How do I thicken and mix essential oils
I have been trying to find a way to thicken essential oils and create a stable mix of essential oils and a non-toxic thickening agent such as glycerine, basically creating a mix that does not separate at room temperature).
I will use this mix for many different purposes, such as insect control and masking odors. The mixture I am trying to create is also supposed to be stable when it gets in contact with water.
I tried this with real essential oils as well as D-Limonene.
For example I tried mixing D-Limonene with glycerin. Regardless of how many parts glycerin or D-Limonene I used, without an emulsifying agent the two will of course not mix at all.
I have had people recommend I use soap or detergent to emulsify it (does not work), nor did emulsifying wax (I would prefer not to have to use wax) and guar gum etc tends to separate and get clumpy in water.
D-Limonene is a very light, ‘thin’ oily liquid. So glycerin seems like a good choice for thickening it but how can I get it to mix and ensure it remains a stable mixture without the need to shake it before use.
If there is a better solution than glycerin to make this work, please let me know.
I’d appreciate any and all help. I am a newbie, so please excuse my ignorance.
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