Monday, December 30, 2013

What do you want to know? Why can fragrance or essential oil be added to emulsified products after it's cooled? Can we add perfume to our products? How to make a jelly-like salve?

In the What do you want to know? post, Marjo took the opportunity to ask a bunch of great questions. Let's take a look at a few of them here.

Why can fragrance oil be added later on.. does it not ' sweat' out of the end product for it is non emulsified oil? I have some drops floating on lotions if I add fragrance oil so I tend to add the fragrance oil to PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil just in case but still am wondering about how this works. 

Adding PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil - a solubilizer to help oil soluble things mix into water soluble things - is a great idea, but you should be able to add a fragrance oil to a pre-made lotion with some serious mixing. A little might seep out, but for the most part, you're adding such a small amount - no more than 1% - that it works out okay. Make sure you mix it well

  I threw away the baby oil that said "may cause serious injury upon ingestion or inhalation". I replaced it with sweet almond oil. If I were to add fragrance...a tiny bit? Would it be an option or a better idea to use a flavour/fragrance? 

I think what you're asking is if you can add a fragrance - a perfume, for instance - to sweet almond oil? The answer is a resounding NO! You only want to add bath & body product approved fragrances.

Let me share a story with you. A few months after I started making my own products, I shared this wonderous hobby with some friends. We added a little Poison perfume to a variety of products. The next morning we found we had created a new fragrance sensation - bum! Bum: It's a fragrance for a man, it's a fragrance for a woman. It's Bum! (And I don't mean hobo!) It was horrible and we had to throw out so much stuff. Perfume isn't a great addition to any of our products because it contains other things that might not play nice with our ingredients. So stick to those bath & body fragrance oils or essential oils approved for leaving on our skin!

As for baby oil causing serious injury if ingested or inhaled...I think that's a standard warning. If it's mineral oil, the warning is because inhaling any oil, regardless of type, is a bad thing. We don't want oils in our lungs! And as for ingesting it being dangerous...I think it would taste pretty awful and might cause some problems for your intestinal tracts...but dangerous? Hmm...

I have amazing trouble making a salve with the consistency of vaseline (petroleum jelly). I would be grateful if there will be some salve/balm receipes (not the balm-tin-anhydrous ones but just a bit... more salvy)

I have found the easiest way to make a jelly-type salve is to use cera bellina, a modified beeswax that thickens up our products and creates oily gels. If you want to use beeswax, the easiest recipe I've found is from Voyageur Soap & Candle for non-petroleum jelly. In this recipe, the castor oil is important as it forms an interesting relationship with beeswax to create a more gelly-like creation than you would get with other oils. But try other oils to see what happens!

Relate posts:
Cera bellina: Making an anhydrous eye gel
Cera bellina: Making a gel with shea butter
Cera bellina: Making oily gels


SoapMedic (Deb C) said...

Susan hope you feel better! Just a quick comment on your wonderings about why it could be dangerous to ingest mineral oil---it's a petroleum byproduct (hydrocarbon). All petroleum products/byproducts are hazardous to internal organs, primarily the lungs. The danger with mineral oil ingestion is the risk of the aftereffect of vomiting/aspiration which can severely damage lung tissue. (it's why we don't induce vomiting in someone who has swallowed any petroleum product.) Young kids/babies can be attracted to substances that smell pretty or are readily available on their skin, and as we all know they explore with their mouths. (and also on a long-term lower hazard level, we have better choices than mineral oil to apply all over a baby's delicate and porous skin surface.)
Love, love, love your blog and appreciate all your hard work! Thank you

Gottes Belle Farm said...
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Gottes Belle Farm said...

I agree that baby oil is not the best choice to use to soften our skin. I don't think that is why the warning is on it. If you search it up, I'm certain I heard a story (right before the warning and child proof cap went on it) about a toddler dying from Inhaling baby oil. New (and sometimes old) mothers don't realize that you can NOT leave bath and body products down where small children can get into them. So, a child died, parents sued, warning label and caps changed.
Same should go for almond oil, coconut oil, tallow, whatever your choice of hydration for your children and your self... put the stuff out of reach! oil and lungs do not mix, no matter if you can eat the stuff or not.