E-mail question: Hydrogenated vegetable oil

More Cowbell poses this question…What timing! I was just looking at this on another site and wondering what the “hydrogenated vegetable oil” is. Do you know? Are we talking Crisco??? 🙂 It seems to also have sweet almond oil, so what hydrogenated oil is so firm that it can incorporate that and still qualify as...

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Polyphenols: Caffeic acid and its derivatives (updated)

So we know polyphenols are good things to have in our extracts and oils, so let’s begin – in no particular order – with the derivatives of caffeic acid. I’m putting these in separate posts every day to make it easier to link back as we discuss extracts!   We discussed cinnamic acid, the precursor...

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Polyphenols: Cinnamic acid (updated)

Cinnamic acid is a precursor of a group of polyphenols called hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives, such as p-coumaric acid, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and sinapic acid. It is a powerful anti-oxidant, and offers UV protection as well as a reduction in inflammation, redness, and water retention. It is found in great quantities in shea butter and...

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Polyphenols: Hydroxybenzoic acids

BENZOIC ACIDBenzoic acid is the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid on which so many of our wonderful polyphenols are based. It differs from the phenolic moiety we saw earlier today (click here) with the addition of that double bonded oxygen before the -OH. This means it becomes a carboxylic acid (which isn’t that relevant at the...

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Polyphenols: It’s chemistry time!

Since I’m investigating the awesome power of extracts, I thought we’d take a closer look at polyphenols. I know I’ve done a post on polyphenols in the past, but let’s get a little more in depth! So what exactly is a polyphenol? A polyphenol is defined as a compound that possesses a phenolic moiety. Okay,...

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Extracts – need your ideas!

As you can tell, the next series I’m moving on to researching extracts, and I wondered which ones interested you, my amazing readers! Here’s what I’ve got planned so far… cucumber grapeseed wheat grass chamomile chyrsanthemum green tea guava fruit honeysuckle papaya rosemary seaweed strawberry I know there are others, but my brain is drawing...

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Green tea extract: Formulating with camellia oil and green tea butter

We’ve taken a look at camellia oil, so let’s start by taking a quick look at green tea butter. What exactly is it? Green tea butter is not a true butter – it is the extract mixed with a hydrogenated vegetable oil and/or oils to give it a butter type consistency. For instance, at Soapcraft.ca,...

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Green tea extract: Formulating with liquid extract

You can add liquid green tea extract to pretty much every product we saw yesterday, with the exception of the mineral make-up powders. The liquid extract can vary between suppliers, so check with your favourite shop to find out how they suggest you use it. I am using the liquid green tea extract from the...

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E-mail question: Grainy products when using butters?

Caroline wrote to ask about graininess in lip balm. She’s using mango and cocoa butter and wants to know how to get rid of the grains…The first thing I’d try is changing butters – but that isn’t going to make a difference because the inherent problem is with the cooling down of the lip balms,...

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Green tea extract: Formulating with powdered extract

There are a few ways we can get the awesome power of green tea extract into our creations – powdered green tea extract, liquid green tea extract, and green tea butter or camellia oil. Today we’ll take a look at using the powdered extract!You can add green tea extract to any creation containing water. To...

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