I'm asked all the time about the HLB system, so I thought I'd put together a list of the posts I've written on the topic in this permanent page of links!
Introduction to the HLB system
What is the HLB or hydrophilic-lipophilic balance system?
A demonstration of the HLB system.
More fun with the HLB sytem - a body butter
Things to think about when creating an emulsification system
Silicones and the HLB system
A short summary and a few links...
A series of posts on the HLB system. I recommend you start at the beginning and work your way through each post. There are recipes and suggestions for where to start working with this system.
HLB system - an introduction
HLB system - a demonstration (part 1)
HLB system - a demonstration (part 2)
HLB system - work this one out!
An aside...don't fear the math!
HLB system - answers to working it out!
HLB system - let's get slightly more complicated!
HLB system - substituting things in our oil phase
Question: How do we know the correct HLB values of oils and butters?
HLB system - using different emulsifiers, and a formula