Laboratory-grade plastic pH strips by Machery-Nagel of Germany, gradation of 7.0 to 14.0 recommended for testing the pH of soaps and other toiletries. These high quality test strips feature up to four different indicator pads to cover the complete pH range. The color chart exactly matches both color and position of the pads on the strips which enables highly precise pH-determination and makes the test strips rapid and reliable. The dye on the strips will not contaminate your samples, there should not be any possibility of color bleeding.
Plastic test strips provide more accurate readings than paper test strips. These excellent strips cover the full range you will encounter when testing soap. They read in half unit increments. When using, keep test strip in the solution until the color stops changing, between 45 seconds and one minute. Storage: Away from direct light and heat, store in original container. Measuring the pH of soap accurately saves you time and problems. (Pack of 100)
Soap pH: Should not be over 10
Lotion pH: 5 to 6
Hair product pH: 5 to 6
To test soap: Wet the soap as if you were washing your hands with the bar, this will create bubbles. Apply the strip to the wet part of the soap, obtain your results.
FYI: Any solution with a pH above 7 is considered an alkali or base, any solution with a pH below 7 is considered an acid.
The gradations of these strips are:
7.0 � 7.5 � 8.0 � 8.5 � 9.0 � 9.5 � 10.0 � 10.5 � 11.0 � 11.5 � 12.0 � 12.5 � 13.0 � 13.5 � 14.0
More information about pH:
Every piece of matter you can think of which is in an aqueous solution (water-based, in other words) has a pH measure. The pH scale is not an absolute scale; it is relative to a set of standard solutions whose pH is established by international agreement. Depending on this measure the product or item can be considered acid rich or alkaline rich or neutral. The scale ranges from 0-14, the higher the number being more alkaline, the lower the number being more acidic and 7 which is right in the middle being neutral. Pure water is said to be neutral. The pH for pure water at 25 deg. C is close to 7.0.
It is like the Richter scale for earthquakes, though: just because one product has a ph of 4 and one of 3 does not mean that there is not much difference. For instance: a refreshing glass of orange juice has a pH of 3.5. If you go to a pH of 3, though, you have a nice, "refreshing" glass of vinegar.
Human skin and hair have a natural ph of 4.5-5. Therefore anything above or below the natural PH is contrasting with our hair or skin. Take, for example, a chemical hair relaxer, Its pH ranges anywhere from 11-14 and what does it do? It alters the curl pattern of our hair.
What about soaps? If a soap has a high alkaline content (8-10), it will make your skin very dry and tight.
On the other side of the pH scale, chemical peels have a high acid content. Peels with a pH of 3 may only cause superficial flaking while a peel with a pH of 1 (which would only be available to doctors) can easily give you chemical burns if not properly administered and rapidly neutralized.
For lotion making, one of the reasons that pH is important (other than its effect on the skin) is that preservatives tend to operate within specific pH ranges. If your lotion is out of that range, you might not have an effective preservation system, and your lotion can grow "stuff". There are a variety of pH balancing agents, including citric acid, sodium hydroxide and baking soda.
OUT OF STOCK ISSUES: If a customer orders a large quantity of a product and all of the product is not in stock when the order is entered into our system, once the new stock arrives we will ship separately whatever quantity we may owe the customer. Most of our restocking orders arrive at our warehouse 5-7 business days after we place a restocking order, sometimes sooner. Should the distiller or vendor inform us restocking will take longer than 7 business days, we’ll promptly notify the customer.
Please note that we do not allow order cancellations for any reason and we don’t allow removal/cancellations of products which become partially or completely out of stock after the customer places an order.
Raw materials/ingredients are dispensed by weight. Many customers ask how many ounces in a pound, there are 16 ounces in one pound. These are not fluid ounces, they are ounces by weight.
EO = essential oil
FO = fragrance oil
Our containers are filled with products to where our commercial digital scales indicate the container should be filled. Some containers will be filled to the top, some will not.
HOW OILS ARE DISPENSED: All our products are dispensed by weight. EO's in 8 oz. through 2 lbs. - amber plastic pharmaceutical-grade bottle. EO's in 5 and 10 lbs. - heavy duty plastic container w/pouring spout, the oil may remain inside the container at least 2 months. EO's in sizes of 25+ lbs. - industry-standard metal or plastic can with a pouring spout, the oil may remain inside the metal can indefinitely and up to 2 months in the plastic pail. It's our decision in which type of pail we dispense the product, metal cans are not readily available. CARRIER OILS - plastic bottles/pails depending on the size ordered, do not need to be transferred to glass unless you wish to do so. FO's - in plastic containers, contents do not need to be transferred to glass unless you wish to do so.
Essential oils in sizes from ½ oz. to 4 oz. are dispensed in amber glass bottles without orifice reducers or glass droppers. If we ever run out of amber glass bottles, we reserve the right to use any other glass bottle available at that time. The only sizes of EO's dispensed with orifice reducers are 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 oz. sizes. If you require bottles/vials with orifice reducers or Eurodroppers, we sell those separately.
HOW TO STORE: Upon receipt, EO's dispensed in plastic bottles MUST be transferred into amber glass bottles. EO's, FO's and BUTTERS should be stored in tightly-sealed containers away from direct light and heat. Many oils could be highly flammable, keep away from open flames. Refrigerating butters could adversely affect the consistency of the butter, please join our Forum if you need to learn how to handle and store products.
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