How to Know If a Skincare Product is Natural

Understanding the word ‘natural’ is one of the hardest tasks of all in the skincare & green beauty business. Online Organic Cosmetic Science School Formula Botanica offers some practical advice on how to research ingredients and decide what natural means to you.     With global organic beauty market trends showing the green beauty sector […]

Natural Sunscreens

The current heatwave may have brought many of us to the beaches and the great outdoors but for those who are wary of excessive sun exposure and the risks to skin health, a good quality skincare product containing sunscreen is a must. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that “up to 90% […]

Formula Botanica’s Timi Racz shares her 5 most frequently used ingredients.

        As an organic and natural cosmetic formulator and the Education Manager at Formula Botanica, people are always asking me what my favourite ingredients are to work with. Today’s market is flooded with colourful oils, nourishing butters, wonderfully potent and aromatic extracts and essential oils. The list is endless and is growing day […]

The Power of Activated Charcoal!

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL In recent years, Activated charcoal has exploded into the health & beauty industry as a natural detoxifier, this extremely effective ingredient is now being used in a wide range of personal care products. The primary use for activated charcoal in the health and beauty industry started off with tooth whitening, with the help […]

Superfatting… What’s that?

Superfatting, it’s probably a word you’ve seen in many articles and on many blogs, but what does it actually mean? If you’ve already got to grips with SAP values (and if you haven’t you can read more about it here) you’ll know that each oil has its own sap value and that it takes an […]

What oils can you use to make cold process soap?

What oils can you use to make cold process soap?   Well, in theory, any oil when mixed with lye will saponify and produce soap. But there are several reasons that some oils are used more than others. The “perfect” soap bar needs to be long lasting but not too hard, cleansing but not drying, […]

Loofahs: What Are They And How Can You Grow Loofahs Of Your Own?

Loofahs, a great exfoliation tool and addition to your homemade soaping, but do you know where they come from? In this blog The Soap Kitchen talks about where loofahs come from and how you can grow loofahs of your own. What are Loofahs? Loofahs are usually grouped in with natural sponges and therefore people tend […]

10 uses for Isopropyl Alcohol

Isopropyl Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol, as it is commonly known, has many uses. For the soap maker it is most useful when spritzing your newly poured melt and pour soaps to remove surface bubbles, but it is also a powerful solvent with many useful applications. It evaporates quickly, leaving near zero traces and is relatively safe, compared […]

Ethical Skincare

Is ethical skincare really ethical?

It’s an intriguing question that many of you are interested in. In this article, we asked respected health journalist Yaso Shan to offer her opinion and advice on what is ethical skincare with many major brands using it to promote their products. Yaso Shan is a registered member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy […]

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Preservatives and Antioxidants in Anhydrous Products

There is a lot written on the subject of ‘preserving’ anhydrous products and as a result there is much confusion. In the hope that we can dispel some myths, here are some basic guidelines. Firstly, anhydrous covers many types of products as it simply means ‘without water’ and where they also contain no oil, such […]