Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators! In part 1 we covered five anhydrous ingredients that will allow you to create all kinds of awesome anhydrous products—balms, whipped body butters, lip balm, and more. Today we’re adding five more ingredients that will further broaden your list of concoction possibilities to include lotions, creams, and some cleansers!

Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators: Part 2

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Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators: Part 1

There are literally thousands of cosmetic ingredients for sale, so it’s no wonder that shopping for ingredients can be an overwhelming experience for new formulators! Between the sheer number of ingredients and the often fantastical claims made about them, it can be tempting to buy one of everything. That’s a temptation I succumbed to when I first started formulating over a decade ago, and I want to spare you the expense and frustration of spending heaps of money on ingredients and then discovering you don’t have the right sorts of ingredients to make the things you want to make. I spent a positively embarrassing sum on oils, butters, waxes, and essential oils… and then once I started doing more research and formulating I realized I only had ingredients to make butters, balms, and salves and in order to make lotions, creams, and cleansers I’d need more ingredients. D’oh!

Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators: Part 1 | What you need to start formulating

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What can I make with shea butter?

Today we’re talking about one of my favourite ingredients; shea butter! I first fell in love with shea butter after buying a rather extravagantly priced small tub of it at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto back when I was in university, and it’s been a staple for me ever since. Today’s post is all about shea butter—what it is, where it comes from, how it’s made, and what to make with it.

What can I make with shea butter?

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Why is my body butter melting?

It’s July and it’s lovely and warm here, so I thought I’d tackle a topic I get a lot of questions about—body butters and the wonky things they can do in high temperatures. It’s crazy disappointing to make a lovely, soft, creamy body butter and have it transform into a puddle of oily glop when left unsupervised. Now, as someone who lives in a part of the world where 32°C (90°F) is considered a heatwave, this isn’t a super common problem for me, but I’ve definitely had body butters perform unwanted metamorphoses when left in a hot car or a particularly potent sunbeam. So! Today we are talking about why body butters melt and what we can do as formulators to keep them as buttery and delicious as we intended.

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