As a former massage therapist, I have used arnica oil for massages, but am curious if it can be used in a melt and pour base, and if so how much may I use per pound of soap? - Anonymous Plugoo User
Thanks for your question! You can certainly incorporate the properties of Arnica into Melt & Pour Soap. There are two different ingredients that you can use. I'll go over each of them to help you pick.
Arnica Oil - This Arnica Infused Soybean Oil will add a bonus of moisturizing power to your Melt & Pour Soap, however, it can reduce the lather. Add Arnica Oil at a rate of 1 tablespoon per pound of soap to your recipes.
Arnica CO2 Extract - This super concentrated Arnica Extract can be added at a much smaller rate than Arnica Oil. Add just 1 - 2% to your Melt & Pour Soap to infuse the base with Arnica properties.
Personally, I would probably use the Arnica CO2 Extract over the Arnica Oil in a Melt & Pour Soap. Melt & Pour Soap needs all the lather it can get, so I would be hesitant to risk reducing it by adding Arnica Oil.
Have a tip for adding Arnica to Melt & Pour Soap? Share it with us in the comments below.
It's almost that time again when the summer months will be very hot and
humid in North Carolina. I wanted you to tell me about the different
jojoba waxes; (50,60,70). I wanted to know if you think that adding
the MP-70 jojoba wax with some beeswax will help the body butters from
melting so much. My butters are getting popular; and they are oil
based; and I didn't necessarily want to change from oil based to water
based because that's what makes them so unique, I need all the help
that I can get. I usually keep them on ice--then I give to customers,
I tell customers NOT to leave them in the car or in the pocketbook.
Any more suggestions will be appreciated. - Antoinette
Thanks for asking about Jojoba Esters. Like liquid Jojoba, Jojoba Esters are a very special type of wax. When they are cool, they are firm and waxy, but when they are warmed they melt into the lovely and familiar texture of Jojoba Oil. I find Jojoba Esters to be a
great way to increase the firmness of whipped body butters without
making them feel overly waxy. They harden well, but will soften upon skin contact, making them a perfect additive for Body Butters. To determine exactly how much of the Esters to add to your existing formula, I would recommend experimenting with
Jojoba Esters 70, the hardest of the esters, by adding it to your body
butters at a rate of 5%, 10%, and 15%. (The softer esters aren't
likely to make a noticeable difference in this type of formula.)
Compare the three experimental batches to see how they feel on your
skin, and how the behave when you subject them to various
temperatures. Of course, no additive can completely protect an oil
based product from melting in extreme temperatures, but by adding
Jojoba Esters you may be able to improve your butters' resilience
slightly. Many handmade skin care purveyors choose not to offer their
body butters online during the summer for this very reason. Mail and
UPS trucks can get extremely hot. So hot, that even firm lip balms have
been known to melt during transit. Another option you might consider,
is to notify your customers of the danger of melting, and then let them
choose, based on their local temperatures, whether or not to take the
chance of ordering it during the summer.
Does anyone else have tips for dealing with summer heat and melting products? How do you protect your recipes when the weather heats up? Share your experiences in the comments below.
How do I make a Linen Water or
Body Splash using the Floral Waters (FNWL)? - Brenda
Hi Brenda.Making Linen Waters and Body Splashes from our line of Floral Waters is easy. Start off by picking a Floral Water to work with, or a blend of Floral Waters if you'd prefer a unique scent. If you'd like the formula to be very strong, you can use the Floral Waters at full strength. If you'd prefer a lighter scent, you can cut the Floral Waters with as much as 50% Distilled Water. If you do choose to add Distilled Water to the Floral Water, you'll need to add an additional preservative. Try using Liquid Germall Plus at a rate of .1%. That works out to about 4 grams per gallon of Body Spray or Linen Water.
As I am working to develop my product line, I find that I am stuck with
the number of scents to offer. I would like to have a nice range of
scents that cover earthy, floral, fruity, exotic, masculine, feminine
and fresh, which will probably be unisex. Do you have a recommendation
of a maximum # of scents and also, do you recommend a way to go about
signature scent development? ~ Amber
Thanks for contacting me with your question.
Developing custom scent blends sounds like it would be a great solution
for you. It helps to set you apart form the crowd, and creating the
blends can be lots of fun. It will take a lot of experimentation to
develop blends that you and your customers love, but it can also be
We have a great article on blending custom scents on our log. I'll give you the link so you can check it out.
As for how many scents to add to your line, that is up to you and
your customers. Many businesses start out with a smaller number of
great scents, and expand the line as the popularity or demand grows,
but having a larger line of scents has its advantages too.
Do you have any tips for Amber on how to develop her line of scents? If so, please share them with us in the comments below.
Do you have
a recipe for room/linen sprays? ~ Deirdre
Thank you for contacting us regarding Room and
Linen Sprays. There are several ways that you can make these kinds of
products. In this email I've listed my two favorite methods.
The first, and simplest way to make a spray like this is to use Floral
Waters. Floral Waters are synthetically fragranced, water dispersible
scents. They come in a wide variety of pleasant aromas. These can be
used at full strength in a sprayer bottle or they can be cut with up to
50% distilled water. If you cut these Floral Waters with extra water
you should add .1% Liquid Germall Plus as a preservative.
can also create fragrant sprays by dispersing Fragrance Oils, Candle
Fragrance Oils, or certain Essential Oils in water. In order to do this
you'll need to mix your Oil with an equal amount of Polysorbate 20.
1/4 ounce of Fragrance Oil or Candle Fragrance Oil combined with 1/4
Ounce Polysorbate 20 is enough to scent between 4 oz. and 8 oz. of
Distilled Water. Simply add the oil and Polysorbate to the water and
shake well. These work best packaged in sprayer top bottles. As with
Floral Waters, you should add .1% Liquid Germall Plus as a
While certain Essential Oils can be used in these Sprays many,
Essential Oils can rapidly degrade plastic sprayers and bottles, even
when diluted in water. While Citrus and Spice Oils are the most
notorious plastic degraders, all Essential Oils should be used with
caution. Create small test batches before creating a large amount and
see whether or not your sprayers hold up to your formula.
Do you have any simple recipe for linen sprays to share with Deidre? If so, please tell us about them in the comments below.