Q&A: Heating, holding, and evaporating the heated water phase?

In the December Q&A, Michele asked: When you are heating your distilled water do you boil it on the stove and heat and hold for 20-25 minutes? Is that necessary or only necessary when making some formulations? I find when I do this, the water evaporates. I’m concerned that my percentages are no longer accurate because…...

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Basic instructions for lotion making (updated)

These are what I consider to be the basic instructions for making lotions for most types of emulsifiers, including Polawax, emulsifying wax, Incroquat BTMS-50, Simulsol 165/Lotionpro™ 165, and more. Always check how the emulsifier you’re using needs to be used. I will be updating this with information on using things like Montanov 68, Olivem 1000,…...

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Q&A: Can you have a lotion fail by heating and holding two phases?

Quite a few of you have been sending me a link to this post, One Minute Technical Support – Lotion Problems, from The Sage. In it, they state that if you’ve had a lotion fail, it might be because: “You use phases – heating ingredients separately rather than dumping all ingredients into one bowl/heating vessel…....

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Weekend Wonderings: Compensating for evaporation, adding water soluble ingredients to a serum, and citronellyl methylcrotonate.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OTHER INGREDIENTS WHEN THEY EVAPORATE DURING HEAT AND HOLD? In this Weekend Wonderings comment post, Anitra asks: This one’s related to our heated water phases; When compensating for evaporation, do we need to compensate for any of the goodies (panthenol, glycerine, aloe, etc.) added to the heated water phase as well?…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Compensation for evaporation, Polawax as a possible replacement for beeswax, and using Epsom salts in bath bombs

Have something you want to ask? Visit the Weekend Wondering comment post and ask away!  COMPENSATION FOR EVAPORATION AFTER HEATING AND HOLDING In an e-mail, Brittany asks: I’ve struggled with the heating of the water phase for a while now. You suggest to heat the water phase for 20 minutes, but to add more than…...

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Question: Evaporation!

Tara made a great comment in response to yesterday’s question about why some of my lotion recipes are so thick – I used to agree that your recipes came out awfully thick, but then I learned to account for evaporated water. I now make sure my vessels that contain my ingredients for heating weigh the same before…...

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