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  • How to “stir” body wash when adding final ingredients?

    Posted by stephanm on March 31, 2016 at 12:45 am
    So, it looks like we’ll be shipping in the following piece of equipment to help in the production of our liquid body wash: http://www.soapequipment.com/Tanks/6GallonOilTank.htm

    (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.

    Thank you!!
    stephanm replied 7 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • jrusso531

    Member
    March 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Can you change your order of addition? so you can high speed mix the guar gum & glycerin before you add it to the soap base?

  • stephanm

    Member
    March 31, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Sure we can, it’s all quite unprofessional at the moment!

    So you suggest using a high speed immersion blender to mix the guar gum with glycerin before adding both to the rest of the batch? Sure can do-
    And how would you recommend stirring the entire batch to completion?
    I see some ‘slow speed mixers’ here: http://www.soapequipment.com/Tanks/OilTankOptions.htm

    ..But unfortunately nothing for the 6 gallon tank we’re going to order.. and also it’s crazy expensive..

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