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OATMEAL!  (It's not just for breakfast anymore.)  Cleansing, Moisturizing, and Oooh So Soothing.  You will LOVE everything that Oatmeal will do for your Line!

Today we will make a Moisturizing Face Mask!       

     Oats have always been renowned for their nutritional benefits at breakfast or even in cookie-form, but, did you know that this simple plant has hair and skin-loving properties when applied topically?  Oats contain Saponins, known to be  cleansing to even the most sensitive skin.  They also are known to have high humectant qualities, allowing them to naturally pull water from the air.  Depending upon which product you include Oats or Oat Protein, you can find a soothing, moisturizing and calming ingredient that is sure to meet the individual needs of your diverse clientele.  

     The Huffington Post cites that "Colloidal oatmeal, a natural product produced from finely ground oat grains that are boiled to produce an extract, is full of vitamins, minerals and lipids that add moisture to benefit the condition of one’s skin. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart told us, “Oatmeal contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and as such is ideal for sensitive skin and to treat a variety of skin disorders (i.e sunburns, eczema and poison ivy).”  This highly, informative article offers several additional formulation ideas for the usage of Oats in skin and hair-care products.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/oatmeal-beauty-benefits_n_4214053.html    

     When soaping, you can enjoy Soaper's Supplies Colloidal Oats directly in the bars as a light exfoliant, or even boil them and use the soothing properties of the water directly in the recipe. 

     When used in hair products, Oats can act as a dry shampoo for blond or light-colored hair.  Apply a fine sprinkle of ground Oats throughout the hair, especially near the scalp, as to allow absorption of any excess oil. Then comb/brush out after approximately fifteen minutes.

     If it is moisturized, conditioned hair you are seeking, then consider adding Soaper's Supplies Oat Protein and luxurious Oat Carrier Oil to your next hair conditioner.  (Oat oil will draw attention to your label as well as act as a stabilizer/co-emulsifier in your lotions and hair conditioners.)  You will be excited to know that Rae Jean's Blog will be sharing some fun and versatile Hair Conditioning Formulas!

     The addition of Oat Protein to your water component in any hair conditioner or skin lotion can improve moisture and feel.  In lotion, Oat Protein calms angry, dry skin and soothes problematic areas.  It is an amazing humectant that will pull moisture from the air and into your lotion's target area.   Usage rates vary but Oat Protein is usually used between 1% and 5%, depending on your product.  This is another great ingredient to have on hand as it fits into almost any formula, thereby increasing moisture.

     Because it is water-soluble, it makes an amazing addition to face toners, body milks and moisture sprays.  I will be sharing a formula for a  refreshing and soothing skin toner in an upcoming blog post.    This will be the ideal product to pair with any face soap or cleanser in your line, as a good toner removes excess debris, clears and closes pores, and adds a dewy glow to your appearance.

     You can also add Colloidal Oats to Face Masks!  This is one of my favorite things to put into my many different face masks because it gently absorbs oil, yet seems to give a moisturizing effect as well.  I do plan on sharing several fun and inventive face mask formulas here, and since we are discussing Oats and Oat Protein, today I will start with my basic "Toning Moisture Mask, with Oatmeal".   Follow our upcoming blog posts for my "Good Morning Fresh-Face Mask", my "Unwind the Hands/Reverse the Sands Mask" for the age-conscious customer, and my "Detoxifying Rejuvenation Mask" for oily/problematic skin.

     Remember, if you sell face masks it is highly suggested that you keep the ingredients DRY and instruct the customer to remove the desired amount of dry product from the container and add a wetting ingredient, such as distilled water, aloe juice, or a Soaper's Supplies Hydrosol like Rose Water.  Each hydrosol has its own skin properties and I will be discussing them in an upcoming blog, but Rose Water is nice to use in most products, as it is known to be beneficial in almost every application, whether for sensitive, dry, or even oily-problematic skin.  So if you love the natural scent  of hydrosols, each renowned for a different skin type, then stay in the Bubble because Rae Jean's Skincare Blog will soon have this great discussion! 

 

Soaper's Supplies "Toning Moisture Mask, with Oatmeal"

 

Soaper's Supplies Colloidal Oats  45%

Soaper's Supplies White Kaolin Clay  20%(most Kaolin clay will work if it has little to no absorption qualities)

Soaper's Supplies Rhassoul Clay 20%

(This clay will not over-dry the skin and is known to promote the appearance of toned skin and improved appearance of circulation to the face.)  We will discuss clay and their individual properties in an upcoming blog.

Soaper's Supplies Honey Powder 15%

Soaper's Supplies Aloe or Hydrosol if desired.

NOTE:   If selling this mask,  I find powdered aloe can be used in place of a small percentage of the ingredients and then wet with a lovely Soaper's Supplies Hydrosol.  I used Rose Water as it seems to lend a moisturized appearance to the skin.

 

Combine ingredients and suggest customer wet with aloe juice, yogurt, rose water or distilled water.   Any wet mask should be used within two days, (refrigerated), -or discarded.  I suggest using a tablespoon of mask and add the wetting agent a teaspoon at a time till mask is the desired texture. 

Apply to face and wait approximately 15 minutes before washing away with a warm, wet washcloth. 

I actually made this on a very small scale (couple of grams) before sharing here, and I now plan on making a larger batch to keep on hand.  It is the "next day" and my skin feels soft, supple and smooth!

 

     This formula can be customized to your preference.  If more "toned"  appearance is desired, or if used on oilier/ problematic skin, then consider increasing the Rhassoul Clay.  You cannot mess this up!  It is easy and fun and you will be amazed how soft the skin appears after using the Oats!  I would not omit clay as it works as a binding agent and helps form the "mask"..  I also highly recommend using aloe juice somewhere in this formula but it is a very forgiving recipe that you can "make your own".  One could even make an "Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Mask" with Soaper's Supplies Oats, Milk Powder, and dried Honey!  I would still include some white Kaolin to create the binding effect of a face mask.

 

     So try this delightful mask and let us know what you think of Oats in your beauty line.  I know that Oats and Oat Protein have improved every product in which I have included them.  I can not wait to share our formulas containing the luxurious Oat Oil and skin loving Oat Protein.  They both are excellent additions to lotions and hair-care!  

     So Friends, what would you like to discuss next?  Does anyone have any "Oat Formulas" that they would like to learn?  Would you like to jump further into the variety of Face Masks you can create for your own business? Thank you for visiting Rae Jean's Skin-Care Blog and for shopping at Soaper's Supplies!  

We love your feedback and welcome your comments and suggestions. 

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FABULOUS MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL ....INCREDIBLE FOR THE SKIN ...AMAZING FOR THE LABEL!

This is one of MY FAVORITE oils... Meadowfoam Seed Oil!  This is the oil to use if you want Label-Appeal!
Also, because of its naturally high vitamin E content, it's shelf life is up there with Fractionated Coconut Oil, -without that awful dryness!  In fact, it does absorb quickly but is a very emollient oil.  I find that FCO actually makes my products so dry that I barely call it an oil at all!
So, when choosing your ingredients for your next beauty adventure, consider Meadowfoam Seed Oil. You will still need your antioxidant, but you can at least put most of your mind at ease on your product's shelf life..    -which is a great feeling.
It also rates zero on the comedogenic scale, meaning it is not known to cause acne or clog pores.
     Natural Sourcing
cites that Meadowfoam seed oil is "a highly moisturizing oil that nourishes and protects the skin, lips and hair from moisture loss when used in cosmetics and personal care product formulation".

http://www.naturalsourcing.com/email/eMeadowfoamOil0416.asp?track=eMeadowfoamOil0416

     This oil is a delight and an extremely rare find at this price.  I thought it would be good to share why I prefer this oil since I will be using this oil in many of my upcoming blog posts, such as my lip balm, hair conditioner and body scrub.  It also feels great when applied right from the bottle and for super-fatting soap! 

     So do yourself and your line a favor, and add some flare to your ingredient list, as well as some luxurious properties to your next project...  And do not forget the additional shelf life! 

     Meadowfoam seed oil can bring attention to your products because it has a renowned reputation that is not overly exploited.  It is still a great, little secret!  So add this little secret to your Ingredient Cabinet and know you will be investing in your products, and in your marketing as well.

     Let us know what you think of Meadowfoam Seed Oil.  What do you use it in and why?   How has it helped your label-appeal and product success?

     Thank you for shopping at Soaper's Supplies.  We hope you enjoy R.J's Blog and look forward to your comments!

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HOW TO USE PERCENTAGES AND GRAM MEASUREMENTS IN FORMULATING.

I wanted to talk more about ingredients for hair products, especially conditioner, which is very similar to lotion-making.   Before we get too deep into technical formulas, however, I want to help anyone who may not understand the basics of formulating in percentages and also grams.

This is a post that I thought should be addressed although I know many of you already know the "math".   The truth is, so many soapers have never made lotion or other products, and have only needed to use Cups or Tablespoons of ingredients.   But, we are not baking a Cake!  Haha! 

So, to be a great cosmetic formulator who can whip up any product from a simple ingredient list, I will share the procedure of converting percentages to grams, etc..   I will TRY to keep it very simple as I hate math more than most, so I understand the urge to turn and RUN!

 

Before I start I highly suggest that you get a notebook.  You probably have one full of recipes and if so that is great.   We will need, however, this simple guide to which you can ALWAYS refer back, when making those formulas. 

I am not a math teacher and I know everyone has their own "way" to do things, but..  if you do not have a way to do this equation yet, I will give you my technique and you can opt to use it if you like.  If it works, I suggest keeping it in the front of your recipe book.  

 

To start, I will point out that many people DO NOT know how to do this and just plug numbers into a "Lotion Calculator", which can be very accurate.  I do not use that program but have heard no one complain about it (although it usually is set up for specific emulsifiers and maybe not the one you want to use). 

Also, sometimes we want to make something that is NOT lotion but still need to know how many grams is 3% of wax, etc..

This is the long version.  If you would like to see these rules written without the explanation, just scroll down to "QUICK SUMMARY" .

 

So, let's begin...

The word problem.  

You may remember this from school.  Any time you see the word "of" in text (regarding math or formulating) you always MULTIPLY.   The word "is" always means equal sign/ equals.

 

How do we work with that darn percent sign?

 

Follow this rule EVERY TIME.  Once you are using the percentage in the math problem you MUST drop that pesky symbol at the end...  BUT you cannot just drop it.  You MUST turn it to a decimal point and move that decimal point two places to the left.  Every time.  No exceptions.  You cannot add, subtract, multiply, divide or do any math to a number with a percent symbol at the end.   You MUST turn it to a decimal and move it TWO places to the left.  It is the same thing as the original number with the symbol..   You have simply converted it into a "workable" number.

Example:

50% of 100 is ?  

Drop that percent sign and make it a decimal.  Move it two places to the left.  The new equation now says:

.50x100 =50    And it makes sense right?  Fifty percent of 100 is 50...   (half)  Half of fifty is fifty.

 

2% of 100 is?

Bye-Bye Percent sign!  Make a decimal point and move it two places to the left.  The new equation now says:

.02 x 100 =2  Think about it in your head..    Two percent of 100 is 2.  

 

 

It is OK to use the online Calculator!     (I highly recommend it actually.)

 

So, how do we figure out the ounces and grams and connect it all together?

The very first thing you have to do is decide how much product you are making.   This is more difficult than it sounds.   If you are making lip balm for you and family you may only want to make twenty tubes (.15oz each).  If you are making to sell, you may want to make over 100 tubes (.15oz each).   If you are trying a lotion formula for the first time you may want to start with 12 -16 oz...  If you are making a batch of "tried and true" lotion to sell you may be  filling 100 eight oz bottles.

So, get your total batch amount set before you do anything.

 

Bottles and containers are almost always sold in ounces but experienced cosmetic formulators always suggest using grams.   So, take your total batch amount in ounces, and convert it to grams.  I highly suggest using the conversion tool supplied in your Google search engine.

So I want to make 50 lip balms -each is .15oz.   (50 tubes OF .15 ounces lip balm IS)

I need to multiply 50x.15 to see how many total ounces I have.   The answer here is 7.5 total Ounces.  Now we Google: "Convert 7.5oz to grams"...  and that answer is our total gram weight for the entire formula.  The answer given is:  212.62 Grams.  You can round up or down if you desire but some formulas require very specific measurements, so try to keep it as close to the actual number as possible.

 

Do this for every ingredient.   

 

2% Castor oil will be .02 Castor oil..   Drop that pesky percent symbol and turn it to a decimal point.  Remember you move two spaces to the left and if there are NOT two spaces you use a zero as a place holder.  This never changes in math.

25% Shea butter will be .25 Shea butter. 

1% Vitamin E will be .01 Vitamin E.

 

 

And since EVERY INGREDIENT is part of (multiply) the "whole" batch, -we multiply each ingredient's percent (in decimal form) to the ENTIRE BATCH WEIGHT...  This is why we need to know the total batch weight we are creating at the very beginning!

 

.25 (Shea) of total weight is how many grams?  .25 x 212 grams (for an example of a total batch weight)=53 grams.

 

Remember we converted our total formula from ounces to grams at the very beginning.  Now we just use our calculator.

 

Do this for each ingredient prior to mixing or heating ANYTHING.    This is your formula you will follow and share if you need help.  It will have the gram weight AND the percentages for those to duplicate without having to make 100 bottles of anything.   (Because the formula never changes once it is in percent form!)

Then each percent is converted to a weight using your calculator. 

 

So 12% ingredient A of total batch weight is what number...?   It is .12 x total batch wgt in Grams               (.12 multiplied by total ounces -converted to grams at the beginning of the formula).  

This is now Ingredient A in grams, to be added to your product.

 

QUICK SUMMARY

1.  Decide how much product you are making.  Take one container and multiply it's capacity (usually in ozs) by the total number of containers you will be using.  This is your total batch weight in ounces.   You will be converting this number to grams next.

2.  Convert that number to grams.  This is the total batch weight YOU WILL USE.

3.  Take every ingredient listed as a percent, and turn each number to a decimal (explained above), -Then multiply that number with your total batch weight (in grams).  This will be each ingredients individual gram weight.

HINT:    If you add all these weights together you should get a number very close to, if not identical, to your total batch weight.  In turn, if you add each ingredient-percentage, the total should always add up to 100%.

 

 

 

Try to learn this if you can, as Cups and Tsp are never used by advanced formulators.   Also,  if someone had a formula in percentages, you would want to know you can make it yourself!  If you do not know how to turn percents to decimals, and convert ounces to grams, you will have a tougher time than necessary.

And, do not underestimate PRACTICE.   Do some of these problems on paper and in discussion with others...   Once it "clicks" you will understand it EVERY TIME.   

 

If anyone has anything to add to this, or if this helped anyone who is trying to understand "the math behind the Science", please leave a comment.   So many people feel alone and yet it is a HUGE issue for many.  Never be embarrassed for asking questions!  It is those who do not ask questions that make inferior, -or even dangerous products.

 

I hope this was helpful to everyone and if you'd like to share a thought on today's post, please comment below! 

Thank you for visiting Rae Jean's Blog at Soaper's Supplies, and check out our new SEARCH bar on the home page to help tour the ingredient list!

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What are the best ingredients to tame an unruly Mane?  Conditioners, Masks, Leave-in sprays and Scalp Treatments.   ALL can be the stars in your Hair Care Line!

Hair care products can be both the simplest and also trickiest formulations to create.   Why is this the case?  In simplest terms, everyone has different hair!  Fine and flat, to course and curly, the hair shaft varies depending on who you are and your daily routine. 

So how do we create perfect hair care products for everyone?  Ask yourself for whom you are creating your product?  What are the needs it will fulfill?  If you are addressing frizzy hair and split ends, you may want to start with a hair staple, -Cyclomethicone!   

If you are dealing with split ends, a trim is the only real way to stop the shaft from ongoing damage and continuous splitting.  But if one is prone to split ends, then a simple hair serum  based in Cyclomethicone can be a great solution. It forms a protective barrier and acts as a conditioning agent.  It is light and yet very effective at smoothing the cuticles of the hair shaft and creating more shine. 

When combined with oils renowned for hair enhancing properties, it aides in penetration and locks in sleek and silky moisture. 

 

Formulating with Meadowfoam Seed oil is delight.  When used in hair products, Cyclomethicone's luxurious qualities shine through, literally.  

Soapers Supplies has a simple recipe sure to calm the frizzies and soften and smooth the cuticles of the hair shaft.  You just need a drop of serum to create  gorgeous shine and manageable locks.

 

Soapers Supplies Sleek and Silky Hair Serum

 

Start with 98% Cyclomethicone.

Add 2% Meadowfoam Seed Oil.

If fragrance is desired, use .5% desired FO or EO, and 97.5% Cyclomethicone.  Keep the Meadowfoam Seed Oil at 2%.

Course or extra dry hair may respond better to Soapers Supplies Oat Carrier Oil.

 

Remember, if using a less stable oil with a shorter shelf life you will need to add  1% Vit E Antioxidant to help prevent rancidity.  So, if using Vitamin E Antioxidant, your Cyclomethicone total will be one percent less, at 97%.

NOTE:  Vitamin E Antioxidant is not the Vitamin E in your drug store (Vitamin E Acetate).  It can, however, be found easily, here,  in the Soapers Supplies Store.

 

It is that simple!  You've made a luxury hair serum your customers will love.   One drop or two will smooth hair after the shower, create shine and eliminate the appearance of frizzy hair.  It can also be applied under a hot, wet towel and then shampooed away like an intensive heat-mask.

 

Keep in mind that a tub or shower may become slippery when working with oils.  Please use caution.

 

Soapers Supplies also loves a decadent moisturizing conditioner.  So we have all the ingredients to customize the ideal product for use after shampooing.  (And don't forget leave-in detanglers!)  We will discuss some of those formulas very soon.  If you do not use Silicones, then you may find our Broccoli Seed Oil to be a shiny, protective replacement.  You can find peace of mind knowing we have everything you need to make the perfect hair products you and your customers will love!

 

Tell us what you think of this serum, and the luxury hair oils we carry, such as Oat, Amla Fruit, Jamaican Black Castor, Meadowfoam seed, and Moringa.  Which hair tamers should we talk about next? 

 

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