Sunday, June 15, 2014

One ingredient, ten products: An introduction

Way back when I asked if you wanted to share what interested you, AMJ suggested that I write a few posts detailing ten different ways to use an ingredient in our products. I think this is a super idea, so we'll be starting a series tomorrow in which we look at how we could use Incroquat BTMS-50 in ten different products!

In the meantime, please make some suggestions about ingredients that you think could be used in five to ten different products that we could play with in this series! And make some suggestions for product ideas, too. Let's see what we can make!

Join me tomorrow for the first of the one ingredient, ten products posts on Incroquat BTMS-50.


Pam said...

I've been reading about powdered fruit extracts like raspberry to use in products like lip balms for color and fragrance au natural. Perhaps they could be used in lotions and serums also. Just an idea.

Your depth of knowledge and generosity are so appreciated. Thank you Susan.

Bonnie said...

Oh, I'm so excited! This is particularly fortuitous for me, because in the mail right now is a shipment of BTMS-50, which I've never used before. I had decided it was finally time to get off the cheapo NF E-wax wagon (or at least stop using it as the only emulsifier), and here comes this post. Happiness. Can't wait to see the ten uses you come up with.

I recently purchased some Rhassoul and bentonite clays, intending to use them for facial masks and shaving soap. I've read the post about washing hair with clay too. And kaolin in cosmetic powders. There's four, but are there any other uses? Would that be a good topic?

Brandi Yates said...

I have some sunflower oil that is almost expired. I have 2 lbs so I need to use it fast. :)

cest cheese said...

I've been feeling silicone ( at least I think it's dimethicone) in everything from sunscreen to makeup, moisturizers, eye serums and lip balms.

I love the glide without grease it provides. For us middle-agers, it's magical in its "sheer" coverage. Never feels or looks like it's settling into fine lines or large pores.


Anonymous said...

I would love to learn more about the different uses for hydrosols in products. Thank you so much for all that you share with us!


AFSSubteam said...

Dear susan
I hope you can make a direction about how to use tea tree oil, tea tree oil can treat ance so well and use in a lot of products like face serum,toner,cream
tea tree oil is one of the best sellers of the body shop
here is the link

Water, Alcohol Denat., PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene, t-Butyl Alcohol, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Citral, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi AFSSubteam. I've done quite a few things with tea tree oil, which you can find in the essential oil section or do a search. This product would be really simple to duplicate. Do a search for fragrance sprays or solubilizers to see similar recipes.

AFSSubteam said...

Dear susan
thanks for your comment
have you used neem oil(from india) this oil have a lot of benefits to treat ance, we can make so many product base on neem oil face mask,lotion,face serum
here is the link

and can you make a research on infused oil( benefits,botanical and herb for skin types)

this is massage oil recipe on soapqueen,

8 ounces (by volume) dried Rose Petals

12 ounces (by volume) Avocado Oil

2 mL Buckthorn Extract

5-10 drops Rose Absolute Essential Oil

I know it is massage oil, but I can use it for face or only use for body, some of my friend use baby massage oil for face, they said it is soft,safe,and no problem cos baby massage oil has the same formulation like facial serum(oil based), but I make a search on google and some answers say no. Which is your opinion?

AFSSubteam said...

Dear susan
and another question that make me super confused
so many cosmetics in market have used natural ingredients like oil,butter,and the shelf life of them are alway 3 years. But why our handmade shelf life can not be like this. Do they(company cosmetics) use the stronger preservaties than us

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi AFSSubteam. I haven't used neem oil as the smell is far too strong for my nose, so I won't be posting on it in the near future. Why are people against baby oil? I think it's probably because it's mineral oil and there's a real hate on for that ingredient.

As for a three year shelf life, anything that contains natural oils isn't going to get a three year shelf life, unless they're using butters instead of oils. I don't know of any natural oils - including jojoba oil, for which I've seen claims that it never goes rancid, which is simply wrong - that have a shelf life longer than three years. But then again, I've seen things with grapeseed oil listed as having a shelf life of a year, which we know is really really wrong.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Brandi! Great suggestion! I'm starting the series on sunflower oil on July 7th (the link doesn't work until then!).

Hi Bonnie! I am not that familiar with clays and researching them is a nightmare. There is so little scientific information about them, and most of what I can find is marketing hype. I know they are good for some things - for instance, soaking up oil and increasing slip - but I can't substantiate so many of the claims, it's frustrating! I will continue to find good information, but until I have something really solid, I'm afraid I'll have to put that on the "in the future" list, but it is a great suggestion!

Hi Pam! I'll put that on the "in the future" list when I get a chance to experiment with some extracts in oil soluble products. My first thought is that a water soluble powder in an oil soluble product probably isn't going to work well, but I remain open minded. (None of my powdered extracts have an aroma - do yours? If so, can you advise where you found them?) I have used powdered extracts in lotions, but I find the liquid ones are easier as they don't transfer a colour. (Have you seen my experiments with grapeseed extract? It looks like a slaughter house!) This is a great suggestion!

Hi Diana! Hydrosols are also a great idea. They're on the list!

Hi cest cheese! I love silicones. Great suggestion! I've just finished up a series on sunflower oil so I'd like to work with a water soluble ingredient for the next series, but it'll be up after that ingredient!

I'd love to hear more suggestions for water soluble ingredients to come after the sunflower series! Any suggestions?

Jodi said...

Hi Susan,

How about Citric Acid for the next water soluble ingredient to feature.

And, for future oil soluble how about lanolin or beeswax?

Thanks so much for your awesome blog & enthusiasm!!


Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Jodi. What would you like to know about citric acid? I'm stuck on what products I could make other than something fizzing for the tub.

Lanolin and beeswax are great suggestions!

Jodi said...

Hi Susan,
Regarding citric acid, I was wondering if any other products could be made other than bath bombs & fizzies. Seems that the only other products with citric acid are certain lotions and hair products where one is trying to lower the pH.
Also, if you do a series on beeswax it would be interesting to note how substitutions would effect the look & feel of the product, e.g., cera bellina, other waxes & lanolin. It's so exciting to think of all the products and combinations possible! LOL
P.S. I absolutely loved the series on BTMS-50. It is such a powerful raw material that can do so much. I don't know how any other raw material can compete with the awesomeness of BTMS-50.

Bonnie / Bonnie in SJ said...

Hi Susan. Thank you for your reply about clays.

Jodi & Susan - a little tidbit about citric acid: in locations that have extremely hard water, people (like me) complain about spots on dishes. A product called Lemi Shine (consisting of "real fruit acids") claims to remove and prevent these spots. I'm assuming this is happening due to the fruit acids' chelating properties -- binding to the minerals so that the water can properly clean and rinse the dishes.

I've been adding a tablespoon of pure citric acid (from bath bomb supplies) to my dishwasher, and it seems to result in fewer spots. Wikipedia sez citric acid also helps soften water in <a href=">laundry detergent</a> situations.

How does this tie into making cosmetics? I don't know. :) Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. Would citric acid's water softening properties add any helpful properties to our products (like a rinse after hard water showers)? And if so, enough to fill 10 posts' worth? (probably not, ha ha)

Marjo said...

Hey susan!
I have )honey) quats as suggestion
I know its nice in hair things and could be used in lotions
But suspect it from being just used in haircare mainly :)

Stacey Neuhaus said...

Could you consider a series of posts on Witch Hazel? I don't really know much about the ingredient and think it would make a great test subject for you.

Again, thanks so much for all the work that you do to share your knowledge and experiences with us. Much Appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I have a bottle of lecithin sitting mostly full in the back of my drawer. I've made your nail balm with it (love!), but that's it. I know it can be used in lip balms, but the thought of that sticky feeling on my lips is not appealing! I've read about it being used as a co-emulsifier for lotions, but I don't know how that would work with my complete emulsifiers.

Thank you so much for giving your expertise so freely! I never would have been brave enough to make lotions, shampoos, and conditioners without you!
Katie Z

Susanna Originals said...

I'm another big fan of Neem oil and use it in everything, including my face creams. Can't stand the smell of it but it seems to be fairly easy to mask. The only time the smell overpowered was when I used it in your 33% foot scrub bar recipe but I gave one to a friend and she loved the smell! No accounting for taste but she says her feet are loving it.
How about the many uses of hemp?

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
I mistakenly put this in your most recent post asking for suggestions, so now I'm putting in the right spot (I hope).
Anyway, I would like to see some things using butylene glycol.
I've read that it's a humectant, a solvent for essential oils (and others), it has anti microbial properties and contributes to the absorption of other ingredients. I would love to see how it can be incorporated into an emulsified scrub, scrub/lotion bar, body spray, lotion or body butter and what exactly it can bring to each of these.