Category Archives: Lotions and Creams

Shea Body Lotion

Finished
Finished Shea Body Lotion

Today I wanted to make a medium weight body lotion featuring the Semi-Solid Shea Oil. I wanted it to be a little thick in the jar without being overly heavy or making the skin excessively slick. I was looking for something that would make the skin feel soft and smooth without leaving spots of oil on clothes.

Weighing Emulsifying Wax
Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Semi-Solid Shea Oil is truly spectacular at keeping the skin soft and hydrated. In this formulation, the Semi-Solid Shea Oil keeps the  lotion feeling light while keeping the skin moisturized. This lotion is perfect for applying after a shower.

I also used Coconut Oil in this lotion. Coconut Oil gives this cream an easy spread-ability. When making a body lotion, I like to make sure that it helps with the application process, rather than slowing it down. Coconut does that due to its melt temperature.

Weighing Stearic Acid
Weighing Stearic Acid

Finally I had to choose my fragrance. I decided on White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil. This is one fragrance that I think doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. The vanilla makes it sweet and cozy while the amber makes it sensual and sexy. Ginger adds a hint of exotic while soft floral notes make it exquisite yet familiar. I think I might make this my autumn scent. What is on your list of potential fragrances?

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Coconut Oil
Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Glycerin
Liquid Germall Plus
White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
20 g Emulsifying Wax
20 g Stearic Acid
20 g Coconut Oil
40 g Semi-Solid Shea Oil
12 g Glycerin
2 g Liquid Germall Plus
2 g White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil
284 g Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.71 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.71 oz Stearic Acid
0.71 oz Coconut Oil
1.41 oz Semi-Solid Shea Oil
0.42 oz Glycerin
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.07 oz White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil
10.02 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
5% Coconut Oil
10% Semi-Solid Shea Oil
3% Glycerin
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil
71% Water

 

Weighing Coconut Oil
Weighing Coconut Oil

Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus and White Ginger and Amber 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.

Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil

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 White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil. Stir well.

Mixing Lotion
Mixing Lotion

Once I have stirred in my preservative and fragrance oil, I like to scoop the lotion into a plastic bag so I can pipe in into jars. Think of piping frosting onto a cake. 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 quick and easy!

Taylor

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Creamy Shea Foot Cream

Finished
Finished Creamy Shea Foot Cream

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!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

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.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

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.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

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.

Ready to Mix
Ready to Mix

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!

Ingredients
Aloe Butter
Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Stearic Acid
Dimethicone
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Hydrovance
Castor Oil
Tamanu Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

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
6% Dimethicone
8% Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
4% Hydrovance
3% Castor Oil
2% Tamanu Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
40.25% Water

 

Stirring in Preservative and Fragrance
Stirring in Preservative and Fragrance

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!
Taylor

 

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Creative Fixes and Ideas – Day 2

Okay, so we have covered how to rescue an overly scented soap. What else can you save when things go wrong? Today I will talk about how to save a lotion from being overly colored. Let’s get started!

One thing I tend to rely on when working with a large group of kids are easy and interactive activities. They may range from making Peanut Butter Playdough to using one of our lotion bases. They keep the kids entertained and constantly learning.

A few weeks ago, I was showing a group of kids how to make lotion using a base. They helped choose our fragrance. (I found them clamoring for the Punch Party Fragrance Oil.) After we measure the fragrance into the lotion and started to mix, we decided to add some color. The options were yellow, pink and blue. They decided on blue.

Let’s just say one drop of color would have been sufficient for the 10 oz of lotion we were working with. I regret to say I don’t know how much color was added. It certainly enough to color the skin blue. Heavens above! What would the parents say if I sent their children home with blue skin. It would be a disaster to say the least.

So we scented another 10 oz of Head to Toe Cream and added maybe a 0.25 oz of our brightly blue cream. The bag was distributed and everyone took turns mixing. While I still felt the color was a little strong, the kids loved it and it wasn’t ready to turn their skin to smurf blue. (I tend to like ultra-soft colors. Colors so light they might be considered an off white.)

That was a relatively easy fix. As my chemistry teacher used to say “The solution to pollution is dilution!”

 

Taylor

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Taylor’s Intense Hand Cream – Day 2

Finished Hand Cream
Finished Hand Cream

Yesterday we made an excellent hand cream for hands worn ragged by work or hobbies. While it was an excellent cream, general consensus was that is was just a tad bit too waxy. I wanted to tweak my recipe just a little to see if we could remedy that. Come join me today for our next experiment.

For today’s hand cream, I made a tiny, tiny change. Yesterday’s recipe had 3.5% Stearic Acid. I reduced that to 2% Stearic Acid. If we look at this numerically, it is a miniscule change but it makes a HUGE difference in the finished product. I put the additional 1.5% into my water. Try this recipe to see the difference for yourself.

Ingredients
Almond Butter
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Castor Oil
Dimethicone
Conditioning Emulsifier
Stearic Acid
Hydrovance
Aloe Powder
Comfrey Extract
Goldenseal Extract
Jewelweed Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
16 grams Almond Butter
36 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
12 grams Castor Oil
28 grams Dimethicone
20 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
8 grams Stearic Acid
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Aloe Powder
4 grams Comfrey Extract
4 grams Goldenseal Extract
4 grams Jewelweed Extract
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
246 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.56 oz Almond Butter
1.27 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
0.42 oz Castor Oil
0.99 oz Dimethicone
0.71 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.28 oz Stearic Acid
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Aloe Powder
0.14 oz Comfrey Extract
0.14 oz Goldenseal Extract
0.14 oz Jewelweed Extract
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
8.68 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
4% Almond Butter
9% High Melt Point Shea Butter
3% Castor Oil
7% Dimethicone
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Stearic Acid
4% Hydrovance
1% Aloe Powder
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Goldenseal Extract
1% Jewelweed Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
61.5% Water

 

Weighing Materials
Weighing Materials

Weigh everything but your preservative into a microwave safe container. (Here is a helpful hint. Weigh your Aloe Powder and water first. This makes is easier to incorporate and prevents clumps from forming.) Heat gently until everything is fully melted. If you don’t fully melt your materials, they can cause a grainy lotion. Once everything is fully melted, use an immersion blender to mix everything together.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

If you are not sure if your mixture is emulsified, let your mixture sit still for a minute or two. If an oil slick develops on the top, keep mixing. If no oil slick develops, let the material cool below 120 F before adding your preservative. If you desire, you can also add a fragrance oil. I have chosen not to because I am intending to use this cream on irritated skin. Fragrance and essential oils can cause further irritation.

Adding Emulsifier
Adding Emulsifier

Once the cream has fully cooled, put into jars. I like to scoop the lotion into a plastic bag and pipe it into jar like frosting. It gives clean edges and makes for speedy filling.

Notes: I am really happy with this lotion. It is quick to rub in yet is durable. One of my favorite things about this lotion is the powdery/velvety feeling on the skin. Many lotions that are durable and long lasting also have a greasy, heavy feeling. This hand cream isn’t that way at all.

I can apply this hand cream then immediately hand paper work. No finger prints. The cream is perfect for both men and women. Just scent with your favorite fragrance!

Taylor

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Taylor’s Intense Hand Cream – Day 1

Finished Lotion
Finished Hand Cream

It is a new year and I am ready to learn something new. I recently signed up for a Ceramics 101 class. While I am loving it and discovering a profound respect for potters,  I have found to my dismay that my hands are drying out horribly. My skin is so dry, I feel as if I am turning into a lizard! This week I wanted to play around with some recipes that will keep my hands soft and smooth, no matter what conditions are thrown at them. Come join for some intense creams designed to reestablish your good relationship with your skin!

 

Ingredients
Almond Butter
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Castor Oil
Dimethicone
Conditioning Emulsifier
Stearic Acid
Hydrovance
Aloe Powder
Comfrey Extract
Goldenseal Extract
Jewelweed Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
8 grams Almond Butter
18 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
6 grams Castor Oil
14 grams Dimethicone
10 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
7 grams Stearic Acid
8 grams Hydrovance
2 grams Aloe Powder
2 grams Comfrey Extract
2 grams Goldenseal Extract
2 grams Jewelweed Extract
1 gram Liquid Germall Plus
120 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.28 oz Almond Butter
0.56 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
0.21 oz Castor Oil
0.49 oz Dimethicone
0.35 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.25 oz Stearic Acid
0.28 oz Hydrovance
0.07 oz Aloe Powder
0.07 oz Comfrey Extract
0.07 oz Goldenseal Extract
0.07 oz Jewelweed Extract
0.04 oz Liquid Germall Plus
4.23 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
4% Almond Butter
9% High Melt Point Shea Butter
3% Castor Oil
7% Dimethicone
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
3.5% Stearic Acid
4% Hydrovance
1% Aloe Powder
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Goldenseal Extract
1% Jewelweed Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
60% Water

 

Measuring Aloe Powder into mixing vessel
Measuring Aloe Powder into mixing vessel

Weigh everything but your preservative into a microwave safe container. (Here is a helpful hint. Weigh your Aloe Powder and water first. This makes is easier to incorporate and prevents clumps from forming.) Heat gently until everything is fully melted. If you don’t fully melt your materials, they can cause a grainy lotion. Once everything is fully melted, use an immersion blender to mix everything together.

Weighing Water and Oils
Weighing Water and Oils

If you are not sure if your mixture is emulsified, let your mixture sit still for a minute or two. If an oil slick develops on the top, keep mixing. If no oil slick develops, let the material cool below 120 F before adding your preservative. If you desire, you can also add a fragrance oil. I have chosen not to because I am intending to use this cream on irritated skin. Fragrance and essential oils can cause further irritation.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Once the cream has fully cooled, put into jars. I like to scoop the lotion into a plastic bag and pipe it into jar like frosting. It gives clean edges and makes for speedy filling.

 

Hot out of the microwave
Hot out of the microwave

Notes: The first time I applied this cream, I loved how creamy it was on the skin. It feels a little waxy while applying but once you stop rubbing it in and let it sit for a minute, your skin develops this velvety and dewy feeling. It is also durable and long lasting without being overwhelmingly greasy. I wore this lotion for over three hours without reapplication. (Considering the number of times I wash my hands, this is quite a feat.) I felt comfortable handling my papers without leaving greasy prints.

Hot, mixed lotion
Hot, mixed lotion

This formulation was a lot closer to what I had in mind but it isn’t quite there. I think tomorrow I will make a small adjustment to reduce the waxiness. Come join me tomorrow!

 

Taylor

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Men’s Light Face Cream

Jars of Finished Lotion
Jars of Finished Lotion

Today I wanted to make a light face lotion for men. I wanted something that would be gentle and kind to the skin. Men who shave frequently can be a little picky about that creams they put on their face. I can’t blame them really. After the abuse a razor doles out, I would want something that gives a little TLC too. Come join me for this fabulous lotion!

Finished Lotion on my finger
Finished Lotion on my finger

I wanted something that was classic mint but I didn’t want to cause pain or tingling. By keeping the usage rate of the Peppermint Essential Oil really low, I was able to achieve the scent without an overwhelming cooling sensation. For face creams and lotions, we want to keep the percentages of fragrances and essential oils extremely low. Not only is the skin very delicate but we are applying product near the nose. We don’t want things that are strongly scented here.

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Dimethicone
Argan Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Sodium Lactate
Stearic Acid
Liquid Germall Plus
Peppermint Essential Oil
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
20 grams Coconut Oil
12 grams Dimethicone
8 grams Argan Oil
12 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
8 grams Sodium Lactate
5.6 grams Stearic Acid
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
0.4 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
332 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.71 oz Coconut Oil
0.42 oz Dimethicone
0.28 oz Argan Oil
0.42 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.28 oz Sodium Lactate
0.20 oz Stearic Acid
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.01 oz Peppermint Essential Oil
11.71 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
5% Coconut Oil
3% Dimethicone
2% Argan Oil
3% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Sodium Lactate
1.4% Stearic Acid
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.1% Peppermint Essential Oil
83% Water

 

Weighing Conditioning Emulsifier
Weighing Conditioning Emulsifier

Weigh everything except the Peppermint Essential Oil and Liquid Germall Plus into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture. Allow the cream to cool. If the cream starts to get spots of oil on top, it needs a little more time mixing. Just use your immersion blender to mix for a little longer.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Once the cream is below 120 F, add the Peppermint Essential Oil and the Liquid Germall Plus. If you want to add any color, this is the time to do so. At this point, I like to pour my cream into a plastic bag. I let the cream cool to room temperature then pipe the cream into my containers. It is much easier to pipe a cooler cream than one that is warm and very fluid.

Taylor

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Water
Adding Water

 

 

 

 

 

Heated Material
Heated Material

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready to Mix
Getting Ready to Mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Peppermint and Liquid Germall Plus
Adding Peppermint and Liquid Germall Plus
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Just for Him – Thick Foot Butter

Finished Foot Butter - Talk about thick!
Finished Foot Butter – Talk about thick!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I have a few more recipes I want to share before it arrives. One of them I want to share is a mens cologne but that is for another day. Today I wanted to make a very thick, durable foot butter. Come join me!

I wanted to make something thick that could be applied in the morning just before socks are put on. I didn’t want it to be overly fluid or slick. I wanted something sturdy and reliable. I think I’ve got it!

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Beeswax
Coconut Oil
Dimethicone
Glycerin
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Gladiator Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
20 g Emulsifying Wax
20 g Stearic Acid
8 g Beeswax
20 g Coconut Oil
10 g Dimethicone
8 g Glycerin
311 g Water
2 g Liquid Germall Plus
1 g Gladiator Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.35 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.35 oz Stearic Acid
0.35 oz Beeswax
0.28 oz Coconut Oil
0.35 oz Dimethicone
0.28 oz Glycerin
10.97 oz Water
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.04 oz Gladiator Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
2% Beeswax
5% Coconut Oil
2.5% Dimethicone
2% Glycerin
77.75% Water
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Gladiator Fragrance Oil

 

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

Weigh everything except the fragrance oil and preservative into a microwave container. Microwave until things are mostly melted. (If things are hot and you start mixing, your stubborn materials will melt.) Mix well. We don’t want your foot butter to separate. Once things cool to around 120 F, add your fragrance and preservative. The butter will start to thicken at this temperature due to the high amounts of waxes. Make sure your fragrance and preservative are fully mixed. (Adding a tiny amount of color at this stage helps you make sure everything is mixed well. I added just a hint of blue using our diluted Grape Color.)

Adding Coconut Oil
Adding Coconut Oil

Put the lotion into a bag and pipe into jars. This butter is too thick to put into a bottle. Cap and label. Enjoy!

Notes: I tested this cream on my elbows, where the skin is very dry and rough. The butter rubbed in smoothly without too much grip. Once I rubbed it in, I felt I had a good layer of material on my skin that wasn’t greasy, heavy or easy to come off. 15 minutes later, I was pleased with how the butter was staying on the skin while keeping the skin soft. I am super happy with the results.

Taylor

Adding Glycerin
Adding Glycerin

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Water
Adding Water

 

 

 

 

 

Heated Mixture
Heated Mixture

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Lotion
Mixed Lotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance and Preservative.
Adding Fragrance and Preservative.

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to Pipe into containers
Ready to Pipe into containers
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Martha’s Lotion

Grandma2Martha emailed in asking for help formulating a lotion for her skin. She has spent her break spending time with her grandchildren and loving every minute of it! She wrote saying “The last several days have been a blizzard of joy. We have made gingerbread houses and demolished them, we have played every card/board game in the house and we have flattened the snow by our boots and sleds. I have loved this but my cheeks are wind burned, dry and flaking. Help!” Let’s go make a lotion that is just perfect for Martha and her grandkids!

Ingredients
Jewelweed Extract
Orchid Extract
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Allantoin
Aloe Powder
Rose Hip Oil, Organic
Calendula Extract
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
8 g Jewelweed Extract
8 g Orchid Extract
12 g Emulsifying Wax
4 g Stearic Acid
4 g Allantoin
4 g Aloe Powder
48 g Rose Hip Oil, Organic
6 g Calendula Extract
304 g Water
2 g Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Ounces
0.28 oz Jewelweed Extract
0.28 oz Orchid Extract
0.42 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.14 oz Stearic Acid
0.14 oz Allantoin
0.14 oz Aloe Powder
1.69 oz Rose Hip Oil, Organic
0.21 oz Calendula Extract
10.72 oz Water
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
2% Jewelweed Extract
2% Orchid Extract
3% Emulsifying Wax
1% Stearic Acid
1% Allantoin
1% Aloe Powder
12% Rose Hip Oil, Organic
1.5% Calendula Extract
76% Water
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

 

Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix until emulsified. Allow to cool. Mix every so often during cooling to make sure it doesn’t separate.  We will want the mixture to be cooler than 120ºF before we add our preservative. Mix well. Put the lotion into bottles or jars. Enjoy!

Taylor

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Rhonda’s Lanolin Butter

Finished Lanolin Butter
Finished Lanolin Butter

Answering phones mean I get to talk to people from all over the place. I absolutely love it! Recently Rhonda called asking for some help with a recipe for her very dry skin. Rhonda lives in such a dry climate that it common for her skin to dry so much it cracks and bleeds! Yikes! Rhonda really needs something that is an intense moisture holder.

Weighing Lanolin
Weighing Lanolin

I had considered using the Greatest Lanolin Butter Recipe, but after talking with Rhonda, we decided that something that was a little stiffer and less sticky would be best for her. I deceided to use the Greatest Lanolin Butter Recipe as a leaping off point instead.

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I reduced the percentages of my major sticky components; lanolin and glycerin. I added Soy Wax to make the butter a little stiffer and Isopropyl Myristate to give a drier emoliency to the formula. Come join us for a tremendous recipe for severely dry skin!

Ingredients
Lanolin
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Tamanu Oil, Dewaxed
Vitamin E Natural
Glycerin
Isopropyl Myristate
Soy Wax
Conditioning Emulsifier
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
80 grams Lanolin
42 grams HMP Shea Butter
24 grams Tamanu Oil
4 grams Vitamin E Natural
30 grams Glycerin
8 grams Isopropyl Myristate
6 grams Soy Wax
5 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
1 gram Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Ounces
2.82 oz Lanolin
1.48 oz HMP Shea Butter
0.85 oz Tamanu Oil
0.14 oz Vitamin E Natural
1.06 oz Glycerin
0.28 oz Isopropyl Myristate
0.21 oz Soy Wax
0.18 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.04 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
40% Lanolin
21% HMP Shea Butter
12% Tamanu Oil
2% Vitamin E Natural
15% Glycerin
4% Isopropyl Myristate
3% Soy Wax
2.5% Conditioning Emulsifier
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus and Vitamin E Natural into a microwave safe container. (If you are having a hard time measuring the lanolin, feel free to heat it slightly in the microwave. It is easier to measure when it is softer and more scoopable.) Heat gently until everything has melted.  Stir until the mixture has been mixed thoroughly. Add the Liquid Germall Plus and Vitamin E Natural.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

If you are going to be adding any fragrance or essential oils, this would be the time to do it. Pour the butter into desired containers. I highly recommend using jars for this recipe. It is too difficult to get out of bottles. Trust me, I know.

Allow the mixture to cool. Do not worry if it takes a while to solidify. This is to be considered normal. Cap and label. Enjoy!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Notes: I really was surprised with the finished product. I was a little worried it would be too stiff and too tacky. It is just perfect. I have applied a little to the back of my hand. It does not feel heavy or greasy. It also has great staying power. I am in love! Rhonda will be trying this recipe, and a few others, to determine what her skin likes the most.

 

Melted Mixture
Melted Mixture

If you want to try this recipe for yourself, let us know in the comments field of your next order. We will be sending over 50 samples to the shipping department!

Taylor

 

 

Mixing Lanolin Butter
Mixing Lanolin Butter
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Head to Toe Cream

I’ve had so much fun spending time with my kids and their friends as we made lots of goodies this summer. The kids have their own baskets of goodies, I have my “Don’t Touch – Mom’s Stash“, and my gift closet has a great collection of items. No more last minute gift shopping at my place! It was also fun to show my kids and their friends how easy it is to make these fun products just for themselves. They all had a great time and are super excited to use all the products they made!

The last thing we made together was body cream using the Head to Toe Cream Base. We added 1 fl oz of Freckles Fragrance Oil to the gallon and mixed well. One of the best things about this base is that you can use almost any of the 1 fl oz bottle of fragrance oil and scent the whole gallon pail. It makes the measuring super easy! Remember to always check the Fragrance Calculator so you are not over scenting.

Supplies Needed:

Another fabulous option is to get a Body Cream Kit or the Body Milk Lotion Kit. All the kits come complete with all the needed items to mix and scent your lotion base and they also include great labels.

This fun kid friendly activity only took us about 30 minutes to complete.

Enjoy and happy mixing!

Tonya

Finishing up filling several jars
Finishing up filling several jars
Mixing fragrance into Head to Toe Base
Mixing fragrance into Head to Toe Base

Scooping lotion into plastic baggie.
Scooping lotion into plastic baggie.
Zipping up plastic baggie
Zipping up plastic baggie

Filling 2 oz sized jars
Filling 2 oz sized jars
Cutting off corner
Cutting off corner

Much easier than using a spoon
Much easier than using a spoon
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