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.