Dry-Flo Testing


I promised last week that I would show you how I tested different percentages of Dry-Flo in my lotion formulation. I made a “Master Batch” where I added everything except the Dry-Flo. I had it completely blended and ready to put into containers. Instead of packaging into containers, I weighed ten grams of my lotion into several small beakers. I then added .2 grams of Dry-Flo for a 2% usage rate of Dry-Flo. I stirred the Dry-Flo into the lotion using a pipette.  I also tested 4%, 6% and 8% usage rates.

Once I had mixed the Dry-Flo into the lotion, I lined them up and labeled them. Then I put small amounts of the lotion on my forearm and rubbed it in. On my forearm, I really like the 8% usage rate. It felt nice and velvety, just the texture I was looking for. The 6% usage rate was nice and velvety and it also had a hydrating feel to it.

After I tested the lotion on my forearm, I tested it on my dry knuckles. To my surprise, 6% usage rate was my favorite. It made my knuckles have that soft, velvety texture as well as hydrated the dry skin. The 8% usage rate made my hands feel dry and powdery. The 8% usage rate did not feel as nice as the 6%. The 2% and 4% usage rates did not give as much of that velvety texture I wanted. I decided that due to the feel of the lotion on my knuckles, I preferred a 6% usage rate overall.

Here is the size of recipe I used.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Sodium Lactate
Coconut Oil Fractions
Pumpkin Seed Extract
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Almond Butter
Vitamin E Acetate
Squalane

Water, Distilled
Optiphen
Dry-Flo

Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I will be using 1 fl oz jars.)
Recipe in Grams – Makes 105.3 grams
1.4 grams Stearic Acid
4 grams Emulsifying Wax
2 grams Sodium Lactate
9 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
1 grams Pumpkin Seed Extract
1 grams Red Raspberry Seed Oil
1 grams Almond Butter
.4 grams Vitamin E Acetate
2.4 grams Squalane

76.4 grams Water, Distilled
.7 grams Optiphen
6 grams Dry-Flo

Recipe in Ounces – Makes 3.71 ounces
.05 ounces Stearic Acid
.14 ounces Emulsifying Wax
.07 ounces Sodium Lactate
.32 ounces Coconut Oil Fractions
.04 ounces Pumpkin Seed Extract
.04 ounces Red Raspberry Seed Oil
.04 ounces Almond Butter
.01 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
.08 ounces Squalane

2.69 ounces Water, Distilled
.02 ounces Optiphen
.21 ounces Dry-Flo

Recipe in Percentages
1.4% Stearic Acid
4% Emulsifying Wax
2% Sodium Lactate
9% Coconut Oil Fractions
1% Pumpkin Seed Extract
1% Red Raspberry Seed Oil
1% Almond Butter
.4% Vitamin E Acetate
2.4% Squalane

76.4% Water, Distilled
.7% Optiphen
6% Dry-Flo

Weigh all of the ingredients except Optiphen and the Dry Flo into a microwaveable container. Heat until all of the ingredients have melted. Using an immersion blender, mix until blended. Allow the solution to cool to 120 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the Optiphen. Stir occasionally while you are waiting for the mixture to cool. This prevents your lotion from separating.

Weigh your master batch of lotion into 10 gram increments. Add .2 grams of Dry Flo to test a lotion with 2% Dry Flo. Mix well. Weigh out another 10 grams of lotion and test another percentage. For a lotion with 4% of Dry Flo, add .4 grams of Dry Flo. Test as many batches as you would like and compare. Don’t forget to write down your notes. You may want to reference them later. Enjoy!

Taylor

Testing Batches

Weighing Steric and Emulsifying Wax

Adding Almond Butter

Adding Water

Adding Optiphen

Weighing Lotion

Adding Dry Flo

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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