Member exclusive Q&A: Why do I suggest starting with a stick blender, then moving to a hand mixer with some emulsifiers?

In the December Q&A, Terri asked: Thank you for the Flowers, Flowers & More Flowers Body Butter recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I noticed in the directions, you recommend starting with a stick blender but switching to a handheld to finish incorporating the water phase into the oil phase. Can you explain why?...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Can we use Dead Sea salts in our lotions?

In the December Q&A post, Ana asked: Is it possible to dissolve Dead Sea salt in water and use that water in the aqueous phase to make a cream or lotion?  Yes, and no. According to this MSDS, you could dissolve up to 60 grams Dead Sea salts in 100 ml or 100 grams water at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How to measure smaller amounts?

In the December duplicating post, Joyce asked: My question concerns formulating, in reading your blog you state when formulating a recipe, x%=xgrams. i have recently seen recipes with odd %’s, for ex. 0.80%. How do you measure .80 grams? Do we drop the 0 & make it .8grams, do we round up to 1 gram,...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What kind of aloe vera do I use in my formulas?

Katherine asked in this post on Simulgreen 18-2 lotions, This might seem like a silly question whose answer is obvious to most but what form of ALOE VERA is in your example formulation? Powder? Gel? Juice?  There are no silly questions! I’m definitely someone who needs to ask loads of questions to understand anything, so...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How to use many extracts in a product?

In June’s Q&A thread, Laura asked: Question about botanical extracts: I want to avoid using liquid extracts because may contain Phenoxyethanol and my clients DO NOT want it. Nor do they want Sodium Benzoate. There are not many available preserved with Leucidal Liquid. I do use some powdered extracts, but they tend to not dissolve,...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Why do my Dead Sea salts get wet when I add EO/FO?

In June’s Q&A, Joanne asked: Why do my dead sea bath salt get wet when I add EO/FO?  But the store Dead sea salt with EO/FO  stay dry?  Good question, and one that I had to learn the hard way! Dead Sea salts  (DSS) are hygroscopic or behave as a humectant, drawing water from the...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Why don’t we alter a formula when when we use a liquid versus powdered ingredient?

In June’s Q&A, Omitade asked this awesome question: I have a very basic question, probably answered somewhere. I recently purchased Panthenol Liquid and what I realized is that I don’t really understand how the recipe changes when you use liquid or dry ingredient of the same thing.  I make a lotion with 2% dl-panthenol and...

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