Lanolin Salve – Day 2

Yesterday we had our first attempt at the perfect lanolin salve for feet. I really loved the formulation but I had a few concerns. My first concern was that the salve was a little tacky. The slight tacky feeling requires that socks be put on the feet after application otherwise you might have little tracks throughout the house! While socks are perfectly acceptable, in summer they are not ideal.

My second concern was how soft the salve was in an air conditioned room. This would never be able to travel in a bag, pocket or even car! However, it is thick enough it would be very difficult to get out of a bottle. There would also be the problem of getting it out of a bottle in the winter. In the winter, it would be nearly impossible without heating it a compromising the preservative.

So it is back to the proverbial drawing board to see how I might adjust the formulation to be able to make it less sticky and usable in both winter and summer. Come join me for another adventure in the blog kitchen!

On today’s formulation, I only made a few limited changes. I changed the percentages of the lanolin, glycerin and Hydrovance. Because I felt the formulation was a little on the sticky side, I reduced the lanolin and increased both the glycerin and Hydrovance in equal parts. Let’s go see how these changes turn out!

Note: While I felt this change was a step in the right direction, it isn’t quite there. While the stickiness factor was reduced to the perfect texture, the formulation increased in a greasy, oily feeling. Not where I was hoping to go. I also ran into the problem of the formulation still being too soft in texture. Do you have any suggestions for making this formulation go in the right direction?

Emulsifying Wax
Vitamin E Acetate
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Soy Wax
Cherry Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Calendula Extract
Orchid Extract
Chamomile Extract
Jojoba Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
Microwave Safe Container


Recipe in Grams
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
11 grams Glycerin
11 grams Hydrovance
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
25 grams Shea Butter, High Melt Point
19 grams Lanolin
6 grams Soy Wax
7 grams Cherry Oil
1 gram Sea Buckthorn Oil
2 grams Calendula Extract
2 grams Orchid Extract
2 grams Chamomile Extract
6.5 grams Jojoba Oil
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Ounces
0.17 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.38 oz Glycerin
0.38 oz Hydrovance
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.88 oz Shea Butter, High Melt Point
0.67 oz Lanolin
0.21 oz Soy Wax
0.24 oz Cherry Oil
0.03 oz Sea Buckthorn Oil
0.07 oz Calendula Extract
0.07 oz Orchid Extract
0.07 oz Chamomile Extract
0.22 oz Jojoba Oil
0.01 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
11% Glycerin
11% Hydrovance
2% Vitamin E Acetate
25% Shea Butter, High Melt Point
19% Lanolin
6% Soy Wax
7% Cherry Oil
1% Sea Buckthorn Oil
2% Calendula Extract
2% Orchid Extract
2% Chamomile Extract
6.5% Jojoba Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

Weigh all of the ingredients except for the preservative 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 making sure the glycerin and hydrovance don’t separate using an immersion blender. Add the Liquid Germall Plus 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!

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2 thoughts on “Lanolin Salve – Day 2”

  1. Might I suggest a conditioning emulsifier? E wax to me adds stickiness sometimes as well, although lanolin does too. I like the amount of lanolin… possibly some IPM? If you are looking for more firmness, Kokum Butter would work well with this. I love it myself. I would also cut back on the glycerin.

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  2. The lanolin foot salve looks very interesting. In order to firm it up a bit, how about substituting a portion of the shea butter with cocoa butter? I am thinking maybe 15% shea butter and 10% cocoa butter….or maybe just split the 2 and do 12.5% of each. The cocoa butter would add a nice scent in addition to firming the salve up a bit. You could also use kokum butter, although I myself have not tried this butter.
    If this is still too soft, I would cut back on the lanolin and add shea/cocoa butters back in to make up the difference from the lanolin you have subtracted. My experience with salves is that lanolin really makes my formulas quite runny.
    I am anxious to see how you tweak the next batch and also interested in what other’s recommend!

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