Experiments in the workshop: Black cocoa butter emulsified sugar scrub

I had such great success with the yesterday’s black cocoa butter solid scrub bar, I had to try it in a sugar scrub! I figured the increased meltiness of the cocoa butter would be an awesome moisturizing ingredient, but I did worry it might be too melty in the container! Using this recipe, I figured...

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Experiments in the workshop: Using black cocoa butter in a scrub bar.

Randi of Creations from Eden sent me this amazing black African Natural cocoa butter. It’s so much easier to chop into little pieces than regular cocoa butter because it’s softer with a lower melting point. My knife just cut into this cocoa butter – normally, I wish for a hammer when I’m breaking up cocoa...

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The chemistry of our nails: Whipped butter with lanolin and lecithin

As I’ve been mentioning for a few days, using lanolin and lecithin together in a nail care product will offer maximum moisturizing, water repellency, and those lovely phospholipids our nails really like. So let’s take a look at making a whipped butter with these ingredients. This recipe is rated E for everyone, and is fantastic...

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The chemistry of our nails: Formulating a balm with lanolin and lecithin

As we know, lecithin is a great inclusion in a nail care product as it contains a ton of those wonderful phospholipids, and lanolin is a great barrier ingredient that can repel water. So let’s take a look at formulating a cuticle and nail balm using these ingredients. This recipe is rated E for everyone,...

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Back to basics: Bath melts

If you have some butters around and still have some supplies left over from making bath bombs, why not try making some bath melts? These are like bath bombs in that they contain the citric acid and baking soda necessary to make them break apart (with little to no fizzing), but they contain the butters...

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