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« on: February 13, 2013 09:11:07 AM »

Hello,

I've recently began making bath and body items as a hobby, and after googling my heart out I can't seem to find an answer to this question.  I attempted to make bath melts using a recipe that called for cocoa and shea butter plus a few herbs, but used only the butters and some fragrance oil.  They turned out okay, but upon use in the bath, all of the oil simply floated on top of the water.  I figured I needed to use some kind of surfactant (I have polysorbate 80 and SLSa on hand) to disperse the oils, but I'm not sure how/when to add it or if it will even work.  Both P-80 and SLSa are water soluble...if I were to use one of these would I need to add water to the melts, and if so how much?  I could also add beeswax to firm it up if water was needed.
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013 01:11:13 PM »

Hi there! I've used some polysorbates in bath melts/bath truffles before, but only to get make the tub less slippery. I'm trying to remember exactly what I did, since as you said Poly 80 is water soluble. The Brambleberry description is interesting and says it creates a "blooming" bath oil when combined with oils. I don't recall ever having trouble with the oil just floating on the top, but my recipes included sea salt, baking soda, and SLSA along with the oils. I'll try to find the recipe I used.

http://www.brambleberry.com/Polysorbate-80-P4438.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2013 04:08:11 AM »

I initially tried adding a little Polysorbate 80 but all it did was sink to the bottom and form a greasy, almost crystallized bit at the bottom of the melt after it solidified. 

I think I figured it out...a little bit of e-wax with the P-80, in equal percentages.  I used 10% of each, but I'm thinking I'll take it down to 5% since it worked a little too well (rinses off clean, but the oil doesn't absorb as well into the skin).  That's the fun part though, figuring out the kinks and ending up with something nearly perfect.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013 08:20:39 AM »

Sounds good! It's definitely fun to tinker with! Smiley
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