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Am I understanding correctly that you’ve had your preservative for 2 years? If so, yes, it may have expired. Liquid Germall Plus has a shelf of 12-24 months depending on where you check (but most say 24months). Try getting a new bottle and starting over.
It’s unlikely that you will be able to match the colour. You can try Australian Red Reef Clay (Marie has a recipe on this site), but when I tried it a long time ago, the clay was not at all as red. It was brown tinged. Honestly, for a good red lipstick you need carmine or dyes.
Thank you 🙂 I am studying Business Economics. I had to take some time part-time instead of full time for health reasons, so I’ll probably graduate in 2020 (would of been this year if full time since I started). I am starting to get better now, so I’m hoping to go back to full time in the fall.
I finally was able to make a matte stick lipstick! With Marie’s base, I got a matte lipstick, but much too soft to put in a tube. I’ve been wanting to adjust it for a while but just got around to it now. Nothing special, just added candelila wax, but had to test it in between.
I ended up making the shampoo. It is just a plain one with no fancy ingredients since I wanted to be sure it works. I put the sci, slsa, and cocomidopropyl betaine with water all at once and heated it. It was super quick and thick by itself. It kinda looks pearly white. I didn’t do the method of melting the sci with the cocomidopropyl betaine alone for a long time, I wanted to try a quicker way, and it worked. I don’t know why no one I’ve read about does it this way? They all say it takes almost an hour to melt. For me it took a couple minutes.
Thank you 🙂 none of the colours were from the book. All my lipsticks are my own colours, but I use Marie’s base with some substitutions. When blending this red, I just went by ear (or eye, lol). I didn’t write down the ratios. I do have carmine and red #27.
I doubt you will be able to make a true red without using carmine or a dye, but you can make orange reds or brown reds. I made an orange red using oils infused with alkanet root powder (infused without heat for weeks – I just left it there, but it kept getting darker. It turned fresh blood red. Enough to give a lip tint when used as the sole oil in a lipbalm). Then add some red iron oxide and some white. You don’t want too much iron oxide or it turns brown red, but the alkanet root helps reduce the orange. You could also try alkanet infused oil + red clay. Just don’t expect a bright true red.
This thread hasn’t been active for a while! I thought I would start it up again.
I will be done with my university exams on Dec. 13 (yay!) and then am planning to make some products. I’m hoping to make shampoo for the first time. I bought the ingredients a while ago, but didn’t have time yet. I’ll also be making some more lotion. I’ve pretty much became the family lotion maker. Everyone wants it now, even my father and grandpa, who previously didn’t even want to try it. Now they can’t live without it, lol.
I’ve also been busy with the animals. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. Hopefully one of my does is bred (the buck bred her, but we’ll see if she’s pregnant around Dec. 21). I’d like to have another doe bred, but the buck I want for her is not really interested in the girls yet, lol. The other is her twin, so I can’t use him. Everyone is doing well though. They’ve been free-ranging during the day and love it. Now, if they have to stay in their pen, as soon as I open the door, they rush out as if they’ve been prisoners, lol. Before they were happy in their big pens. They love to stay near our patio door when relaxing, so we can pet them without freezing outside.
I can’t wait for next spring, to finally sow hay seeds in what has become a mud field right behind the house. During the constructions, all the machinery killed the hay. It’s awful to walk in when wet because it’s clay. Our feet end up extremely heavy. Now it’s frozen, so it’s ok. We put down dried hay to make a path as well. Not very pretty for pictures though either! The snow should cover it soon, lol.
Hopefully you get a colour you like! Post pictures 🙂
I ended up blending already made colours together in a pot instead of just on my lips, and got this:
I’m pretty happy!
Titanium dioxide tends to kinda change the colour when you add it. For example, I made a lipstick using only carmine. It gave me a sort of deep red, but not opaque. I add titanium dioxide, and it turns to a purple/pink and pretty bright. So unfortunately, it’s kinda trial and error. Add a little bit, mix well, test, etc. So far, the only way I was able to make a matte “true” red was by layering colours. I eventually want to try melting them together to see what it will give me, but I haven’t had the time yet. The order of the layers is important, so it might not give me what I want. I put orange, red, pink, and a little more red. I would have expected pink from carmine + titanium dioxide, but it’s more purple than pink, so idk where that came from, lol.
Bergamot, lemon, and lime are fine in the sun if steam distilled. Bergamot can usually be found this way (bergaptene free), but I found it hard to find steam distilled lemon or lime. I usually find one that is part pressed, part distilled.
What I do, is write down the % of each ingredient that I know won’t change. For example, the emulsifier, or active ingredients, and preservative. Then, I add the oils in the concentration I want depending on texture, and fill the rest with water.
For example, for a lotion, I would maybe use:
5% active ingredient
63.6% water or other water-soluble liquid
Then, if I want 543g of lotion, I just do 1.5% of 543g = 8.15g preservative, etc.
If you are using an already made recipe, like those from Marie’s blog, just change the water % to allow the preservative. Ie. If she uses 70% water and 0.5% preservative, but yours uses 2%, then use 68.5% water and 2% preservative to still get 100%.
Let’s convert % to g, so say you have 100g of ingredients, then add 2g of preservatives, you won’t have 2%, you’ll have 1.96%. As Maggie said, you’ll typically still be within the recommended usage rate, but most people include it in the recipe, because otherwise, all the other ingredients are diluted and it can affect the stability of your product. For example, if you have an ingredient that is effective at 5%, and you put 5g to make a 100g lotion, by adding the preservative to the 100g, giving you 102g, the 5grams are no longer 5%. Also, certain things can affect the stability of the lotion, and diluting them isn’t good. I always calculate the preservative into the 100% ingredient list, except occasionally if I’m making something like a room spray and don’t feel like calculating it, since I know it’s in the correct % range and won’t affect the product.
Menthol smells quite minty. Not like vicks. Vicks has eucalyptus oil in it, which gives it the more medicinal scent. Menthol by itself smells more like minty candy.
Good morning Penny 🙂
No, it’s not voluntary. You have to register every cosmetic product that you want to sell, otherwise you can get a big fine. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/consumer-product-safety/cosmetics/notification-cosmetics.html
In Canada, you have to register all cosmetics before selling, and include every ingredient with the percentage used. You also have to have an actual company, since to register, it asks for your company name.
Zil, if you want red, you need carmine or red #7. Otherwise, you will get orangey or brownish. I have both blue shade and regular red iron oxide, and the blue shade gives brown once in a lipstick, and regular gives orangey. I’ve tried many different recipes to remove the orange, but it just becomes more brown. Get the carmine or red #7. Idk where you live, but if it’s in Canada or the US, buy carmine from TKB Trading. Otherwise the price is ridiculous. I get the carmine powder, and it mixes fine in the oil base. I prefer to put all my pigments through the coffee grinder though, because then the colour is evenly mixed, and it’s easier to incorporate into the base.