Member-to-member super happy wonderful sharing & caring post (July 2019)

Welcome to the July 2019 member-to-member sharing and caring post an open post for you to share your thoughts, ask questions, share formulas, and generally connect with other people on this blog. One of the reasons I went with Disqus was to allow posts with pictures or videos or links of all sorts so we could share…...

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Heat-proofing our body butters by making emulsified body butters!

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. We increased the melting point by thickening our oils with ingredients like Lipidthix or Cera bellina, and we…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part four, using emulsifiers

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. Yesterday, we looked at other ways to thicken our oils and increase the melting point by using some…...

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Q&A quickie: What can I substitute for BHT in an anhydrous facial oil?

In the June Q&A, Amy asked, I’ve got a question for ya! I’m duping Elf’s nourishing facial oil, it’s a fairly straight forward dupe. My question is about the BHT, is it really necessary? I’m thinking that they added to extend the life of the oils, but would something like rosemary oleoresin be a more…...

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Q&A: How can I stabilize the colour of products with watermelon extract?

In the June Q&A, Anna asked, I formulate 99-100% natural products, and love color, so I’ve been using natural colorants in my products, such as glycerites, watermelon powder (Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract from Formulator Sample shop). My general formula is: hydrosols, distilled water, allantoin, sodium lactate, glycerite (or watermelon powder), natural chelating agent-PA3 (Sodium…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part three, using oil thickeners

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. Today, let’s take a look at other ways to thicken our oils and increase the melting point so…...

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Hey $10 subscribers! Please enjoy this $15 coupon in lieu of the new e-zine

Are you sure we’re in June? The month felt shorter than February, which is why we’re offering you a $15 coupon for the shop in lieu of a new e-zine. I have a number of them on which I’ve been working as well as two series for the blog, but the end of the month…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part two, adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters

Yesterday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters. Today, let’s take a look at adding other oil thickeners with higher melting points, like fatty alcohols, acids, or esters. Adding a solid ingredient like this can have a huge impact on the melting point of…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part one, adding butters

How can I heatproof my anhydrous body butter? It’s a common question this time of year as anhydrous whipped shea or other butters tend to liquidify in the hot summer sun at markets, while shipping, or just sitting in your bathroom in a lovely jar. Let’s take a look at a few ways we can…...

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Q&A: What the heck is coconut acid? #alltheingredients

In the June Q&A, Andrea asked, Another question about ingredients: in the list below what the heck is coconut acid?  A proprietary and moisturizing blend of sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, coconut acid, water/aqua/eau, coco glucoside, sodium isethionate, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, panthenol (pro-vitamin b5), camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extracts, humectants, sucrose cocoate, glycerin,…...

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