Tuesday, December 24, 2013
What do you want to know? How to dissolve powdered extracts?
What do you want to know? post, Lynae asks: I also have a question about powdered extracts, like the chamomile you show. Do you add them by weight as well, or do you dissolve them in some water? I used some calendula that ended up making my lotion gritty and want to avoid that.
For powdered extracts, I like to dissolve them in a titch of water before adding them in the cool down phase to avoid that grittiness. I tend to remove 5 grams to 10 grams of water from the heated water phase and I'll dissolve the extract in that warmed water before adding it. I find when I add it directly into the cool down phase of a lotion or cream, it can get gritty, which is what you experienced!
I go into more detail about using powdered extracts and hydrosols in this post Using extracts, hydrosols, and other botanical ingredients, which can be found in the extracts section of the blog.