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?
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!