Rosemary Mint Foot Butter, Cucumber Emulgel, and Pink Grapefruit Gel Cream

I was a busy bee this weekend.  On Friday, I made Cucumber Emulgel.  Saturday, I sewed some coin purse / gift card wallets, and today I made Green Apple & Ginseng Gel Cream, Pink Grapefruit Antiaging & Anti-redness Gel Cream, and a refill of one of my favorite daily-use creams — Rosemary Mint Foot Butter.

It seems like a lot, but the gel creams literally take about 10 minutes each, so it technically takes longer to do cleanup after making them than it does to make them in the first place. Continue reading “Rosemary Mint Foot Butter, Cucumber Emulgel, and Pink Grapefruit Gel Cream”


Green Apple & Ginseng Gel Cream

Time to celebrate!  My Aristoflex AVC finally arrived and I have created a gel cream.  Hooray!

Since this was my first formula using Aristoflex AVC, I kept it very simple so as not to waste too much money should I fail.   Luckily, it turned out wonderful, but any time there is a new ingredient, I try to be safe.

Today I am sharing the formula with you in case you would like to try a simple, small batch formula using this emulsifier.

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Refills and Remakes

I realized about mid week this last week that I was almost out of some of my favorite things — Peach Hair Conditioner and Butter Mints Body Butter.

I also dreamed all week long about getting time to experiment further with some more ideas for emulgels, since my first experiment with them turned out so great.

This weekend was spent doing both things!  It was a good weekend.

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Labeling (for personal use)

Part of the perceived value of a product is the packaging.  We don’t want to admit it — but it’s so true!

If I were to slap a handwritten label on my bottle of lotion, it would be nice enough, would get the job done, and be presentable for personal use.  However, the message that a handwritten label sends is that the product is “homespun” and that has a value attached to it.  Some people find that value high (if they are a natural loving person) and some find the value low (if they consider commercial brands to be superior).  Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder!  A thing of beauty is a joy to behold!  (and so forth).

With a product like handmade, natural soaps, the homespun label fits the product type.  With lotions, however, there is nothing natural about them and the homespun label would completely send the wrong message — at least for my lotions. Continue reading “Labeling (for personal use)”

…Just Gellin’…

Lately I have been having a blast playing with sodium carbomer and making gels.

I recently posted a few of my adventures in this regard, and this post is to round out my weekend of gel making, with some new gels I made Saturday and Sunday.

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Gel Experiments – Cosmeceutical Gels

It is finally Friday — what a long week it was!  I was excited to get started with my next gel experiments — this time — gels with cosmeceutical ingredients.

Tonight I made two gels — Cucumber Regu-Age PF Gel and Rosewater Cellynkage Gel.

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Pre neutralized Carbomer Experiment – Strawberry Willow Bark Gel

It seems I have a new addiction – gels.  🙂

Last night I made a Vitamin B cucumber under eye gel and it turned out just as I was hoping.   Today I had the day off work due to the US Holiday, Thanksgiving.  That gave me a little time to try a new gel — Strawberry Willow Bark Gel.

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