Back to basics: Oil based body sprays

Oil based body moisturizers are best used after showering or cleansing as they can trap the water against your skin for maximum emolliency. Think of them as lotions without water, like a liquid lotion bar. As they are oil based, we won’t use a preservative or other water based ingredients in our mix. This recipe…...

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Back to basics: Dispersing bath oils

A dispersing bath oil is a liquid version of the bath melt – you bottle it, and add it to your bath as you need it. We add the emulsifier to the oils to help them disperse through the water, rather than floating in a greasy mess on top of the water. There are a…...

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Back to basics: Balms – let’s get complicated

I liked my complicated lotion bar so much, I thought I’d see if I could turn it into a balm-like product with a more whippy consistency. I did this by adding more liquids and reducing the solids.COMPLICATED BALM FILLED WITH ESTERS AND SILICONES 20.3% beeswax 4.1% cetyl esters 24.4% shea butter 22.8% cetearyl ethylhexanoate 1.6%…...

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Back to basics: Balms – tweaking the new recipe idea.

As we know, a balm is a product intended to help with a condition of some sort intended to be rubbed in, so we need to modify these recipes to help with some condition. What condition could we choose here? How about sun exposure? Let’s say you’ve been in the sun a little too long…...

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Back to basics: Balms – a new recipe idea

We’ve turned our whipped butters and lotion bars into balms by using specific essential oils and using specific oils and butters (click here and here). Let’s take a look at creating balms that are really softer versions of lotion bars that we’ll store in jars or tins. (Because there’s no water in this balm, you…...

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Back to basics: Balms – choosing the right oils and butters

Choosing the right oils and butters can turn your anhydrous product into a balm. For instance, choosing an oil high in phytosterols like sesame seed, soy bean, or apricot kernel oil might help with inflammation. Choosing olive oil might help with post-sun exposure. Or choosing an oil high in Vitamin E, like wheat germ oil,…...

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Back to basics: Balms

We’ve taken a look at whipped butters and lotion bars, so let’s take a look at another type of anhydrous product – the balm. What exactly is a balm? It is a “medicated topical preparation for application to the skin…(that is) rubbed in” (from Wikipedia). Obviously I won’t be making any claims for the products…...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – tweaking the butters and oils

I could probably start a blog called “modifying your oils and butters for lotion bars” and write posts every single day for a year going over every single possible combination – but since I already have a blog that I enjoy writing and since the whole point of this series of back to basics is…...

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Conditioners: Adding oils to leave-in conditioners

We know that adding oils to leave-in conditioners works well for dry and curly hair types, especially those who aren’t fond of silicones. Oils can reduce the impact of combing forces on wet hair by up to 20%, which can reduce potential damage to the cuticle. And oils can increase the shine and gloss of…...

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Conditioner: Adding oils to rinse off conditioners

There are as many opinions about which oils are good for your hair as there are oils, so for the most part, it’s really up to you to decide which oils you like best for your hair. Some oils are used regularly by commercial conditioners – jojoba, avocado, sweet almond – and those are good…...

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