Using decyl glucoside in our products: pH and thickening

As I mentioned yesterday, decyl glucoside has two main drawbacks – a high pH (as high as 11.5) and difficulty thickening. Let’s take a look at those issues! pHThe pH for decyl glucoside is alkaline, and can go quite high. If you want to use this as your main surfactant, you’ll have to work to...

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Using decyl glucoside in our products: What is it?

There’s an increased interest in using decyl glucoside as a surfactant because of its reputation for being gentle to mild and because it’s considered a green ingredient (or at least ECOcert), so how can we use it in our products? First, what is decyl glucoside? (Condensed from this post…) Decyl glucoside is a very mild non-ionic...

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Newbie Tuesday: Questions, comments, and recipes about lotion bars.

Sorry, nothing today. No one played along, so there’s nothing to report. I had planned to modify the recipes you shared into scrub bars for next week, but we don’t have any recipes to modify. Feel free to do a search for scrub bars – there are tons of recipes on the blog. I’m cancelling the...

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Infusions, teas, and using vinegar to preserve things

I’ve had occasion to lie in bed reading a lot of blogs, web sites, and forums lately, and I have to admit I’m shocked by how many recipes I’m seeing that aren’t using preservatives and how many people are saying you can keep things in the fridge. I’m also shocked at the number of people...

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Some neat stuff I thought might interest you for a long weekend…

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, there are no old posts on this blog! But sometimes interesting discussion on not-so-recent posts get lost, so I thought I’d share a few I’ve seen this week… Looking for some ideas on tools you can use to mix your products? Check out the discussion in this post – Creating...

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Weekend Wonderings: Using liquid extracts, freezing butters, and using different preservatives!

INTO WHICH PHASE SHOULD WE PUT LIQUID EXTRACTS?In this Weekend Wondering post on using extracts, Karen asks: Hi Susan. I was wondering if using liquid oil soluble extracts would they be included as part of the oil % phase or water phase?  If something is oil soluble, you put it with the oil soluble ingredients. If...

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Wow! Emulsification’s awesome!

If you’ve never made a lotion or just want to see the WOW! moment again, check out this little video I made on the moment of emulsification. I never get tired of seeing that! Should you add the water to the oil or the oil to the water? Click here for that answer!  If you’d...

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Chemistry Thursday: Review before we get into new stuff next week

There seems to be some interest in learning more chemistry (yay!), so I’m resuming the Chemistry Thursday posts next week. In the meantime, here are a few posts that might interest you! The atom! What is an atom? What’s a proton, a neutron, and an electron? The molecule! What is a molecule? Ionic bonding and...

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Choose your suppliers wisely!

Please buy your supplies from reputable suppliers. I’m not saying people on eBay aren’t reputable, but you can’t be sure exactly what you are getting or the shelf life of the product when you’re buying a product from an intermediary. Things might be mislabelled – are you sure this is e-wax NF or cetearyl alcohol?...

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Newbie Tuesday: Formulating lotion bars (updated)

I love lotion bars. They’re super easy to make and you can customize them in so many ways! But what is a lotion bar, exactly? These are generally solid-ish, anhydrous products made with oils, butters, and waxes. The basic recipe is generally 1/3 butter, 1/3 oil, 1/3 wax, but you can make loads of modifications to...

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