Wow you guys! I'm amazed at the interest the mini-case-study on creating a skin toner for Colin Sanders has generated!
I've gotten several questions from you, so here's a quick post with my answers:
1. Aren't you totally nervous about creating something for a formulator?
I actually expected to get a panic attack or 2 along the way but surprisingly, I didn't. As soon as I received his description of skin type and other info, my mind was already working on which hydrosols and extracts would be good choices. I guess I forgot to get nervous.
2. Isn't it a bit weird to make a product for a man?
Not at all. It's no different than making a product for a woman. As a matter of fact, I have made products for as many males as females.
3. Which preservative are you using?
I wrote Colin about the preservatives I work with to ask if he had a preference. I expected him to choose parabens, but he said he wanted to try 'one of the newer ones'. (Parabens have been around for over 80 years). I used benzyl alcohol.
4. Aren't you afraid he'll analyze your toner and figure out the formula?
I have no doubt he could duplicate (or come awfully close) if he wanted to. And if that was what he wanted to do, I couldn't do a thing to stop it – nor could anyone else with any other product in existence. Well, that may not be entirely true. I learned just recently that the formula for Play-Doh (that childrens moldy-putty-stuff that has been around since the 1950's) is still a viciously guarded secret (what's that about?!).
5. Aren't you afraid he won't like your toner?
Yup. That one has me at the edge of my seat biting my nails.
6. What are you going to do if he doesn't like it?
Suck it up. I'll know I did my best. You win some, you loose some.