Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ingredient: Using CaptexSBE/ButterEZ to reduce grains in your products

As I mentioned yesterday, one of the main applications of Captex SBE/ButterEZ (INCI Caprylic/capric/stearic triglycerides) is as a way of reducing grains in our butters. It's simple to use it in this capacity, and once mixed up, you can use it as you would any butter.

80% shea butter
20% Captex SBE/ButterEZ

Weigh all ingredients in a heaproof container and put into a double boiler to melt. Remember to get the temperature above 70˚C so all the fatty acids melt. Remove from the heat and place in the freezer for about 20 minutes or so, depending upon how much you've melted. Remove from the freezer and put into a product or storage container until you want to use it. Enjoy.

Yep, it really is that easy. And it's something you can do with any butter that is annoying you with grains.

Join me tomorrow as we enjoy some formulating with Captex SBE/ButterEZ.


Y. Bruner said...

Hello ! Looking in to makin lip balms that do not go grainy. I just got Butter EZ in the mail. Do I use it at 25% of the amount of betters I use/ or 25% of the entire recipe?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Y! Take a look at this post - Captex SBE - and see what you think!

Michelle DeJarnett-Deken said...

It appears Captex SBE/ButterEZ is being discontinued and this is disastrous news for those of us who make solid lotion. Do you have any ideas for other products that stop graininess in its tracks?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Sorry, Michelle, but no. Are you tempering your shea butter or heating it above 70˚C and cooling it quickly?