One Minute Technical Support – Lotion Problems 4


The batch has not yet be emulsified. High shear mixing is required after adequate heating.

A new post that will take no more than 1 minute to read but give you a HUGE difference in your adventurous making!

Have you had a lotion separate into a watery layer and an oily or waxy layer? If you have seen this, then I propose two problems that are most often the reason for calls to our Technical Support team. They are:

  1. You use phases – heating ingredients separately rather than dumping all ingredients into one bowl/heating vessel. Phases are meant for big batches to be heated economically, phases are not for small batches!
  2. Mixing using a handheld mixer or stand mixer. Please use an immersion blender when making lotions. You NEED the high shear mixing the immersion blender can offer. Hand mixers and stand mixers will prematurely cool your mixture and can cause graininess to occur.

 

 

The tools of the trade.

The tools of the trade.

What is an immersion blender? Well, let me give you 1,000 words in the format of a picture.

Further reading:

A lotion recipe that uses dump and mix method.

More comments about Phases and how to use them correctly.

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About Tina

I started thesage.com in 1996 with the help of my husband. Now I get to help people make all kinds of soaps and bath and body products. I think my favorite things to make are lip balms and lotions/creams. Of course I get most of the soap technical support questions because that is my strong knowledge area. Glad this blog is here!


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4 thoughts on “One Minute Technical Support – Lotion Problems

    • Tina Post author

      Eleanor,

      Thank you so much for commenting! I am so glad these helped. Being successful at making lotions is so easy but certain techniques can make the task much harder.

      My best wishes!
      Tina

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  • Sherri McNeill

    Great post! Thank you!!! My issue is that I’ve been looking for a good immersion blender for 2 weeks now. My old faithful kicked the bucket after 6 years. It was a Juiceman hand blender and packed a 550 watt punch and has a variety of speed. Of course, juiceman no longer offers that product. Now that I make bigger batches, I need a blender with a longer shaft. The search continues!

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    • Tina Post author

      Sherri,

      It was so hard for me when Braun pulled out of this market. You might try looking at the Cuisinart line. Beyond that, it will definitely be a commercial blender which is very heavy.

      Good luck,
      Tina

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