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How to hydrate gums in cosmetic formulas

How to hydrate gums in cosmetic formulas

When you are new to formulating, you may not be aware of just how useful properly hydrated gums and polymers are in cosmetic formulas, and how much should be used to get the desired results.


One of the great things about the Create Cosmetic Formulas program is you don’t need to know how to properly hydrate gums or polymers to get the best results in your cosmetic formula! The program will guide you on which gums or polymers suit which cosmetic formulas, in which amounts, and how they should be processed to ensure they work well.


But just in case you wanted to know a little more about gums and polymers, and how they should be used, read on to find out…
 

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Does pH in cosmetic formulas really matter?

Does pH in cosmetic formulas really matter?

There is a lot of misinformation about pH in cosmetic formulas on the internet, so we’ve put this helpful article together so you can better understand pH in cosmetic formulas, as well as when and why it matters.
 

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Why do some cosmetic formulas need heating?

Why do some cosmetic formulas need heating?

If you are new to formulating, you may be wondering, why do some cosmetic formulas need heating as part of their method, and others don’t?


This blog will take a look at the chemistry behind why some cosmetic formulas need heating, and when it’s best to avoid heat to ensure the finished product is stable and effective.
 

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Why are different emulsifiers used in skincare formulas?

Why are different emulsifiers used in skincare formulas?

Have you ever looked at all the different emulsifier choices and terminology and just wondered… why? Anionic, cationic, non-ionic; hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB); charge incompatibilities; overcoming incompatibilities and sensitivies… does choosing the right emulsifier ever seem overwhelming? And just why do cosmetic formulas contain a few different types of emulsifiers anyway?

This blog will help you understand the different types of emulsifiers that go into cosmetic formulas, why they get used, and how the Create Cosmetic Formulas program makes your emulsifier selection easy.

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How to get creative with Create Cosmetic Formulas

How to get creative with Create Cosmetic Formulas

Did you know you can really get creative with the Create Cosmetic Formulas programs, and create a variety of cosmetic formulas that fit outside the square? In this blog, we’ll look at how you can get creative with the create cosmetic formulas program to create a wider variety of cosmetic formulas than you might have thought possible…

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How to choose exfoliants for cosmetic formulas

How to choose exfoliants for cosmetic formulas

Exfoliating cleansers can give a much deeper clean than regular cleansing formulas by mechanically scrubbing away surface dead skin cells. But just which types of exfoliants should be used for the face compared to the body, and which types of cosmetic formulas should they be used in for different skin types?

This blog will explain how to choose the right type of exfoliant for the right type of formula – made even easier with the Create Cosmetic Formulas program.

 

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How to use pre-blended surfactants in cosmetic formulas

How to use pre-blended surfactants in cosmetic formulas

Pre-blended surfactants can be a great and easy addition when creating foaming cleanser formulas such as face and body wash, hand wash and even shampoo - but what exactly are they, when should they be used, and how much is typically added to a cosmetic formula?
 

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How to create moisturizing formulas for different skin types

How to create moisturizing formulas for different skin types

You’ve decided you want to make a skin cream, so you’ve logged into the Create Cosmetic Formulas program and are faced with the question: What would you like to create today?

There are a few different types of skin creams you can create, and then multiple ways you can manipulate each of these formulas to suit different skin types. The Create Cosmetic Formulas software also contains mostly natural and naturally derived ingredients – so creating natural skin creams is easy with the Create Cosmetic Formulas program.
This blog will talk you through how to create moisturizing formulas to suit different skin types.

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cosmetic formula software

When to use a program to create cosmetic formulas – or when learning cosmetic science might be a better fit!

Want to create cosmetic formulas but not sure if a software program or learning cosmetic science would be the best fit for you? The Create Cosmetic Formulas software program is fantastic if you want to get creating cosmetic formulas fast without needing to learn, while study with Institute of Personal Care Science enables you to become a qualified Cosmetic Chemist and learn advanced cosmetic formulation techniques.

Which is right for you? Use our quick program versus course selector to learn more about both our Create Cosmetic Formulas program and cosmetic science training with Institute of Personal Care Science, and make the right choice for your needs. Read more…

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proteins for hair care formulas

How to choose proteins for skin and hair care formulas

Hydrolysed proteins are an important additive for skin and hair care formulas – our skin and hair are both made of protein!

But with so many different types of proteins available, how do you choose? What is the difference between proteins for cosmetic formulas, and how do you know which will work best in your cosmetic formula? Are there really vegan sources of proteins for skin and hair care formulas? Read this blog to find out…. 

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cosmetic ingredient suppliers

How to find good cosmetic ingredient suppliers

You’ve found the cosmetic ingredient you want to use on e-bay or amazon, is it still a good purchase? And why does one supplier sell an herbal extract at twice the price of another?

Are you struggling to know the difference between a supplier, and a good supplier for your cosmetic ingredients? Read on, this blog will give you tips and tricks to check the quality of your cosmetic raw material supplier before you purchase your ingredients…
 

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antioxidants and cosmetic preservatives

Antioxidants vs preservatives: what is the difference?

With so much conflicting information on the internet about cosmetic ingredients, you may be wondering: are antioxidants preservatives, and what is the difference anyway?

The short answer is no: antioxidants are not preservatives, but, depending on the type of cosmetic formula you are creating and the cosmetic ingredients you are using, they may both be very essential to help extend the shelf life of your finished product. So… what is the difference, and when do you need them?
 

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How to choose oils, butters and emollients for cosmetic formulas

How to choose oils, butters and emollients for cosmetic formulas

When it comes to creating a cosmetic formula, there are so many different cosmetic oils, butters, silicones, esters and other lipids to choose from, how do refine it to just a few? And what is the difference between all of these different oils, butters and emollient ingredients anyway?

Luckily, the Create Cosmetic Formulas program helps you pick and choose the right type of oils, butters and emollient ingredients, along with the right inputs, for each type of cosmetic formula. This blog will explain how those choices are made, and will also help you better understand the selection process when it comes to choosing from all the different cosmetic oils, butters and emollients out there.
 

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5 steps to make great cosmetic formulas

5 steps to make great cosmetic formulas

Do you want to make cosmetic formulas but not sure where to start? Or have you tried making cosmetic formulas but are overwhelmed with choice and information on the internet about what you should and should not be doing? This blog gives you 5 simple tips to make cosmetic formulas – without needing specialized training – so you can enjoy creating cosmetic formulas with confidence.
 

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What cosmetic claims can I make with my formula?

What cosmetic claims can I make with my formula?

You’ve created a fantastic cosmetic formula using the Create Cosmetic Formulas program, and you absolutely love your product samples – so do your friends and family! Now it’s time to take it bigger, and you want to promote and sell your product online or at the markets. What cosmetic claims can you make with your formula, and when are you crossing the line? Read on to find out the essentials of cosmetic claim compliance…
 

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How to make cosmetic formulas for sensitive skin

How to make cosmetic formulas for sensitive skin

Do you want to make cosmetic formulas for babies, children, or those with sensitive, dry and easily irritated skin? The create cosmetic formulas program makes it easy – this blog will talk you through the how, and the program will guide you every step of the way!
 

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How to calculate the cost of cosmetic formulas

How to calculate the cost of cosmetic formulas

You’ve made a great cosmetic formula, now you want to know how much it costs to produce. Where do you start? Follow our easy step-by-step guide so you can calculate the cost of cosmetic formulas.
 

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Using pre-blended emulsifiers in cosmetic formulas

using pre-blended emulsifiers in cosmetic formulas

Pre-blended emulsifiers can be a great and easy addition when creating cream and lotion formulas, but what exactly are they, when should they be used, and how much is typically added to a cosmetic formula?
 

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Why natural cosmetic ingredients are a great addition

Why natural cosmetic ingredients are a great addition to cosmetic formulas

It’s no surprise we see natural cosmetic ingredients mentioned in so many cosmetic products these days – cosmetic ingredient suppliers have been working hard on new and better ways to create their materials using natural and sustainable sources whilst ensuring great cosmetic formula and product results. Here are some ways to help you choose the best natural cosmetic ingredients for your next cosmetic formulas!

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formulating gels, serums, lotions and creams

Formulating gels, serums, lotions & creams: what is the difference, and which formulas are best to use?

When it comes to formulating cosmetics, you would first think about the type of product you want to create. Do you want your product to be in a gel form, serum form, or as a lotion or cream? Sometimes you may even want your product to be a butter, balm or ointment! This blog will take a look at the lighter product forms: gel, serum, lotion and cream formulas. We’ll explain how these types of cosmetic formulas differ, and when you might choose one over the other.

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how many ways can you make a face cleanser formula

How many ways can you make a face cleanser formula?

There are so many different ways to put a face cleanser formula together, this blog will give you inspiration and ideas to get you started, then its over to you to select which type of face cleanser formula you want to create today, and make it… with the create cosmetic formulas program.

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conditioner formulas for different hair type

How do you make conditioner formulas for different hair types?

Different hair types have different conditioning and repair needs, which means different hair types will need conditioner formulas specific to their hair concerns. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to conditioner formulas, so here is a handy guide on how to adjust conditioner formulas to suit varying needs of consumer hair types.

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Shampoo formulas for different hair type

How do you make shampoo formulas for different hair types?

Different hair types have different cleansing needs, which means different hair types will need shampoo formulas specific to their hair concerns. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to shampoo formulas, so here is a handy guide on how to adjust shampoo formulas to suit varying needs of consumer hair types.

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mask formula

How many ways can you make a mask formula?

One of the great things about the Create Cosmetic Formulas program is that it lets you be really creative with your cosmetic formulas, while at the same time making sure your formulas will work.

There are so many different ways to put a mask formula together, this blog will give you inspiration and ideas to get you started, then its over to you to select which type of mask you want to create today, and make it… with the create cosmetic formulas program.

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Formulas for hair products

How do hair care formulas differ to skincare formulas?

We often get asked, how different are formulas for the hair, compared to those for the skin?

There are in fact a vast number of differences, depending on the type of product you are trying to formulate. Read on to learn about the key differences between hair care formulas and skincare formulas, and why certain ingredient choices are very necessary when creating hair care formulas.

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how to make a serum formula

How are serum formulas created?

Serums are one of the most hotly trending cosmetic product forms, but have you ever wondered why? This blog looks at the different types of serum formulas you can create, how they differ, and which type of skin each serum formula is best suited to.

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HOW MUCH COSMETIC PRESERVATIVE IS NEEDED IN A PRODUCT FORMULATION?

How much cosmetic preservative is needed in a product formulation?

We get a lot of questions about cosmetic preservatives, so thought sharing a blog might help you all understand this very complex, and controversial cosmetic ingredient selection better. There is also a lot of misinformation on the internet about cosmetic preservatives, particularly their input and safety, so we thought we’d shed some light on this too. 

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Why use a program to create cosmetic formulas?

Why use a program to create cosmetic formulas?

While there are cosmetic calculators available online, Create Cosmetic Formulas is SO MUCH MORE than just a cosmetic formula calculator. If you want a simplified program that helps you create a cosmetic formula just the way you want it, find out why you should consider Create Cosmetic Formulas, over a cosmetic calculator, and how this program will help you with your cosmetic formulating needs. Stop wasting ingredients = every formula works!

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How to set up a DIY cosmetic lab at home

HOW TO SET UP A DIY COSMETIC LAB AT HOME

It’s easy to get started making your own cosmetic products at home with some relatively basic equipment. There are some cosmetic lab equipment items you’ll need, as well as some essential requirements for the room you will be working in. This blog looks at how to set up your DIY cosmetic lab space even if it’s in your own kitchen. 

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How to start a cosmetic business

CAN I SELL COSMETIC PRODUCTS made with THE CREATE COSMETIC FORMULAS PROGRAM?

Create cosmetic formulas using the Create cosmetic Formulas program and then  start selling cosmetic products! Find out how to start your cosmetic business from home with our easy program.

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How to choose herbal extracts for cosmetic formulas

HOW TO CHOOSE HERBAL EXTRACTS FOR COSMETIC FORMULAS

Do you want to formulate cosmetic product with herbal extracts? This blog looks at how you choose between the hundreds of herbal extracts for skincare and haircare products and decide what is best to add to your cosmetic formula, and when too much is too much!

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Cosmetic suppliers list to source cosmetic ingredient globally

HOW TO SOURCE COSMETIC INGREDIENTS

Cosmetic formulas contain multiple ingredients, and even when you are formulating cosmetics professionally, you cannot get all your cosmetic ingredients from one source. This blog provides a global list of cosmetic ingredient suppliers in 28 different countries, all with different types of ingredients.

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How to formulate skincare with vitamin E

HOW TO USE VITAMIN E IN COSMETIC FORMULAS: ANTIOXIDANT VERSUS PRO-OXIDANT EFFECT

When you start reading about how many herbal ingredients can be antioxidants in skincare, and the potential pro-oxidation effect of vitamin E in a cosmetic formula, it can be confusing what information to trust. When is too much vitamin E TOO MUCH in your skincare formulas? How do you ensure you use the right amount of vitamin E in your skincare formulas to provide a protective antioxidant effect? This blog looks at how to use vitamin E in your cosmetic formulas to prolong the shelf life of your product formula, and also provides information on the pro-oxidative effect of too much antioxidant in a cosmetic formula.  

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How to use sucragel in cosmetic formulas to make oleogels

HOW TO USE SUCRAGEL IN a COSMETIC FORMULA

There are not many materials that are as versatile as sucragel, to create a variety of cosmetic formulas and innovative cosmetic product forms. Oleogels are a trending product form that use sucragel in the cosmetic formulation. We get a lot of little questions about using sucragel in cosmetic formulas, especially to create oleogels, so we thought we’d create a blog on this topic, to help guide you and give you some answers.

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How to make cosmetic products at home

HOW TO MAKE COSMETICS AT HOME? 

This blog is for anyone who wants to start making their own cosmetic products at home. There are some important things you need to know when creating cosmetics products at home, and questions you might have when you are getting started with your first cosmetic formulas. This blog is full of FREE information on cosmetic equipment, cosmetic ingredients, and much more!

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Use Create Cosmetic Formulas app on any device

HOW TO SAVE CREATE COSMETIC FORMULAS AS AN APP - USE FROM ANY DEVICE? 

Looking for cosmetic formulation app to help you create your own cosmetic formulas? See how quickly and easily you can access the Create Cosmetic Formulas program as an app. Use this step-by-step guide to find out how you can save the Create Cosmetic Formulas program as an "app", using any device. 

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How to make cosmetic formulas

DIFFERENT COSMETIC FORMULAS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF COSMETICS! 

Different cosmetic formulas will yield different types of cosmetic products. When selecting cosmetic ingredients, you need to consider the type of cosmetic formula you are trying to create.  Find out more about the different cosmetic product forms and use our summary table to help you pick the best product form for each type of application.

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How to make makeup formulas

How are different makeup formulas created?

What is the difference between a BB cream and a foundation? When is a foundation water or oil based? And what is a contourer compared to a bronzer and highlighter?

This blog looks at the different types of makeup formulas you can create and common product forms. 

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What are different types of cosmetic ingredients used for?

WHAT ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COSMETIC INGREDIENTS USED FOR?

When creating cosmetic formulas, we need to use different types of cosmetic ingredients for different functions, or roles, in the finished product. This blog summarises some of the key functions that ingredients have in cosmetic formulas. Find out more. 

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What cosmetic ingredients get used in makeup formulas?

WHAT COSMETIC INGREDIENTS GET USED IN MAKEUP FORMULAS?

Ever wondered why different types of cosmetic ingredients get used in makeup formulas? This blog summarises the key functions of cosmetic ingredients that get used in makeup formulas, and why they are used in different makeup formulation types.

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What makes a cosmetic formula organic?

WHAT MAKES A COSMETIC FORMULA ORGANIC? 

Natural cosmetic formulas contain natural and naturally derived cosmetic ingredients without synthetic inputs. Cosmetic formulas can be made more organic’ by using organic cosmetic ingredients where possible. But certified organic cosmetic formulas must comply with specific organic ingredient inputs. Find out more in this blog. 

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How do I make makeup formulas

How can I create makeup formulas?

Makeup formulas need to stabilise a lot of powder and pigment in addition to being a stable cosmetic formulation. If you have made cosmetic formulas for skincare and haircare before, you’ll notice how makeup formulas need to be a little different to accommodate these extra formulation stability needs. Our formulation program provides the cosmetic formula inputs for 7 foundation shades and limitless eyeshadow creation.

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