Energy Body Cream

We received a question about our Energy Body Cream recipe that is on our site. The question is how to reduce the viscosity of this cream.

Let’s look at the recipe:

3 grams Liquid Glycerin
4 grams Stearic Acid
6 grams Emulsifying Wax
13 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
7 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
5 grams Sweet Almond Oil
3 grams Regular Cocoa Butter
113 grams distilled water
1.5 grams Germaben II
1.5 grams Energy Fragrance Oil

Let’s figure our the percentages of each of these ingredients first.

Total is 157 grams by weight:
2% Liquid Glycerin
2.5% Stearic Acid
4% Emulsifying Wax
8% Apricot Kernel Oil
4.5% Colorless Jojoba Oil
3% Sweet Almond Oil
2% Regular Cocoa Butter
72% distilled water
1% Germaben II
1% Energy Fragrance Oil

These percentages have been rounded a bit for easier calculating.

To reduce viscosity the Stearic Acid, Cocoa Butter, and Emulsifying Wax all contribute to an increased viscosity. Reducing the Stearic Acid to 3 grams will decrease the viscosity just a tad. Removing the Cocoa Butter will decrease the viscosity a bit more. Removing the Stearic Acid will decrease the viscosity by a lot more, and removing both will decrease the viscosity significantly.

Sometimes we replace ingredients like these with other materials that help make a creamier product with a lighter feel, this helps reduce viscosity and help lighten the overall feel.

I would probably make the Stearic Acid 2 grams, increase the Colorless Jojoba to 8 grams, and replace the Cocoa Butter with Isopropyl Myristate. To make the lotion have less drag, replacing the Glycerin with Hydrovance will also reduce drag and make a lighter feel, without changing viscosity much.

This gives lots of options for change. It certainly will make a difference, based your desired final product, by which option you choose.

As always, you can change a recipe to suit the ingredients you have on hand. I only had White Cocoa Butter on my workbench, so I used that instead of the Regular Cocoa Butter that the recipe called for. Even with this change, the recipe turned out fine.

Collect needed items:

Liquid Glycerin
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Apricot Kernel Oil
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Regular Cocoa Butter
Germaben II
Energy Fragrance Oil
Distilled Water
Scale
Transfer Pipette
Spoon
Immersion Blender (Optional)
Container for mixing
Containers for the finished product

Weigh all ingredients except Germaben II and Energy Fragrance Oil. Melt the ingredient in the microwave using short bursts of time. It took about 1-1/2 minutes  in my microwave to melt the ingredients. Once the ingredients are melted, stir to thoroughly mix. Allow the ingredients to cool until the cream has reached approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Now you can add the Germaben II and Energy Fragrance Oil and mix well. Pour the cream into jars and cap the jars. Now you have a quick and easy cream ready to use for an energetic pick-me-up.

Collect items.

Collect items.

Weigh ingredients except for fragrance and Germaben II.

Weigh ingredients except for fragrance and Germaben II.

Stirring melted ingredients with a spoon.

Stirring melted ingredients with a spoon.

Stirring melted ingredients after adding fragrance oil and Germaben II.

Stirring melted ingredients after adding fragrance oil and Germaben II.

Pouring finished cream into jars.

Pouring finished cream into jars.

Filling the last jar.

Filling the last jar.


This recipe makes about 5-1/2 ounces of cream, so if you want to make more cream, use the percentages that we calculated and choose how much cream you want to make. Once you have decided, multiply that amount by the percentage. For example, I want to make enough cream to fill 8 of the 4 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 70. I would need approximately 32 ounces of cream to fill up the jars a little past the shoulder of the jar. I can either calculate this recipe in ounces or I can calculate it in grams. I’m going to show both calculations.

Ounces Calculations (32*Percentage)
32*.02 = 0.64 ounces of Liquid Glycerin
0.80 ounces of Stearic Acid
1.28 ounces of Emulsifying Wax
2.56 ounces of Apricot Kernel Oil
1.44 ounces of Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.96 ounces of Sweet Almond Oil
0.64 ounces of Cocoa Butter
23.04 ounces of Distilled Water
0.32 ounces of Germaben II
0.32 ounces of Energy Fragrance Oil

Grams Calculations (907.2*Percentage)
18.14 grams of Liquid Glycerin
22.68 grams of Stearic Acid
36.29 grams of Emulsifying Wax
72.58 grams of Apricot Kernel Oil
40.82 grams of Colorless Jojoba Oil
27.22 grams of Sweet Almond Oil
18.14 grams of Cocoa Butter
653.18 grams of Distilled Water
9.07 grams of Germaben II
9.07 grams of Energy Fragrance Oil

Next week I’m going to show embedding objects in Melt & Pour Soap!
Andee

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6 Comments

  • bluebutterflz says:

    I am trying to add lotion to my learning and I wanted to know if you have a basic cream recipe I could build from. Would this one work? Or is there a more basic one you suggest to build from? Also what is the difference between a cream and butter? I’m not entirely sure.

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    • Andee says:

      A cream is generally a fluid mixture that has more oil than water, or a larger percentage of oil. It is generally more viscous than lotion and generally comes in a jar. Notice I say generally. This is a rule that can be broken and certainly everyone has used a thickened lotion a time or two and would confuse it with a cream. So, viscosity is not a determining factor of whether a cream or lotion, it is oil content. But in general terms we can talk about a jar product and a bottle product as being cream or a lotion.

      This recipe is as good as any to start. The key to doing lotions is your notebook. If you keep fantastic notes you will be an excellent lotion maker in no time!

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  • bluebutterflz says:

    I had a quick question. I know with soap you can add Hydrogenated Soybean Oil to soaps to cut down cost but could you to the same for creams and lotions?

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    • Andee says:

      Could, but this is where the feel of the oil comes into play. Cheap doesn’t always feel good. In soap (it is a wash off product) it is different than lotion (a leave on product).

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  • jordan says:

    what is the shelf-life on this before it goes bad?

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