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We are passionate about education. Our founder, Jane Barber, teaches on a Cosmetic Science BSc Degree in the UK, heads up formulation groups (34,000+ members), and runs a free online course with Chemists Corner and Swiftcraftymonkey which has over 17,500 students. Our goal with this is website is to provide free formulas, tutorials, calculators, latest ingredient innovations and trends, and other essential information that chemists and homecrafters need to formulate professionally, effectively and safely. These resources can be accessed from the menu above.

With experience formulating for clients such as The Body Shop, our development consultancy helps brands, whatever their size, create innovative and effective formulas.

Formulation

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Formulation Test
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Test your formulation knowledge

As an educator I find giving students practical exercises a powerful, interactive and fun learning tool. Every couple of weeks on instagram we will post a formulation quiz where you can test your knowledge and contribute: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/flawedformula/   Our fun formulation exercises are aimed at formulators (homecrafters

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Body wash
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Sulfate-Free Surfactants

I love this handy chart from Innospec’s presentation: “Formulating High Performance Sulfate-Free Cleansing Products”. ⁣⁣As you can see, surfactants have a working pH range. Some surfactants can hydrolyze at a low pH (SCI, Iselux, Sulfosuccinate). ⁣   As most surfactants are diluted, we have a

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Active
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Let’s Dupe: Eve Lom Intense Hydration Serum

Formulations don’t have to be complex. This one is super simple and a breeze to dupe. Cold process, no oil phase, and all ingredients are easy to get hold of (https://makingskincare.com/cosmetic-ingredient-suppliers/). Ingredient wise, the formula is inexpensive apart from the sodium hyaluronate, (high molecular weight:

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Active
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InstaMask™ – Customizable Instant DIY Clay Mask

InstaMask™ from Vantage won the Silver award for best functional ingredient at In-Cosmetics Global in March last year.  These customizable, instant, encapsulated clay mask granules are easy to use.  Just add the water phase, mix and apply!  We received a sample from Vantage’s UK distributors,

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Emulsifier
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Adjusting Emulsion Viscosity

How to make your emulsion thicker or thinner. First analyze your formula to see what ingredients are contributing to viscosity. This is usually the emulsifier blend, gums/polymers and any fatty alcohols/acids (stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol) or waxes in your formula. If you wish

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Emulsifier
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TEGO® Care PS – Natural Emulsifier

TEGO® Care PS from Evonik (INCI: Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate) is a popular DIY natural emulsifier in Europe, especially amongst German DIY formulators, where it is known by the name of “Emulsan”.   It is one of my favourite natural hot process emulsifiers and produces light, flow-able,

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