Squinny

Hi, my name is Sandra, and I am Australian. I have now retired
(early) and have had a varied career starting in Food Technology and have a
degree in that. I worked in a laboratory for around 10 years based in the Food Industry.
I have also worked in Finance, Shipping & Logistics and lastly in the
Publishing Industry (Magazines and Books). Since retiring I have gone back to
my routes (lab work) and only started with cosmetic formulating about 2 years
ago – I am having so much fun with it just making products for myself, my family,
and friends. I have Rosacea and since making my own products have seen my skin
improve. So I am loving making skin products (face and body) and learning all the time.
I am thankful I have been accepted into the forum and I hope I have a little to
offer.

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  • @MarkBroussard - Thanks Mark for the great advice (as usual). I will look at buying some soon. So when I add the powder do I just add to Cooldown and mix thoroughly? Have a great day.
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Hi there - Can I ask with the stuff from myskinrecipes.com there are 2 products - One is the 95% TECA and the other is Madecassoside 90% = what is best to use in a face cream for instance and what %. Also it says with the TECA it is…
  • Ha love the experiment :) So out of interest what was your oxidizing 'key' ingredient? And I'm not looking to sell it just for my partner - so even If I make him a small batch each time he goes bush - Or does it oxidize straight away? 
  • Thanks @Graillotion - You made me look into further which I wouldn't have otherwise and think I have come up with a better product because of your views. Cheers 
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Thanks so what is your secret ingredient that makes yours work beyond 17 mins? Is there a paper on this and haven't heard of OE's jumping off before. Also whenever I add EO's in other lotions or Creams I haven't used a solubilizer j…
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Hi there @Graillotion - Interesting (sorry if I am hijacking this thread!) - I am also wanting to make an insect repellent and have come up with a formula that I have no idea if it will be any good for mozzies (but I like the small…
  • Hi Maybe look up ingredients of some of the nice brands like Clarins? I recently got a sample and it doesn't irritate my eyes - I hadn't used any for years because of that reason - This is their volume one - Supra Volume Mascara | CLARINS® AQUA/WATE…
  • I have only used it once and make a face cream that a friend likes better than my other ones that I like - but I'm not a huge fan. You won't know for yourself unless you buy some and test it. It's easy to use though and you can make a product with j…
  • @Perry - Agree I don't think there are too many women (and certainly not in countries like USA, Australia, UK). Major International Cosmetic companies pay an enormous amount of money in advertising in mainstream media (TV, Mags, Internet) on their a…
    in Innovation Comment by Squinny January 7
  • Interesting. So @Perry you dont use any cleansers for face or body? Or Moisturizer, Sunscreens? I personally love making my own skincare products and especially recreating or duping the expensive face products that I make for 10 % of the cost of OTC…
  • @Ghita37 - I have sent a message to your inbox. Maybe in first instance contact someone like New Directions Australia (they also do International enquiries) - click on the services tab and you will see a button for international. They may give you s…
  • Thanks @PhilGeis I did that too. I'm a lot more aware of Preservatives and pH after being on this forum. Appreciate your advice. Cheers and happy 2023.
  • You should have an idea of the basics on costs. Even homemakers do this - I know it's the first thing I do when I am formulating. Do you know how to use Excel? If so you just need to do a basic spreadsheet. I have one for each formula and modify as …
  • @MarkBroussard yes I thought so to so thanks for confirming that. I am just using a little at moment to test under my eyes (dont worry not getting in eyes) as I have fine wrinkles there and I dont know if my imagination but they appear a little less…
  • @MarkBroussard Hi again Mark well I made a very small batch and ended up using a small amount of Xanthan Gum Clear to get the consistency I wanted. Will test out as we need it and see what we think. Thanks so much will all your help with this it is…
  • @MarkBroussard Mark thanks so much for your time and advice. Thats what I thought about the 100 kDa HA regarding it being too thin, which is why I thought I'd add the 4D HA so thanks for advice on %'s to try. I have Sodium Benzoate too so will add…
  • Hi @MarkBroussard - If you can advise me a little more that would be great and if not no problem :smile:I bought a small amount 100 ml of the GHK-Cu 1000 ppm solution but didn't want to use all at once. I have also bought afew different kDa of Hyalu…
  • @MarkBroussard Merry Christmas I'm going to tell people I'm turning Beegan in 2023 and see what reaction I get - (ie I believe in Bees :) We have lots of varieties of bees on our garden in the tropics of North Queensland. They are happy little insec…
  • Hi @Graillotion sorry didn't answer sooner as didn't see comment. My Neroli Water says :Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid, Neroli Oil, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-40 Steara…
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Hey Mark just letting you know (I plan to buy some of the 1000 pm GHK-Cu in January - too busy before Xmas right now with other stuff) but I made and used some HA directly on my cut (it wasn't deep) and it closed over and healed in …
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Mark you are a legend! Thanks so much, you have made my day. :)
  • Hi @MarkBroussard I always learn something new on this website. Thanks Mark I have never heard of GHK-Cu until now (had to google!) - They sell small quantities of it at MSR in Thailand (just looked up) and the solution of 1000ppm is about $17 (AUD)…
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Thanks Pharma I think that explains the color changes well, especially for a home formulator novice like me. Have a lovely weekend, Cheers
  • So if you have a product that you have made like mine and it hasn't changed color why would you think it is oxidized? How else do you know it has oxidized besides a change in color? (ie. for the home formulator). If you bought a OTC product and it d…
  • For the dumb people like me what is LAA?  Assume L-Ascorbic Acid? If so are you just using L-Ascorbic acid powder? I have made myself a very basic 10% Vitamin C serum with Distilled Water, L-Ascorbic Acid Fine Powder 10%, Ferulic Acid 0.8%, Glycerin…
  • The first time I ordered (around 1.5kg too) I asked them if they could improve on the freight amount and they came back with a quote that was a bit lower (not much but anyway). For me the ingredients I buy from them I can't source in Australia and i…
  • Hi @Ghita37 - You can always email MSR and ask them about shipping info time and approx cost depending on how much you intend to buy (ie in Kgs total and they will give you an estimate). It only takes about 7 to 10 days to receive my goods from Thai…
  • @Ghita37 - I just suggested looking at the MSR Site as it may help you as it appears you don't know much about ingredients you want to use (not saying that I know a lot either, but I have been formulating for few years now and have learnt a lot from…
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Thanks Mark for that info appreciate it.
  • @MarkBroussard - Many thanks Mark that's what I thought for Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate so thanks for confirming that for me, So all Oils are non-polar or did I misinterpret what I read? Cheers and thanks again :) I assume the Oils in the Deep Cleansing…
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