Have an idea for a one ingredient, five products series?

Do you have an idea for a one ingredient, five products series? It has to be something versatile and easily available at most suppliers’ stores. It has to be something I can play with in my workshop and something I can get relatively inexpensively with my new part-time wages. It could be an emulsifier, but…...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – some questions!

On this post on creating foot scrub bars, Yekatherina asks: Back in December 29, 2011 you posted about the Solid Foot Pumice Bars with a recipe that included sodium lactate. The one on this particular post does not include it and it adds more of the stearic acid. Is there a particular reason why you took…...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – conclusions and link round up

What have we learned about stearic acid this last week? 1. It’s a fatty acid derived from animal or vegetable sources. (Ask your supplier if this concerns you.) It’s found in almost all our butters and oils, and even in ourselves! 2. It’s oil soluble, meaning you can combine it with oils and butters well,…...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – shampoo bar

I love shampoo bars. I think they may be my favourite product I make. Don’t get me wrong! I love my lotions and potions and body washes and everything else, but the thing that changed the way I see my hair and making things was this shampoo bar. I didn’t create this bar from scratch…....

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – foot scrub bars

With summer sandal season looming on the horizon in the northern hemisphere, a lot of attention is paid to our feet. Check out this recipe for a foot scrub bar containing stearic acid. (Which can be paired nicely with the thicker foot cream with stearic acid we made last week…) A lot of the ingredients…...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – body scrub bars

Stearic acid is a great bar hardener, and I like to use as both a bar hardener and emollient in my body and foot scrub bars. Let’s take a look at the body scrub bar today and the foot scrub bar on Monday. What do I want in a body scrub bar? I want something that…...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – a thicker foot cream

Stearic acid is a natural inclusion in a cream. In fact, you can thicken any basic lotion into a cream by adding some stearic acid. We took a look at a hand lotion yesterday. Let’s take a look at a cream today. Actually, let’s back up a second. What’s the difference between a cream and…...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – a hand lotion

If you’ve never used stearic acid in a lotion before, this is the lotion recipe I recommend as a great starting point. It’s a small variation on the basic lotion you’ll find in the newbie section of the blog, but it’s a great way to learn what stearic acid brings to your product. As I…...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid

Poor stearic acid. It’s often overlooked for its glidier, silkier cousin cetyl alcohol, but this fatty acid is an inexpensive way to thicken a lotion, anhydrous body butter, lotion bar, and more. Stearic acid is a saturated, long chain fatty acid with 18 carbon molecules, which is to say it is a chain of carbons…...

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One ingredient, five products: Gels – making a gel toner (part one)

I’ve heard from a few people that gel toners are all the rage right now, so I thought we should try to formulate one. As an aside, I have turned a toner into a gelled toner in the past using Amaze XT, but I’m hearing that it’s hard to find this ingredient, so it’s time…...

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