Bath Care Simple Mixing Instructions

Methods for mixing Bath Care and Body Care products differ.

For Body Care Mixing Instructions click here.

Gel and clear bath products react differently to various fragrances or essential oils. Some will go cloudy or thin out, another might build viscosity, then others are fine. Each will react differently.

The fragrance companies don’t have to disclose what the liquid is that they use, saying its "proprietary information". It could be butylene, propylene glycol, glycerine, carrier oils, hexane or combined solvents.

There are three possible variables that will happen when adding fragrance or essential oil to a gel:

Situation: The product remains cloudy when stirred into the gel, and its not created by bubbles.
Resolution: This fragrance needs to be blended with a solubilizer before adding to the gel, especially with heavier fragrance loads.

Situation: The product goes watery after stirring in the fragrance.
Resolution: Table salt can assist in building up viscosity, but wait overnight to judge. If you add too much, it will break again. Simply add some water to push down the salt content if this happens. We also have a Gel Thickener if all else fails.

Situation: The gel builds up too much and is like jelly.
Resolution: Wait overnight as the fragrance might change the consistency, if its still jelly-like, add some distilled water.

Before Starting Tests:
Disinfect all utensils, container or objects that will come in contact with the product. Either a mild bleach solution rinse when you wash, or a mist bottle with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) from any pharmacy.

Items you will need:
Plastic container, scale (optional), spoons, stirring utensils, plastic zip-lock or freezer bags (optional, as this can be poured), fragrance, color (optional) and solubilizer (test to see if its needed beforehand).

  Step 1
Place container on a scale and ”zero” the measuring indicator. If you don’t have a scale, use a graduated cup.
  Step 2
Pour a pre-determined amount of base into the container. Try a quantity that easy to measure, like 8oz.
  Step 3
Combine scent at 0.5% to start. 1/2 teaspoon will scent 8oz of gel. Stir slowly as to not add bubbles. See results. If you want a stronger scent, add another 1/3 teaspoon to see if further changes occur.
  Step 4
If all appears well, add some color (if required) and let it sit overnight to see if it remains the same consistency.
  Step 5
If product becomes really cloudy and doesn’t clear overnight, you will have to start over.
  Step 6
You need a Solubilizer to keep your product from clouding and separating. A solubilizer breaks down oils into smaller droplets, so it will disperse evenly. Blend 1 part essential oil/fragrance to 1 part solubilizer in a separate container. Start by adding 1/2 teaspoon of fragrance to 1/2 teaspoon of solubilizer and mix well. Add this mixture to the gel to see if this clears the cloudiness. If all seems ok and you want a higher fragrance load at this point, try an additional 1/3 teaspoon of scent to 1/3 teaspoon of solubilizer. Watch for viscosity changes on top of cloudiness.
  Step 7
As you stir, if you feel the viscosity reduce, you will have to add salt. On 8 oz, start with 1/4 teaspoon of table salt and stir slowly till dissolved. If little changes occur, add another 1/4 teaspoon. If it looks good, don’t bottle right away, just wait overnight. If too much is added, the viscosity will be watery. Add distilled water to reduce the salt content if this occurs. If its still problematic and watery, we have a Gel Thickener available.
  Step 8
Pour contents into a zip-lock or freezer bag, cut the tip off and fill your bottles. Alternately, as this is fairly liquid, you can fill directly from the container.