Hi guys! Haven't seen you for a long time. Well, I'm back, this time with these new shoes:
I got the idea to paint shoes from the Art Club at our school, but decided I didn't want to wear some cheap canvas sneakers than would probably not last long or be comfortable to wear either. Instead, I waited, forgot about the project for a while, and finally pounced when a pair of white Converse sneakers went on sale. My inspiration to paint stars came from a friend, who wanted me to paint supernovas! Which I did. (From top to bottom, first and second picture: Swan Nebula, Milky Way, Crab Supernova, constellations including Leo and Cancer).
The Milky Way was inspired by that scene from Doctor Who (and really, my whole life, including these shoes, are) in Vincent and the Doctor where Vincent Van Gogh looks into the night sky and the viewer can see where the inspiration for the Starry Night came from. Sorry, weird tangent.
I painted these over Spring Break, and it took me about a week to finish these? I used artist quality acrylic paints that my friend gave me last year. Then it took a while for me to use glossing medium to coat these (making them water-resistant and shiny) and finally wear them. I think this is my favorite project to date!
Emulsifiers and Stabilizers...how important are they in lotion/body butter making?
(Wait::before you scream IMPORTANT...read on, please!)
First off: I don't mind a two week shelf life. I'm completely over dry skin and as wholesome, basic, and nourishing as I can get is the goal.
Second: If I'm mixing coconut oil, shea butter, some oil fragrance and various other oils and butters to create a lotion, how important is an emulsifier? Seems unnecessary, without any water based ingredients.
Third: Stabilizing oil based products? Would the oils separate without it?
All info is appreciated. I can't seem to think of any water-based products I'd be using in a lotion, as I'm wanting to keep ingredients minimal, without the use of scary sounding things like "stearic acid" and "polysorbate 20"....
Also, the oils won't "separate" because there are no water based products, just stir it well. However, because there isn't any water in your recipe, it will be A LOT thicker, but also more moisturizing. It should last 2 weeks to a couple months. This depends on your oils' shelf life. One last note, don't be afraid of weird sounding things like stearic acid and polysorbate 20! If you are making emulsified lotions, they will help you. Quite a lot. Polysorbate 20 could probably be substituted with emulsifying wax, though. I'm new to lotions too, but I'm learning! I'm waiting for my order to get in to make lotion bars. Good luck!
The story goes like this... When I was at Joann's, looking for beeswax to use for lip balm, I stumbled across a 1 lb. block of Yaley's White Beeswax for $1.97! What a steal! However, I saw that it didn't say what it was for. So, I bought it anyway, and did research on its safety for use in cosmetics. However, I couldn't find much, only that it was "100% pharmaceutical grade beeswax". My question is, do any of you craftsters know anything about it? From what I've seen, it is consistent in quality, but smells sort of odd. Thins is my first time using beeswax, though, so I don't know a lot. Thanks!