Fractionated Coconut Oil vs Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides vs Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)

While teaching this course last summer, an interesting question popped up from one of the students.

We were discussing oils, one of which was fractionated coconut oil.

Apart from the question being as long as a son-of-a-gun, it’s a really great query:
‘What’s the difference between Caprylic/capric triglycerides, fractionated coconut oil and MCT (medium chain triglycerides)?’

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How to Formulate with Food: Part 1

Since going roots with my own cosmetics and cutting back to the barest of basics (read more here, and here), I have found local health food shops and supermarkets to be great sources for fresh ingredients and creative inspiration.

Food in Cosmetics? Is that OK?

Formulating with food is not only do-able, but opens up a world of possibilities that allows you to experiment and create while honing your formulating skills.

Some get a little nervous about using food grade anything for their cosmetics — I’ve even heard some say they would NEVER consider using ANY foods as cosmetics ingredients.

If you want to follow that path, you are of course quite welcome to, but you’re not only cutting yourself off from a world of wonderful and beneficial ingredients, you’re also going to have a bit of a job sourcing plant-based ingredients.

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How To: Herbal Pyramid Soaps

Earlier this month, I showed you how to make some single use soaps using a sulfate free, Ecocert surfactant called Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate. We’re going to make a few more soaps today with the same surfacant, but switching things up just a little bit.

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How To: Infusing Tonka Beans in Oil

One might be tempted to think these were raisins or dates, but these are tonka beans (dipteryx odorata).

 I happened across some last year, ordered a sample sized portion, and made an infusion I meant to share with you, but time somehow got away from me.

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How To: Single Use Creamy Pink Soaps

These little pink nuggets are single use soaps. They are quick and easy to make if you can get the star ingredient in paste form (which I have used here), but I imagine they are just as easy to make if you can get the surfactant in liquid form.

They can be decorated quite easily by ‘dusting’ them with some of the leftover herb and clay mixture if you like, but they are just as functional and make an equally creamy lather without added decoration.

You only need about 20 minutes to make these if you have all the ingredients at hand.

Shall we get started?

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How To: LisaLise’s Herbal Shower Shaker Scrub

Today, I’m going to share a formula with you that is so easy peasy you can eyeball the amounts of the ingredients and still get it right.

We’re going to make an exfoliating shower shaker scrub that can be made a zillion different ways.

I know you think this is an exaggerated amount, but I counted until I got to a million and there were still endless possibilities, so I made an educated estimate about the rest.

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Straining Fresh Food Glycerites: Two Results From One Batch

Above, the beginning of a glycerite with fresh raspberries. To get the most out of fresh fruits, I generally crush them before adding glycerine. Some fresh foods – such as these raspberries – are easily mashed with a spoon, while others are chopped in a grinder/chopper first.
Once the glycerine is added, this mixture is going to look a lot like a raspberry coulis.
While this method makes for a potent (and immensely fragrant glycerite), straining can be a challenge if you want a see-through and uncloudy end product.
Today, I’m going to give you a little glycerite straining tip that gives you the best of both worlds.

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How To: Brightening Face and Hand Mask

Valentines Day is coming up, and to celebrate, may I suggest we apply things to our face, neck and hands that make us look fabulous, will brighten and freshen our skin, and add a little toning and firming action while we’re at it?

Good, I’m glad you’re with me.

I apologize for the slightly out of focus picture but as you might guess – I had to employ a little help to get this photo. My hands were busy being mask models and were unable to touch much without spreading ‘maskiness’ all over, the photographer was not at all used to taking pictures, and to make matters worse, he kept giggling at the subject.

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