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Formulating Shampoo Bars

By |Hair Care|

There are many options for formulating shampoo bars. The backbone of the formulation are solid surfactants and choosing the ones that work best together. The procedure matters depending on the solid surfactant and the solid surfactant can be challenging to work with. Shampoo bars are very popular. They're filling the need and market for sustainable, green, biodegradable formulations and reducing plastic waste as there is no need

Horsetail for Hair Strength

By |Hair Care|

Horsetail Equisetum arvense is an ancient plant and has been used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans. Horsetail is exceptional for hair care and building hair strength. Horsetail grows in moist areas and near water. A nature area I used to walk daily, the horsetail would sprout up every spring and was abundant growing along the creek. Every time I passed, I marveled at how similar

Hair Type 1, 2c, 3c, 4b, 4c

By |Hair Care|

Hair is categorized by hair type, hair texture and shape. What is known in the industry as "Hair Type" 1, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, should really be called hair shape. HAIR TYPE Normal Hair Normal Hair has balanced sebum; it is not too oily and not too dry. The hair has shine, sheen and vibrancy to it. Dry Hair Dry hair lacks sebum.

Green Chemistry and Formulation

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Are you a cosmetic formulator? Do you formulate green and clean hair or skin care products? It can be beneficial for you to follow or understand what green chemistry is. Green chemistry is also known as sustainable chemistry. Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life

Opening a Zero Waste Beauty Shop

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Have you ever thought of opening a zero waste beauty shop?  Think of the bulk bins at the grocery store, except in your store they are beautiful glass bulk jars with clean beauty products. The customer brings a clean container or uses a reusable sustainable container you offer. The container is filled with facial serum or body wash or shampoo or curl cream. No waste, plus, it's a fun way to

Clean Beauty

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Clean Beauty raw materials are from plants, herbs, flowers, fruits, seeds, and nuts. What is Clean Beauty? Clean Beauty in cosmetics is a movement in the beauty and cosmetics industry. The goal is to eliminate harmful ingredients and use natural ingredients. "Clean Beauty" is a term that is not regulated by the FDA and has no guidelines. This means a "clean" cosmetic can in fact

Tahitian Natural Hair & Skin Care

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Coconut "White Gold" of Tahiti Tahitian Natural Hair & Skin Care To be successful with a natural hair or organic skin care line, the niche needs to be very focused and narrow. One niche is to focus on using plants for the skin and hair from traditional cultures. Previously, I shared about Hawaiian natural hair and skincare and the uses of plants for hair and

Fruit Enzymes for Radiant Skin

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Fruit Enzymes for Skincare The upper layer of our skin, the epidermis is composed of mostly dead skin cells. These dead skin cells contain keratin protein. When we apply enzymes to our skin, the keratin protein will break down and leave our skin smoother. Fruit enzymes are excellent for radiant skin because they are naturally derived and can be more gentle on the skin. Tropical

Hawaiian Natural Hair & Skincare

By |Cosmetic Formulating, Ingredients|

Plumeria, one of my favorite flowers and scents Hawaiian Natural Hair & Skincare I was born on Kaua’i, Hawai’i and partly raised on this majestic island on a sugar plantation and then next to Mt. Waialeale. We wore moo moo’s, went barefoot and played and looked for treasures in the forest and swam at Poipu beach. The air was warm and filled with the scent

Fresh Organic Skin Care

By |Radiant Skin Care|

Organic Fruits Fresh Organic Skin Care One thing I know from trying thousands of ingredients on my skin and in formulations is the power of plants and fresh organic skin care. I want to share my experience with plant-based ingredients that produce an immediate result with a natural vibrancy and radiance, softness and glow to the skin. You will be amazed at the softening of your skin and the

The Natural Product Association Standards

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

About The Natural Product Association, NPA Founded in 1936, NPA represents more than 10,000 companies of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.  USA Standard, Certification. The NPA Essence The NPA Natural Standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability. Natural Ingredients: A product labeled “natural” should be made up of only, or almost only, natural ingredients. Will be manufactured with

Bamboo: Plant-Based Silicone

By |Cosmetic Formulating, Hair Care|

Bamboo You can find Plant-based Silicone in Bamboo, Bambusa vulgaris. Bamboo is a primitive grass and in the grass family. It is a highly renewable resource. The foliage and grass can be extracted sustainably, thus making it an excellent green and eco-friendly choice for your skin and hair care formulations.

Formulate Leave-in Hair Conditioner

By |Cosmetic Formulating, Hair Care|

Purpose of Leave-in Conditioner To formulate a leave-in hair conditioner, you need to know the purpose and how it is used on the hair. The conditioner is applied after you shampoo and condition. Generally, you apply to towel-dried hair before detangling and styling. This will provide extra moisture and an easy comb through. The conditioner should always be light in consistency, almost like a hair

Benefits of Skin Toners

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Balancing Facial Skin Toner Why use a Skin Toner? Is it really beneficial to use a skin toner after cleansing your skin? The benefits of using a toner can range from balancing to hydrating resulting with more radiant and glowing skin. There are several types of skin toners depending on the formulation. Skin toners add immediate hydration to the skin, freshening, vitamins, toning and cleansing.

Baobab Beard Oil

By |Hair Care|

Beard Oil formulated with Baobab Oil About Baobab Baobab oil comes from trees grown in Africa and Australia. These trees are known as the "Trees of Life" because they have very deep roots that can absorb a high amount of nutrients and water. With the capabilities to store gallons of water, these trees are drought resistant and can live 500+ years. The tree produces a

Skin Tools for Glowing Skin

By |Radiant Skin Care|

Glowing Skin Rose Quartz Skin Tools These are tools I use for skin care. Rose Quartz Face Roller and Gua Sha. I use these to give myself a facial massage, increase circulation and to add an immediate glow to my skin. You can use these daily and add as a part of your skin care routine. Rose quartz is a crystal that dates back to

Summer Skin Care Tips

By |Radiant Skin Care|

Seasonal Light Moisturizer Protect, Hydrate and Glow During the Summer Season, it’s important to have proper protection to ward off skin ailments as well as to prevent premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and sunspots. Read our Summer Skin Care Tips below. Protect Cover up: Wear a hat and sunglasses. Wear light layers to minimize your skin exposure to the sun. There are also sunshield

How to Formulate Eye Cream

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

How to Formulate Eye Cream When formulating an eye cream, first, you need to know how to use an eye cream. You only need a small drop of eye cream. Pat the cream into the skin around the eye. It is best to apply the cream with your pinky finger because the skin by the eye is very delicate so you want to be very

3 Top Butters for Natural Hair

By |Hair Care|

What is Hair Butter? The blend of of high percentage of natural plant butters and organic oils. This hair product acts a sealant, protecting the hair while providing deep moisture, nourishment, sheen, and shine. My Top 3 Butters Cocoa ButterCupuacu ButterShea Butter In almost 20 years of formulating, I have used almost every natural butter available. Natural butters are some of the most beautiful skin and hair

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