Lotion bar with candelilla is too soft…
Hi there! I’m your usual perfectionist that never gets anything done. After suffering for over-optimization and creating formulas with more than 20 ingredients I learnt my lesson and I’m going back to basics.
Long short history, candelilla wax at 24% and 34% (sunflower oil up to 100%) wasn’t enough to make a lotion bar trial solid, while the same % of carnauba made it too hard. I know that despite being hard waxes they’re different in composition, but I’ve seen many recipes, formulas and blogs with people using about 30% of candelilla and getting a somewhat solid thing. What am I doing wrong?
1) Weight the wax or hardener and oil
2) (Double-boil) Heat it for long enough to melt everything. Ensure it is well mixed and there are no “blobs” or solid pieces left.
3) Pour in mould
4) Put in freezer (about 10ºC). Room temperature is about 32ºC.
I’ve waited for about 3-4 hours before unmolding (or trying to).
Just for context:
I’m trying to test some hardeners for a solid lotion bar. I’m using sunflower seed oil for up to 100% and a hardener to get used to their feeling, visuals, processing, etc.
I’ve tried the following combinations (each letter is a different test):
For all of them -> Sunflower seed oil up to 100%
A - carnauba wax 24% : Too hard, and cracked (but usable)
B - carnauba wax 34% : Too hard, and cracked
C - Beeswax 30% : would be better if a bit harder ; still usable
D - Beeswax 45% : hard enough; usable
E - Candelilla wax 24% : Too soft, like a smooth balm. I can’t even get it out of the silicone mold.
F - Candelilla wax 34% : Too soft, but harder than F. I managed to unmold it but it looks like a butter.
G - Cetyl Alcohol 30 % : Hard enough, usable
H - Cetyl Alcohol 45%: Quite hard, usable
I - Glyceryl Stearate 29% : Hard enough, usable