Weekend Wonderings: It’s all about the polysorbates, baby!

There were a few questions about polysorbate 20 this week, so let’s take a look at those comments! WILL HEATING HELP AN EMULSION WITH POLYSORBATE 20?In this post, Polysorbate 20 vs. polysorbate 80, Sam F asks, Do you think heating will aide an o/w emulsion when adding 0.3% eo’s & 1.2% polysorbate 20 to water? The...

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Gels (revised for 2013)!

I admit I have a thing for gels. It’s so cool to see some water and some powder come together to create something so thick a fork can stand up in it! I’ve written about them in the past, but I thought it would be fun to do a little update on the topic. What’s...

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Monday Wonderings: The soaping effect, blending preservatives, and melian’s preservative rant!

In this post, Michael asks, I make a lotion that is leaving white smear marks on my face. It’s not a tragedy, but I don’t like it. I’ve increased the % of water, no change (now (75% water + 18% carrier oils + 6% E-wax NF).. I’m wondering if it’s the amount of emulsifier? I tried...

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It’s holiday time! And some questions of you, my wonderful readers.

Today marks the first day of my holiday time! I don’t go back to work until the 10th! Wow! Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but it’s nice to be unscheduled. Sleeping in, playing in the workshop, writing the blog, playing more Animal Crossing: New Leaf, spending time with Raymond, spending time with...

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Weekend Wonderings: Adding ingredients to more than 100% and when to use maximum preservative

In this post, Tuesday Wonderings: On recipes that don’t total 100%, Karen writes, I have been reading the blog for a while, and for some reason I understood that certain ingredients were to be used ABOVE the 100%. Such as everything will add up to 100% and THEN we add the 1% (of that total) of...

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Friday Wonderings: How to figure out the volume of a recipe?

In this post, Maiti asks: I have 3 batches of lotion under my belt using your Basic Lotion Formula ™ and your Basic Lotionmaking 101 pdf (thank you for those, by the way!). My question is about adding the extra water that you say boils off during the heating phase.This is my most recent formula:12 2-oz...

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Thursday Wonderings: How does cetearyl ethylhexanoate feel? Do I need to preserve my coconut milk shampoo?

In this post on cetearyl ethylhexanoate, seventh77 asks: Is it as dry, drier, or less dry than BTMS-50? I find BTMS-50 to be far too drying for my skin. I like the powdery feel, but it leaves my skin feeling dry and not moisturized. I don’t like greasy or oily feeling creams, but if cetearyl ethylhexanoate is...

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Wednesday Wonderings: What is the usage rate for an all in one emulsifier?

In this post, You don’t need to use the HLB system with an all in one emulsifier, Anonymous asks: I love your blog and have been reading it for almost a year now. Can you just confirm that the usage rate of an all in one emulsifier is the percentage of the oil phase only? Because up until...

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Tuesday Wonderings: Is glyceryl stearate an all-in-one emulsifier? If not, what can I do with it?

In this post, You don’t need to use the HLB system for all-in-one emulsifiers, Nicole asks: Can you help me out with a ‘self emulsifying wax’ I purchased which is listed as Glyceryl Stearate & Potassium Stearate (MSDS < 96 Glyceryl Stearate, < 7 Glycerine, < 3 Postassium Stearate). I thought his was an all in...

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Monday Wonderings: The difference between a conditioner with BTMS and a lotion with BTMS?

Whew! It’s been a crazy few weeks with loads of youth programs, tons of work, and a chemistry final on the 16th for which I was studying quite a bit. I spent the weekend lounging about playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and feeling really guilty that I wasn’t running about getting things done, but I’m...

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