Analytical Recipe – Possible dupe of Ellis Brooklyn – Verb – Excellent Body Milk

It has been quite a while since I did a post with an analytical recipe, so today, I have a new one to share with you.

While shopping for beauty products recently, I came across one that looked “duplicatable”.   When looking for a lotion that is “duplicatable”, I look at the ingredients list and see what I have in my stock, or could potentially purchase, to make the recipe.   Many times, commercial brands use ingredients that are not readily available in the “home crafting” market, so you can’t really duplicate them identically.

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4 day weekend is kaput. Here is my (long) weekend round-up post.

Wow, that went fast.  I guess I was busy, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

In usual fashion, here is a round-up of my weekend crafting adventures. Continue reading “4 day weekend is kaput. Here is my (long) weekend round-up post.”

Analytical Recipe – A Possible Dupe for Cetaphil Lotion

While Cetaphil is not the most luxurious lotion in the world, nor the most costly, it is something I have gone through a lot of at my house.  I have used much less since I started making my own lotions, but I still use it from time-to-time when I want an unscented moisturizer.

I don’t spend nearly as much money on it as I used to, but I wanted to try to duplicate the recipe just the same.  It’s fun, educational, and rewarding to do! Continue reading “Analytical Recipe – A Possible Dupe for Cetaphil Lotion”

Successes and Failures – It’s all good experience.

I made another five lotions this weekend. Out of the five I made, two failed and three turned out wonderfully.  I consider that a success!

I am trying out my lotion formulation spreadsheet that I made and trying to see if my calculations produce a good lotion product.    In most cases, they do, but sometimes, whether due to human error, or the lotion gremlins (which I suspect really do exist), some recipes just don’t work.  I am not sure this weekend’s failures were due to the recipes, though.

This weekend I made five lotions:

  1. Coffee Sesame and Cupuacu Under Eye Cream
  2. Vanilla Cocoa Hazelnut Lotion
  3. Vanilla Aloe Mallow Lotion
  4. Lush Dupe – Pink Peppermint Foot Cream
  5. Lush Dupe – Softy Foot Cream

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Analytical Recipe: Possible Dupe for the Luxurious Rodin Olio Lusso Crema Hand Lotion

For the past few months I have been focusing on bath and body products for my upcoming book — but, I am relieved to say that is all behind me now as I work to do the editing and get my book published.

I haven’t posted a free recipe for quite some time, and today I wanted to experiment with some lotions instead of making bath products.    So I decided to make a copycat recipe and share it with you.

If you’re going to make a copycat recipe, you might as well go for the gold, right?   So I decided to try my hand at making some Rodin Olio Lusso Crema.  It sells for $84.00 (USD) for 4 ounces.    Although it is certainly not the most expensive cream out there, it is richer than my pocketbook can afford for something like a lotion.

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