Yesterday, we made some suggestions for gifts you could give to your favourite crafter. I can’t believe I forgot all about mixers! Click here for another post on ideas for presents!
When it comes to hand mixers, I like to have one that has loads of attachments. When I’m teaching at Voyageur Soap & Candle, we use Black & Decker hand mixers that have whisk or beater attachments. These things are so fast, we only use one beater at a time!
I’ve also been using this inexpensive Hamilton Beach mixer that came with four beaters and a whisk. It’s a very powerful one.
I have a Kitchenaid Architect 9 speed mixer that has a blending rod, which is awesome as a propeller mixer, as well as whisks and beaters. (See it here at Best Buy in Canada.) I love this one so much. It’s much slower to start than the Black & Decker, but it’s powerful as heck. It’s ideal for things like making an oily gel with Sucragel AOF, which requires a propeller mixer, ane one of the gels I’ve been using lately…can’t remember which one!
Oh, and we also have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, which is great for larger batches and things like emulsified scrubs or whipped butters that need to be mixed for a while.
It’s helpful to have both a hand mixer type thingie and an immersion blender. Stick blenders are high shear mixers, and some emulsifiers like Olivem 1000, Simulgreen 18-2, and Varisoft EQ 65 require high shear to come together. You’ll also want high shear for gelling agents like Siligel or to incorporate lovely things like Penstia powder.
I hate hate hate immersion blenders as they’re so hard to clean, but they’re a necessary evil. Is there something I can use that’ll make clean up that much easier? Thank goodness, yes! I’m in love with this MiniPro Mixer from Lotioncrafter*.
It’s way more powerful than the little mixers or drink foamers I’ve purchased in the past, and it’s super easy to clean up by whirring it in a container of soapy water.
As a note, I know some of you will write to me saying that it’s easy to clean immersion blenders. It’s not. My husband usually cleans them for me as I have such a hard time with them, and he notes that last time, it took three Q-tips to get it clean!
This MicroMini™ Mixer from Lotioncrafter* is super powerful, but so small you can get it into a bottle to mix all those annoying powdered extracts and other things.
I tried to get an action shot of this mixer, but it’s hard for me to take pictures and mix and not spill all over my workbench!
I love this little “Deluxe Cordless Mini Mixer” from Candora Soap* (Ontario) as it comes with a few little attachments, which come in super handy when you have to change from an immersion attachnent to a whisk attachment quickly.
Which one do you use the most? Which one do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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