Q&A: Creating exactly the right amount of scrub for a container? How to make it feel less greasy?

In this month’s Q&A, Victoria asked,  I’m working on perfecting my natural body scrub formula, but I’m having a hard time getting the batch amounts correct. For example, I wanted to make a 4oz jar last night (somewhere around 113g), and ended up with about 12oz instead. My base formula includes 30% shea butter, 26%...

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Weekend Wonderings: More information on calculations

In this post, Question: Determining how much to use when working with powders, there’s a discussion going on about calculations. Let’s take a look at a few calculations today! BASIC FIRST LOTION RECIPE68.5% water16% oil (sunflower, soy bean, rice bran, or olive oil)5% shea or mango butter3% cetyl alcohol6% emulsifier (BTMS or Polawax)1% fragrance or...

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Question: Determining how much to use when working with powders

From this post, Making a water-in-silicone serum, Nanette asks: How do you determine the correct percentages of powdered ingredients? 2% of powder A could weigh significantly more than 2% of Powder B. These kind of conundrums are the reason we weigh all our ingredients intead of using teaspoons or tablespoons. How much allantoin are we...

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Weekend Wonderings: Let’s talk about math! Caprol Micro Express! And why I’m using so many exclamation marks today!

Sorry for not posting every day, but it’s at the point right now that I have write all the posts on the weekend, and if I don’t get that chance, then there’s nothing! I appreciate your patience as I get less busy in real life! (It stinks because I had all the posts for the...

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