It's been an action packed week at our house with both a music recital and boxing match yesterday, and loads of work to be done at my day job! Please forgive my lack of posts, my lovely readers, as it's a reflection on my inability to manage my time and not a reflection on how much I want to interact with you! I'm eagerly looking forward to next weekend when I have scheduled loads of time and to my holiday time at the start of February to get some posts written and things done. I've been playing in the workshop; I just haven't had time to take pictures and share the recipes with you!
If you've posted a comment and I haven't responded to it, please give me a bit more time. I'm not even halfway through those posted this week and I've run out of time to answer them. I might not get to them until next Saturday. Thank you for your patience.
Shampoo: A conditioning recipe, Srjnm asks: I don't know what I did wrong here. It looked like a good formula. So I bottled it. But eventually it looked like it separated? There is white thick foam floating on top. (Click the link to see the recipe...)
Without pictures it's hard to say for sure, but I think what you're seeing here are the bubbles coming to the top of the bottle, rather than any form of separation. (You have less than 5% oil soluble ingredients in the bottle, and you've included polysorbate 80, which is why I don't think it's separation, although that is possible...) As you can see from the picture to the left, the tall bottle is still going through the de-bubble-ization process - what? it's a word! - to become what you see in the smaller bottle, which is crystal clear. Leave your bottle in a room temperature space for a bit - not sure how long, it could be days - and your bubbles will eventually come to the surface and disappear. You may be having these issues with bubbles because you used SLSa, which is a great bubbler?
What can you do about this? My suggestion is to use a gentler hand when mixing your products in the future to avoid bubbles or to give your product time to de-bubble!
If this isn't the issue, please email me pictures so I can take a look at the product and help further.
Body wash, Leanne asked: I have a lot of experience making cold process soap and lotion, butI want to venture into body wash creating, so I don't have to lug bars of soap to the swimming pool on my "lap" days. Perhaps this is a dumb question, but do you have to heat/hold the water (and additives, such as aloe, glycerin, etc.) portion of body wash, as you do in lotion making? I know part of heat/hold in lotion making is to ensure proper emulsification, but you have also discussed how it helps ensure the water is not contaminated with "cooties" :) Do you heat/hold with any body wash recipes?
Body washes are so much fun! They are one of my favourite products to make!
Can you keep a secret? I don't tend to heat and hold my body washes, bubble baths, shampoos, and other surfactant based products for a number of reasons. The first is that there isn't much evidence that heating and holding actually helps with contamination, especially if you're using distilled water, clean containers and utensils, and ingredients that already have preservatives in them. (This is a new thing I've been gathering information about and hope to post on the blog soon...) The second is that heating means I have to wait until the product reaches room temperature to thicken it, and I'm an impatient woman.
Short answer: If you aren't using surfactants and other ingredients that might need heating or melting, you don't need to heat and hold with body wash recipes!
This version is for oily hair, but you could modify it easily for normal or dry hair using other surfactants!