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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Q&A from our Zoom workshop on May 2, 2021: A few questions about mixers

Thanks so much to all of you who attended our Spring Q&A Zoom workshop on May 2, 2021, where I took your questions on any topic and shared my thoughts on them. We had such great questions, and I wanted to follow up with some of the things we talked about with some more information...

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Equipment: Let’s meet the IKA T 25 Digital ULTRA TURRAX® homogenizer!

Woo! That was a great Zoom workshop we had on Sunday, January 17, 2021, on shear mixers, like immersion blenders and homogenizers, so I thought it was time to introduce you to amazing homogenizer, which we played with a bit in that workshop and will play with again in the near future in another Zoom...

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