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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