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  • in reply to: I can’t help myself – jasmine wax #25779
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    the rose wax smells divine! floral and fruity, if you get the bulgarian kind.

    in reply to: Botanical Extracts Question #25778
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    No, it would not work. If it’s NOT oil soluble, it’s not oil soluble, period. Heat won’t help.

    in reply to: Magnesium Stearate #25765
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    CAN’T BELIEVE HOW LONG THIS HAS BEEN!

    girls, i think i have a solution to the Mg Stear problem.
    DON’T MELT IT. that’s it. Don’t melt the MS along with the wax and oils. Add it to the dry ingredient phase. For example:
    Phase 1 to be melted: wax, butter, oil
    Phase 2: pigments, micas, starch, other fillers etc, INCLUDING MAGNESIUM STEARATE.

    it still works just as well without any of the hassle, including the gross film and sticky texture when you melt it!

    in reply to: Carnauba wax how-to and tips #22586
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    i know, right! i totally forgot about this when i created an all-oil + wax balm and it turned out harder than it should have. hopefully its just because its fall here in brazil, so maybe it will get a lot softer in the warmer weather.

    i have fixed one balm with an addition of 5% cacao butter and it totally changed the final product! softer and slightly dewy finish on skin.

    in reply to: Carnauba wax how-to and tips #22582
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    well, i use c-wax exclusively, so i`m getting the hang of it. 🙂

    AND I JUST REMEMBERED SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS SUPER IMPORTANT!!!

    i don’t know if this also happens with beeswax, but i have noticed that when making a balm that is only made up of oils + wax, it gets harder than i expected. to soften it up, always add a little bit of a butter (i tend to go with cacao butter because hello, chocolate!). it`s strange but true!

    so:
    liquid fats + wax = harder final product
    liquid fats + solid fat + wax = softer final product

    anyone else notice this, too?

    in reply to: Carnauba wax how-to and tips #22576
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    FORGOT TO SAY that when doing the substituting, you need to use 20% LESS carnauba wax to get the same hardness as the original formula containing beeswax. Plus, remember beeswax is quite sticky and soft, while carnauba wax is shiny and brittle, so if you put too much of either one in your formula, the end result will be very similar to the wax’s original “raw” texture. (Too much c-wax will turn your balm into a hard “plastic”!!! Ask me how many balms I’ve had to toss out?)

    So if a formula calls for 1 gram of beeswax, you would use 0.8 gram of carnauba wax.

    in reply to: White Beads Appearing in Lip Gloss #22567
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    is it the coconut oil that solidified from the cold weather?

    in reply to: Things People Say… from around the internet #22563
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    LOL you don’t even have to drown to die by water. if you drink a gallon of water in a very short amount of time you can die because it will rapidly dilute your blood and disrupt the electrolyte balance.

    science classes are obligatory in school, yes, BUT USING YOUR BRAIN ISN’T. 😉

    and most people are pretty much brain-dead zombies shuffling around. true story!

    in reply to: What NOT to Do #21918
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    YES PLEASE!!! or else we won`t be able to find ANYTHING later on!

    in reply to: Bubbbly magnesium stearate #21828
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    that might be it! my sample size melted very slowly and no bubbles.

    thanks!

    ill share the recipe when im done tweaking!

    in reply to: Bubbbly magnesium stearate #21748
    bellbottom
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    oh, yeah, it’s my own recipe. but when i made a small 5g sample there was no bubbling.

    weird!

    in reply to: What NOT to Do #21717
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    DON’T forget you are expecting the postman to deliver craft goodies and then test ALL the makeup in random patches over your face and arms… and then open the door like this.

    in reply to: The Eyes Have It! #21716
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    YES!!! PURPLE is the most problematic COLOR in the entire world, followed by blue. maybe it’s because purple is a natural pH detector, changing from blue to pink depending on acidity…
    or maybe because it’s such a perfect balance of hot + cold (red + blue)… it’s called the color of spirituality… but musings aside, i have been having trouble with purple, too! it’s just its purply nature to be difficult!

    in reply to: 3/126 measure #21548
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    HEY. gimme a break 😉

    i was totally freaking out when i got my book and i realized in Brazil we DO NOT have those dash/pinch etc spoons and how in the world was i gonna make the makeup?

    THEN I REMEMBERED 5TH GRADE MATH AND MATH SAVED THE DAY. IT WAS PRETTY NEAT. 😀

    FOR FUTURE REFERENCE:
    1/8 t = 0.6g
    1/16 t – 0.3g
    1/32 t = 0.15g
    1/64 t = 0.08g

    in reply to: 3/126 measure #21515
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    let’s get MATHEMATICAL.

    1 teaspoon = 5 grams.

    3/126 –> 3 divided by 126 = 0.02

    0.02 x 5 = 0.1 gram

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