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Organic and Natural Certifications for Cosmetics

By |Organic|

Various jars and bottles of skin care products with orchid flower Organic Certifications The market for natural, green, eco-friendly and "organic" cosmetics has grown in popularity. There are many programs and organizations that can provide organic or other certifications for your cosmetics. Our previous post, Organic Cosmetic Labeling, went over the advantages and disadvantages of Organic Certification from USDA, NOP. Read more on labeling and

Organic Cosmetic Labeling

By |Organic|

Should you get your Natural Cosmetics Organic Certified? Advantages: Clearly shows your products contain organic ingredients Sets your natural products apart from othersBe recognized and earn customer's trust Can market to those who purchase organic cosmetics Disadvantages It is costly. From applying, meeting requirements and maintaining certification.There are many regulations and rules to follow. You want to make sure your current products and future products

How to Make Piñon Pine Salve

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

I was inspired to make a plant-based Piñon Pine Salve after my trip to Sedona, Arizona. Read about my spiritual trip and about the special Piñon Pine Tree here. Piñon Pine Salve Piñon Pine salve is used to soothe and speed healing of minor cuts, scrapes and burns. I was unable to find a plant-based salve so I made one. Basically, Piñon Pine salve contains

Piñon Pine Salve

By |Aromatherapy|

I made a plant-based Piñon Pine salve after my recent trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I was so inspired by the Piñon Pine Tree from my visit. I am fascinated and love traditional medicines by indigenous people. I learned about Native American medicinal herbs and how they have been and are still being used for healing. Indigenous people and traditional medicine both have so much

How to Choose the Best Natural Emulsifier

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

What is an Emulsifier? An emulsifier is a type of surfactant. It is a compound that stabilizes emulsions and keeps water ingredients and oil ingredients mixed together. It creates the perfect blend. Lotions, creams and hair conditioners contain an emulsifier or an emulsification system, to create a stable emulsion; to hold the water and oil together in a homogenous mixture, a mixture that stays together. Learn

Natural Hair Serum

By |Cosmetic Formulating, Hair Care|

What is Hair Serum? Hair serum is concentrated and nutrient rich formulation. It coats the hair to protect from heat styling and environmental issues. Benefits of Hair Serum Seals the cuticleNourishesCreates silkiness and slipAdds shineProtects from humidity, the environment and heat stylingSmoothes hairControls frizz Which Serum is Best for your Hair? It is important to pick the right serum for your hair type. Do you

How To Make Candles with Essential Oils

By |Candles & Perfume|

Learning how to make candles with essential oils is an art and a science. Creating a scent one needs creativity for scent combinations and an understanding, testing and study of how the essential oil scent changes when the candle is burning. Here are some tips to make candles with essential oils. I have experimented a lot with plant waxes, wicks and essential oils for candles.

Become a Cosmetic Formulator: 5 Key Steps

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

This post corresponds with Joan Morais' LIVE presentation, 5 Key Steps to become a Cosmetic Formulator. Watch Joan Morais' presentation on the video below. Download this Presentation Handout Here: 5 STEPS TO BECOME A COSMETIC FORMULATOR LABORATORY NOTEBOOK learn about it here. Download Cosmetic Formula Worksheet Template Here This cosmetic formula worksheet is simple to fill out and you can quickly write down your formula

Sea Salt Hair Mist Recipe

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair, Hair Care|

In the previous posts here and here I talked about salt in cosmetic formulations. Here is a simple and easy sea salt hair mist you can make for your self. A sea salt hair mist or spray is a styling mist to give the look of sea tousled, shiny and slightly wavy beach hair. This mist can be used on wavy, straight, curly and coily

Salt in Cosmetic Formulation

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

In a previous post here I talked about different salts. Salt is a powerful ingredient and can soften and smooth the skin and hair and add vibrancy. I’m sharing ways to use salt for your personal use and how to formulate with salt and use in your cosmetic formulation. Epsom Salt First, I want to share the incredible power of Epsom salt and the effect

Formulating with Salts in Cosmetics

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Formulating with salts in cosmetics can produce superior results and set the formulation apart from others. Salts used in cosmetic formulations can thicken shampoo, give volume to hair, add shine to hair, cleanse the skin, brighten the skin, soothe the skin and help skin conditions. First a formulator must get to know the salt properties and functions before incorporating it into a formula. Second is

Laboratory Notebook – Lab Notebook

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Record keeping is one of the most important tasks a cosmetic formulator performs because it helps to protect their intellectual property and produces successful formulations. The records need to be precise, accurate, detailed and understandable. It’s very important to record your systems of developing and making cosmetic formulations. Lab notebooks are used to document everything done in the lab. A lab notebook is very important for

Surfactants in Natural Shampoo Part 2

By |Hair Care|

How to Formulate and Make Natural Shampoo Part 2: Surfactants in Natural Shampoo Part 1 Types of Shampoo Part 2 Surfactants for Natural Shampoo Part 3 Formulating and Making Natural Shampoo How to Formulate and Make Natural Shampoo Part 1 (read here) covered Types of Shampoo. Part 2 covers Surfactants for Natural Shampoo.

How to Formulate and Make Natural Shampoo: Part 1

By |Cosmetic Formulating, Hair Care|

This series is on how to formulate and make natural shampoo. This is part 1 of 3. To formulate and make a natural shampoo requires knowledge of the types of shampoos on the market, understanding the chemistry of surfactants and their purpose and other ingredients to develop a natural shampoo that cleanses the hair but also does not strip the hair. Part 1 Types of

Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Soothing Aromatherapy Bath The beauty ritual in Part 1 an herbal facial steam, Part 2 an aromatherapy foot bath, Part 3 massage softening hand and foot salve. This hygge beauty ritual is a crystal and aromatherapy bath. Healing treatments with water are called hydrotherapy. You can do a simple hydrotherapy treatment at home if you have a bath tub. If you don’t

Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

Part 2: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath  Hygge Beauty Rituals Part 1 shares about the feeling of coziness and comfort, Hygge.An aromatherapy foot bath affects our entire body and imparts a feeling of comfort, wellness, relaxation and revitalization. OUR FEETOur feet are one of the most neglected areas of our body. We take them for granted. Our feet hold us up, balance our bodies

Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

Part 1: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam  What is Hygge? Hygge (pronounced hue-ugh) is used by the Danish to describe a feeling, a feeling of coziness, of being present and enjoying the moment. It’s creating simple moments during these dark cold months to bring a cozy feeling and sense of sanctuary in our home. It’s not about buying more things, instead to take the time

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