Bottoms Up Day 2

Today I am working on refining my first formulation. To recap, I need to reduce the peculiar odor and color, and make the formula a little more viscous. To start I am going to drop out the Neem oil and reduce the percentage of Tamanu. I am also adding in some Soy Wax to thicken my mixture. What I am trying to produce here is a fluid ointment that doesn’t need to be rubbed in, merely “placed” on the skin to prevent further irritation to sore bums. We all know what a product with good quality ingredients can do for any skin ailment or need, and I really want my ingredients to do all the work.

Ingredients
HMP Shea Butter
Aloe Butter
Soy Wax
Cherry Oil
Anhydrous Lanolin
Tamanu Oil
Calendula Extract
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: Yields 100 grams or 3.53 ounces.

Recipe in Grams
32 grams HMP Shea Butter
30 grams Aloe Butter
10 grams Soy Wax
8 grams Cherry Oil
5 grams Anhydrous Lanolin
5 grams Tamanu Oil
10 grams Calendula Extract
Recipe in Ounces
1.13 ounces HMP Shea Butter
1.06 ounces Aloe Butter
0.35 ounces Soy Wax
0.28 ounces Cherry Oil
0.18 ounces Anhydrous Lanolin
0.18 ounces Tamanu Oil
0.35 ounces Calendula Extract
Recipe in Percentages
32% HMP Shea Butter
30% Aloe Butter
10% Soy Wax
8% Cherry Oil
5% Anhydrous Lanolin
5% Tamanu Oil
10% Calendula Extract

Instructions
Carefully weigh all ingredients except for the Calendula Extract in a microwave-safe container. Melt in short bursts (30-45 seconds)and stir in between to prevent the mixture from overheating. The Soy Wax takes a long time to melt so be patient. The stirring will help reduce the amount of time needed in the microwave. Once the mixture is completely melted it will be extremely hot. It will be a clear yellow-green color. Keep a close eye on it while it is cooling. The mixture should not become hazy before adding the Calendula Extract because this will interrupt the long set up and cooling process. Once it is just warm to the touch, add the extract and then pour immediately into containers. Do not disturb until it has finished solidifying and cooling, overnight should do it.

I enjoyed this formulation over yesterday’s creation. The odor was much lighter (just a hint of Lanolin and Tamanu) and the texture was soft and creamy. It could easily be applied to a sore bum with minimal effort. Just about the right viscosity! But…I could still work on the color here. It turned out a bit greenish-yellow. Better than yesterday, but why settle? Tomorrow I will see what I can do about this!
Joy

Finished product

Weighing ingredients

Close up

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7 Comments

  • Audrey K. says:

    This looks great. I wish I had been more in touch with this site when I had a baby! Still though, even us adults can sometimes use a little extra healing.

    I’ll be interested to see how you change the color.

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  • Dawn Roth says:

    But does it work good on sore bums? :) Keep up the great work on the blog, Joy!

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    • Joy says:

      I have not used it on a young baby yet. My brother and his wife just had a baby so I gave them a 4 oz jar of my favorite formula-still to come. I can post when I get some feedback.

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  • Thank you for sharing this! I look forward to seeing what you will do about this recipe more! If I wanted to sell this, would it need a preservative? If so, could I use optiphen? And how much? Or if you don’t need a preservative, about how long would this last?

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    • Joy says:

      This recipe is like lip balm. Since it only has oils in it, it will not require a preservative. The shelf life lasts as long as the oils do. Eventually it go rancid.

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  • Christine says:

    will you do blogs on testing your creations too, joy?

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