Emulsifiers: Lotionpro 165 in a body butter

One of the things Jen from Lotioncrafter advertises on her blog about this emulsifier is its ability to create a light, fluffy body butter (Body Butter Bliss recipe), so it was only natural to try using it in a body butter that contained quite a lot of shea butter to see how it would work…....

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Ingredient: Using Captex SBE/ButterEZ as a thickener with oils

One of the ways you can use Captex SBE or ButterEZ (INCI Caprylic/capric/stearic triglycerides) in our products is as a thickener. It can be used in place of a butter in your products or you can combine it with a butter or oil to thicken it or reduce grains. I think the most amazing thing…...

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Ingredient: Using CaptexSBE/ButterEZ to reduce grains in your products

As I mentioned yesterday, one of the main applications of Captex SBE/ButterEZ (INCI Caprylic/capric/stearic triglycerides) is as a way of reducing grains in our butters. It’s simple to use it in this capacity, and once mixed up, you can use it as you would any butter. UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER WITH CAPTEX SBE/BUTTER EZ80% shea butter20% Captex…...

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What do you want know? What makes a whipped butter remain whipped?

In this post on whipped butter, Lauren asks: I actually have a question, and hopefully this post isn’t too old. What are we actually doing to the oils that make it whip and stay that way? Are we changing the molecular bonds of the oils? Are we just incorporating air? When it melts back down, would…...

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(Early) Weekend Wonderings: Substitutions for mango butter,

Happy Black Friday! And thanks for your lovely Thanksgiving wishes, but I’m Canadian, and our holiday is the second Monday of October. But I’ll always happily accept good wishes and blessings any time of the year! I’m not going near the shops today because I don’t really do crowds, so let’s spend some time looking…...

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Pumpkin seed oil: A whipped butter

I love whipped butters and I love pumpkin seed oil, so it’s a natural progression to combine the two in an awesome product designed to help with any dry skin issues that might arise for me during the autumn and winter. This is a dry feeling butter that completely melts on skin contact. It feels…...

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Weekend Wonderings: When should you use a preservative? How to avoid dirty heels with lotion bars? How to tell if something’s gone rancid?

I love Saturday mornings. I see comments come in all week, but this is the morning I get to write about what I was thinking. It’s great fun, and I love to see how you respond. I’m sick. I have the September back-to-school cold and I’m grumpy and annoyed about it. I spent yesterday in…...

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Newbie Tuesday: What did you think about your whipped butters?

I hope you’ve had a chance to make your whipped butter by now, and are ready to share your thoughts on it! What recipe did you make? What did you love? What didn’t you love? What will you change next time? Please share your complete recipe (percentages or weight, not volume) in the comments! I…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating whipped butters – recipes to try! (updated)

Sorry for the break in these posts, but it’s been a long and painful few weeks out of the workshop and away from the computer thanks to my back (which is getting better, thanks!). Let’s recap the previous posts… Newbie Tuesday: Learning about oils & butters – an introduction Newbie Tuesday: Testing the skin feel…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating whipped butters – choosing your butter

I do love my whipped butters! The feeling of whipped shea butter on my horribly dry skin in the winter or after a long and too sunny camping trip makes me so happy. It really is amazing how simple they are to make, but as with anything in the creation of bath and body products, it’s…...

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