Shelf life of our products: Creating, packaging, storing, and using products with longer shelf lives – a luscious emulsified body butter (part two)

I do love a good emulsified body butter, a lovely thick, gooey, emollient lotion that goes on smoothly on my skin without being too greasy but still leaves behind an occlusive layer that lets me know my skin is being moisturized and hydrated. One of my favourites this year was this occlusive & protective body...

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What’s the deal with the “soaping effect” or those white streaks from emulsions?

Rather than break this into a number of posts over the course of a few days, I decided to leave this as one giant post for easier reference. Honestly, I didn’t expect this to reach over 3,000 words, but here we are!  What causes the “soaping effect” or “an undesired foaming phenomenon observed in skin creams...

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Quick post: Emulsion types – oil-in-water (o/w) or water-in-oil (w/o)?

Short post because I’ll be referring to this quite a lot in a few upcoming series… The type of emulsion you make isn’t just about how much oil or water we have in a lotion – like, more water = oil-in-water (o/w) or more oil = water-in-oil (w/o) – but about the emulsifier. This emulsifier...

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Q&A: Can I use e-wax NF or Incroquat BTMS in a lotion with magnesium chloride?

In the monthly Q&A, Jennifer asked, Hi Susan, I am hoping you can tell me if either e-wax NF or BTMS 25 or 50 are a suitable emulsifier for a Magnesium lotion? I’m not finding the answer when searching. Thank you so much! First, let’s look at what a magnesium lotion is, then we’ll look at...

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Creating a vanilla and cornsilk protecting and conditioning facial moisturizer (part eleven) – Using Incroquat BTMS-50 as the emulsifier, the formula

Welcome back to another bonus part of this series on making a vanilla and cornsilk protecting and conditioning facial moisturizer that I’ve designed to apply before biking to protect my skin from the elements and to work well under my sunscreen. This is part eleven in which we’ll be making the formula using Incroquat BTMS-50....

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