More about Lipidthix and re-heating products!

Life has become quite insane lately, what with work, the groups, university, crafting, and everything else, I am having a hard time getting into the workshop and a hard time writing up posts. Bear with me as this might continue for the rest of the week. (Long weekend coming up for Canadian Thanksgiving, so I’ll...

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Quick note on using water in sugar and salt scrubs

I’ve received quite a few emails lately from people wanting to know how to preserve or make their sugar or salt scrubs that contain things like aloe vera or coconut milk. I’m not sure where you’re finding these recipes, but you really can’t have a water based sugar or salt scrub! It’s all about solubility. Sugar...

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Newbie Tuesday: You made conditioner! Bragging and questions!

Yay! You made conditioner last Newbie Tuesday! Congratulations to those of you who made your first batch. Wasn’t it awesome to see emulsification happen? And wasn’t it fantastic to try it on your hair for the first time. What did you like about it? What do you want to change about it? How was the...

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Why did I buy that again? Lipidthix – using 25% to make a butter

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been playing with Lipidthix to make a butter out of an oil. In Thursday’s post, I combined rice bran oil with 20% Lipidthix to make a rice bran oil butter. I liked it, but it was thinner than I wanted. So I thought I’d play around with a...

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Why did I buy that again? Lipidthix – making a butter!

As we saw yesterday, Lipidthix is a powder we can add to our oils to create butters out of them. Why would we want to do this? So we can have something like jojoba butter or soy butter or any other oil we like butter that we can use as something like a whipped butter...

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Why did I buy that again? Lipidthix

Lipidthix (INCI Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) is an oil soluble vegetable oil that has been hydrogenated  into a powdered form. It thickens oil soluble products and can make butters by adding it to oils. (It’s recommended at 20% Lipidthix with 80% oils to make a buttery version of the oil.) As an aside, if you get...

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Newbie Tuesday: Let’s make a conditioner! (updated)

It’s time to stop researching and make a conditioner! You know who you are! You’re the person who spends many many waking moments reading about or thinking about making conditioners, but you’ve never ever made a conditioner! I want you to step away from the computer – after printing the instructions, of course – and...

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Experiments in the workshop: Behenyl alcohol in my Ritamulse SCG sugar scrub!

I’m having a love affair with Ritamulse SCG in my sugar scrubs, and thought I should try making it with a different fatty alcohol – behenyl alcohol. I’ve made sugar scrubs with Ritamulse SCG and sugar scrubs with behenyl alcohol, but never both! So let’s see what this might feel like! BLACK COCOA BUTTER EMULSIFIED...

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Why bother with distilled water in our products?

I know it’s a pain to get hold of distilled water for every single crafting session, but it’s necessary! “Distilled water is water that has many of its impurities removed through distillation. Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container.” (Click for more from Wikipedia!) In other words, distilled water...

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Not all sulfates are sulfates

I don’t really see anything wrong with sulfates in our surfactants, but some people wish to avoid them…but not all sulfates are sulfates. If you’re avoiding sulfates, I guess you have to stay well away from Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and BTMS (behentrimonium methosulfate). You won’t be able to use gypsum in your house (calcium...

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