My best friend predicted this would plague me until I figured out what I did wrong, and she was right! What happened? I heated and held. I mixed well. I didn't use cationic ingredients. Uh oh...I had a 30% oil phase (cocoa butter, rice bran oil, cetyl alcohol, and borage oil) and I had planned to add 4% silicones at the end. Ritamulse SCG doesn't like oil phases over 25%!
I need to clarify something...I have had exactly three lotion fails since I started making products six years ago. The first was when I added a bunch of water that wasn't the right temperature when I didn't compensate for the lost water in a foot lotion, the second was the Olivem 800 lotion, and the third is this one. In general, avoiding a lotion fail is as simple as using enough emulsifier and heating and holding. I need to add a third way to avoid it - don't go over the suggested oil phase!
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