After reading through the boards, I've followed everyone's advice and started out making proven recipes for lotion. However, I'd like to start experimenting with my own recipes and was wondering if there were any proportions or guidelines of which I should be aware. How do I make it runnier .. how do I make it thicker ?? I understand that the e-wax (and several other similar ingredients) pull the oil and the water together, but how do you know the amounts of each ingredient to use? Any advice is very welcome Also, phenonip ... can I use that in any lotion which contains water or is it for certain types of lotion? Same question for Germaben. :?