Formulating with hydrogenated butters: Lime butter

As I mentioned back in September, I bought a lot of lime butter by accident, so I’ve been formulating with it quite a bit lately. Let’s take a look at this ingredient and other hydrogenated oils/butters before we formulate with it. Lime butter – INCI: Citrus Latifolia Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (and) Tocopherol, according…...

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Weekday Wonderings: How can we heat proof an anhydrous butter?

In this post, Adapting your products for summer, Taryn asked: I make body products and this will be my first summer. What can I do to better safeguard my products from turning into liquid pools while at markets and in the mail? I am just starting out and I am worrying that I may have to take…...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – tweaking the waxes!

Yesterday we took a look at the basic recipe for lotion bars. You can change the skin feel, melting point, and hardness of a bar by playing with the wax type and amount without changing the type of butters or oils. Although the basic recipe is 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 butter, and 1/3 oil, playing with…...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – the basic recipe!

Consider the lotion bar. Easy to make, easy to tweak, and easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. We can make them as simple or as complicated as we wish. We can wrap them in foil or cellophane, package them in adorable tins, or put them in lip balm or deodorant containers. I…...

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Back to basics: Whipped butters (updated)

Whipped butters are so impressive but so darned easy to make! They might seem all complicated with their whippiness, but they’re simple to make if you have a mixer with a whisk attachment. (I bought my Black & Decker 250 watt mixer for $20 from Canadian Tire with two whisk attachments! I’m sure you could…...

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Whipped babassu, sal, and hemp seed oil butter!

I’m declaring April the month to try something different (at least for me, but you’re welcome to play along). I made a lotion yesterday with all kinds of ingredients I’ve never used before, and today I thought I’d make a new whipped butter. (If you want to know more about babassu oil, click here!) WHIPPED…...

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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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A few other butters…

Since I’ve decided to try different things in my creations this year, let’s take a look at a few other butters. In the food and cosmetic industry, six butters are considered substitutes for cocoa butter – palm, illipe, kokum, sal, shea, and mango – but they do offer different qualities and fatty acid profiles for…...

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Body lotion becomes foot lotion

My best friend shows off her exciting foot operation. When the bandages came off, we realized she needed something pretty intense for her feet! We saw the differences between a hand lotion and body lotion, now let’s make a foot lotion! We’ll base it on the body lotion from the other day. We can keep…...

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Astringents – are they moisturizing?

Anonymous posted this as a comment…When you say “astringent” it makes me think “drying out” – but that’s not the case with “astringent” oils and butters? I used to think I liked drier lotions too until recently. I find they don’t leave the (greasy, if you will) layer that I guess I like! But I…...

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