So, it looks like we'll be shipping in the following piece of equipment to help in the production of our liquid body wash:
(This came at the recommendation of several members here!)
Regarding the blending done during the saponification/'tracing' stage, I'm looking at (but have not actually committed to) the well-known "Waring Big Stix" immersion blender.
Ok, so here's my question: after we dilute the soap base, we add a bunch of other ingredients. Guar gum + glycerine, some essential oils, aloe vera, jojoba oil.. I think that's it (might be missing one or two). Right now, we're mixing by hand. It's very tiresome, but gets the job done.
We tried using a household immersion blender to "mix" everything - BAD decision. It made everything super bubbly and foamy and ruined the batch!
So - is there an electric tool that is recommended for the *stirring* of the product with its final ingredients? Or is doing it by hand best?
If we get the Waring Big Stix immersion blender, does it go to a sufficiently low enough speed that I might use the "whisk" attachment (I've seen it online) to stir without causing a horribly foamy/ruined product?
Just looking for something low speed to stir and save on physical strain.