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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: What if I add less oil/bee wax in the body lotion on: March 18, 2013 06:17:38 PM
Try cornstarch, 1-tbsp for your recipe (you can add more, but try that to start).  I add it to all my lotion recipes to cut out the greasy feeling.  Just add it to the melted beeswax/oil mixture and stir until dissolved.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bath melts/Body Butters 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
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath melts/Body Butters on: February 13, 2013 09:11:07 AM

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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