Jen’s Light and Silky Facial Lotion

A little while ago, Janet sent me a message asking for help formulating a facial lotion. Here is what she said. “I only dabble in lotions, but would love an unscented, light, silky facial lotion that plays nice with zits. That’s not asking for the world, right?” Not to worry, Janet! I promise it isn’t asking for the world. It is fairly easy to make a lotion that doesn’t aggravate acne. Let’s go make a light facial lotion that is perfect for Janet’s needs.First, I started with Sunflower Oil. Sunflower Oil is a light oil but a powerful one to keep in your cupboard. Sunflower Oil has a long shelf life and also contributes a light and smooth texture to lotions, lip balms, etc. It also allows the skin to breathe with helps prevent that heavy, mask feeling some lotions give.

Second, I used Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil is another oil that is perfect for this formulation. We want to make a light, silky feeling lotion. Jojoba gives us all of that and a little more. It is gentle and caring while being protective and penetrating. Isn’t that something?

Additionally, I used Candelilla Wax. Candelilla Wax makes a wonderful thickener. It has more than double the stiffening/thickening power than beeswax without adding a significant waxy feel. Because we don’t want a heavy or waxy feeling product, we want to avoid Beeswax in this particular formulation.

Next, I used Chamomile Extract. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties. Perfect for skin struggling with acne. Chamomile Extract also has moisturizing properties. Isn’t that amazing?

I also used Sea Buckthorn Extract. Sea Buckthorn is used for acne products as well. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been seen to encourage cell healing and regeneration. Perfect for what we are looking for.

I also had to arrange for an emulsifier. An emulsifier is important in water/oil mixtures because it keeps them from separating. I chose to use our work-horse emulsifier, Emulsifying Wax.

Lastly, I had to decide on a preservative. We have a variety of preservatives in our catalog. All of them have different areas that they are most effective. I decided on Liquid Germall Plus. Liquid Germall Plus works well in emulsified products that have a high water or oil content. Perfect if you decide to make a large range of formulations!

Ingredients
Sunflower Oil
Jojoba Oil
Candelilla Wax
Chamomile Extract
Sea Buckthorn Extract
Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Germall Plus
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
14 grams Sunflower Oil
6 grams Jojoba Oil
0.5 grams Candelilla Wax
2 grams Chamomile Extract
2 grams Sea Buckthorn Extract
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
70 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.49 oz Sunflower Oil
0.21 oz Jojoba Oil
0.01 oz Candelilla Wax
0.07 oz Chamomile Extract
0.07 oz Sea Buckthorn Extract
0.17 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.01 oz Liquid Germall Plus
2.46 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
14% Sunflower Oil
6% Jojoba Oil
0.5% Candelilla Wax
2% Chamomile Extract
2% Sea Buckthorn Extract
5% Emulsifying Wax
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
70% Water

Weigh all of the ingredients except for the preservative and extracts into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until all of the oils have melted. 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 Liquid Germall Plus and extracts 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. Enjoy!
Taylor

The best kept secret just might be in your cupboard!
The best kept secret just might be in your cupboard!
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5 thoughts on “Jen’s Light and Silky Facial Lotion”

  1. This looks like a fabulous lotion! I have been trying to come up with a acne-friendly lotion as well, but I want to incorporate Dragons Blood and Tamanu oil as well. I’ve read that they both have great skin healing properties. Also, I have German Chamomile essential oil, can that be used instead of the chamomile extract? If so, how much should I use since EOs are so much stronger? And does it matter if colorless jojoba oil is used? Could you possibly tweak this recipe for me???
    Thanks so much!
    Jen

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    1. Jen,

      I would try this.

      12% Sunflower Oil
      2% Tamanu Oil
      6% Jojoba Oil (Golden or Colorless)
      0.5% Candelilla Wax
      2% Chamomile Extract (Any extract of your choice will do.)
      2% Sea Buckthorn Extract
      5% Emulsifying Wax
      0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
      0.5% German Chamomile Essential Oil
      69.5% Water

      What form of Dragons Blood are you using? Is it crystalline? I am not very familiar with Dragons Blood but I would probably treat it like I do menthol. A little goes a long way.

      If this is the case, I would use 0.5% Dragons Blood and 69% water. Good luck!

      Taylor

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  2. hi I hope I don’t sound to bad!! but can I substitute the extracts with something else? perhaps other oils??

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