How do percentage % recipes work?
You'll almost always see Aromantic's recipes expressed with percentages as opposed to ml or grams. This is because we feel it's the easiest and most precise way to write a recipe that works for any quantity, whether you're making 100ml or 25kg of a product! But how do you calculate it?
It's quite simple really - it's all about weight. A set of precise weighing scales is essential for this, especially when dealing with smaller quantities.
If you're making 100g/ml of a product, 1% = 1g
If you're making 25kg of a product, 1% = 250g
In both instances above, the final product will be identical. At Aromantic, whenever we make products, whether they be for resale, on our courses, or in-house to test out recipes, we always weigh every single ingredient - including water - as it allows for the most accuracy.
Working in percentages is important when it comes to sensitive ingredients such as preservatives or essential oils. In some instances, you shouldn't use more than X amount of an ingredient in a final product - this amount will be a percentage of the total ingredients, so working in percentages means that you'll never accidentally use too much or too little of a product.
My cream is too thick or too runny - what can I do?
You can add a little less water or a little more depending on whether your cream is too thick or too runny. If you want to make a lighter cream you can try blending it with an electric mixer but be careful not to introduce air bubbles to your cream. You could also add some Aloe Vera Gel to your cream, which makes it fluffy and has a very nice feeling on the skin. Sprinkling up to 0.5% Xanthan Gum over the cream and using a hand blender to mix it in, will make it thicker.
My gel is too thick or too runny - how can I put it right?
Again you can add more water to your gel if your gel is too thick. If it is too runny then add some more Xanthan Gum but do it little by little until you get the desired consistency because if you add too much at once you risk making it too thick.
The vegetable oil I bought from you is sometimes solid and sometimes liquid, is this normal?
Yes it is. Many oils will solidify or crystallise at room temperature or cooler and as the temperature rises they will become more liquid and runny. If your oil is too thick to come out of the bottle you can simply heat up the bottle slightly and the oil will melt and pour easily. The most common oils that will solidify in a fridge or at low room temperatures are olive, jojoba, papaya seed, (all three contain high quantities of oleic acid) macadamia, moringa, sesame, neem, etc. Generally, the higher the quantities of saturated fatty acids in the oil, the more likely it is to solidify or thicken. To learn more you could purchase The Aromantic Guide to Unlocking the Powerful & Rejuvenation Benefits of Vegetable Oils.
Do I need any special equipment to make Aromantic's products?
Our recipes are designed to be made with simple equipment that you likely already have in your kitchen! Please see our list of equipment as a handy guide on what you need to get started.