Can you believe it? Today is Groundhog Day! While I have no idea how much longer winter will have its hold on the Northern Hemisphere, I can tell you that I can’t wait to get in the garden. I have visions of plump strawberries, rosy tomatoes and luscious lettuce. Before I get too far ahead of myself, I wanted to make a light lotion that would keep my skin moisturized, despite the changing weather. Come join me for this fantastic recipe!
I love this recipe because when you first apply it, the lotion is ultra light and silky. It takes a few seconds to rub in but when the lotion rubs in, the skin feels dewy and a nice powdery finish . It is amazing! If you looking for a light, hydrating lotion, I beg you to give this recipe a try. It is amazing and I want a whole 16 bottle to myself! Cheers!
Utah has a very dry and arid climate and during the winter months, it can be hard to keep the skin hydrated, soft and supple. Body lotions are a must this time of year. However, I find everyone needs to give their skin a little extra TLC at some point or another. Whether it is dry heels, cracking cuticles or rough knuckles, Tina’s Lanolin Butter can handle it all. This recipe is actually a favorite here at TheSage. I get requests for 2 oz jars every year. These make great stocking stuffers!
I love this recipe because it works well in jars, tubs, tins and even the doe foot pens. (I love it in the doe foot pens because it is ready to apply to cuticles and knuckles AND it travels in my purse perfectly.) If you are in an area where it gets cold, I don’t recommend putting it into a bottle. When it is cold, it is just too thick to dispense well. It is best to be safe rather than sorry and put this product into a wide mouth container.
Spending time with my girlfriends is always a treat. Some days it reminds me of high school sleep overs with all the magazines, bubble gum and music. While the magazines have changed and the bubble gum has been replaced, Girls Night is still fun. During my last Girls Night, we got started talking about makeup and cosmetics. We discussed which brands we love, which things we would get if we could ignore the budget and how makeup is so different from even five years ago.
One product that came up during our discussion was facial oils. I must admit, the term facial oil was a bit of a mystery to me. So off I went to my local beauty supply store. It turns out facial oils are typically used once or twice a day after you cleanse your skin but before you apply your traditional moisturizer or foundation. I did get to try some while in the store and while I did find some that I really liked, I found many to be cost prohibitive. Today I wanted to make a own facial oil while staying true to the DIY craft and to a budget. Come join me!
Yesterday we made a scrumptious scent blend that smells just like Speculoos Cookie Butter that is available in many grocery stores. I think I am in love. Today I wanted to make an amazing lotion that was worthy of such a great scent. Are you ready? Let’s go!
I am ultra happy with this lotion. When applying it and rubbing it into the skin, it feels light and silky and ultra moisturizing. After you stop rubbing it into the skin, it undergoes an amazing transformation. The skin still feels moisturized while gaining a velvety, dewy texture. I love how my knuckles are no longer dry and cracking too!
Two days ago I told you about my lost recipe. I am so glad I found it but before I found that recipe, I tried desperately to recreate it from my memory. It was a great memory exercise and while I got impressively close, I still ended up with a very different product.
I wanted to share today’s recipe because it is amazing in its own right. Today’s recipe is perfect as a daily hand salve, cuticle cream and it even makes a spectacular body butter. Oo-la-la!
I am ultra happy with this recipe. I used a little on a scrape that I have on my arm. The skin is able to move and flex rather than breaking open on me. Yay! I plan on keeping a jar in my purse for the duration of winter!
Today I will be featuring the salve recipe that I told you all about yesterday. When I was first formulating this recipe, I really wanted to make something that would help the skin retain its moisture and yet would be ultra gentle to apply on the skin. I was thinking of something that would be solid in a jar yet pliable. This salve even doubles as a fabulous body butter.
One of the integral ingredients for this recipe is the High Melt Point Shea Butter. High Melt Point Shea Butter is what gives this recipe the wonderful creaminess and what keeps it solid in the jar. The Shea Butter also helps keep the salve on your skin, not on everything else!
I also used Rose Hip Oil. Rose Hip Oil is perfect in recipes that need just a little TLC. Whether you choose to use this on rough heels, dry elbows or even cuticles, you know you have Rose Hip on your team. I really like Rose Hip Oil because it does wonders for the skin all without feeling overly greasy or heavy.
Next I added some Meadowfoam Oil. Meadowfoam is spectacular at moisturizing the skin. By keeping the skin soft, it increases the elasticity of our skin. Meadowfoam is an awesome oil that I adore! It even adds a beautiful yellow color to the finished salve.
Finally I used Emu Oil. Emu Oil is an incredible exotic oil. It also has a long list of rumored benefits. While I do not know if any of these claims have been substantiated by scientific testing, it still is a great oil to use.
Okay, okay! So this lotion isn’t radioactive nor is it hazardous but it certainly looks like it could be! So how did this lotion come about? Let me share the story with you before we get to the recipe.
My coworkers adore Halloween and all things spooky. They have even arranged to decorate the office this year. For me, who loves all things pink, sparkly and princess related, this can be pretty tough. So when my coworker’s six year old son was expressing his disappointment over that lack of “boy” products we had arranged for our crafting party, I was ready for a challenge. I don’t do spooky but I can do weird!
Setting aside my love for pink and glitter, I set out to search for a cool, boy approved lotion. When searching through the archives, I came across my lotion using turmeric infused Coconut Oil Fractions. It was perfect! I can’t wait to knock the socks off a certain six year old boy. He will love it!
Now there is more to this lotion than its outrageous color. It is very creamy and silky feeling. This lotion is fairly fluid and relatively light. It rubs into the skin quickly while letting the skin feel soft and moisturized.
Note: If you apply this lotion heavily, it may impart a light amount of color to the skin. It will not stain the skin. It may stain clothing but should be able to be removed easily. Also be aware that this color is not UV stable. If you leave it where there is natural light, the lotion will lighten over time.
As October approaches, I am finding that lunch conversations here at the office are revolving around fall and more specifically, Halloween. They are planning costumes for kids, themselves and spouses. They talk about decorations they have planned and some of their favorite candies to have. Let me tell you, our team has some great ideas. All of their planning has been infectious so today I wanted to make a body cream that was part of the Halloween Spirit. Come join me!
This cream rather fluid. It is easily rubbed into the skin, making it prefect as an every day cream. It isn’t greasy or heavy. Rather it leaves the skin feeling soft and dewy. This light cream is perfect for the office because it doesn’t make the skin greasy, allowing me to handle papers right after I apply it. It even handles the dry skin on my knuckles with ease. Wow! I think I want a big jar all to myself!
Today I wanted to make a night face cream that was light, non-greasy and superb at hydrating the skin all night long. I also wanted to try my hand at making an oil free cream.
Now I will admit that the term oil free is just a little confusing. In the marketing world, when they say oil free, they are referring to the lack of fixed oils. Fixed oils are non-volatile plant or animal sourced oils. These are things like sunflower oil, coconut oil, beeswax and lanolin.
I should also correct myself. This recipe is actually a 99% oil free formulation. Can you tell me which ingredient(s) gives it that status? Tell me in the comments below! Let’s get started by looking at some of the ingredients I selected to make this delectable night cream. Continue reading Sweet Garden Night Cream→
Yesterday we made the Coffee Body Lotion with Isopropyl Myristate. So when I was asked if adding Isopropyl Myristate really makes a different, I knew I couldn’t pass up the perfect opportunity to compare a lotion made with Isopropyl Myristate and one without. Come join me. You will be amazed at what a difference one ingredient can make!
To keep things as comparable as possible, I kept the recipe the same from yesterday. I only removed the Isopropyl Myristate and added the difference to the water. Are you ready? You might want to keep track of your socks!
When I asked a few members of our team to compare the two lotions, many were skeptical that one ingredient could make such a difference. Many loved the soft, velvety texture of the formulation with the Isopropyl Myristate. You can imagine my surprise when they became quite vocal about their preferences!
Many of the testers felt that the formulation with the Isopropyl Myristate made for a better, lighter, silkier body lotion. The formulation without Isopropyl Myristate seemed better applied to dry skin like feet and elbows. I recommend trying them both to see which you like better!
Recipe in Ounces
0.56 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.42 oz Hydrovance
2.26 oz Coffee Butter
0.85 oz Wheat Germ Oil
0.28 oz Stearic Acid
10.79 oz Water
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
4% Emulsifying Wax
8% Coffee Butter
6% Wheat Germ Oil
2% Stearic Acid
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 the solution well. Allow it to cool to below 120° F before adding the Liquid Germall Plus. Stir well. You want to make sure that the preservative is mixed into the lotion completely.
Scoop the lotion into a bag so you can pipe it into your jars. I find that using a bag saves me time, reduces clean up and prevents wasted product. They are a huge help! I highly recommend them.
Cap and label the jars of cooled lotion. Enjoy!
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
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