Sodium Polyacrilate Update


Hello Everyone! :)
Today one of you wrote me and asked my opinion about Sodium Polyacrilate.
Many thanks to him for making me realize that I had never written an update about this ingredient and a lot of time has passed since that happy post!
[Click HERE to read the old post]


I am glad I tried to make that cream because it helped me understand this ingredient better: it is a good practice to try to push an ingredient and see how much it can do on its own and, specially with emulsifiers, it is a good idea to try to see how they behave in “simple as possible” formulations. So here is all the full story of how my relationship with sodium polyacrilate has developed: :)

The cream of this post actually separated after a couple of months.
It was a weird kind of separation because some oil would get to the surface but the cream would still look “beautiful” and, if mixed again, it would LOOK stable again – at least for a couple of weeks – but, obviously, it would separate eventually. I wrote “look stable”  because clearly it wasn’t.
The supplier from whom I had purchased this ingredient had suggested its use as lone emulsifier and stated that Sodium Polyactilate could support up to 25% oils. Well, now I know better: it is not stable with up to 25% oils (I have tried making a cream with 20% oils and it was even less stable than this formulation, no surprise there :) ).
Most of the resellers now do not suggest to use this ingredient alone and it is sold mostly as a “support” of some other emulsifier. I also haven’t found anyone saying that it would support up to 25% Oil Phase anymore (probably 5% – 10% maximum is more likely).

There is one big mystery though about HOW ON EARTH this cream could possibly be so good looking and firm even with that 2% D-Panthenol (and let’s add that protein as well)!
Sodium Polyacrilate, in fact, has ever since COLLAPSED in most of my other attempts if I only dared to add the smallest amount of electrolytes! And by “collapsed” I mean that from a firm-silky cream it totally liquefied leaving me with a watery waste of ingredients! ;)
I guess this ingredient blessed me with the beginner’s luck :D (and then kicked me in the teeth soon after! :D Ahaaa!).

Now, a side note about the “feel” of the cream: the feel at the touch was definitely “silky” and “smooth” and it would absorb rather quickly but there was something I didn’t quite appreciate of it: the cream would feel quite “empty”, as opposed to “rich” and “moisturizing”.
I know these are all words that can mean totally different things to each one of us, but I know no better way to describe it!
Well I remember actually a commercial cream from a famous brand that was meant for teenage girls (therefore, a skin that doesn’t require a lot of moisturizing) and the commercial was all about “fresh” and “water”. This cream had that same feel so this might be an interesting ingredient for such kind of product.

I am happy I finally wrote this update… it was definitely needed! :)

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Pearl Sensation – Face Wash Recipe


So here is a new recipe for a face wash with a mild scrubbing effect.

Pearl Sensation Face Wash DIY

I must admit I am not a great fan of scrubs: I find that sometimes (I am talking about the commercial scrubs) they are too harsh for my skin and when I want a smooth skin I simply use a good konjac sponge which gives me good results without irritation.
HOWEVER, I found these blue jojoba “pearls” on a website and I thought it would be a great “poetic” ingredient for a face wash.
I say “poetic” because these pearls don’t really scrub that much, at least not at the concentration I use them and not in a detergent (perhaps in a face mask they would scrub more)… but they look great in the detergent and they give it an extra texture.
Therefore these jojoba “pearls” are far from being essential but they seemed fun to me! :)

Enough blabbering I guess! :D


Phase A:
Water to 100 – (click here if you don’t know what this means)
Trimethylglycine 2 – (also know an “anhydrous betaine”) – this ingredient is added to make the detergent milder and with a soft feel. If you don’t have it, you can omit this ingredient since this detergent is already very mild (however, if you do omit anything in the recipe, remember to re-calculate the amount of water needed).
Glycerin 5 
Xanthan Gum 1.2 – Actually adding Sclerotium Gum would have been better. If you have Sclerotium Gum use it instead of Xanthan, because it makes a more firm gel, with a better feel and Jojoba “pearls” would work so great with it. However, remember that the way of use of these two ingredients is different: xanthan is added to the glycerin and can be used cold. Sclerotium needs to be added to hot water
Sodium Lactate 5 –  (this is a cheap ingredient and it is very hydrating. If you don’t have this ingredient simply omit it: I suspect it doesn’t actually manage to work well in a detergent, since it is washed off immediately after being applied – nevertheless I thought it would be a nice ingredient for this one :D )
Preservative – Used at the needed concentration. Just because often I get asked this in the comments: I am using an eco-friendly preservative called “Cosgard” (this is the commercial name) which needs to be added at 0.6%. The reason why I don’t write “Cosgard 0.6” is that you might have another preservative that will do its job just as well as this one and you might get confused with concentrations. So: use the preservative you have, and use it at its specific concentration (you should find this data when you buy the ingredient).

Phase B: 
Lauryl Glucoside 6 – This, as the next 3 ingredients, is a surfactant; obviously needed to make a detergent! :) But if you don’t have this one, you can try to formulate your own detergent after reading the posts about surfactants :) You can find them in the “Site Index” of this blog).
Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate 2
Disodium Laureth Sulphosuccinate 1 
Decyl Glucoside 2 
Fragrance Oil – a couple of drops. Absolutely use ONLY COSMETIC fragrance oils or essential oils.
Jojoba Pearls 1.5 – this is the “poetic ingredient” of this detergent (just because you might ask: I bought mine on THIS website).

Lactic Acid – a little at a time just to bring the pH to 5.5, only if needed :)

Sorry I don’t have pictures of how I made this one but it is pretty simple and, if you want to see pictures of detergents, you could check my other recipes :)
Step 1) Measure Glycerin and Xanthan Gum, then slowly add the water and eventually all the ingredients of Phase A.
2) Give it a good mix with an immersion mixer and set aside.
It will look something jelly like this:
Amla Power Shampoo 4
3) Measure all the surfactants of Phase B in a second becher. Mix with a spatula. When they are well mixed together, add the Fragrance oil and, eventually, the jojoba “pearls”. Mix with a spatula.
It will look something like this (except here there are no blue pearls):
4) Eventually pour the Phase A into the Phase B, a little at a time. You cannot mix with the immersione mixer anymore (or you would ruin the “jojoba pearls”) so add the Phase A slowly and stir well with the spatula, trying to make as little foam as possible.
5) Check the pH and adjust it, if needed, at 5.5.

That’s it :D :D :D
Pour it in a nice bottle and there you have it: your PEARL SENSATION Face Wash :D
Talking about the bottle you see in this picture: it was kindly sent to me as a free sample from this website:
They have a very good variety of cosmetic packaging! :)

Pearl Sensation Face Wash DIY 2
NOTE: I took this picture right after mixing it (I had no time to take it after few days), so the detergent looks quite white but those are actually micro – and not so micro – bubbles! You see, I didn’t mix slowly enough :D I am not good with things that need to be done with patience :D so bear in mind that this detergent will be completely transparent and full of blue jojoba “pearls”! :D

That’s all for this, guys! :)
Hope you like the recipe!
Are there any recipes you would like me to try and formulate? :)

Spring Hydrating and Multivit – Face Cream


Hello there! :)
I have here for you a new recipe for a great spring cream! I really fell in love with it!

Spring Face Cream - Itsallinmyhands

It is a spring cream, very very hydrating and with a fresh feel :)

I have used for the first time a “new” xanthan gum, let’s say an improved version which wouldn’t make a too slimy gel, as it usually does. I have used it so few times that I don’t feel I can have a full opinion of it but all I can say at the moment is: yes, it doesn’t make a slimy gel but, at the same time, it doesn’t gel as much as the other (normal?) xanthan gum would.
So I feel I have to use it few more times to find out at which concentration I am satisfied with its gelling abilities.

I have also used a new emulsifying system: this time I used a mix of Methyl Glucose Distearate and Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate. I liked this combination! It gives a less “heavy” cream (in the sense of “waxy”) and a better comfort when applied.

About the active ingredients… I think I have added all I could add in a cream that was supposed to be very (VERY :D ) hydrating and energizing: sodium lactate, sodium hyaluronate, D-panthenol and multivitaminic nanosomes.

I guess this is enough chit chat :D … now straight to THE RECIPE:

Phase A: 
Water to 100here what this means.
“Improved” Xanthan gum 0.5 – (now I would try adding a 0.7, I am not too satisfied with this quantity)
Glycerin – 3 

Phase B: 
Murumuru Butter 2 
Babassu Butter 1 
Cetiol Sensoft 2.5 – this is the commercial name of a very light synthetic ester. If you want “all natural” you can try to substitute it with jojoba oil… but it won’t be exactly the same :)
Methyl Glucose Dystearate – 2 
Methyl Glcose Sesquistearate – 1 
Cetyl Alcohol – 1.3

Phase C: 
Sodium Lactate (solution at 60%) 5 – usually you find sodium lactate in 60% solution.
Hyaluronic Acid Gel (1%) 5 
D-Panthenol 1 
Multivit Nanosomes 2 – this is a commercial “active ingredient” you can purchase as it is. It contains vitamin C, A and E incapsulated in nanosomes.
Preservative – goes at the specific concentration of the preservative you own.

Phase D: this is a cold oil phase, I have added it to be able to disperse the Q10 powder
Argan oil – 2 
Safflower oil – 2 
Q10 – 0.1 – I was using the pure powder. If you have other forms of Q10, you might have to add a much higher amount than 0.1 so check the data sheet of your product.

Now the HOW TO part:
1) As always we measure the glycerin and the xanthan gum. Mix them together and add water little by little. Let the gel form.
To improve the consistency of the gel, you could use an immersion mixer to “open” the xanthan gum. It works very well, however pay attention at not adding any air to the gel or it will remain in the final product in the form of micro-bubbles.
Heat it up to 70°C
Water and Carbomer after 5 min

2) Measure the phase B and heat it up to 70°C in a double boiler.
Lactobionic Cream 1

3) When both are at 70°C, add the Phase B to the Phase A little by little while mixing with an immersion mixer.
Pay attention to not add any air bubbles.
You will get a liquid hot white cream. Don’t panic, it has to be liquid and it will thicken while it cools down.
Do not stop mixing with a spatula or oil and water will probably separate… so mix until cooled down :)
Lactobionic Cream 3

4) Once it is cooled down, measure the Phase C and the Phase D.
Add them to the cream base and mix with an immersion mixer again :)
The cream, when cooled down should look like this:
Keep Stirring

5) Since in the Phase D there is Q10 and Q10 has a “egg yolk” color, the color of the cream will be light yellow.


This cream feels very light on the skin and I feel nourished!
Hope you enjoyed this recipe!
Have a great day!! :D

3 years of blog :)


Hello Everybody! :)

Today it is 3 years since I have started this blog! :)
It is a bit painful to say, but I must admit that lately I have even been thinking of shutting it down, but I am receiving more and more comments that need a reply so I decided I will at least leave it for people to read and to be able to comment back :)

I have been making new recipes and I keep telling myself that I should post them… but the truth is that I have lost a bit of motivation.
This is not a job for me, I never earned a single penny from this (actually I don’t even know how people earn anything from a blog :D ), so the feeling that I HAD to post something took away all the fun from me.
I have decided that I will stop thinking that I MUST write something, and see if the fun comes back :)

In the meantime, for all that have commented here or those who sent me a message on the Facebook page, I thank you… because your comments and your questions have made me feel that at least I have been doing something useful :)
Really thank you! :)

I wish you all a great 2015 :) full of happiness and unconditional love :)

Thank you again,
– C



No-Drandruff Shampoo DIY


Hello there!
I am back, finally, with a brand new recipe of a No-Dandruff Shampoo! :)
As I already said in my previous post, this recipe is very inspired to a recipe of a girl from the Lola’s forum (where I have learnt most of what I know about making cosmetics at home), the differences between the recipe of that girl and mine are because I didn’t have some ingredients or because I wanted to try a new – for me, that is – ingredient (like my  SCLEROTIUM GUM <3 :D ).
Also, I lowered the SLES to 23% because I needed a milder shampoo, but if you suffer of dandruff I think you should rise the SLES back to 30% as normally we use it :)

No-dandruff Shampoo 8

That said, here a little explanation about the ingredients of this shampoo.
The ingredients which make this shampoo a “no-dandruff” one are two:
1) Piroctone Olamine – it is a local antiseptic which works against a wide spectrum of bacteria and fungus. It is commonly used in shampoos against dandruff and in Europe it is allowed in “to-wash-off” cosmetics at the maximum concentration of 1%.
It doesn’t melt easily in water nor in oil but it melts well in alcohol or in water+surfactants solutions.
In this shampoo it is used at 0.5% because it is not the only active ingredient, in fact, it is used together with:
2) Salicylic Acid – NOW STOP YOURSELF!!! Salicylic Acid is NOT fresh water, since it is, in fact, an acid. Be aware that to make this recipe you will definitely need goggles and gloves to protect yourself. Plus, cover your skin (for example, by wearing a long sleeve shirt). It IS dangerous if a drop of it goes into your eyes, so: better to look funny with lab goggles, than to be sorry and blind later! ;)
If this was not clear enough, go back to read from “NOW STOP YOURSELF” until it is very very clear and it convinced you to use goggles and gloves.
Well, as I was saying :D Salicylic Acid and Piroctone Olamine work well together :) they help to keep the scalp clean, calm and not itchy :)

There is also a third ingredient which is added not much for its effectiveness but more for an accessory effect: the cool effect!
Yes, I am talking about Menthol :)
Needless to say: if you don’t have Menthol, you can still make a very effective No-dandruff shampoo :)

Finally to the RECIPE! :D

Phase A:
Water to 100 – you find what it means HERE 
Glycerin 2
Sclerotium Gum 0.5 (this is my new friend! :) I had never tried this ingredient before. I had to warm the water before, pour it on top of the water and mix it with the immersion mixer separately)

Phase B: 
SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) 23
Sodium Cocamphodiacetate 5
Coco Glucoside & Gliceryl Oleate 1
Polyquaternium 7 – 1
Preservative (concentration needed for the specific preservative you are using)

Phase C:
Menthol 0.4
Piroctone Olamine 0.5
Salicylic Acid 0.5
Vodka 3 (or Edible 100% alcohol 1)

Cocamidopropyl Betaine 8

Now HOW TO proceed:

1) Wear goggles and gloves to protect yourself :) (needless to say: if you have small children or animals around the house… be sure to be alone and not interrupted).

2) I’m not kidding: WEAR GOGGLES AND GLOVES!

3) Measure the Phase C in a third little becher (I use a glass :) ). The alcohol will melt the other three ingredients. Set aside (It takes a while to melt, at least 15 minutes, and you need to stir every now and then, that’s why we do this first).
No-dandruff Shampoo 2
Here is the very beginning: the dry ingredients and a little amount of vodka to start mixing :)
No-dandruff Shampoo 3
Here I had added Menthol as well (you can see it on the tip of the spoon)

4) Measure the water and the Glycerin (Phase A). Warm up and pour the Sclerotium Gum on top of the water. Mix with a stick blender until smooth. Set aside.
No-dandruff Shampoo 1
As you can see it was not very transparent as soon as you mix it, but it will be later, in a few days time! :)
Sclerotium gum made a very beautiful transparent gel, later on :)
I have to say, though, that it tends to not let go bubbles in case you incorporate air when you create the gel: so pay attention to that :) if you want a clear and bubble-less gel/detergent… avoid incorporating air :)

5) Measure the Phase B in a second becher, warm up just a little and mix with a spatula.

6) Pour the Phase A into the Phase B little at a time. Mix with a spatula in the beginning, then mix with a stick blender (it will become more smooth and homogeneous).
No-dandruff Shampoo 5

5) Wear again goggles and gloves now that you are going to touch Phase C: Add the Phase C and mix

6) At the very last moment add the Cocamidopropyl Betaine.

7) Check the pH: it shouldn’t be lower than 5.5 :)

Here I had added also a drop of food red colorant and few drops of my favorite fragrance oil :)
No-dandruff Shampoo 6

I have liked this shampoo a lot! :)
So far I have used it for approximately 2 months and it feels great (too bad it is almost finished >< this is the biggest down-side of making cosmetics at home: once they finish you have to push yourself to make them again, you cannot just have more without effort :) ), the menthol feels just a little cooling, and it is great! :) Maybe not a shampoo for freezing winter mornings, but a must for hot days! :D

Is any of you going to try making it? :)

Blabbering – of recipes and holidays


Hello there! :D
I am on holiday right now, a (luckily) looong holiday full of new things to learn (I did cooking courses, massage courses, I saw Water Monitors – ps.I was so scared! -…)!
I really needed this time-off but somehow I realized this only after two days I arrived here :)
But don’t worry: this is not a post about self-celebrating my great idea of getting time-off! :D
In fact, this holiday I have been also “busy” testing some of my new recipes (which were NOT all successful, btw :D ), and this is what I want to briefly talk about!!! :)

On the “new-recipes list” there are:
– A No-Dandruff Shampoo with Piroctone Olamine, Salicylic Acid and MENTHOL (not my personal idea, once again it is all thanks to my sources :) ) – this is probably the best recipe of these! :) I am really in love with this shampoo!
– An extra delicate Face Wash thickened with Sclerotium Gum – btw, WOW! I like sclerotium gum! It was only the second time I would test it and, honestly, the first time I would use it in a detergent… but what a difference (compared to the xanthan gum I used to use before)!
– a not so successful Hair Conditioner with Ghassoul Clay (to add the Morocco-feel… but it didn’t work very well: somehow the Ghassoul ruined the stability of the Hair Conditioner and I was left with a Cottage-Cheese-Hair-Conditioner :D I don’t really think you will be getting this recipe :D but I will take pictures of this Cottage Cheese because it is important to be able to understand when something went wrong :) ).
– I also made SOAP! :D Finally! :D (now I am just left with 3 Kg of soaps, but I guess that’s ALSO what family and friends are for :D ).

I am happy to be here, but I will be happy (once home) to edit the pictures and post the (successful) recipes ;) .

Let me know your thoughts! :)

Ps. August is not even ended yet, there are still 35°C everyday… but I am daydreaming about the new woolly sweater I am going to knit for Christmas (and probably I will finish it for Christmas 2034) :D Is it only me? :D

No SLES Shampoo DIY


Hello there! :)

I am back with a new, simple recipe for a shampoo without SLES (sodium laureth sulfate).

No Sles Shampoo

Just to make it clear: I am NOT against SLES in general (HERE you find a recipe of a SLES shampoo I posted a while ago). I still believe that the best shampoos include SLES (these shampoos have the best wetting ability, the best spreading ability, they feel great, they wash great: overall they give a satisfactory experience)… However this ingredient is not suitable for everyone, here the reasons why:
1) sometimes, specially if used constantly, it can irritate the scalp and it can make it itchy. Obviously if this happens, it is a good idea to stop using shampoos which contain SLES, at least for some time.
2) for people with thin hair it is not a great idea to use a shampoo with a strong Anionic Surfactant (like SLES) in the first position of the ingredients list. It has been shown through studies that Anionic Surfactants actually weaken the hair and the skin of the scalp (because this is, to make it very simple, the way they “clean”).
However please don’t read it like “omg I will stop using SLES all my entire life”: if it can make you feel any worse ANYTIME you wash your hair (even if you were washing them just with water) you are actually damaging them ;) so chill: you have been damaging your hair all your life, and they are probably still there! :D (and PS. I suggest you to keep damaging your hair by washing them ;) ).
3) it is not an eco-friendly ingredient, therefore people who want to use ONLY eco-friendly ingredients should avoid SLES (as many other ingredients as well).
[Just to make it clear: there are no real studies about the hazardousness of SLES for health. This is why I didn’t include these rumors in the reason why one should avoid the ingredient. ;) Not everything you find on the internet is true: most of the bad rumors about SLES were invented in order to scare people and make them buy (unreasonably) expensive shampoos].

This said :) now a few words about this recipe!
I have made a Glucosides-based shampoo.
I admit that the first time I used it, it was not a great experience: I have very long hair and the detangling effect of this shampoo compared to my favorite SLES shampoo was just… not enough! However: my scalp stopped itching from the very first use, and this was a great GREAT feeling! :) I learnt to love this shampoo eventually, so this is why I am posting this recipe today (I have finished one Kg of it! So I can say it is a tested recipe) :)

This recipe makes for a quite liquid shampoo, which is usually not something I would appreciate; however, it seems functional to the recipe in the way that if it was more thick, it would be more difficult to spread (so if you try this recipe, try it first as it is! If then you want to change something, you can add a gelling/thickening agent to the water phase if you like).
To make it more conditioning I added “Polyquaternium 7”, which you could omit if you have short hair.

[In case you are new to my blog, you find all the explanation on how to make REAL cosmetics at home HERE, together with a list of all the other recipes I posted. 
If you, instead, know the theory but feel overwhelmed by the ingredients I am using, I have made a post which reports the links of some of the online cosmetic ingredients shop I know of, you find it HERE. :) Everything can be done, if you want it enough ;) ]


Phase A
Water to 100
(meaning HERE)
Glycerin 2 
Epsom Salts 1 (this ingredient helps in giving volume to the hair, if you don’t need volume, omit it)
Hydrolized Keratin Powder 0.4 (if you have the liquid form, add up to 5%)

Phase B
Lauryl Glucoside 10

Decyl Glucoside 6 
Coco Glucoside & Gliceryl Oleate 3 (if you have a greasy scalp, lower this ingredient at 1%)
Fragrance (oil based) 0.5

Phase C
Cocamidopropyl Betaine 10  

Preservative (you add it at the specific percentage requested by your preservative)
Polyquaternium 7 – 1 

Citric Acid to adjust the pH IF NEEDED.

Now to the HOW TO:

1) Pour the Epsom salts in the Glycerin
No Sles Shampoo 1

2) Add the water and the proteins
No Sles Shampoo 2
(notice the color is given by the proteins)

3) Now measure the Phase B in a separate becher
No Sles Shampoo 3

4) Heat it up a little in order to melt the Lauryl Glucoside (the white stuff)
This will be the result
No Sles Shampoo 4

5) Now mix the two phases together
No Sles Shampoo 5

6) Measure separately the betaine and pour it in the mixture
No Sles Shampoo 6

7) Do the same for the Polyquaternium 7 and the preservative. Adding them one at a time and mixing carefully after you add them.

8) Check the pH and adjust to pH5 if needed.

:) That’s all :) Extremely fast!

Lately I have received from a reader of the forum the INCI of a shampoo with SLES but that seems to be extremely mild :) I think I will start experimenting on that as well :)

Did you like this recipe? :)
Any request? :)

Aloe Vera Face Cream DIY


Hello there! :)

I am back with a new recipe for a summer cream light in texture, very hydrating and nourishing. :)

Aloe Vera Cream Cover

I have been using it for a couple of weeks and I really like it.
Obviously my “grease fall” composition is intended for what my skin likes (nowadays my acne days are only a distant memory but I am always scared it might come back: so I still formulate in order to give my skin fatty acids that won’t give any advantage to acne :) – you can read more HERE). You can, as always, change the grease fall for your own purpose and needs :)

The texture is light and quite fluid, it absorbs very easily and it has a quite “matte” finish thanks to the butters.
The active ingredients make for a soothing, hydrating and quite nourishing cream :)

Enough words now! :D

[Warning: if you are new to my blog and find this post overwhelming… trust me, it is not! You just need to learn a bit more about making REAL cosmetics at home and you can read all the info you need starting from the Site Index! As you can see there are theory posts which will teach you how to formulate and how to make creams and other cosmetics.
If you are not new to the making of lotions at home, but you feel overwhelmed by the ingredients that I use… do not worry! Nowadays there are more and more websites which sell cosmetic ingredients online and probably there is at least one in your own country. I have posted a list of the most known – to me – websites of this kind… you can find it HERE!]


Phase A: 
Water to 100 (as always – find the meaning of this HERE)
Glycerin 4 (glycerin is very hydrating but for people with very oily skin it might give a heavy/stiky feeling to the cream. Personally I don’t feel it so I like to add glycerin because it is fairly inexpensive but effective. If you have very oily skin add glycerin at 1% instead of 4%. Do not omit it though, because it is functional to the cream)
Xanthan Gum 0.25 (this is the gelling agent – Even thought xanthan gum, alone, doesn’t make the best gel, I am not using it combined to a carbomer because of the ingredients in this recipe: there are too many ingredients which would break down the carbomer gel and therefore why to waste it… :) )

Phase B: 
Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate 3 (this is, as you well know, the emulsifier)
Cetyl Alcohol 1.8 (this is our thickener :) it gives consistency to the cream – and a dry finish)
Kokum butter 1 
Murumuru butter 1 
Tocopherol 0.5 (our Vitamin E)
Cetiol Sensoft 0.5 (this is a very light synthetic oil which gives a good consistency to the cream. If you don’t want to use synthetic oils then you could try to substitute it with jojoba oil – which is actually an ester – but the consistency wouldn’t be really same. However, being the concentration so low, it is probable you won’t find any difference :) ).

Phase C (the oily – cool down phase):
Safflower oil 1 
Black currant seed oil 0.5 
Cranberry seed oil 0.5 
Bisabolol 0.5 (this is a powerful soothing ingredient – it also helps against the growth of acne bacteria)

Phase C part 2 (the water based – cool down phase):
Hyaluronic Acid Gel 3 (we have made it HERE)
Aloe Vera Powder (200:1) 0.5 (I used an organic aloe vera powder)
D-Panthenol 1 (Vitamin B5)
Allantoin 0.4 (soothing active ingredient)
Silk Hydrolized Proteins 2.6 (you can substitute with any other kind of hydrolyzed proteins you own)
Preservative (at the concentration needed for the specific preservative you use)

– Fragrance oil (of course of at least Cosmetic grade)
– One drop of food colorant

As always, the HOW TO is very similar to all the other recipes of creams I have done.
Here a little sum up:

1) Pour the Xanthan gum on top of the Glycerin, stir.

Autumn Cream 1

2) Slowly add the water of the Phase A:
Autumn Cream 2

3) Now measure the Phase B.

4) Place Phase A and Phase B in a double boiler and heat them up to 70°C
Phase A and Phase B

5) Pour the Phase B into the Phase A into 2 or 3 steps.
Phase B in Phase A

6) With a stick blender or immersion mixer, mix the two phases together until well emulsified:

7) Keep stirring with a spatula until the emulsion reaches room temperature (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! Yes it takes time, yes it is boring but if you don’t do it your emulsion will separate and you will have wasted ingredients…)
Keep Stirring
ps. In this picture the cream is already cooled down so it is a little bit thick. Don’t be scared if, in the beginning, the emulsion will be very liquid almost like milk! It is normal.

8) When the cream is at room temperature, add the two Phase Cs (you add one, mix with a spatula… add the second one and mix again with a spatula).

9) When all looks good and emulsified, give it a last stir with the stick blender (it will make the cream more smooth and stable).
Avoid adding air to the cream or it will form bubbles, which can eventually make your emulsion break down.

10) Add fragrance and color to your liking. (I added cucumber fragrance and one drop of green food coloring giving the cream a fresh feel :) Obviously you can omit this step).

Tadaaa :D :D :D

Aloe Cream

Hope you liked this recipe!

Any question? :)
Do you have any cosmetic you would like me to try and formulate? :)


Q10 Antioxidant Face Cream DIY


Hello there! :)

I am back with a new recipe for a light face cream, perfect for summer (you can use it as a potent aftersun).

Q10 Antioxidant Face Cream DIY

I do not like (and I don’t suggest) to use antioxidant creams all the year around because the cell-metabolism is complex and using too much antioxidants might have its bad sides as well… however, a month of antiox-cream and two months of not antiox-creams shouldn’t do any harm :) on the contrary…

The ANTIOXIDANT properties of this cream are performed not by just one active ingredient but by a combination of antiox active ingredients which work in SYNERGY together! :)
This means that if you make a “Q10 Cream” with only Q10 as active ingredient (even at higher concentration) it won’t work as well as together these other antioxidants! :)

Q10 is known to accelerate the metabolism of a cell, therefore it somehow makes the cells live shorter (or, as they put it in the cosmetic industries, “it promotes skin renewal”).
It works well with Vitamin C (of course we are going to use a stable form), Vitamin E and Alpha-Lipoic Acid.
Warning! Alpha-Lipoic Acid has a terrible smell of battered egg, therefore, if you can’t stand bad smell, omit it!

In this recipe I am going to try out a new emulsifier (new to me, that’s what I mean ;) ), I am talking about “Hitecream 3000
The INCI is: Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein,Behenyl Alcohol, Palm Glycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sucrose Palmitate.
I have decided to follow the technical sheet of it and I have used it as the only emulsifier and thickener (it already contains Behenyl Alcohol, which is a thickener) at 7%.
Now that I have already tried it I can say that the emulsion came out fine and that, even thought 7% is a high concentration, it didn’t become too thick. Probably if I had to remake this cream, I would use it at 5% and try adding a little of Cetyl alcohol… but this I still have to test :) I am just rambling here…
Enough now! :D

The RECIPE! :) 

Phase A: 
Water to 100 
Glycerin 2 
Xanthan Gum 0.2 (I am using the non-transparent grade, but the transparent grade is fine as well)
Carbopol Utrez 21 0.3 

Phase B: 
Hitecream 3000 7 
Kokum butter 1.5 (you can substitute it with another butter)
Murumuru butter 1 (same as above)
Dicaprylyl Ether 1.5 (this is a light synthetic oil, you can substitute it with jojoba oil if you don’t have it. It won’t be the same effect though)
Tocopherol 1 (this is our beloved Vitamin E)

Phase C (the oily one)
Safflower oil 0.5 
Ribes Nigrum oil 0.5 
Q10 0.1 (this concentration is enough for the cream! You will notice that the cream, eventually, will be slightly yellow)
Alpha-Lipoic Acid 0.5 (to actually work in synergy it should be used around 1.5%, the problem is the terrible smell it has – and honestly, at 0.5% it already is terrible! So, once again, if you cannot stand massaging your face with a “battered egg smell”, simply ignore and omit this ingredient) :D

Phase D (the cold water based phase)
SAP 1 (sodium ascorbyl phosphate – this is the stable form of Vitamin C – if you have another stable form you can use it of course)
Rose water 10 (you can also use normal water – it is just to “melt” the SAP in…)
Preservative (at the specific concentration of the preservative you are using)
D-Panthenol 1 (also known as Vitamin B5 – remember that this can break down the Carbopol Utrez 21 we have in the Phase A, so add little at a time and if you see the cream breaking down… don’t add all of it!)

The HOW TO is the same for any other cream with a waxy emulsifier I have done, so don’t get lost if most of the pictures, here, will be from old creams I made! :)

1) When we work with Xanthan Gum and Carbopol Utrez 21 we have to separate the Phase A initially:
First we disperse the Xanthan Gum in the glycerin and add a little bit of the water of the Phase A
Sulphur Cream 1
Then we pour the Carbopol on top of the remaining water of the Phase A.
Water and Carbopol Utrez 21
Until we see something like this:
Water and Carbomer after 5 min
(It will happen naturally and without stirring! If you stir, you might get most of the Carbopol stuck to your spoon or spatula and that will be a good % of it… so don’t stir! ;) )
Only after the Carbopol has “hydrated” you can add the Xanthan Gum mix to the Carbopol water.

2) Measure the Phase B in a separate Becher

3) Heat up the two phases up to 70°C
Phase A and Phase B

4) When they both reached the temperature of 70°C, pour the Phase B into the Phase A (little at a time, while stirring with a spatula). When all the Phase B is in the Phase A, it is time to use your stick blender or immersion mixer and create the emulsion.
Pay attention to not incorporate any air in the process (it might destabilize your emulsion in the future, if the cream is full of micro-bubbles).

5) Once it looks emulsified (it will still be quite liquid, however I noticed that this Hitecream emulsifier thickens pretty fast :) ) keep stirring with a spatula until the cream reaches room temperature.
Do not skip this step: when the emulsion is still hot and quite liquid it can easily break; stirring with a spatula helps the emulsion get stable.
Keep Stirring

6) Measure the oily Phase C:
(here are some new pictures for you… enjoy!!! :) )
The one on the left is the Q10! You can see what a wonderful orange rich color it has!
In the cream, however, it will become quite pale (we are using only 0.1% of it).
Mix it to the oils
Q10 2
Add the Alpha-Lipoic Acid (which is the pale yellow powder on the spoon)
Q10 3
Well done! :)
Add it to the emulsion, using a spatula.

6) Measure the Phase C and add it to the emulsion as well.

7) Give it a last mix with the immersion mixer! :)

That’s it! :D

Notice: I added a drop of yellow into the final cream, the color wouldn’t be so yellow otherwise :)

Did you like the recipe? :)
Any request? :)


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Water in Cosmetic DIYs


Hello Everybody! :)

Today I will briefly talk about the water we use in our DIYs and explain how to calculate its amount in our formulation (I have received many questions of explanation :) I thought it was clear but apparently it was not so).


We already know that whenever we use water in our cosmetics, we need to add preservative because where there is water, there is life (and therefore bacteria of any sort might be enjoying the swimming pool) :D
It is actually NOT ONLY the case: for example there might be bacteria also in powder-form cosmetics… but the rule that if we have water in our cosmetics we need to add some kind of preserving system is not changed (it’s simply… “not only” ;) ).

However, does any kind of water work fine for our cosmetics?

The water we should use is demineralized microbiologically pure water (it has a cost and it is usually sold on those websites which sell cosmetic ingredients – you can find some links of online shops here).

So, why can’t you use tap water?
Tap water is definitely not demineralized, so the minerals contained in it will 99.999% interfere with the ingredients of our formulation, ruining all the recipe.

Also, the demineralized water (used for ironing, you find it in the market) contains indeed no minerals, BUT it is not microbiologically pure.
If water doesn’t contain minerals, bacteria can still grow in it!
As we already know, adding preservative to a cosmetic that is not colonized by bacteria is effective, while adding preservative to a cosmetic which already contains bacteria… is not so effective, instead! :)
[This is an example to give a rough idea: if you apply deodorant to a smelly armpit, it won’t work very well, if you apply it to a clean armpit, instead, it might do a wonderful job ;) ahahahah]
So we need to try to make sure that when we make our cosmetics, we don’t use contaminated ingredients! :)

If you cannot buy demineralized microbiologically pure water (or if you cannot wait to get it :D and you immediately want to make your cream), you should at least boil the demineralized water.
Boiling it (specially if you do it for a short time) won’t make the water microbiologically pure: boil the water at least 20 minutes and then wish for the best ;)

This is NOT a 100% safe method, but it is indeed way better than using demineralized water straight from the bottle :) 

Now to the calculation of water in our cosmetics :)

You must have indeed noticed that I never give the right amount for water in my recipes.
I always write “Water to 100”.

“Water to 100” means that we will calculate the amount of water at the end of our recipe and we will calculate it in order to reach 100 grams (or 100%, that’s the same thing – it’s just a different way to look at it).
The calculation of water is left in the end because it enables us to make some changes to the recipes.
Changes are always useful or needed: you might not have the same ingredients I have (for example the preservative! You might use a preservative which needs to be added, in order to work properly, at a different percentage than mine!), or you might miss some ingredients completely and therefore you need to omit them.
I will never repeat this enough: it is very important to keep the percentage of use of our ingredients stable.
It sounds difficult but it is not. Let me make an example:

Imagine I have formulated this very basic recipe for a hair gel:

Water to 100
Xanthan Gum 1.5
Preservative (my specific preservative has to be used at 0.5%)
Hydrolized silk proteins 3

In this case water will be calculated in this way: 100 – (1.5 + 0.5 + 3) (these being the amounts of the other ingredients: we are calculating how much grams are needed in order to reach 100%). So the amount of water needed in this recipe is 95 grams.

However a reader might not have Xanthan Gum and might want to try using Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, which has a different way of gelling the water and needs to be used at higher amount than xanthan gum (understand this is just an example).
If he has to add 3.5 grams of HC to the recipe, the water will be calculated so: 100 – (3.5 + 0.5 + 3) leading us to 93 grams of water.

If I had written the recipe specifying the grams of water needed, the reader might have done the mistake of adding 95 grams of water instead of 93, therefore lowering the percentage of the preservative in the whole formulation (which wouldn’t make the preservative work at its best).

So this is as simple as this:
whenever you read one of these recipe, just understand that the amount of water is for you to calculate at the end.
Consider all your substitutions, all your modifications and THEN calculate the water you need to reach 100. :)

Hope this was finally clear ;)



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