Weekend Wondering: What is the “dump and heat” method for creating lotions?

In the September Q&A on Patreon, Allison asked: I recently read an article on the blog for Majestic Mountain Sage where they advocate what they refer to as a “dump and heat” method for creating lotions, creams, or conditioners.  I have read quite a bit about creating emulsions and have never seen any instructions that…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Is emulsification always immediate?

In this post, Weekday Wonderings: Figuring out the melting point, Melanie asks: Will emulsification always be immediate? I made your “pirate” beard conditioner last night and at first when i just poured it and and stirred it looked emulsified though yellowish. Then oil drops started forming. It wasn’t until I blended it with the hand mixer…...

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Weekend Wonderings: How do I figure out if I can use some ingredients as emulsifiers? Why add cetyl alcohol to a recipe with e-wax?

HOW DO I FIGURE OUT IF I CAN USE TWO EMULSIFIERS TOGETHER?In this post, How do we make substitutions with our emulsifiers, Mette asks: I have some questions which I hope you can help me with. I am trying to make a baby lotion and I have Sucrose Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate and Cetearyl Alcohol on my hands. As…...

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What do you want to know? Is there a limit to what we can include in the cool down phase?

Marjo asks quite a few questions on the What do you want to know post, and I’m going to do my best to answer them! (You’ve got quite the curious mind, Marjo! It’s great!) What are the boundaries of the additives phase? I mean, how far can or should you go in the cooling phase…...

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Weekend Wonderings: How do self-emulsifying emulsifiers work within the HLB system?

HOW DO SELF-EMULSIFYING EMULSIFIERS WORK IN THE HLB SYSTEM?In the same Weekend Wondering post, kiev asks: As I am new to lotion making and have done some of the no no’s you have listed. I am trying to understand the HLB system and that has prompted a question regarding Ewax or any self emulsifying system…....

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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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Weekend Wonderings: Molecular changes in lotion, beeswax as an emulsifier, and why I don’t make CP soap

Someone asked what I was studying in school – chemistry! I’m an addict, I admit it. (Hey, I love chemistry so much, I married a man named Nichols!) My exam went well. I can’t believe there are only three more weeks! What will I do to fill my time? Maybe I’ll actually relax for a…...

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Troubleshooting a lotion recipe…

In this post on making a basic lotion, Courty asks: I tried your summer lotion the other day. (Was it this one?) I love it but have a problem I was hoping you could help with. It rubs in very well when my skin is dry but if I apply it after I get out of…...

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Chemistry Thursday: The Bancroft rule

While looking at the comments section looking for questions I could answer, I found a link to the Bancroft rule, and I thought I should post it here. (I can’t remember who suggested this, sorry, but you are awesome!) The Bancroft rule states: “The phase in which an emulsifier is more soluble constitutes the continuous…...

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Emulsifiers – Check what you’ve got!

There are many things we can call emulsifiers for our products, but when you’re making a lotion or other emulsified product, what you probably want is an emulsification system, which generally consists of at least two ingredients – a low HLB emulsifier like glycol distearate or glycol stearate and a high HLB emulsifier like ceteareth-20…...

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