Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part three) – testing the jars

So far in this series we created a formula for a lip balm in which we can try different simple, solid esters, colours, and flavours, and then we created that formula and tested the lip balm in tubes. Today, let’s see how they perform in jars! Reviewing the lip balm in jars!  These jars contain…...

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Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part two) – testing the tubes

If you want to catch up on this simple ester series, click here for the last post that has all the links to the previous parts!  Yesterday, we created a formula for a lip balm in which we can try different simple, solid esters, colours, and flavours. Today, let’s make that formula and see what…...

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Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part one) – the formula

If you want to catch up on this simple ester series, click here for the last post that has all the links to the previous parts!  After making our lotion bars – click here for that post – we decided to try using these simple esters in a lip balm to see how the colour…...

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Simple esters: Creating lotion bars with simple esters

Wow, it’s been a while? I’ve been trying to find time to write up these experiments I did with Emrys months ago, but life’s been way too busy! Let’s take a look at creating lotion bars with simple esters! If you want to catch up on this series, click here for the last post that…...

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Testing lip balms & lotion bars with esters!

As part of our ester series, Emrys and I have been testing many different lip balms and lotion bars with solid esters to check their pour temperature, colour pay off, skin feel, flavour oil retention, prettiness, and more. Solid esters used in place of butters can increase colour deposition and may feel less greasy, more silky,…...

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Creating a lotion bar from scratch using rice bran wax (part three)

Welcome back to this series on creating lotion bars with rice bran wax! We started by taking a look at what rice bran wax was all about, then we added rice bran wax to a lotion bar with soy wax, then we created a basic lotion bar from scratch. Yesterday, we had some fun altering the…...

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Creating a lotion bar from scratch using rice bran wax (part two)

Welcome back to this series on creating lotion bars with rice bran wax! We started by taking a look at what rice bran wax was all about, then we added rice bran wax to a lotion bar with soy wax, then we created a basic lotion bar from scratch. Today, let’s take a look at altering…...

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Creating a lotion bar from scratch with rice bran wax (part one)

Welcome back to this short series on using rice bran wax. First, we met this awesome plant-based wax, then we modified a lotion bar formula to have a higher melting point with it. Today, let’s take a look at creating a lotion bar from scratch with it. If you’ve never made lotion bars before, may…...

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Creating a lotion bar using rice bran wax!

Yesterday, we spent some time taking a look at rice bran wax. Today, let’s take a look at how we might use it in a lotion bar! I teach this version of a softer lotion bar with soy wax that works really well as a massage bar in my eco skin care class at Voyageur Soap…...

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Heat-proofing our body butters by making emulsified body butters!

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. We increased the melting point by thickening our oils with ingredients like Lipidthix or Cera bellina, and we…...

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