Making a basic lotion - with a modification at the end of the post.
Weekend Wonderings: Solubilizers - Steven asks: Why would you even need to add a solublizer into a mix of Everclear, water and essential oils? I'm not sure about the water--why someone would even be adding that(?) but it's my understanding that Everclear totally disperses essential oils (and the Plauteau probably)--so why add the solublizer? I mean it's really just more weird chemicals to stick on our skin right?
See the comments below for more information. I was wrong in my original answer.
After talking to people in classes and reading your comments and messages, I need to say something out loud - essential oils aren't these magical things that can defy the laws of chemistry. They are oils and, as such, follow the rules that oils have to follow when it comes to being mixed with other things. Oil and water don't mix, so if you're adding essential oils to water soluble products, you have to add an emulsifier or solubilizer to the mix so it doesn't float to the top of the bottle! When we make something like a body wash or facial cleanser, the surfactants in the product are actually emulsifiers, and they can all handle a tiny bit of oils so we need not add solubilizers. But things like toners or water based fragrance sprays need to have a solubilizer to make sure the oils actually mix into the product.
cetyl alcohol to make a product glidier or dimethicone to make a product feel slicker - or as actives that make our skin feel great.
And I need to say something about the word "chemicals". (Yeah, you've heard me say this before, I'm sure!) The word chemical means something that is composed of chemicals. And chemicals are composed of elements. Which means that everything on the earth is a chemical. Water, grass, trees, essential oils, carbon monoxide, my hair, this tea I'm drinking - everything on earth is a chemical. If I could have one wish this Christmas, it would be that people stop using the word "chemical" to mean bad and use it to mean something composed of chemicals without the judgement attached to it. I think the word we might want to use is "synthetic" or "man-made", neither of which are necessarily bad either, but it seems to be the word people are searching for when they use "chemical". (Maybe you're looking for the word "toxic"?)
Related post: Why does the idea of "natural" have to exclude science?
Join me tomorrow for more comments!