Oh no, melting babassu oil! (Video)

It’s summer, so get your oils, butters, solid oils, and other fine meltables into a cool, dark place or fridge lest you suffer the curse of melted coconut or babassu oil coating everything in your oils box! Babassu and coconut oils melt at 24°C or 76°F, which is barely above room temperature for some buildings!…...

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Heat-proofing our body butters by making emulsified body butters!

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. We increased the melting point by thickening our oils with ingredients like Lipidthix or Cera bellina, and we…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part four, using emulsifiers

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. Yesterday, we looked at other ways to thicken our oils and increase the melting point by using some…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part three, using oil thickeners

On Tuesday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters, then we looked at adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters that might increase the melting point. Today, let’s take a look at other ways to thicken our oils and increase the melting point so…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part two, adding fatty acids, alcohols, or esters

Yesterday, we took a look at adding a butter with a higher melting point to our anhydrous whipped body butters. Today, let’s take a look at adding other oil thickeners with higher melting points, like fatty alcohols, acids, or esters. Adding a solid ingredient like this can have a huge impact on the melting point of…...

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How can I heat-proof my anhydrous whipped body butter? Part one, adding butters

How can I heatproof my anhydrous body butter? It’s a common question this time of year as anhydrous whipped shea or other butters tend to liquidify in the hot summer sun at markets, while shipping, or just sitting in your bathroom in a lovely jar. Let’s take a look at a few ways we can…...

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Creating a light hydrating summer body lotion with Olivem 1000 – part three, thickening with fatty alcohols, acids, and esters

Earlier this week, we met a new-to-me oil, tamanu oil! On Friday, we created a summery body milk with this oil with a ton of humectants to give our product a quick break kind of feeling, then we made the lotion using three variations on the formula. Today, let’s take a look at how we…...

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Q&A: Making a light, sprayable lotion for the summer – part two, trying a few variations

Yesterday, we took a look at a base formula using Incroquat BTMS-50 as the emulsifier for a light, sprayable lotion suitable for the summer. Today, let’s try a few things in this formula to see what we think. Let’s start with the basic formula and see how we can adapt it. I’m adding 1% more…...

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Q&A: Making a light, sprayable lotion for the summer – part one, base formula and ingredient choices

In the July Q&A, Sarah asked:  I am interested in sprayable body lotions (milks). I live in hot and dry Southern California, so in the summer I want something portable, with a nice high water content, and light emolliency to protect my skin from drying out in the desert air. I understand that esters should…...

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Q&A: Making a cooling spray (part two) – menthol and a basic formula with alcohol

The other day, we took a look at a few ingredients that might make our skin feel cooler. (And there’s a neat discussion going on in the August Q&A about ingredients that might make our skin feel warmer.) In the July Q&A, Mary shared, Today it is 110˚F degrees outside and I have to be outside…...

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