How to Thicken Lotion

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You can thicken lotion in one of a few different ways depending on your preferences. Thicken lotion the right way with help from a self-proclaimed beauty junky and makeup expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sharon. Your do it yourself beauty expert coming to you from Posh Hair Studio in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. Now, I want to talk to you a little bit about thickening your lotions. I don't care what anyone tells you, unfortunately if it's a commercial product, you're really not going to have too much luck thickening it at home. Your best bet would ether be to refrigerate it over night or leave a jar of your commercial product open over night to absorb some of that moisture, it'll just kind of come out and get a little thicker. Now, we, you can use, you can actually see the ingredients in the back of your commercial product, and an emulsifier will probably be lanolin or beeswax, but the problem is you're are not going to know the proportions that were used to create that commercial product. So, once you start adding things yourself, now that product is no longer stable. Some girls they like to mess with it and they want to make their own thickening lotion, I highly, highly, highly recommend that you don't. Unfortunately you're are just going to ruin the product, so if it's a little too runny, use it as is or as I said, just put it in the refrigerator, sometimes that helps to thicken. But, now what if it's a lotion that you made yourself? Well, if you made the lotion your self, you absolutely already know the ingredients that are in it and nine times out of ten, you probably used lanolin. Lanolin is a great emulsifier, it helps to really thicken up your lotion because this is the oil that's derived from a sheep's wool. So what you can do is basically use a double boiler and what you want to do is very, very gently heat up your lotion, you want to keep it on low heat for a long time, so we're not talking about 5 to 10 minutes, sometimes it's going to take you a good 20 to 25 minutes, on low heat, to get the right consistency in a double boiler and what you want to do is just add half of a tablespoon or even half of a teaspoon, depending on how much lotion you have left, any more and you can really actually risk making that lotion too thick. So, what your going to want to do, is gently reheat your lotion and once it gets to the desired consistency add a little bit of the liquid lanolin and let it cool. You'll see that once it cools down it's probably going to be considerably thicker. Another thing that you can use to thicken your own home made lotion is beeswax, now you can get beeswax solid in this form or they also come in little pellets, I like to use the little pellets and you would also basically take that lotion that you have heated in your double boiler and just add a few pellets at a time and let them slowly melt together. What's, what's is going to happen once it's cooled down is it should thicken, again this is only if you're making your own lotion, unfortunately if it's a store bought product and it thins out, you're stuck with it, sorry. This is Sharon, coming to you from Posh Hair Studios in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. Thank you.

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