Why you shouldn’t be using spatulas to mix emulsions with all kinds of examples, including LUMOROL K 5229 shower oils! 

Sigh…I can’t believe I have to keep telling you not to use spatulas to make emulsions, but here we are again doing it with shower oils… Before we return to the series on making foamy, bubbly, lathery™ shower oils with LUMOROL K 5229 (INCI: MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-4, Propylene Glycol), I need to address yet again...

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Equipment: Adapting an immersion blender with lab stand!

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Tips & techniques: Never mix emulsions with whisks, spatulas, spoons, or other utensils!

I think I might have been a little less ranty when I wrote this post two years ago – A helpful tip for making lotions, conditioners, and emulsions: Don’t mix by hand – but it’s still going on, and needs addressing. I’ve shared some of the original with some extra shouting and a few more...

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Q&A: When making small test batches, which mixers can we use for high shear?

In the monthly Q&A, Jaime asked, When making very small test batches what mixer is small and high shear? Thank you Darla very kindly answered, Hi Jaime, I know that Lotioncrafter has both a micro and mini high shear mixer! I purchased the micro and it is teeny (less than 1/2″ in diameter), but worked great for...

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Q&A: How can we avoid incorporating air or increasing the volume of emulsions?

In this month’s Q&A, Michael asked, I’ve got a question about equipment or technique. I’ve been enjoying the Newbie Tuesday and Formulating Friday series, however I notice I’m incorporating air into my thicker creams, I don’t mind the air but sometimes I want to reduce it. What I am doing is firstly using a stick blender to emulsify the...

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