lactic Acid (80% concentration): First on my list! I use this as a pH adjuster. I know it can be used as a peeling agent (for AHA effect) in creams and lotions but have no idea how much to use and how to incorporate. I have also just posted a Vitamin A resurfacing treatment product from Cosmedix on duplicating product thread which uses lactic acid as the 1st ingredient after water.
L-ascorbic Acid (vitamin C): I incorporated this in an anti-aging facial moisturiser I made recently, however the moisturiser has turned a yellowish colour after 3 weeks even though I used a preservative. I am thinking that vit C has oxidized in the product. I added the powder in the cool down phase of product making. Should I have dissolved it in cold/warm water before adding it, maybe? Would really appreciate instruction on how to formulate with vit C.
Ferulic Acid: Never used this. I would like to use this for a DIY version of C+E Ferulic serum from skinceuticals.
Hyaluronic Acid: I have both powder and gel form. The gel form is 1:99 ratio (1% Hyalurnic Acid: 99% Water). I use the gel form in the cool down phase of making creams/lotions at about 1-2%. The powder is pure powder so not sure what percentage to use and not sure if I can sprinkle the powder directly in the water stage and heat it up. Is it best to form the gel from powder as above and use it that way?
Salicylic acid: Never used this. I would like to use this for acne and oil control. I would love to have a recipe for this.
Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Lupine Peptides (INCI Name: Hydrolyzed lupine protein, phenoxyethanol 1.0%, sorbic acid 0.08%)
Remodelling Intense: (INCI Name: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract )
Siberian Ginseng Extract (INCI: Eleutherococcus Senticosus (Siberian Ginseng) Polysaccharides/Glycoproteins)
Sea Buckthorn Pulp CO2 Extract

Many thanks

Jessica said...

Colloidal Minerals - I have no idea what to do with them!

Tara said...

Hi Susan. I also bought some castor wax that I think I intended to use for lip gloss. I used it once and unfortunately it seemed to crystallize.
I also have trouble using up the Cromollient I have purchased. So far it hasn't been playing nicely with my surfactant formulations, so it has been sitting on the shelf.

I find it so funny that we are all in the same boat, where we find a shiny, new ingredient that we end up purchasing. We get it, and don't know why we bought it!

Tina said...

Cyclopentasiloxane (and) C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer.