Emollients you will love? Illipe butter

I shared a bit about this butter a few years ago, but I’ve been playing with it a lot more lately, so I thought it was time to take a closer look at this hard, brittle butter. Illipe butter (INCI: Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe) Seed Butter) aka Borneo tallow is a hard, white to cream, brittle...

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Formulating with hydrogenated butters: Lime butter

As I mentioned back in September, I bought a lot of lime butter by accident, so I’ve been formulating with it quite a bit lately. Let’s take a look at this ingredient and other hydrogenated oils/butters before we formulate with it. Lime butter – INCI: Citrus Latifolia Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (and) Tocopherol, according...

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Weekday Wonderings: How can we heat proof an anhydrous butter?

In this post, Adapting your products for summer, Taryn asked: I make body products and this will be my first summer. What can I do to better safeguard my products from turning into liquid pools while at markets and in the mail? I am just starting out and I am worrying that I may have to take...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – tweaking the waxes!

Yesterday we took a look at the basic recipe for lotion bars. You can change the skin feel, melting point, and hardness of a bar by playing with the wax type and amount without changing the type of butters or oils. Although the basic recipe is 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 butter, and 1/3 oil, playing with...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – the basic recipe!

Consider the lotion bar. Easy to make, easy to tweak, and easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. We can make them as simple or as complicated as we wish. We can wrap them in foil or cellophane, package them in adorable tins, or put them in lip balm or deodorant containers. I...

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