Friday, December 3, 2010
Question: Can I save a separated lotion?
Why not try to save it? Because it's already failed. Emulsions are unstable creatures and every single emulsion will fail eventually; our goal is to make that date way off into the future and hope the product is used well before that date (and I'm talking well off into the future - a good emulsion can be stable for years and years). A lotion that has failed right after production will fail again in the future, and that date might be this week, next week, or a month from now, and that's simply not a nice experience for the lotion user.
Look at this as a learning experience. Why did the lotion fail? Did you fail to heat and hold? Did you use the right kind or amount of emulsifier? Did you mix it well? Did you change something in the recipe or add extra oils? Did you use a preservative that might destabilize the emulsion? Are you using a thickener that might help with emulsification? It's a good opportunity to re-evaluate your recipe and your manufacturing methods when you see this kind of failure!
If you want to know more about lotion fails, click here. If you'd like to see an example of my own epic lotion fail, click here.