Wanted: Emulsion Junkies

I admit to being crazy about emulsions, especially as they pertain to soap, lotions and creams.


A scientist I am not.  I was never fond of chemistry until I embarked on this soap and stuff adventure a number of years ago.  I actually remember my first lotion emulsion.  Following the directions in The Herbal Home Spa, by Greta Breedlove, I warmed my water with a little borax and in another pan, warmed my oils and beeswax.  I slowly poured the water phase into the oils phase and voila!  I had lotion.  I went on to experiment with other emulsifiers such as lecithin.  Soon, I discovered e-wax and was really on my way in having obtained a stable emulsion.  I experimented with various oils and water amounts and later, with BTMS and other emulsifiers.  It was fun.  To be truthful, I can’t say my mistakes were fun.  The time I forgot the borax that was to accompany my beeswax and I ended up with a separated mess was not fun, but I did learn a valuable lesson about a borax/beeswax emulsion.


Later on, I got up the nerve to make cold process soap and again, was fascinated with emulsions.  That combining sodium hydroxide and oils could produce a hard bar of soap was fascinating and I couldn’t get enough.  I still can’t!  When that separating oil and water becomes one at trace, I get a little thrill of wonder and success.  Although I don’t do it often, hot process is just another variation of that process that amazes me with its results.


I am writing this because I just know that I am in no way unique.  You likely share a similar story or we would have no need for the Saponifier.  We have our individual differences–you may have begun with soap and then moved to lotions, or you may make only lotion or soap; nevertheless, if you enjoy making one, you’re an emulsion junkie just like me.


So, how about it?  Do you declare yourself an emulsion junkie?


Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.


Beth Byrne for the Saponifier


2 Responses to “Wanted: Emulsion Junkies”
  1. I am definitely a confirmed emulsion junky!
    My first batch of soap was from a recipe I found in a farm magazine. It was over 30 years ago and the thrill I felt from making and using it led to many years of pleasure and later an herbal business. The success of my first batch was like getting homework back with a huge A+ on it!

  2. Yesss! I have to agree with all of you. Making soaps and emulsions is my passion. Started making goat’s milk soaps last year and just could not stop! Then I discovered Shea Butter and WOW!!! a new passion started, and that is the favorite product that people buy from me. I make Whipped Shea Butter Moisturizing Cream, with Avocado Oil, Vitamin E and Lavender. It is the one and only moisturizer that I use from face to toes, once a day, after the shower. I also make a Lip balm with honey and shea butter. Fabulous! Now I also make Soy Candles . What a treat! And to know that by consuming Soy Candles we are helping our own economy and the american farmers, that is great.
    Woodland Soaps
    owner and crafter

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