Back to basics: Balms – let’s get complicated

I liked my complicated lotion bar so much, I thought I’d see if I could turn it into a balm-like product with a more whippy consistency. I did this by adding more liquids and reducing the solids.COMPLICATED BALM FILLED WITH ESTERS AND SILICONES 20.3% beeswax 4.1% cetyl esters 24.4% shea butter 22.8% cetearyl ethylhexanoate 1.6%...

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Question: Melting points of butters?

p asks in this post: I’m really confused about one thing, though – the melting point of stearic acid is pretty high, 69 C, or so. So how can the melting point of a butter that contains stearic acid be lower than 69 C? Cocoa butter is about a third stearic acid and its melting point...

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Back to basics: Balms – tweaking the new recipe idea.

As we know, a balm is a product intended to help with a condition of some sort intended to be rubbed in, so we need to modify these recipes to help with some condition. What condition could we choose here? How about sun exposure? Let’s say you’ve been in the sun a little too long...

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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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