Weekend Wonderings: Mixing small amounts of oil with water, separation of oils in a serum, and heating and holding the phases together

In this post on witch hazel, Anonymous asks: I am working on an insect repellent using 90% Witch hazel and 10% EO. Will the two ever blend or will it have to be shaken each time? They won’t blend and they will need to be shaken every time.  Oil and water don’t mix. To get them to...

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Weekend wonderings: Solubilizers, herbs in shampoo bars, and modifying lip balms

In this post, Steve wrote: Thank you very much for your generosity in sharing the magical world of fragrances. I’m still doing my research and tonight have been studying the whole solubilizer thing; and if you please, I have a question.Let’s say I may making up a hypothetical formula of a mix of distilled water and...

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Solubilizers: Making fragrance sprays with caprylyl/capryl glucoside (updated)

One of the easiest things to make with any solubilizer is a water based fragrance spray. And one of the hardest things to do is to figure out how much fragrance or essential oil you need to use to have that oil disperse without having to shake the product. You can see from the recipe...

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Solubilizers: How are they different from emulsifiers?

I need some time to play with Ritamulse SCG and a new emulsifier I bought called Montanov 68 (aka Sugarmulse at the Herbarie) over the next week, so let’s take a look at solubilizers! Let’s take a look at solubility for a moment before we take a look at the ingredients we call solubilizers. (Originally from...

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