In a previous post here I talked about different salts. Salt is a powerful ingredient and can soften and smooth the skin and hair and add vibrancy. I’m sharing ways to use salt for your personal use and how to formulate with salt and use in your cosmetic formulation.
First, I want to share the incredible power of Epsom salt and the effect on the body, skin and hair. Second, I am including ways to use Epsom salt in formulations. Technically, Epsom salt is not salt, it’s not sodium chloride. It is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt is named after a bitter saline spring in Epsom, Surrey, England. It has been used as a traditional healing remedy for ages.
Formulating with salts in cosmetics can produce superior results and set the formulation apart from others. Salts used in cosmetic formulations can thicken shampoo, give volume to hair, add shine to hair, cleanse the skin, brighten the skin, soothe the skin and help skin conditions.
First a formulator must get to know the salt properties and functions before incorporating it into a formula. Second is experiencing the salt in formulation. This post is on getting to know the salts.
Record keeping is one of the most important tasks a cosmetic formulator performs because it helps to protect their intellectual property and produces successful formulations. The records need to be precise, accurate, detailed and understandable. It’s very important to record your systems of developing and making cosmetic formulations. Lab notebooks are used to document everything done in the lab. A lab notebook is very important for those developing patents and formulations. A lab notebook is separate from Standard Operating Procedures.
The demand for vegan body, hair and skin care products continues to grow as consumers are becoming more aware and care about the environment and the welfare of animals. In a previous post on beauty trends we covered that Google searches for Vegan Skin Care are growing over 83% each year.
There are many considerations to formulate and make natural shampoo. First, you need to determine the type of shampoo you want to formulate I covered this in Part 1. Next, decide on the surfactant system best for the type of shampoo, review In Part 2.Here are some other considerations formulating natural shampoo.