Friday, August 4, 2017
It's too hot to craft: Introduction
What can I do when I need things like conditioner, lotion, cooling spray, body wash, and more?
How about making cold process products, ones you don't need to heat up at all?
Is that possible?
Yes! But you definitely have to follow some guidelines.
Good manufacturing processes: We need to be as sanitary as possible, so we start by pulling our hair back and wearing gloves. Sanitize your space and equipment, like jars, jugs, and utensils, with an alcohol spray before creation.
Also see Basic lotion making instructions...
please don't re-use plastic bottles or jars, especially those that used to contain something that had oil in it as it can cause contamination or rancidity of your oils pretty quickly. I found this out the hard way...
Distilled or reverse osmosis water: We can't use tap water, boiled or unboiled, as they contain all manner of things and metals and we need to be as sanitary as possible. Distilled water is plentiful and inexpensive at pharmacies and grocery stores. I pay less than $2 for 4 litres (around a gallon).
Use a good, broad spectrum preservative at the suggested usage level: If you're making something that contains water or might be exposed to water, you must use a preservative. There are loads of choices - check out my preservative comparison chart here - but you'll have to choose the one that's appropriate for your product. For instance, Liquipar Optima requires oil to work, so it won't work in a water only toner. Tinosan doesn't work in cationic or positively charged products, so you can't use it in a conditioner or with things like polyquaternium 7 or honeyquat.
I like using Liquid Germall Plus at 0.5%, the maximum suggested usage rate as it works with just about everything I make. That's what I'll be using in this series of posts.
As we work with various cold process products, I'll be sharing more about things to consider for each one. Let's start on Monday with a cold process hair conditioner!