This recipe is loosely based off of the Bookworm Tootsie Cream. The original recipe is a wonderfully thick cream laden with loads of goodies. While I did want to keep the goodie laden aspect of this cream, I really wanted the Semi-Solid Shea Oil and Aloe Butter to share the spotlight.
The Semi-Solid Shea Oil is a spectacular product. It gives you the moisturizing properties of Shea Butter while being lighter on the skin. In this recipe, the Semi-Solid Shea Oil helps keep the cream from feeling too heavy while still pampering the skin. Talk about pure heaven!
Aloe Butter is a product I think everyone should try at least once. It is a thick, creamy butter that is just dreamy on the skin. While using it just as is, Aloe Butter can be a little heavy. That being said, it is a beautiful addition to lotions, creams and salves. In this recipe, the Aloe Butter makes the cream a little stiffer and ultra smooth. It give the cream a smooth glide that almost makes it feel like it is melting into your skin. Just dreamy.
I also added a little bit of Stearic Acid to this formulation. While this isn’t a product I use all the time, it is an item I like to have on hand. Why? Because it is a fabulous thickener/stiffener without making the finished product feel waxy. I use it anywhere from whipped butters to salves to lotions and creams. You can even use it in lip balms! I love it because it is an inexpensive product with amazing results. I love that a little goes a long way. If you are looking for vegan friendly ingredients, stearic acid fits the bill.
This formula also features a tiny amount of Tamanu Oil. While it may seem like such a tiny amount of material, Tamanu Oil is great at soothing dry skin. As we are making a foot cream, I wanted to add something that would help keep the skin from cracking, splitting and drying out.
Every time I make something in the blog kitchen, I find people stopping through to see what I am concocting. (It also means they have seen a number of misadventures.) As this cream was cooling, one gal stopped by. I offered to let her try some cream and she did. Do you know what that clever imp said? She said, ” I think you need to rub that into my feet so I can give you an opinion.” I thought she was serious! Sheesh! Now everyone is teasing me about how they could really use a pedicure.
Teasing aside, the staff loved this foot cream. While it does make the skin feel ultra slickery, it does keep the skin soft and hydrated. I would recommend wearing socks after applying this lotion. Don’t let this alarm you, this cream does its job very well. I would even use it on my legs and arms. Baby soft skin is just a jar away!
Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Germall Plus
Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
|Recipe in Grams
30 g Aloe Butter
38 g Semi-Solid Shea Oil
4 g Stearic Acid
12 g Dimethicone
16 g Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
8 g Hydrovance
6 g Castor Oil
4 g Tamanu Oil
1 g Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 g Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
80.5 g Water
|Recipe in Ounces
1.06 oz Aloe Butter
1.34 oz Semi-Solid Shea Oil
0.14 oz Stearic Acid
0.42 oz Dimethicone
0.56 oz Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
0.28 oz Hydrovance
0.21 oz Castor Oil
0.14 oz Tamanu Oil
0.04 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 oz Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
2.84 oz Water
|Recipe in Percentages
15% Aloe Butter
19% Semi-Solid Shea Oil
2% Stearic Acid
8% Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
3% Castor Oil
2% Tamanu Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus and Intense Almond Fragrance Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in short spurts until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix the lotion well. You don’t want to see any oil rising to the surface. If you do, continue to mix until there is no separation.
Once the lotion is mixed, allow it to cool. I like to come back every few minutes and stir it with a spatula. Once the lotion is under 120° F, add the Liquid Germall Plus and Intense Almond Fragrance Oil. Stir well.
At this point I like to scoop the lotion into a plastic bag so I can pipe in into jars. This makes it much faster to fill my containers and it minimizes the amount of clean up I need to do. I am all about simple and easy!