|Have you ever seen the hands of a worker in such bad shape that they crack and bleed just due to the elements? I have, and it looks terrible. It also causes a lot of pain. Brian is a young man Tina met who has been struggling with his hands. They ended up talking and Tina said “I think we (at MMS) can come up with something for you. Once I bring you a butter, your hands will be looking like mine in a month.” Let’s head to the kitchen to make a butter for anyone who suffers from dry and cracked skin.This recipe is wonderful. It is easy to apply, requiring little effort or pressure. It is also great for damaged skin but don’t let that limit you. I gave a jar to my Grandmother, who has the softest hands but her skin is also very fragile. A lot of pressure will leave bruises, which she finds displeasing. An easy-to-apply butter is very useful to her. This is a formulation that you can use all the way from babies up to the elderly without any worries. Use it on arms, elbows, knees, feet, etc.
First, I started this formulation with Beeswax. Beeswax gives this butter staying power. It also creates a barrier on the skin allowing it to keep from drying out. This is important, especially when dealing with damaged skin.
I also used High Melt Point Shea Butter. Because this is an anhydrous mixture, I didn’t want to deal with fractionation issues but I still wanted the creamy luxury of Shea Butter. I love it when High Melt Point Shea Butter comes to the rescue!
I used Aloe Butter because it has a lower melt point. This meant it helps with the spreadability of the butter without needing a lot of work or pressure. This is helpful when dealing with damaged skin because you don’t want to increase the pain. A butter that is easily applied will always be preferred to one that takes some effort.
Sea Buckthorn Oil rather takes the spotlight in this formulation. Not only does it give this butter its stunning color, but Sea Buckthorn Oil also is reputed to have incredible regenerative properties. Reputed or not, that sounds good to me!
I added a variety of extracts for a little boost. Boosters are wonderful and the great thing is you can use whatever extracts you have and on hand or the ones you prefer. Extracts open a huge new world in the world of lotions, creams, butters, lip balms, lip glosses and even massage oils! Try some today!
I also used some Lanolin in this butter. Lanolin is an excellent choice because it an excellent moisturizer. Lanolin is great at keeping water where it belongs, out of sheep’s wool and in your skin. It is also a fantastic skin protectant. If you haven’t added Lanolin to your cupboard, I promise you will want to. It does so much and it is also creamy! Try it!
Cherry Oil also made its way into this formulation. It is a lightweight oil so it prevents this butter from feeling too oily or greasy. It also helps counteract dry skin and itchy and rough sensation that comes with it.
I also used Black Currant Oil. Black Currant Oil is high in fatty acids that help the skin repair itself. Just what we are looking for to put in this recipe! Are you ready to go make a hand butter?
Weigh all of the ingredients except the extracts into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Stir and allow it to cool slightly. Add the extracts. Stir occasionally as the mixture continues to cool. Once it has cooled sufficiently, transfer to containers of your desired size. I used 20 mL jars. Enjoy!
|As we have been having all kinds of fun with coconut this week, I decided that we needed to feature a lip balm. After all, you can’t have a themed week of coconut without a lip balm. That is all kinds of goodness that would be missed! I wanted to change this recipe up a little bit by using soy wax and by adding silver mica for a little bit of shimmer. Let’s go make some lip balm!Soy Wax is a wonderful ingredient to work with. However it can be prone to fractionation making it a little tricky. Just make sure you heat it up well enough and it will work just fine for you!
Virgin Coconut Oil is a dream to work with! It has wonderful odor and flavor. It also melts near body temperature making any lip balms just glide smoothly onto the lips.
I also used Palm Kernel Oil in the recipe. I like Palm Kernel Oil because it is white and it also fills my need for a brittle oil in the lip balm formulation. An added bonus is how economical it is to add to a formulation. You don’t need to break the bank on your soaps, lotions and other toiletries. You can have amazing products without having to pay through-the-roof prices.
Castor Oil gives lip products a smooth creaminess and long lasting power. Castor Oil also gives lip products their smooth glide, which is so common it has become a signature.
Lastly, I used Cherry Seed Oil in this formulation because of how light it is. It will not feel heavy or greasy. Perfect for an intro to summer!
Weigh everything except the Coconut Flavor Oil and the Silver Mica in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. If it does not get hot enough to completely melt the Soy Wax, it could fractionate. If unsure, try the plate test before putting into containers. Add the Coconut Flavor Oil and the Silver Mica. Stir well. Pour into containers and allow to cool. Label and enjoy!
The Plate Test: The plate test allows you to try your lip balm to see if it has the perfect flavor, color and texture prior to filling your containers. I consider this test invaluable because it prevents failed batches, even those that have failed due to fractionation. You can catch it prior to filling your containers, preventing the entire project from needing to be scrapped. Whew! Isn’t that wonderful?
To use the plate test method have a porcelain, glass or ceramic plate on hand. I use one that is at room temperature. This gives you the most accurate texture information versus using a plate that has been in the freezer. A plate that was in the freezer will actually promote the balm feeling more brittle than it really is. Take a few drops of your lip balm solution and drizzle them onto your plate. Allow them to set up. This should take no more than about 15 to 30 seconds. Rub your finger on the cooled lip balm. You can then rub it on your lips.
Is the taste right? How about the texture? If it is just right, you can fill your containers. If not, check your notes. Did it get hot enough? What is in your formulation? Did everything get added? Remember, if you are struggling with fractionation just stop and let the lip balm set up. Call or email us and we can review your formulation and process. Don’t fill the containers with lip balm that isn’t quite right. Remember, we are only an email or phone call away. We can help!
|I am in love with coconut. I love the smell and the taste. It speaks of beaches, warm breezes and luxury. It even reminds me of curries! With the cooler weather we have been having, I am ready for a warm sunny day that I can go sit in the sun, drink frozen smoothies and read a book. Since I can’t go out to have fun, I am going to bring it in to me! Come join me all this week for some coconut scented fun!
As tribute to the fact that I had planned a coconut scented soap, I wanted to use coconut oil. However I had one of the biggest tragedies a soaper can ever run across. I was out of coconut oil! I could not believe it! I have never had that happen before. I was so distraught that I had considered holding off on making this soap but I decided that in light of this tragedy, I definitely needed to bring some sunshine fun to me.
Instead of using Coconut Oil, I decided to use Palm Oil. While it doesn’t create the big, bubbly lather that Coconut Oil does, it does assist with a nice dense, almost creamy lather. I love that really thick lather that just covers your hands.
I also used Hydrogenated Soybean Oil. It contributes hardness to the bar and again dense, creamy lather. It also makes a smooth, hard white bar. I know that our Coconut Fragrance Oil discolors to a tan to light brown color so I wanted to keep it as smooth and as light as possible.
Another oil I used in this formulation was Olive Oil. I really enjoy using Olive Oil. Sometimes a pure Olive Oil soap can feel slimy to me but match it with other oils and I find it dreamy! It creates a dense lather and a conditioning sensation to the skin.
I wanted to use a luxury oil in this recipe. I decided on Shea Butter. Shea Butter is one of my favorite luxury oils for soap. I personally think it adds a creaminess and conditioning that is perfect for this get-away-in-a-bar of Coconut soap. Are you ready to make soap now? Let’s go!
Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!
Notes: This finished soap had a much denser lather than what I am used to. It was definitely a lot of fun though. This is a perfect soap for felting wool around. If you are curious, check out my post on Wool Wrapped Soap here! They are such fun projects to do!
|I love light, treatment style lip oils. They are perfect for when your lips are super dry and water just isn’t cutting it. Light lip oils are not heavy or tacky. They are great for chapped lip because they allow the lips to slide over each other instead of catching. Doesn’t that sound great? Let’s head off to the kitchen!I started this formulation with Aloe Butter. It has a dreamy texture and a lower melt point allowing for light, smooth gliding during and after application. The Aloe Butter also prevents this formulation from being so liquid it leaks out of the Doe Foot Pen.
Next I used Macadamia Nut Oil. This is a light to medium weight oil. Popular in massages, it adds nice glide without feeling overwhelmingly heavy.
At this point, I still needed something a little more solid to keep it from leaking all over the place. Cocoa Butter is a perfect choice, especially considering it will melt on the skin! I chose to use Deodorized Cocoa Butter so it would not interfere with any flavors I might choose to use.
My formulation was still to high in liquid oils so I added Beeswax. This does two major things in this formulation. First, it keeps it viscous enough to stay in the pen and second, once applied, it gives a protective coating to the lips. This makes it perfect for dry and/or cracked lips.
Lastly, I used Vitamin E Acetate. Vitamin E Acetate is an anti-oxident. It prevents your oils from oxidizing or in the case of a lip product, tasting funny. Vitamin E Acetate is a wonderful product to use, particularly if you are using oils with a shorter shelf life.
Weigh everything except Coconut Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Add the Coconut Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate. Stir well. Cool slightly. You don’t want to put a superheated lip gloss into containers. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely. Label and enjoy!
|I don’t know about you but I love green tea. There is just something satisfying about standing at your window looking out on the world with a cup a light green tea in your hand. I love to doctor my green tea with a little bit of sugar and vanilla or accompany it with a vanilla flavored cookie. This wonderful blend had given me cause for inspiration! Come join me for a Green Tea and Vanilla Sugar Lip Scrub!
This lip scrub highlights our Green Tea Butter beautifully! I think this lovely butter is under-recognized and under-appreciated. I think the Green Tea Butter is a wonderful addition to your cupboard. Try some. I am sure you will get raving reviews!
I used Cherry Oil because it is light. When using a lip scrub, you don’t want the residue to feel heavy and greasy. This oil is perfect for a lip scrub application!
Peach Kernel Oil is also a very light oil. Another great to to help combat a heavy, greasy feeling. A must have in any cupboard!
I used Vanilla Oleoresin to flavor the sugar prior to making this recipe. I used Vanilla Oleoresin because it has strong flavor compared to the Natural Vanilla Oil. However, because it is a water soluble product you must mix it well into the sugar and let it dry prior to use. The good news it that you use so little vanilla oleoresin, it doesn’t take very long for it to dry.
I also used High Melt Point Shea Butter to make this lip scrub a little stiffer and creamier. Just make sure you have this mixed well as this recipe does not get heated.
Weigh out sugar into a container or bag. I recommend a bag because it makes it easier to mix. Dip the end of a toothpick into the Vanilla Oleoresin. Transfer the Vanilla Oleoresin to the sugar. Mix until the sugar is a golden brown color with no dark specks. In a separate container, weigh your oils. I also used a bag because I do not have a small food processor. I find a bag one of the fastest and cleanest ways to mix a lot of things. Once everything has been fully mixed, transfer to containers. Enjoy!
Note: Q.S. means quantity sufficient. You do not need much Vanilla Oleoresin. This recipe needs so little that we can’t measure it! So we use Q.S. to say use as much as you need to achieve the right color, flavor, etc.
Whoot! It is Friday! I am so excited for the weekend! It is starting to warm up here in Beijing. The sun has been shining, the ice has been melting and the birds have been singing. It has been wonderful! I plan on making some quick bread and going to the park. What are you going to do this weekend?
Now, as it is customary on Fridays, we have another Freebie Friday! So, we will be sending out a box of goodies from the blog kitchen. Remember, comment anytime during the week and you are entered to win!
On that note, the lucky winner is….. Robin! Congratulations! I will be sending you an email for your mailing address, and then we will have your treasure box on its way to you. Enjoy!
|Okay, the other week I made a really good Coffee Oil Lotion. It was so good in fact, I have already used up the little sample I kept for myself! I am devastated that it is gone already. I felt it was perfect in odor. Not too heavy, not too light. However, instead of making another lotion with Coffee Oil, I decided to make a body butter. Come join me for some more coffee scented fun!
I wanted to make a body butter that was a little different from what I view to be traditional body butter. For me, traditional body butter are thick. This one isn’t. In the jar, it is actually semi-fluid. In ways, it reminds me of yogurt while in the jar. However, get it on the skin and it acts totally different.
Once in contact with the skin, it acts like a liquid body oil. The change is bit startling but fun. This is something that any massage therapist would delight in working with! Mmn. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Schedule a little personal time with this body butter. You will enjoy every second of it!
If you know or are a massage therapist, there is an advantage to this recipe. You will be able to put it in a bottle with a pump for ease of use. No need to worry about fumbling with a jar with slick hands. Try it and tell me what you think. I want to know!
To keep this body butter in a semi solid state, I used Beeswax, Macadamia Butter and High Melt Point Shea Butter. The Beeswax helps create a barrier for the skin however, the percentage is low enough that it doesn’t feel heavy, waxy or greasy. The Macadamia Butter gives a nice creamy feel as well as nice glide. The High Melt Point Shea Butter helps keep this butter in a semi solid state while preventing any potential fractionation that might occur. Plus you get the luxury of Shea Butter!
For my liquid oils, I used Rice Bran Oil and Peach Kernel Oil. Rice Bran is a light to medium weight oil that is perfect for massage oils. Peach Kernel Oil is much lighter. It helped combat the heaviness that would come from the solid oils and waxes. These oils helped keep the lightness to this butter as well as give it its surprise element of melting upon contact of the skin.
I used a variety of extracts for extra goodies. You can use any extracts you may have on hand or if you don;t have any in your cupboard yet, I would suggest using a little more Peach Kernel Oil.
I consider Vitamin E Acetate to be irreplaceable in the this recipe. Vitamin E Acetate is an antioxidant. It helped prevent the oxidation of your oils. Have you ever had any oils that are really old and have a funny odor to them? Or even a lip stick taste funny as keeping it for a while? This is due to the oils oxidizing. Vitamin E Acetate helps prevent that giving your products a longer shelf life. Yay!
Weigh all of the ingredients except the Coffee Oil, Vitamin E Acetate and extracts into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Stir and allow it to cool slightly. Add the Coffee Oil, Vitamin E Acetate and extracts. Stir occasionally as the mixture continues to cool. Once it has cooled completely, transfer to containers of your desired size. I used 20 mL jars. You can use jars, lotion pumps or even treatment pumps if you would like. Enjoy!
Wow! I am impressed with our percentage challenge results! All the messages we received showed that you can do it and it isn’t that hard. Whew! I love it when something so intimidating proves to become easier with just a few tips and tricks.
Now that the math for your lovely projects is more manageable, what are some things you want to make? Will you be tailoring more personal batches? Making plenty of test batches? Or making all of your lotions in one fell swoop? I want to know!
In recognition of all our readers, customers and fellow crafters, we will be sending a goodie box out to one of you. Don’t forget! We do this every week! Just comment sometime during the week and you are entered to win.
On that note, the lucky winner is….. Cindy! Congratulations! I will be sending you an email for your mailing address, and then we will have your treasure box on its way to you. Enjoy!
Test! Test! Test! We have a test! I have been singing that little phrase all day long. I had a former teacher who would walk into the classroom singing that. I still laugh remembering the panic ensued, particularly if an exam wasn’t on the schedule. I still have not met anyone else who has been able to cause a classroom to erupt into pandemonium like her. It takes a good teacher to keep their students on their toes.
So today I want to issue a test. Okay, more of a challenge. I won’t be issuing grades or anything like that. Instead I am offering a challenge to all of our readers. This week Tonya has been talking about lotions and how to go about making a lotion from scratch. So my challenge is for you to post in the comments field a recipe in percentages.
In honor of this challenge, I will be moving Freebie Friday to Saturday. So this allows any comments AKA recipes you formulate to be included in the drawing for the giveaway tomorrow. Yippee! I am afraid I can’t quite say what will be in the goodie box for this week. I can say it will be with lots of fun stuff. Since we no longer have anyone working in our blog kitchen in Utah, we decided to send the partials out to our winners. While this means the containers are partials, they are not anything below MMS quality.
So if you need to, review Tonya’s posts and share your formulations you want to try. Don’t forget… percentages, percentages, percentages! Have fun and I will see you all tomorrow!