Saturday, April 9, 2016

Weekend Wonderings: Definitions for products?

In this post, Why did I buy this and what can I do with it? Foaming bath butter, N. Bax asks: Please, will you go through what the textual and other differences are for the following body moisturizers :
Milk-up to 90% water, super thin lotion
Lotion-up to 70% water, 
Crème-up to 10% water, very thick "lotion" w/1 or more skin conditioners
Cream-relating to, pertaining to or containing dairy products.
Lotion Bar-solid lotion, looks & feels like soap, less messy to use
Butter-0% water, can be greasy & messy to use-but good for skin
Mousse-whipped lotion-for skin, more often for styling hair
Frosting-light & airy feel-creme & mousse & conditioners whipped to extreme
Soufflé - uber whipped
Custard-has at least 1 sweetener and 1 or more dairy products and used on both skin & hair
Pudding-good frhairop of head to bottom of feet-should melt into skin very quickly
Icing-xxx moisturizers
Butter Bar-no water & no wax - easier to use in a container
Parfait-so uber whipped-light & fluffy that no rubbing needed-should be completely absorbed in 60-99 seconds
Brulée-whipped hair conditioner and styling product for hair-generally used for curly hair or to help curl hair

I really want to understand them and know exactly what they are...thank you

A lotion is oil and water brought together by an emulsifier. It could have more oil than water or more water than oil.

A lotion bar is a solid lotion made from oils, butters, and (usually) waxes.

Everything else...well, they're just names we give things to make them sound more appealing. A body butter could be an anhydrous or non-water containing product like a whipped butter or it could be a very thick lotion. Or it could be something completely different.

A moisturizer is generally a lotion that is quite thin - I'd say 80% water or higher - but it doesn't have to be that way. I can make up an all water product and call it a moisturizer. Or an all oil product and call it a moisturizer. The name "moisturizer" doesn't mean anything specific, and you could make anything and call it a moisturizer.

I make a hair product I call a hair conditioning custard. I call it that because the first time I made it, it was very very yellow and it looked like Bird's custard! It's lovely and creamy, but there's no dairy and the "custard part" means nothing.

A cream doesn't have to have a dairy product in it, and, in fact, I'd rather it didn't as those are hard to preserve! A mousse is generally thought of having an airy feeling to it, but it doesn't have to be that way. I've never heard of a pudding, but it doesn't have a specific definition.

If you'd like to read more, I've written a detailed post about this topic - Back to the very basics: Defining our lotions - and I've written a ton of posts on what you need to know about making products in the newbie section of the blog.

Join me tomorrow for more Weekend Wonderings!

1 comment:

Kim said...

This isn't relevant, but what is the purpose of including expensive carrier oils in rinse-off scrubs? Do they actually offer the benefits in such a short application time?