Why Weight vs Volume Matters When Measuring Cosmetics Ingredients
Today we're going to take a peek at an example of why measuring cosmetics ingredients by volume isn't the best idea.
Ok that was diplomatically put - it's really not a good idea unless you NEVER EVER want to be able to recreate your product.
But I'm guessing that isn't the case.
I'm guessing you DO want to recreate your product.
I mean, you're making fabulous stuff here and your family and friends are raving about your skincare and scrubs and other products and keep asking for more, right?
I thought so.
To be able to recreate any product you have developed, you want to get serious about falling in love with your scale and putting measuring cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons away in the drawer for cooking utensils.
Measuring ingredients by weight helps you get the same result every time.
Here's a little example:
Pictured at the top: 5 grams / 0.18 oz of clay.
With kaolin clay, 5 grams is about a tablespoon in VOLUME
With rhassoul, 5 grams is about a teaspoon in VOLUME
Not the same, is it? That's because kaolin is lighter and 'fluffier' than rhassoul. To makes things more confusing and inaccurate, we could put the kaolin clay into a cup and tap it on the counter. It will settle and reduce in VOLUME, but will still weigh the same.
So, to remove any confusion at all, I made a handy dandy chart right here:
Snort in contempt and close the page XD
If I really, really liked the idea - swear a bit and make the recipe weighting and writing down everything. If the results turn out acceptable I'll be able to recreate them or have a decent starting point for tweaking the recipe.