This past week was so much fun! It included the Vancouver concert by Faith No More! One word: Epic! This upcoming week will be great fun with more Dungeons & Dragons with kids, cookie & cupcake decorating in craft group, and Rated T for Teen video game club before our weekend in Vancouver for the Nightwish concert. (I can't wait to see Floor Jansen again!!!) May will be just as busy as I'm teaching a few classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle on May 2nd and May 16th, but I'm hoping to get more writing time on the weekends.
As a note, if you want to take a class at Voyageur but find that it's booked, let them know you'd be interested in being on a waiting list as we could add more classes!
What's the point of all of this? It's to let you know that I generally don't get to emails and comments until the weekend as I simply don't have time during my working week, but I try to answer each and every one on Saturday or Sunday morning! (The e-books are sent out as soon as I receive the donation, just so you know!)
What do you want to know?, Morbo asks: Do you have any recommendations for substitutions for fatty alcohols? Fatty alcohols irritate and break my skin out terribly but I'm not seeing much info out there about other options.
In a lotion or other emulsified product, you can generally substitute a fatty alcohol - like cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, or behenyl alcohol - with stearic acid. Substituting one for the other may change the vicosity and skin feel of the product. Products made with cetyl alcohol will be slicker and thinner than those made with stearic acid. Cetearyl alcohol adds a little waxiness and behenyl alcohol offers a little dryness, neither of which you'll feel in a lotion with stearic acid. As an interesting aside, lotions made with stearic acid will feel a bit cooler!
If you don't have stearic acid or don't want to use it, you can always leave the cetyl alcohol out and substitute it for some butter. The butter will help thicken the product slightly.
To those of you looking for cetrimonium bromide, The Personal Formulator in the States is carrying it again!
Join me tomorrow for more fun formulating!