Emollients you will love: Cupuacu butter

Cupuacu butter (INCI: Theobroma grandflorum seed butter) is a relative of cocoa butter, with a less greasy skin that leaves a less shiny appearance. Its melting point is more like refined shea butter at 32 ̊C to 36 ̊C (89˚F to 96.8˚F), so melts in contact with skin, which is lovely. It can be used anywhere you might…...

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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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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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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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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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Weekend Wonderings: So many comments (part one!)

As you might have read, I’ve been sick lately. It’s been one heck of a flu, and I’m still struggling with low energy issues and sinus problems. I thought I’d get to some of the comments you’ve made in the last few weeks. Please be patient with me – I’m wading through the e-mail and…...

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One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in whipped butters

I love using sunflower oil in whipped butters because it offers a really light skin feel that takes a while to sink into my skin. It offers me tons of lovely linoleic acid to help repair skin’s barrier mechanisms and reduce transepidermal water loss, oleic acid to soften and moisturizer, and the phystosterols help reduce…...

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One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in a body butter

We’ve on the fifth product using Incroquat BTMS-50, and I thought we should take a look at body butters. Before we start, let’s define what we mean by a body butter first because there are a few products called body butters that we could create. What I mean by a body butter in this post…...

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