How I Would Learn to Formulate (if I could start over)

You’ve made your first DIY lip balms, body butters, and maybe even a lotion. You’ve shared your creations with your friends and family, and they love them! Now you’ve got the itch to try creating your own recipes instead of just following ones you found online.

But… where do you start? How to you make the jump from using someone else’s formulations to starting from a blank page? How do you know what you’re allowed to do? Can you combine these two ingredients? How much emulsifier do you need?

How I Would Learn to Formulate (if I could start over)

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The FREE formulation strategy you need to know

Have you ever purchased a brand new ingredient and then had no idea how to actually include it in a formulation? Or perhaps you’ve been wanting to create your own formulation for something that’s unlike anything you’ve ever made before, but you have no idea where to start? I ran into these challenges all the time when I first started making, but then I discovered an amazing (free!) resource that helped me seriously level up my formulation skills, and fast. While this resource isn’t a secret, per se, I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about it, and how to get the most out of it.

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Avoid these two common ingredient label mistakes

If you dream of selling your handmade skincare someday, one of the many responsibilities you’ll be taking on is properly labelling your products. Different countries have different labelling requirements (so make sure you’re researching and following all the rules set out by the relevant regulatory bodies in the country/countries you’re selling in), but no matter where you are, you can be pretty sure your cosmetic products will need an ingredient label.

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20 Quick & Easy Ways to Customize Lotion Formulations

So, you’ve finally made your very first lotion. Exciting stuff! If you’re anything like me, you’re now dreaming up all the different ways you’d love to customize the formulation. Could it be thicker? Can you add some colour? What about some scent? However, as a new lotion formulator, you aren’t sure what you can and can’t do without making the whole thing curdle, split, and die a sad, separated death.

20 quick & easy ways to customize lotions

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Dangerous Essential Oil Mistakes Most DIYers Make

Essential oils are are some of the riskiest ingredients in DIY skincare, and most people don’t realise it because of all the misinformation out there. There’s this idea that they’re safe and simple to use because they’re all natural, but unfortunately, that’s not the whole story. Mis-use of essential oils can lead to everything from irritation to rashes to severe chemical burns. Using them properly is, well, essential.

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The key to smooth body butters

Grainy, mealy, uneven body butters are the bane of any formulator’s existence. You’re dreaming of something silky smooth and divine, but instead your body butter feels like its full of sand… or perhaps you were promised a solid bar, but got oily slop instead. Bleh! Let’s learn how to solve all that 😄

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