Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Honey 6


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

Today we are making the test batch with Honey. As a humectant, Honey is a natural humectant and will help the skin retain moisture.

I decided to test the humectant directly on my skin to add more notes about the feeling on my skin. Honey is thick, viscous and straw colored in appearance. Rubbing the Honey into my skin was very difficult to do. I felt like I was rubbing a thick and sticky salve on to my hand. The sticky feeling increased, but did not go away. After washing my hands, my skin felt soft.

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

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Water
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Honey
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Germall Plus
21 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 Honey
0.12 ounces Stearic Acid
0.12 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.02 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 ounces 21 Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
90 grams Water
18 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
3.6 grams Honey
3.6 grams Stearic Acid
3.6 grams Emulsifying Wax
0.6 grams Liquid Germall Plus
0.6 grams 21 Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
75% Water
15% Colorless Jojoba Oil
3% Honey
3% Stearic Acid
3% Emulsifying Wax
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% 21 Fragrance Oil
Cooled lotion on my finger.

Cooled lotion on my finger.

Weighed ingredients before melting.

Weighed ingredients before melting.

Honey sticking on my hand.

Honey sticking on my hand.

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.

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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, Honey

  • Cee

    Thanks for adding honey to the list of humectants your testing, Andee! I appreciate it!

    Your description of how honey goes on the skin was perfect. Back in the day, we would give ourselves “Honey Pat” facials. We’d gently pat a light coating of honey all over the face, neck and decolletage, let it set for a bit, then rinse away. In addition to the softness you felt, it also gave the skin a radiant, healthy glow. Gotta love that honey!

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  • TeAta

    Hi Andee,
    I’m curious to know which humectant was your favorite. A friend of mine is leary about producing lotions, but I’m directing her to The Sage so that she can see it’s not so bad. 🙂 And she’ll be happy to see honey was used as an ingredient.

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