Hi everyone! Hope you're having a lovely Sunday. Sorry I haven't been around much lately, but I've finally had a chance to sit down and read the comments. I've really enjoyed reading your questions and suggsestions, and I'm getting through them one by one. I continue to ask your patience as I'm still in October, but I'll be current soon enough. Again, I thank you all for your kindness and support during this horrible time in our lives.
In this post, Bunni asks a question and makes a great suggestion! I have a question and a suggestion, for whenever you get around to them. First regarding condensation. If the bottle had condensation and you gave it a good shake, wouldn't the condensation liquid become part of the preserved lotion or is that not enough mixing for it to work?
One of the reasons we don't bottle our products when they're warm is to avoid condensation in the bottle because that evaporated water isn't preserved and can collect in the lid of the bottle leading to serious grossness and contamination. To answer your question - I think it depends on the bottle. If you have a screw on or disc cap, it'll could be okay as it doesn't have a ton of parts in which the water could hide. For a mister, pump, or foamer bottle top that's another story, as the water could get into the mechanisms and stay there.
If I had to give a short, one sentence answer to this I'd say that I wouldn't take the chance on using a bottle cap in which I'd found condensation. Better to use a different cap and be safe.
Bunni makes a great suggestion about filling our bottles!
The suggestion, unless you've found a better way by now, is in regard to filling bottles. I bought a six pack of 32 ounce (1 litre), wide-mouth, squeeze bottles with yorker caps. When my lotion is cooled I put it in those and store them upside down (on a wire rack). They make it very easy to fill bottles because they are so squeezable. The lotion shoots to the bottom of the bottle being filled, even if it is pretty thick. There is a bit of waste and it does slow me down right at the end - getting the last bits out - but it is a great improvement over anything else I have tried. I hope that is helpful.
Just curious - how do you find them for washing or re-using them?