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Did you know, despite what the supplier says, very few natural preservatives actually work. Learn which natural emulsifiers are effective, how much to use and how to pair them up. As stabilisers are vital for any emulsion, we teach you which ones to use. Do you know how to scientifically access whether an active truly works?
Very few natural preservatives actually work, despite what the supplier says. Click the heading above to learn which natural preservatives are effective, how to pair them up and pass preservative tests
Click the heading above to learn how to formulate professionally - how to know which actives really work, how to make improve your lotion, which resources to use, which natural preservatives actually work.
Most surfactants are diluted so working out how much to use can be challenging, even for formulators who are great at math. Click the heading above to access our calculator which does all the work for you.
Click the heading above to access our free online course. We collaborated with Chemists Corner and Swiftcraftymonkey to bring you this formulation course. Work through the units at your own pace and receive a certificate.
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