19 June, 2016 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

Lipids are fats – namely the large variety of oils used in cooking and formulating products for the skin. The following is a homework assignment I did for school, comparing the properties of different oils.

This was a fun project, although a bit time consuming. I melted all the oils and butters. I tried melting the beeswax without oil, which made it clump. I had to scoop it out, add the apricot kernel oil, then add the beeswax back in. When I moved to the grapeseed oil with beeswax, I put the grapeseed oil in the double boiler first, then added the beeswax which resulted in quicker melting with no clumping.

Once all the oils and butters were melted, the apricot and grapeseed oils with the beeswax solidified quickly. The apricot with the cocoa butter remained liquid. The shea butter, which I did last…about 6 or 7 minutes ago still hasn’t solidified.

I drew a crude chart on my legs. I hope my cellulite isn’t showing in the picture. 🙂 The oils/butters/wax on my legs correspond to the chart below.

It is 10:39 pm and I’m going to start applying all the oils. I really like the feel of the apricot and shea. The apricot kernel is smooth. The shea thicker but smooth. I had to scrape the oils containing the beeswax out with my fingernail. They were hard. Completed applying at 10:41 pm with about 3 rubs for each oil.

I rubbed each oil in circles 3 times to check progress.

My favorites: Apricot kernel, shea, jojoba, and olive oil. They all had good glide, absorbed well and made my skin soft.

My least favorite: Grapeseed. By itself and with the beeswax and cocoa butter. It doesn’t have “glide” like the other oils and the beeswax combination never completely melted and it was sticky.

If I did this experiment over, I would use a more precise measure of oil on each section of my skin. I just dipped my fingertips in the oils (or scraped some in the case of the beeswax).

It is 11:06 pm and the melted shea butter has still not solidified to its original texture.

Next Day Follow up – I used the apricot kernel oil this morning in place of baby oil on my wet skin. It felt sticky and wasn’t as easy to spread as it was last night. I’m not sure if mixing with water caused friction or if it was because it was much warmer in the house last night than it was this morning. After drying, I used jojoba oil on my lower legs. It absorbed quickly and was soft and smooth. It has been nearly two hours and the skin where I applied apricot kernel oil doesn’t feel as silky. The jojoba on the other hand feels wonderful. My skin feels soft, silky, and smooth. So, today jojoba is my favorite but I see where all the oils have value depending on your intended application. Of course mixing them would provide the characteristics needed for any particular formula.

  • Cocoa butter melting.

  • Clumped beeswax. Add the oil THEN the beeswax.

  • Beeswax added AFTER the oil. Much smoother melting.

  • Shea butter melting.

  • Samples

  • Leg grid for testing.

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