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FAQ for "Potions and Lotions"

Postby amyc » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:01 am

The following FAQ contains frequently asked questions and answers about the "Potions and Lotions: Lessons in Cosmetic Chemistry" Project Idea and/or project kit (http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Chem_p022.shtml?from=AAE). If you are having trouble with the procedure, you may find assistance in the answers below.

Q: One of my lip glosses splattered all over the microwave or the stove. What should I do?
A: First, tell an adult and make sure that no hot lip gloss landed on anybody. Make sure surfaces are cool to the touch (especially the stovetop or hot plate), then save what lip gloss you can and clean up the mess. Sometimes it is easier to let the lip gloss cool and harden before cleaning it up.

Q: The beeswax is taking a very long time to melt in the microwave. Is something wrong?
A: No, the beeswax just takes a long time to melt. Keep microwaving the basic ingredients for 15 seconds at a time and stir after each microwaving. Do not give into the temptation of microwaving the samples for longer periods of time, even just a few seconds; this can lead to the ingredients splattering all over the inside of your microwave, creating a really big mess. The beeswax needs to be fully melted, and the basic ingredients in your lip balm should be well-mixed before you blend the add-in ingredients into the lip gloss mixture.


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