Saturday, December 27, 2014

Keep the suggestions coming!

I can't write this blog without your wonderful suggestions and input, so I wanted to remind you that I'm always looking for ideas for the one ingredient, five or ten products series and want to hear what you have to suggest for the what do you want to know? post! If you have a few thoughts, why don't you visit those posts and make a few suggestions for ingredients or other things? I'd love to hear from you!

Remember, there are no stupid questions, except the ones that go unasked!


braveheart said...

Where do you post the suggestions, pls?

I would like to make a foamy shower gel with sea buckthorn oil and safflower oil, but don't know what I can use to emulsify it or what percentage.

Anonymous said...

Selfishly, I would like to see some things using butylene glycol.
This poor ingredient has a bit of a bad rep but, from what I've read, I really don't know why.
I know you have a post or 2 touching on it but I can't remember coming across many, if any, actual formulas where you've used it.
Some of it's properties that I find useful would be 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.


Anonymous said...

Oops, sorry, I was supposed to post this under one of the original post (and also include product ideas).
Will do that now ;)


Cooking For Two said...

Question..can I use btms with xanthum gum if not how do you recommend I use xanthum in a leave-in conditioner?
Thank you!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Cooking for Two! If you look at the post on xanthan gum, you'll see that it's incompatible with positively charged ingredients, like Incroquat BTMS-50. This means you can't use it in a leave in conditioner because, by definition, a conditioner is always positively charged.

Elaine Robson said...

I make soap AND lotions. You might be able to answer this sort of soap question. Salt soap is very trendy. I haven't made any because there isn't much to them except for coconut oil and salt. Salt is drying and coconut oil is drying when used in excessive amounts (greater than 30%). My question is how can this soap possibly be moisturizing and nutritional for the skin? Do you have a clue? Elaine Robson

Anonymous said...

Hey Susan! I've been experimenting with making color cosmetics for the past few months. I've made foundations(liquid and powder), cream concealer, dozens of eyeshadows and blushes, pressed shadows, lipsticks(an ongoing challenge), eyeliners(another ongoing challenge), and more. Of course, it's really all an ongoing challenge. That's what makes it fun :) Anyway, at the moment my particular obsession is mascaras. A mascara is typically an emulsion with wax, some type of film former/fixative(I'm using PVP or gum acacia), and iron oxides. Mascara is tricky because you have to get a formula that doesn't flake, smear, clump or smudge, doesn't sting the eyes, and effectively creates the illusion of length, curl, and volume. That's a lot of requirements! I have some mascara tubes coming in the mail. So my suggestion to you is to try experimenting with making mascaras. If you're interested, I can list a few websites that have mascara formulas and/or articles about mascara formulation.