Back to basics: Balms – a new recipe idea

We’ve turned our whipped butters and lotion bars into balms by using specific essential oils and using specific oils and butters (click here and here). Let’s take a look at creating balms that are really softer versions of lotion bars that we’ll store in jars or tins. (Because there’s no water in this balm, you…...

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Back to basics: Balms – choosing the right oils and butters

Choosing the right oils and butters can turn your anhydrous product into a balm. For instance, choosing an oil high in phytosterols like sesame seed, soy bean, or apricot kernel oil might help with inflammation. Choosing olive oil might help with post-sun exposure. Or choosing an oil high in Vitamin E, like wheat germ oil,…...

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Back to basics: Balms

We’ve taken a look at whipped butters and lotion bars, so let’s take a look at another type of anhydrous product – the balm. What exactly is a balm? It is a “medicated topical preparation for application to the skin…(that is) rubbed in” (from Wikipedia). Obviously I won’t be making any claims for the products…...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – tweaking the butters and oils

I could probably start a blog called “modifying your oils and butters for lotion bars” and write posts every single day for a year going over every single possible combination – but since I already have a blog that I enjoy writing and since the whole point of this series of back to basics is…...

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Back to basics – an aside on melting butters (updated)

I realized I didn’t include this in the whipped butter or lotion bar posts, so I’ll include it here… Sometimes your mango or shea butters can get grainy (this can happen to cocoa butter, but not as often as the other butters). The reason for this is the fatty acid profile of the butters. Let’s…...

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Conditioner: Adding butters to intense conditioners

Adding butters to a conditioner may only work for the most dry haired girls out there – normal and oily haired girls might find them too intense, and fine haired girls will probably hate these. All butters contain stearic acid, which is a great moisturizer, so they’ll work for a dry, itchy scalp, and some…...

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Babassu oil

If you’ve read this blog this week, you’ll know I’ve fallen in love with babassu oil after trying it in a whipped butter. So I thought I’d offer a short post on this amazingly lovely oil. Yes, babassu oil (INCI Orbygnia oleifera (babassu) seed oil) is an oil, even though it is solid at room…...

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