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The Scientific Method and Formulating Cosmetic Products

Having studied social sciences and humanities at post graduate level, I am well versed in the practice of primary and secondary research but I hadn’t really needed to use the scientific method. All I knew was this method wasn’t of too much use when studying the complexities of societies or human nature.  That said, I […]

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Whipped Shea Butter with Lavender and Orange

This is a pretty simple whipped Shea butter.  I used refined organic Shea that had been pre-tempered. It might work with raw minimally processed types.  It is very occlusive and when I made it initially it felt quite greasy so I added some organic tapioca starch to cut the oiliness a little. I didn’t want […]

Whipped Body Butter

I have a Non Greasy Body Butter Recipe already but I wanted to make it a little less costly. Hazelnut is a fairly expensive oil and it is also not readily available in the local supermarkets.   I am going to be holding a workshop in East London in January and wanted my attendees to be […]

Chocolate Salty Balls (for the bath)

If you were a conscious human being in 1998 you may well remember the extremely popular song by Chef from South Park called ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’. Well, it is a naughty song but I and my friends had fun singing along to it and I have great memories of that period in my life, where I was young […]

Fuller’s Earth Facial Bar

A few weeks ago a woman in Formulators Kitchen was inquiring about making a facial bar from Fuller’s earth.   My advice at first, was that she probably needed some kind of binder in the form of a fatty acid.  That was until another person pointed out that Fresh cosmetics had one made out of a […]

BLACK FRIDAY BALM!!!

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Acne Survivors Charcoal Facial Bar

I have heard some great things about activated charcoal soap and recently in our Facebook group people have been discussing the positives and negatives of using high pH cold processed soap for people who have acne or very oily skin. Some people swore by using soap and others felt that due to the pH, which […]

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Shampoo Bars Tutorial

Today I finally got a chance to get into the lab and do some playing around with solid shampoo.  Previously, I had made some with less than natural ingredients but wanted to stick to natural or organic accepted ones – everyone makes shampoo bars with the usual suspects and I wanted to do something a […]

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