Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part three) – testing the jars

So far in this series we created a formula for a lip balm in which we can try different simple, solid esters, colours, and flavours, and then we created that formula and tested the lip balm in tubes. Today, let’s see how they perform in jars! Reviewing the lip balm in jars!  These jars contain…...

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Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part two) – testing the tubes

If you want to catch up on this simple ester series, click here for the last post that has all the links to the previous parts!  Yesterday, we created a formula for a lip balm in which we can try different simple, solid esters, colours, and flavours. Today, let’s make that formula and see what…...

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Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part one) – the formula

If you want to catch up on this simple ester series, click here for the last post that has all the links to the previous parts!  After making our lotion bars – click here for that post – we decided to try using these simple esters in a lip balm to see how the colour…...

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Simple esters: Creating lotion bars with simple esters

Wow, it’s been a while? I’ve been trying to find time to write up these experiments I did with Emrys months ago, but life’s been way too busy! Let’s take a look at creating lotion bars with simple esters! If you want to catch up on this series, click here for the last post that…...

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Testing lip balms & lotion bars with esters!

As part of our ester series, Emrys and I have been testing many different lip balms and lotion bars with solid esters to check their pour temperature, colour pay off, skin feel, flavour oil retention, prettiness, and more. Solid esters used in place of butters can increase colour deposition and may feel less greasy, more silky,…...

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#alltheingredients: Glyceryl caprylate/caprate (GCC) – a glyceryl ester

We’re working through the ingredients we need to make this conditioner – Formulas from Stepan: Links to the Multicultural Collection for textured or curly hair. We evaluated the formula in this post – How do I learn about new ingredients? STEPANQUAT® Helia (part six) – reviewing the formula from Stepan’s multicultural series – and found their were four…...

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Simple esters: Compare and contrast!

Wow, it’s taken a while, but we made it to the end of the simple esters series. So far in this series, we’ve taken a look at these solid, simple esters… Myristyl myristate Cetyl palmitate Cetyl rincinoleate Cetyl esters Stearyl palmitate Cetearyl olivate Lauryl Laurate …and I thought we could compare them so you could…...

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Esters: Lauryl Laurate, simple ester

Wow, this is the last of the simple esters we’ll be reviewing in this series! We’ll compare them in a chart, and take a look at some formulas in which we could use them. The next topic in the series? Guerbet esters! Yay!  Lauryl Laurate is a simple ester derived from lauryl alcohol and lauric acid…...

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Ester: Cetearyl olivate (simple ester)

Cetearyl olivate is an ester that’s derived from Cetearyl Alcohol – which is a combination of cetyl alcohol (16 carbon) and stearyl alcohol (18 carbon) – reacting with olive oil, which is a mixture of fatty acids that have been esterified, like cetearyl palmitate, cetearyl oleate, cetearyl stearate, and so on. (It’s like cetyl esters in…...

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Esters: Stearyl palmitate, simple ester

We took some time away from the ester series over the holidays, but it’s time to get back to learning more about these awesome non-greasy, silky, glidy emollients. Let’s take a look at another simple ester, stearyl palmitate. As a note, you can find all the posts from this series in the emollients section of the blog…....

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