Q and A’s for D - I - Y’ers

Q and A’s for D - I - Y’ers
If you're a do-it-yourself kind of person and into making your own beauty products, you've probably asked yourself a thousand questions about substituting ingredients in your recipes. You'll find that recipes are made for change. Then the question becomes, how much can you change before you compromise its stability. Or better yet, what can be substituted in order for your recipe to remain stable and provide the initial benefit it was intended to provide in the first place.

Formulation plays an important role in the outcome of a given product. Sometimes it's a simple substitution that can give you the same results.

We've found three of the most frequently asked questions about the making of products and their answers in Handmade Magazine.  It's a publication by Wholesale Supplies Plus.

Here you go! 

Questions 1: What can be substituted for Vitamin E in lotion, butters and scrub recipes?

Answer:  Vitamin E is typically added for its antioxidant abilities in scrubs, butters and lotions.  It prolongs the shelf-life of products by making it take longer for oils and butters to go rancid.  You can use Rosemary Oleoresin Extract (ROE) instead of Vitamin E, but check the usage rate provided by your supplier as it may not be an even swap in terms of quality.

Question 2: What's the best size for travel-size products?

Answer:  We recommend making travel-size products containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliners)or less.  This is based on TSA’s (Transportation Security Administration) liquid rule.  Since most bottles come in 2 ounce or 4 ounce sizes, we find using 2 ounce bottles for travel-size products work best.

Question 3: Can I use eggs in cold process soap?

Answer:  Yes!  Eggs have long been used in skincare and can be used in cold process soap.  Egg yolks are popular for the luxurious thick lather they add to soap and shampoo bars.  The soap my initially have a sulfurous smell and a green color from the egg, but don’t worry, it will go away as the soap cures!

Keep these Q and A's in mind as you develop your recipes for your products. You just might find a new ingredient for your best selling product.

That's it for this week!

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