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I have been making my own lotion since 2003. Last year I bought an Omniblend and started making my lotion in it. I also tried a new recipe. It was nice and creamy and a bit thick for a bottle - more of a cream I suppose. I have now started making that same lotion in a larger batch twice using a stand mixer versus the Omniblend, and both times it came out thinner. Does this make sense?
Everything else is the same - ingredients, I heat both the water and oil phase to around 170 degrees, I drizzle the oil phase slowly into the water phase, let it run, stop and put in fridge for a bit, let it run again, etc. Could the mixer vs blender really make a difference in thickness?
I'm not used to the Omniblend, but I do know that (for example) an immersion blender is a high sheer mixer and gives very different result than a stand mixer. Think about it, the stand mixer mixes air into the product...that's what it is supposed to do... and will result in a lighter, less dense (and possibly more liquid) product. A blender doesn't whip air into the contents, simply purees them and ... blends them. We use a huge professional chef's table mixer (a Hobart) for our whipped butters and balms, but an oversized immersion blender for creams and lotions that we want to remain 'thick'... does this help some?
Thank you for your reply. I started selling my lotions on Etsy so went to the standmixer to be able to make larger batches. So based on what you said, I either need to keep making smaller batches in the Omniblend or modify the recipe to be thicker when made in the standmixer. The thing is, the recipe is really nice as is and people love it. Which oversized immersion blender do you have if you don't mind me asking.
Thank you again...this was incredibly helpful.
We make a lot of lotion and use a cordless drill in a bucket with a paint stirring attachment. Not pretty or fancy but incredibly inexpensive. Lotions turn out incredibly thick when using this method. I had to tweak very little as I have gone from 5 gallon buckets to 7 gallon then 16 gallon drums and right now currently making 30 gallon drum size with basically the same attachment with a few modifications.
That is awesome. Thank you so much!! :)
Welcome. The hardest part of my growth cycle was figuring out production!