Well, it looks like autumn is just about here, and in my part of the world, we'll finally get some relief with rain! Woo hoo! I'm not saying I like my hair all frizzed up and water swollen - I'll be living with a bottle of my anti-frizz spray in hand- but it's so much better than having the kitchen at 26˚C for weeks on end! I like to sit with my family and eat dinner, not alone in the air conditioned bedroom, so I'm a happy camper. The only thing that annoys me is everyone asking me if I'm cold wearing shorts. No, I'm not. I just hate pants.
Weekend Wonderings post on polysorbates, Karen asks: I have not figured out how to contact you directly, but Halloween is coming up. There are lots of recipes going around for slime, and my son would like such a recipe. How can I safely make and preserve some neon green slime?
I've never made these as I have a really weak stomach and anything that looks like mucus makes me want to run from the room. (Excuse me for a moment...All right. Better now.) I haven't tried these recipes, but I suggest this site at About Chemistry. I'm so happy you want to preserve it, and because these contain water, it's a good idea. It looks to me like you could use any water soluble preservative from liquid Germall Plus to Leuicidal. Check out the downloadable chart to see what you could use!
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Lisa Simpson: Eww, he is slimy!
Bart: That's because I dipped him in slime!
One of my favourite lines, for some strange reason, and one that I yell all the time to my friends when they touch things in my house!
long Weekend Wondering, Jane wrote to say: Susan, thanks so much for all your very helpful & informative posts on preservatives. I've also been looking at Ecocert preservatives which are broad spectrum. I've put together a detailed list of "natural" ones (INCI, how to use, etc.) and would be interested to have any comments you might have (more specifically on Mikrokill ect /geogard ect as that looks like it might be ok with a neutral rather than acidic ph) http://makingskincare.com/preservatives/
Great read, and I encourage anyone interested in what might be considered more natural preservatives to take a look! I'm wondering if phenoxyethanol, found in preservatives like Optiphen, is considered natural? I'll offer more comments later this week, but it looks like a really great review!
this post on using thickeners, Scented13 asks: Can we thicken our lotions after making them if they haven't thickened up enough? My lotion contains Emulsifier NF & Cetyl Alcohol but I feel it's too thin and just wondering if there is any remedy to this?
If you can find an ingredient that doesn't need to be heated, then you could add that to a lotion to thicken it, but we can't use anything that needs to be heated as it can destroy the cool down ingredients we use, like fragrance or essential oils, preservatives (and that's a really big concern), silicones, extracts, and other heat sensitive things. You might be able to use a little xanthan gum when it's cold, but I haven't tried this, so I can't guarantee it'll work.
Next time, try a few things I mention in the posts below. As well, consider reducing the water a bit. It's amazing how much a 60% water recipe can be thicker than a 65% water recipe!
Does anyone have suggestions for Scented13? I'd love to know what you think!
Learning to formulate: Butter, oils, and thickeners
Learning to formulate: More fun with thickeners
Learning to formulate: A few small changes continued...
All the posts labelled "thickeners"
I'm still working through the comments I've seen over the last two weeks, so I'll get to your comment soon! Keep checking back!