Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Sodium Lactate 6


Today is the second to last day of our humectant comparison tests. To review the testing process, I am using the Granny’s Lotion recipe as my testing recipe. Saturday, I will test all of the lotions to discover my favorite humectant!

Today we are making the test batch with Sodium Lactate. As a humectant, Sodium Lactate is derived from lactic acid and will help the skin feel soft and
moisturized for a long period of time.

I decided to test the humectant directly on my skin to add more notes about the feeling on my skin. Sodium Lactate is fluid and clear in appearance, sugar water-like in viscosity. Rubbing the Sodium Lactate into my skin, I felt a velvety and powder-like feel on the skin. I continued rubbing and the feeling changed to a barely-there tacky texture that was also partly silky.

Cooled lotion on my finger.

Cooled lotion on my finger.

Let’s head off to try out the recipe using Sodium Lactate as our humectant!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Water
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Sodium Lactate
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Germall Plus
French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Containers for cream (I used a 4 oz Frosted Bottle and Champagne Disk Tops.)

Recipe: (Makes 4.2 ounces or 120 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
3.17 ounces Water
0.63 ounces Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.12 ounces Sodium Lactate
0.12 ounces Stearic Acid
0.12 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.02 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 ounces French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
90 grams Water
18 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
3.6 grams Sodium Lactate
3.6 grams Stearic Acid
3.6 grams Emulsifying Wax
0.6 grams Liquid Germall Plus
0.6 grams French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
75% Water
15% Colorless Jojoba Oil
3% Sodium Lactate
3% Stearic Acid
3% Emulsifying Wax
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Liquid Germall Plus and Fragrance) into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the additives once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket. Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely before labeling.

Weighed ingredients before melting.

Weighed ingredients before melting.

Labeled bottle of finished lotion.

Labeled bottle of finished lotion.

Sodium Lactate pooled on my hand.

Sodium Lactate pooled on my hand.

Sodium Lactate dripping off my hand.

Sodium Lactate dripping off my hand.

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About Andee

I'm a twenty something soap snob. I've grown up with hand made soaps and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!


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6 thoughts on “Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Sodium Lactate

  • Karen Harvey

    Good morning! How do this one and the honeyquat lotion compare? And which do you prefer and why? How about after an hour or so, how do they feel? Thanks

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  • Karen Harvey

    Good morning! How do this one and the, the hydrovance, and the honeyquat lotion compare? And which do you prefer and why? How about after an hour or so, how do they feel? Thanks

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  • Mickey

    I’ve noticed that you have been using different fragrances with each day’s recipe. Do they behave differently with the various humectants as they might with cold process soap?

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    • Andee Post author

      The fragrance hasn’t altered the recipes in the way they work with the humectants. I’ve been adding fragrances because once I finished this testing, I’ll give these bottles to family for their opinions!

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