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    Vegan lip balms cracking

    The recipe is high in candelilla wax, and so its a very brittle balm. BUT after you start using it, its no longer brittle..it becomes soft and creamy and looks/feels like a beeswax lip balm. can anyone tell me why this is the case? what is happening to it, and is there a way i can replicate...
  2. J

    Vegan lip balms cracking

    thanks! tho its still not great...getting between a 10% and 20% failure rate still.....and the molds are terrible and require a TON of clean up work. it took WAY too long to make 300 lip balms. and i still have 700 more to make....300 more by monday.
  3. J

    Vegan lip balms cracking

    Oh, i figured out what was a large part of the problem......the tubes i got were not twisted all the way down. so when i would raise the lip balm and lower it, the spine would push farther into the lip balm, and because its a brittle mix, it would crack. So now i make sure every tube is...
  4. J

    Vegan lip balms cracking

    cocoa butter is brittle, but not nearly as brittle as candelilla wax. its mostly the wax that is causing the trouble, but its the wax that makes it so nice. if i can get the tube poured so it doesnt crack, and twist it up and down and it doesnt crack, then its an amazing lip balm. less wax...
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    Vegan lip balms cracking

    k i just poured 3 of the original base...the one giving me lots of trouble......i over filled a tray, scraped it off, pulled the tube out when solid, cut the excess off, put them back in the tray and ran a heat gun to smooth the tops out. waited only like half an hour and turned them up and...
  6. J

    Vegan lip balms cracking

    its not separated, its even throughout. and i fully melt it before pouring some off. it cools fairly quickly.
  7. J

    Vegan lip balms cracking

    Even a couple days later they are still cracking almost every one when i turn the bottom, and thats without even putting a lid on. It is catastrophic cracking, where its a hard break and a piece will fall out if you turned it upsidedown. Not just a small hairline fracture. Original recipe was...
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    Vegan lip balms cracking

    Hello! Im having problems with my vegan lip balms cracking really badly. I didnt have much problem before when i used a round tube. But now im using the oval tube for a custom order and when removing the lid it makes the lip balm crack almost every time. I have been using 24% wax for a long...
  9. J

    What % of EO do you add to liquid soap??

    I added EO to the regular dilution of LS at 0.5% and it was not enough so i added more and i think i added 2%......which smells like the right amount of smell except the lemongrass ginger one is a bit strong.....i think lemongrass needs to be used at a lower % in LS....i find it really drying...
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    jelly crust on LS after EO added

    for those of you thinking you need poly cause your EO is floating on top of your soap......just heat the LS a bit (like hot tub hot) and the EO will mix right in. its never separated back out again on me. thats with me using 3% SF or less.
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    jelly crust on LS after EO added

    you dont need polysorbate to add EO ive done it many times without never had any oil separation issues except once when i over neutralized the issue was simply not enough water....the soap was just on the verge of being liquid. it seems strange that adding an oil would push it over the edge...
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    jelly crust on LS after EO added

    i added some EO to my liquid soap and it turned the top into a jelly like crust....i tried heating and cooling, no change. i added a tiny bit of water and heated and covered with saran wrap this time and cooled. its almost cool now but it still looks like there is no change. i did this with 3...
  13. J

    What % of EO do you add to liquid soap??

    the reason i was asking is cause how the % feels in a super diluted liquid soap may be different than if its less diluted. but i will try it at 0.5%. its better to add too little than too much.
  14. J

    What % of EO do you add to liquid soap??

    I sell, so i need to do what works best for other people. I have SUPER sensitive skin and usually never use soaps with EO. I will add it at 0.5% and if its not strong enough i can always add more.
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    What % of EO do you add to liquid soap??

    last time i made a batch of liquid soap for foamer bottles i added 1% EO and that was WAY too high. I ended up adding a lot more soap and taking it down to 0.5% EO in liquid soap for foamer bottles. for the less diluted liquid hand soap (NOT foamer bottles) should i do it at 0.5% also? or...
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