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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Emulsifiers: Lotionpro 165 in a body butter

One of the things Jen from Lotioncrafter advertises on her blog about this emulsifier is its ability to create a light, fluffy body butter (Body Butter Bliss recipe), so it was only natural to try using it in a body butter that contained quite a lot of shea butter to see how it would work…....

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Ingredient: Using Captex SBE/ButterEZ as a thickener with oils

One of the ways you can use Captex SBE or ButterEZ (INCI Caprylic/capric/stearic triglycerides) in our products is as a thickener. It can be used in place of a butter in your products or you can combine it with a butter or oil to thicken it or reduce grains. I think the most amazing thing…...

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Ingredient: Using CaptexSBE/ButterEZ to reduce grains in your products

As I mentioned yesterday, one of the main applications of Captex SBE/ButterEZ (INCI Caprylic/capric/stearic triglycerides) is as a way of reducing grains in our butters. It’s simple to use it in this capacity, and once mixed up, you can use it as you would any butter. UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER WITH CAPTEX SBE/BUTTER EZ80% shea butter20% Captex…...

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What do you want know? What makes a whipped butter remain whipped?

In this post on whipped butter, Lauren asks: I actually have a question, and hopefully this post isn’t too old. What are we actually doing to the oils that make it whip and stay that way? Are we changing the molecular bonds of the oils? Are we just incorporating air? When it melts back down, would…...

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(Early) Weekend Wonderings: Substitutions for mango butter,

Happy Black Friday! And thanks for your lovely Thanksgiving wishes, but I’m Canadian, and our holiday is the second Monday of October. But I’ll always happily accept good wishes and blessings any time of the year! I’m not going near the shops today because I don’t really do crowds, so let’s spend some time looking…...

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Pumpkin seed oil: A whipped butter

I love whipped butters and I love pumpkin seed oil, so it’s a natural progression to combine the two in an awesome product designed to help with any dry skin issues that might arise for me during the autumn and winter. This is a dry feeling butter that completely melts on skin contact. It feels…...

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