What's New at TKB Trading


Working with "% by Weight" in a recipe

We get this question a lot:
"I'm looking to make the sparkle body balm, but I don't understand this whole % by weight thing..? Can you convert it to grams or something?"
Here is our answer:
It isn't necessary to convert to grams.  Let's say the recipe is:
10% powder
30% liquid
60% secret ingredient.

The recipe always adds up to 100%.

So, to make a 100 gram recipe, you would just do
10 grams powder
30 grams...
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Increase Lip Gloss wear-resistance with new Citrine Clear Wax

We are often asked how to make the Tkb Gloss Base (formerly known as Versagel) more resistant to being wiped off the lips. The best ingredient to accoplish this is a wax and we are happy to recommend our new: Citrine Clear Wax!

Here is how we found that works best: To 1 gram of TKB Gloss Base, you will want to add from 10%-20% (by weight) of the wax. The more you add, the stronger the fix on the...

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Announcing a site-wide price increase of 10%

In its 20+ years in business, TKB has rarely raised its prices.   
However, increasing material costs, tariffs against Chinese imports to the US, and increases to transportation and labor (you know the drill), well, they all combine to force a serious and complete assessment of the situation.
After much analysis, we have decided to implement a company-wide price increase of 10% on all products,...
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About Sunflower wax and Rice Bran wax

How often do you stumble on a cosmetic formulation which calls for waxes, and specifically calls for "beeswax"? Pretty often would be my guess as beeswax has been used for 1000's of years in all kinds of cosmetics and skin care products.

Take a little break and...

Close your eyes and imagine an ancient Egyptian sold perfume unguent of sweet smelling beeswax infused with cinnamon, rose and iris.

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Making a Mouse Blush (Vegan Style)

This blog post offers a recipe and tutorial for a lightweight blendable and buildable blush with a semi-matte sheen.
Features of the recipe:
  • Vegan, uses Sunflower and Rice Bran Wax.
  • Includes our K-24 Lauryl Laurate to give a nice slip and silky after-feel
What you may learn from the recipe:
  • How much color is really required to make a color cosmetic
  • How much bulking powder is required to make a color...
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QOTD: Making Lip Products Less Sheer

QOTD: Making Lip Products Less Sheer

QOTD (Question of the Day) "For gloss making I was wondering what do i need to add to make it the exact pigment as the mica so it doest just come out sheer or just shimmery?" This question is raising...

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If you ever wanted to thicken an oil blend, or suspend something in an oil blend,or reduce synerisis, then you might consider working with TKB's Thickening Clay (Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite). This vegan clay is added to your oil...

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Cocoa Butter in California and in Cosmetics (with recipes)

Cocoa Butter in California and in Cosmetics (with recipes)

TKB Trading is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, in the city of Oakland, California.  One of the Oakland’s most famous entrepreneurs is the founder of world-famous Ghiradelli Chocolate, Mr. Domingo (Giuseppe) Ghiradelli.  Have you heard...

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