Question: How do we know the correct HLB value of oils and butters?

Melian poses some very interesting questions in this post, and I thought they needed to be answered here! Bear with me as this is a really long post (not that I’m the Queen of Succint-land on normal days, but this one seems really long!) I’m finding disagreements on the hlb of a few oils. how...

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HLB system: Substituting things in our oil phase

Let’s take one last look at the HLB system for making our own emulsifiers before we return to duplicating products. Remember that if you make a change to any of the oil soluble ingredients you’ll need to re-calculate your emulsifier! If you’re going from one vegetable oil to another – soy bean oil to sunflower...

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HLB system: Let’s get slightly more complicated

The one down side of using the HLB system is that you have to figure out the HLB of the oil phase if you change an ingredient (unless you’re substituting one vegetable based oil for another one, but even then jojoba could throw you off because it’s 6.5, fractionated coconut oil is 5.5, and emu...

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HLB system: Answers to working it out!

All right! How did you do with yesterday’s challenge to figure out how much emulsifier to use in this recipe? Don’t worry – it wasn’t a trick question (I always hate those in math exams)! I’ve realized this was really silly to post this on Easter Sunday because most of you were enjoying your Easter...

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HLB system: Work this one out!

Now you try it! Here’s a recipe (originally found in this post) on which you can practice your mad HLB figuring out skills! BODY BUTTER FOR ITCHY WINTER SKIN WITH MINIMALLY PROCESSED INGREDIENTSWATER PHASE25% water10% aloe vera10% chamomile hydrosol10% witch hazel2% hydrolyzed protein5% tamarind seed extract3% glycerin0.5% allantoin OIL PHASE10% soy bean oil7.5% cocoa butter7.5%...

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