Hydrogenation and fatty acid shapes

No, I’m not getting into how bad hydrogenated oils are for your heart (’cause you need a heart to live), but my interest in this topic is all about the oils we use in bath & body creations! HYDROGENATIONWhen a molecule has double bonds, that double bond can be broken and the fatty acid now...

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Fatty acids! (updated)

A triglyceride is made up of a glycerol backbone and three fatty acids. So let’s take a look at fatty acids! If you’re a lotion maker, you’re familiar with stearic acid as a thickener. Stearic acid is a C18 fatty acid, which means it is a long chain (C18) fatty acid without any double bonds,...

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Triglycerides or Our friends, the oils!

I find one of the hardest things about making lotions is choosing the right oil for the job! I’m faced with a shelf of wonderful oils filled with wonderful and amazing qualities and I can’t use them all! How to choose? Here’s a little chemistry on triglycerides as a preface to a series on oils…...

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Lotions – what do you want to know?

My headache is still here, hence the visual tutorial on shampoo bars – I was preparing it for a few weeks from now. But I’m wondering what you want to know about lotions. I am going to be working on a few posts on oils and butters – more chemistry about what they are, how...

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A few links from this blog on lotions…

Apparently the exciting sinus infection from which I’ve been suffering since mid-August has set me into migraine mode, which is making me feel horrible and grumpy. (My last migraine was 1996 and before then I’d only had maybe 4 or 5, so it’s a whole new fun experience remembering why they were so awful!) So...

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