Member exclusive Q&A: Why did this lotion fail? Part two – fragrance or essential oils and mixing

Yesterday, we took a look at how changes in oils and preservatives might impact a lotion. What else could be an issue here? Fragrance and essential oils aren’t inert ingredients: We know vanilla can make things brown, but it can also thin out a product thanks to the vanillin. This is why we may have...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Why did this lotion fail? Part one – oils & preservatives

In the November 2017 Q&A on Patreon, Marta wrote, I made your Silken Vanilla Latte Body Butter (Simusol 165) a month ago without any substitutions and followed your basic lotion-making instructions.  All of my lotions emulsified with BTMS-50 have been stable (as of three months – when I began all this fun).  The body butter...

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Prepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter with Simulgreen 18-2 (part two)

The other day, we spent some time getting to know each of the ingredients I like for this lotion, so let’s make the darned thing already! As an aside, thanks for commenting on the previous post!  BAOBAB & BABASSU BODY BUTTER WITH SIMULGREEN 18-2HEATED WATER PHASE36% distilled water10% aloe vera extract or liquid10% chamomile hydrosol3% … Read more

Emulsifiers: Emulthix – a light to medium weight lotion with all kinds of botanical ingredients

Last week, we took a look at Emulthix, a cold process emulsifier. We made a nice, basic lotion with pumpkin seed oil, water, preservative, and emulsifier, then we made it a bit more complicated by adding humectants, proteins, extracts, and more! You know me, though, there’s no way I can stop there! Let’s make a … Read more

Long Weekend Wonderings: When lotions go wrong!

In this post, Monday Wonderings, eeting asks this question: I need help with troubleshooting an oil-free moisturizer (modified from Susan’s) and was hoping someone can enlighten me.  Recipe:HEATED WATER PHASEWater 30%, Aloe Juice 50%, Sodium lactate 2%, Green tea extract 5%, Hydrolysed Oats 2%, Sea Kelp Bioferment 5% (Preserved with: Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate). HEATED OIL PHASEBTMS conditioning emulsifier 3%, Cetyl alcohol 2%.COOL … Read more