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Gentle Lotion Scrub

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
We recently received a request for a gentle scrub that would be on the thicker side and be gentle when exfoliating the skin. So today I am going to show you how to make a Lotion Scrub. This is very simple to make, easy to use, and your skin will be extremely happy.

Recipe:
4 oz – Head to Toe Cream, Paraben Free
2 tablespoons – Fiber, Luffa – Ground or Fiber, Vanilla Beans – Ground
Containers of choice – I’m using 4 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jar Size 70

I first measure out 4 ounces of lotion base into a mixing bowl then added 2 tablespoons of ground luffa or vanilla bean, stirred with a spoon until completely mixed, then I filled the finished scrub into containers, that’s it.

I was really excited to try this scrub so I used the luffa scrub first and scooped some out and rubbed it in my hands and up my arms a bit. I rubbed for a couple of minutes and then rinsed it off in warm water. The excess lotion and ground luffa or vanilla bean rinsed right off and left my hands soft and silky. This would be great to apply everywhere prior to a shower, my legs definitely could use this. What a great idea and something different to use for those of you that need a gentle exfoliation.

Happy Scrubbing!

Tonya

Ingredients

Ingredients

Adding Luffa to the lotion

Adding Luffa to the lotion

Adding Vanilla Beans to Lotion

Adding Vanilla Beans to Lotion

Mixed lotion with ground vanilla beans

Mixed lotion with ground vanilla beans

Mixed lotion with ground luffa

Mixed lotion with ground luffa

Product completed in containers

Products completed in containers

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Bonnie’s Hand Cream

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
I really like getting my inspiration from old recipes. I think it is amazing to see how far we have come in the world of science and the contrast of how much things stay the same. Some ingredients are more popular than others but the principle is still the same. 

I made this cream to match Clyde’s Shaving Soap. After all, where Clyde goes, shouldn’t Bonnie follow? I used the same fragrance oil blend that I created just for this project. This fragrance blend is earthy, smokey with hints of floral. It is so good, you might even think you can smell a hint of gunpowder. Come join me in the Blog Kitchen for some fun!

Ingredients
Beeswax
Palm Oil
Lanolin
Sweet Almond Oil
Coconut Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Bergamot and Tobacco Fragrance Oil
Earth Fragrance Oil
Jacob Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
10 grams Beeswax
10 grams Palm Oil
5 grams Lanolin
40 grams Sweet Almond Oil
20 grams Coconut Oil
28 grams Emulsifying Wax
451 grams Water
2.8 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1.98 grams Bergamot and Tobacco Fragrance Oil
0.28 grams Earth Fragrance Oil
1.13 grams Jacob Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.35 oz Beeswax
0.35 oz Palm Oil
0.18 oz Lanolin
1.41 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.71 oz Coconut Oil
0.99 oz Emulsifying Wax
15.91 oz Water
0.10 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.07 oz Bergamot and Tobacco Fragrance Oil
0.01 oz Earth Fragrance Oil
0.04 oz Jacob Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
1.8% Beeswax
1.8% Palm Oil
0.9% Lanolin
7% Sweet Almond Oil
3.5% Coconut Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
79.5% Water
0.5%Liquid Germall Plus
Q.S. Bergamot and Tobacco Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Earth Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Jacob Fragrance Oil

Weigh all of the ingredients except Liquid Germall Plus and fragrances into a microwaveable container. Heat until all of the ingredients are melted. Using an immersion blender, mix until blended. Allow the solution to cool to 120 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the preservative and fragrance oils. Stir occasionally while waiting for the mixture to cool. You do not want your lotion to separate. If you wish to add any color, now would be the time. Mix the preservative into the lotion until well blended. Allow the lotion to cool to room temperature. You may now put the lotion into containers.
Taylor

Finished Cream

Finished Cream

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Weighing Water

Weighing Water

Heated materials

Heated materials

Mixing Lotion

Mixing Lotion

Adding Fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus

Adding Fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus

Adding Fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus

Adding Fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus

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Valentine’s Day Lotion with Rose Hydrosol

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I wanted to make a lotion for the occasion. Because roses are the most common flower sold for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make something with rose. I ended up choosing our Rose Hydrosol for this project. Come join me for this love inspired lotion!

 

My star ingredient for this lotion is the Rose Hydrosol. If you have never worked with Rose Hydrosol before, you are in for a real treat. The Rose Hydrosol will take place of the water, adding a nice, soft rose scent. No overwhelming florals here!

I choose to use Sodium Lactate as the humectant for this recipe. Humectants draw water from the air to the skin, helping keep the skin soft. You can chose from a variety of humectants. I just prefer Sodium Lactate.

For one of my oils, I decided on Coconut Oil Fractions. Coconut Oil Fractions is a light oil that spreads smoothly on the skin without feeling greasy. My goal is a light lotion that you can apply and then go right back to whatever you are doing. Coconut Oil Fractions helps me accomplish that.

I also used Pumpkin Seed Extract. This extract is high in fatty acids. Pumpkin Extract is also reputed to stimulate the skin. Bright, velvety skin sounds good to me! How about you?

Next I used Red Raspberry Seed Oil. Our Raspberry Seed Oil is a cold pressed oil that has an incredible fatty acid and omega profile. It is a great addition to any lotion. As beautiful as this oil is, it unfortunately does not add any color. So if you want your lotion to be colored, you will need to add a tiny amount of our Purple Raspberry Color.

A jar of Almond Butter that was sitting on my desk also demanded in on the fun. I find that if I make the same lotion formulation except one doesn’t have Almond Butter and the other one does is the difference between that is pretty nice and WOW! Almond Butter really makes a difference.

I also added some Vitamin E Acetate. Vitamin E Acetate helps fight free radicals. What does this mean for your lotion? It means that your lotion has an extended shelf life! Whew! Isn’t that great?

My final luxury item that I added to this formulation is Squalane. Squalane is very similar to an oil that our skin produces to keep our skin soft. This wonderful is very light and helps keep the skin moisturized without feeling greasy.

Our final three ingredients are Stearic Acid, Emulsifying Wax and Optiphen. Stearic Acid is used as a thickening agent for lotions. This helps prevent lotions from being too fluid. Emulsifying Wax is a emulsifier. It helps keep the oils and hydrosol from separating. Optiphen is a preservative. It prevents icky microbes from growing in our lotion.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Sodium Lactate
Coconut Oil Fractions
Pumpkin Seed Extract
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Almond Butter
Vitamin E Acetate
Squalane
Rose Hydrosol
Optiphen
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I will be using 20 mL Lip Balm jars.)
Recipe in Grams – Makes 494.75 grams
7 grams Stearic Acid
20 grams Emulsifying Wax
10 grams Sodium Lactate
45 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
5 grams Pumpkin Seed Extract
5 grams Red Raspberry Seed Oil
5 grams Almond Butter
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
12 grams Squalane
380 grams Rose Hydrosol
3.75 grams Optiphen
Recipe in Ounces – Makes 17.45 ounces
0.25 ounces Stearic Acid
0.71 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.35 ounces Sodium Lactate
1.59 ounces Coconut Oil Fractions
0.18 ounces Pumpkin Seed Extract
0.18 ounces Red Raspberry Seed Oil
0.18 ounces Almond Butter
0.07 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
0.42 ounces Squalane
13.40 ounces Rose Hydrosol
0.13 ounces Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
1.4% Stearic Acid
4% Emulsifying Wax
2% Sodium Lactate
9% Coconut Oil Fractions
1% Pumpkin Seed Extract
1% Red Raspberry Seed Oil
1% Almond Butter
0.4% Vitamin E Acetate
2.4% Squalane
76.4% Rose Hydrosol
0.7% Optiphen

Weigh all of the ingredients except Optiphen into a microwaveable container. Heat until all of the ingredients are melted. Using an immersion blender, mix until blended. Allow the solution to cool to 120 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the Optiphen. Stir occasionally while waiting for the mixture to cool. You do not want your lotion to separate. If you wish to add any color, now would be the time. Mix the preservative into the lotion until well blended. Allow the lotion to cool to room temperature. You may now put the lotion into containers.

The 500 gram batch is about 16 fl oz so you can make four 4 fl oz bottles, two 8 fl oz bottles or any variation you desire. Enjoy!

 

If you want to make your own rose toner, check out this blog! It even includes information about making tea with roses!

Taylor

Finished Lotion on Finger

Weighing Oils

Adding Rose Hydrosol

Heating Oils and Hydrosol

Mixing the Lotion

Mixing the Lotion

Adding Preservative

Cooled Lotion in Container

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Spring Fever Lotion Bar

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
It is official. I have a serious case of spring fever. While it is too early to go outside and plant my seeds, there are plenty of other things I can do while I am waiting for the snow to melt. I thought it would be great to make a lotion bar that I can use now while we still have cooler weather. So while I dream of beautifully sunny days, a lounge chair and the sound of birds chirping, let’s head to the blog kitchen to create a lotion bar! We can dream together!
First I started with beeswax. I think beeswax is one of my favorite thickeners for things like lotions, lip balms and lotion bars. It has also been used by humanity for a very long time. Beeswax has been used in cosmetics and toiletries for almost as long as we have recorded history! It is simply amazing when you think about it.

Secondly I used Virgin Coconut Oil. Is there anything that smells more like summer than coconut oil? I can’t think of anything! I love coconut oil because it melts at body temperature, producing a smooth and easy glide when the product is applied. It also feels fairly light without being greasy or oily. I also adore the smell. If you do not want the smell of coconut, feel free to use regular Coconut Oil.

Next I used High Melt Point Shea Butter. I think Shea Butter is one of the most well known exotic oils used by the cosmetic industry. With how smooth and creamy Shea Butter is, can you blame people for using it so frequently? I can’t! Products with Shea Butter are very dreamy and luxurious. That is why I added it to this lotion bar.

I also used Cocoa Butter. Cocoa Butter is very important in this formulation because of its texture. It needs that hard, brittle texture to create a smooth, stiff and consistent product. It also help the lotion bar apply more easily because it melts at body temperature.

Next I used Sweet Almond Oil. Sweet Almond Oil is a fantastic oil. It is really popular with massage therapists. I love when massage oils are mostly Sweet Almond Oil. If you have ever tried Sweet Almond Oil, you understand why!

Finally I used Apricot Kernel Oil. Apricot Kernel Oil is also light in both color and texture. Apricot Kernel Oil has also been rumored to aid many ailments. Whether or not this is true, I don’t know. All I know is that I love the smooth glide Apricot Kernel Oil has when being applied to the skin.

 

Ingredients
Beeswax
Virgin Coconut Oil
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
10 grams Beeswax
10 grams Virgin Coconut Oil
20 grams Shea Butter
15 grams Cocoa Butter
25 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.35 oz Beeswax
0.35 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
0.70 oz Shea Butter
0.52 oz Cocoa Butter
0.88 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.35 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
Recipe in Percentages
10% Beeswax
10% Virgin Coconut Oil
20% Shea Butter
15% Cocoa Butter
25% Sweet Almond Oil
10% Apricot Kernel Oil

Weigh everything in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Stir well. Cool slightly. You don’t want to put a superheated balm into containers. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely. Label and enjoy!

Note: In order to prevent fractionation, I used High Melt Point Shea Butter. If you use regular Shea Butter, you may have fractionation occur.
Taylor

Finish Lotion Bar cooling in tubes

Finish Lotion Bar cooling in tubes

Weighing Beeswax Beads

Weighing Beeswax Beads

Weighing Virgin Coconut Oil

Weighing Virgin Coconut Oil

Weighing Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter

Weighing Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter

Weighing Sweet Almond Oil and

Weighing Sweet Almond Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil

Mixture almost completly melted

Mixture almost completely melted

Mixture completely melted

Mixture completely melted

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Lanolin Salve – Day 3

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
I was a little disappointed with yesterday’s formulation. While I felt I had made steps in the right direction, I also felt I had made steps in the wrong direction as well. Do you ever have days where you feel like one step forward takes you two steps back? That is a little how I am feeling at the moment. The fact that I am no longer fighting excessive stickiness is fantastic! The fact that it was replaced by a sensation of greasiness is a little frustrating. I am also concerned about the soft texture. I want it to be a little firmer in texture.

So, back to the drawing board. Again, I made some limited changes to my percentages while keeping my same ingredient profile. I decreased my lanolin a second time while increasing my soy wax for a stiffer texture and my jojoba for a hopefully lighter texture. Let’s head to see if what is being created at the drawing board is transferring to real life.

Notes: I am very happy with this formulation but I feel it still needs a little tweaking. I like the stiffer texture this formulation holds, but now it seems a little oily. I think I increased my liquid oils to too high of a percentage. I suspect tomorrow we will hit the perfect formulation. Let’s cross fingers!

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Glycerin
Hydrovance
Vitamin E Acetate
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Lanolin
Soy Wax
Cherry Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Calendula Extract
Orchid Extract
Chamomile Extract
Jojoba Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

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
10 grams Lanolin
10 grams Soy Wax
7 grams Cherry Oil
1 gram Sea Buckthorn Oil
2 grams Calendula Extract
2 grams Orchid Extract
2 grams Chamomile Extract
11.5 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
0.35 oz Lanolin
0.35 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
0.40 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
10% Lanolin
10% Soy Wax
7% Cherry Oil
1% Sea Buckthorn Oil
2% Calendula Extract
2% Orchid Extract
2% Chamomile Extract
11.5% 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!
Taylor

Finished Lanolin Salve

Finished Lanolin Salve

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Lanolin Salve – Day 2

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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?

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Glycerin
Hydrovance
Vitamin E Acetate
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Lanolin
Soy Wax
Cherry Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Calendula Extract
Orchid Extract
Chamomile Extract
Jojoba Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

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!
Taylor

Finished Salve

Finished Salve

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Lanolin Salve – Day 1

Monday, September 16th, 2013
School is quickly getting ready to start and while I am very excited, I have a small problem. My feet are dry, rough and cracking. I can’t even bear to put on socks! You can hear them snag and crackle. Ugh! I am miserable. I wanted to make a salve for rough, dry skin. I wanted to mix my two favorite products, Tina’s Lanolin Butter and Bottoms Up. I love the Tina’s Lanolin Butter but it can be sticky and a little messy. The Bottoms Up recipe is great too, but sometimes it seems a little stiff. Come join me for of trial and error for the perfect blend.

Let me give you a quick run through the ingredients that I will be using this week. I know it will be a little long but I will try to keep it interesting so you don’t find yourself dozing off in front of your computer screen. ;-)

First, I started with Emulsifying Wax. I won’t be adding water but I will be adding Glycerin and Hydrovance which will act much like water. So to prevent them from separating from all of the oils, we will need an emulsifier.

Next are my humectants. I actually chose to use two humectants. While this is a little unusual, I think it is perfect because they both bring different but desired qualities to the table. Glycerin is a more traditional humectant. It is very effective and intensive. It can also be a little sticky. Hydrovance is penetrating, long lasting and very light in texture.

After my humectants, I used Vitamin E Acetate to help extend the shelf life of the oils in this salve. There is nothing worse than open a jar that contains rancid oils! Vitamin E Acetate helps avoid that.

Next, I used Shea Butter. I decided to use High Melt Point Shea Butter because I want something that is creamy but can stay more solid in a jar on a hot day.

I also use Lanolin. Lanolin is an incredible ingredient. It creates a long lasting, durable barrier allowing the skin to stay moisturized and soft. Because we are formulating for the tough skin of the feet, I feel it is important to have a higher percentage of Lanolin.

I also needed a wax to help keep the salve more solid in the summer heat. I didn’t want the heavy feeling of Beeswax so I chose Soy Wax. Soy Wax is a great substitute for Beeswax in products that only have a small amount in their formulation.

Next I used Cherry Oil. I needed a light, fluid oil for this formulation. Cherry Oil is a great choice! Cherry Oil is light, dreamy and what I like to call “a backyard exotic”.

Now we are getting into the goodies type items in this formulation. I used Sea Buckthorn Oil, Calendula Extract, Orchid Extract and Chamomile Extract. All of these ingredients are known for tender love and care of the skin. Sea Buckthorn Oil is reputed to help the skin rejuvenate and heal. Calendula Oil helps combat dry and rough skin. Orchid Extract has long been used for regenerative, protective and moisturizing properties. Chamomile Extract is moisturizing and soothing. Wow! Talk about a goodie power punch for the feet!

My last oil is Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil is a light weight, spreadable oil that is highly penetrating. Just what we need for the tough skin of the feet.

Finally I used a preservative. Because this formulation has humectants, a preservative is necessary. We don’t want microbes growing in our foot salve!

 

Notes: This formulation was surprisingly close to what I wanted but it is not quiet there. This formulation soft in the jar and very easy to rub into the skin. It melts on the skin nicely and has wonderful drag. I found the formulation a little sticky but that is my personal preference. I know my dad would love this formulation right away! This is perfect if you will be putting socks on to help contain the moisture.

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Glycerin
Hydrovance
Vitamin E Acetate
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Lanolin
Soy Wax
Cherry Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Calendula Extract
Orchid Extract
Chamomile Extract
Jojoba Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
8 grams Glycerin
8 grams Hydrovance
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
25 grams Shea Butter, High Melt Point
25 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
0.28 oz Glycerin
0.28 oz Hydrovance
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.88 oz Shea Butter, High Melt Point
0.88 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
8% Glycerin
8% Hydrovance
2% Vitamin E Acetate
25% Shea Butter, High Melt Point
25% 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!

 
Taylor

Finished Salve on my finger

Finished Salve on my finger

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Cooled Salve

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Jen’s Light and Silky Facial Lotion

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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

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LuAnn’s Face Cream

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
LuAnn emailed me asking for help creating a face cream for mature skin. I think we tend to forget that mature skin needs a different style of love. The skin is thinner and more delicate. Let’s go make one that matches the cleanser we made the other day!

First I started with Coconut Oil Fractions. Coconut Oil Fractions is a light, dry feeling oil. So no heavy, greasy feeling here! It also imparts a silky feeling to the skin. Isn’t that wonderful?! I think so!

The second oil I used was Sunflower Oil. Sunflower Oil is high in oleic acids, which means it promotes a longer shelf life. So don’t fear opening a jar of cream to hit by the odor of rancid oil! Sunflower Oil is also light in texture, so it won’t make any of your products feel too heavy.

Next I used Hydrovance. Hydrovance helps moisturize the skin. We have even found that it makes the skin feel smoother. No more dry, scaly skin! Wahoo!

I also used Rosemary Oleoresin. Rosemary Oleoresin is an antioxidant. Just like the Sunflower Oil, it helps slow down the rate of oxidation in your cream. It also adds a mild herbaceous odor. I rather like it. What do you think of the smell of Rosemary Oleoresin?

Next, I used a preservative. A preservative is so very important. Unfortunately, we see a large number of people promoting the lack of preservatives. These products are not safe! If you are hesitating to add a preservative to your products, hesitate no longer! Check out this blog and think of the safety of your family!

Additionally I used Emulsifying Wax. Using Emulsifying Wax is important because it keeps the cream from separating. There is nothing more frustrating than to mix up a cream or lotion then have it separate on  you.

Next, I used Rose Hip Oil. Rose Hip Oil is perfect for skin that just needs a little tender love and care. The essential fatty acids in Rose Hip Oil make it ideal for mature skin!

The last product I used today is Stearic Acid. Stearic Acid is used as a thickener for lotions and creams. Because I didn’t want the cream too thick, I kept the Stearic Acid to a lower percentage but you can always increase it if you want a thicker face cream.

Ingredients
Coconut Oil Fractions
Sunflower Oil
Hydrovance
Rosemary Oleoresin
Liquid Germall Plus
Emulsifying Wax
Rose Hip Oil
Stearic Acid
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
5 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
15 grams Sunflower Oil
5 grams Hydrovance
0.5 grams Rosemary Oleoresin
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
7 grams Rose Hip Oil
2 grams Stearic Acid
60 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.18 oz Coconut Oil Fractions
0.53 oz Sunflower Oil
0.18 oz Hydrovance
0.02 oz Rosemary Oleoresin
0.02 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.18 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.24 oz Rose Hip Oil
0.07 oz Stearic Acid
2.11 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
5% Coconut Oil Fractions
15% Sunflower Oil
5% Hydrovance
0.5% Rosemary Oleoresin
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
5% Emulsifying Wax
7% Rose Hip Oil
2% Stearic Acid
60% Water

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 to a smooth, creamy consistency using the 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!

 
Taylor

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The best kept secret just might be in your cupboard!

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Kristen’s Quilters Lotion

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Kristen is a quilter and loves having soft and smooth hands. But anyone who has worked with fiber for long periods of time knows that that it can dry out your hands and make them scaly and rough. This can be a huge problem because it means your work catches on your hands causing plenty of problems. However applying lotions can also cause a problem because they can stain the fibers and get them dirty. Ack! What is a quilter to do? Let’s go make a lotion that Kristen and her friends will be able to use then return to their work without any worries of staining or getting their projects greasy!

 

First, I started with Colorless Jojoba Oil. Colorless Jojoba Oil is a fantastic oil that has been used in the cosmetic industry for a very long time. It is so popular because it is light in texture while penetrating into the skin for truly gentle care.

Second, I used Fractionated Coconut Oil. Fractionated Coconut Oil also a light oil that imparts a dry silky feeling to the skin. Perfect if you are wishing to avoid a heavy finished product.

Next, I used Cyclomethicone. Cyclomethicone is a dry silicone oil. It leaves a dry, silky, talc like feel to the skin without being heavy or greasy. Perfect for our desired lotion!

I also included Dimethicone. Dimethicone is another silicone oil but it is very different from cyclomethicone. Dimethicone adds slip and glide while still allowing the skin to breathe. It also reduces stickiness in a formulation and gives the skin a velvety feel. Because this can also contribute a heavier feel, we will only use a small percentage in this formulation.

For our humectant, I choose Hydrovance. Hydrovance is an incredible moisturizer. It is light and non-sticky with incredible moisturizing properties. You will be amazed at how good your skin feels!

Additionally, I felt to need to add an extract. Orchid Extract was added because it has long been used for moisturizing properties. Just what hands which work with dry fabrics need. Orchids have also been used for skin restoration and protection for a very long time. Perfect for keeping the skin soft.

My final two ingredients are absolute musts. The first being an emulsifier to keep the lotion from separating and the second a preservative, to keep our lovely work from spoiling and becoming a home to a host of microbes.

 

Ingredients
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Cyclomethicone
Dimethicone
Hydrovance
Orchid Extract
Emulsifying Wax
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
4 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
2 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
6 grams Cyclomethicone
2 grams Dimethicone
5 grams Hydrovance
2 grams Orchid Extract
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
73.5 grams Water
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Ounces
0.14 oz Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.07 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
0.21 grams Cyclomethicone
0.07 oz Dimethicone
0.17 oz Hydrovance
0.07 oz Orchid Extract
0.17 oz Emulsifying Wax
2.59 oz Water
0.01 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
4% Colorless Jojoba Oil
2% Fractionated Coconut Oil
6% Cyclomethicone
2% Dimethicone
5% Hydrovance
2% Orchid Extract
5% Emulsifying Wax
73.5% Water
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 to a smooth, creamy consistency using the 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!

 
Taylor

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