Collect needed items:
Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 58 with Size 58 Straight Black Lids.)
|Recipe in ounces
0.3 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.5 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.4 ounces Stearic Acid
2 ounces Coconut Oil
6.9 ounces Water
0.04 ounces Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
0.1 ounces Germaben II
|Recipe in grams
8.5 grams Emulsifying Wax
14.1 grams Liquid Glycerin
11.4 grams Stearic Acid
56.6 grams Coconut Oil
195.5 grams Water
1.2 grams Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
2.9 grams Germaben II
|Recipe in Percentages
2.9% Emulsifying Wax
4.9% Liquid Glycerin
3.9% Stearic Acid
19.5% Coconut Oil
0.4% Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
1% Germaben II
Weigh all ingredients except Germaben II and Orange Valencia Essential Oil into the microwave safe container. 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 Germaben II and Orange Valencia Essential Oil once the temperature drops below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.
Notes: This recipe makes approximately 10 fl oz of cream.
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This was the first lotion I’ve ever made. I did a half batch and it turned out great! I was worried that it wouldn’t thicken correctly but it ended up wonderful! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes and look forward to reading your posts 🙂
I made this lotion for the first time tonight. It was very easy to make. I thought it ended up a bit greasy feeling. I also thought it was going to have sort of a heavier feel to it, if you will…but it was pretty light. Does the “Minty Foot Cream” have a heavier/thicker feel to it? I wanted something to use more as a hand cream/lotion. Haven’t tried the “Aloe Butter Hand Cream” yet because I don’t have all of the ingredients.
Do you want something heavier than the Easy Does It?
What ingredients do you have on hand? We should try something with the items you already have.
Yes, I would like something heavier than Easy Does It that I can use as a hand cream.
I have e-wax, beeswax, citric acid, high melt shea butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, glycerin, mango butter, grapeseed oil, candelila wax, lanolin, stearic acid, coconut oil, soy wax, vit E, rosemary oil extract, sweet almond oil, castor oil, and sunflower oil, and optiphen preservative….as well as various essential oils
Add 5% high melt point shea, and reduce the water by 5%. This will make it heavier.
Otherwise, make as usual.
Worked like a charm! Thanks Andee!
Can you help me find this recipe with tsp amounts. I don’t have a scale.
Because you are dealing with very small amounts, and some of these ingredients can be harmful in larger quantities, I would like you to get a scale.
There is one in our catalog that is very inexpensive. http://www.thesage.com/catalog/Scales.html#SlimKitchenScale
For $28.50 it is a bargain and you can even do grams on this scale.
I just received my package with the necessary ingredients :-). could I use Optiphen instead of Germaben II, and one of the MMS fragrances instead of the EO , and keep the percentages?
I will also use the +5% shea butter and -5% water. Would simple filtered water just do it, or do I have to use distilled water, which I can’t seem to find at any drugstore ? 😀
You should be just fine with the filtered water. (We mostly worry about distilled for soaps.) You can use the Optiphen as well as use a fragrance oil instead of essential oil.
Let us know how it turns out! 🙂
‘it turned out GREAT! I love “Edward” on my skin, even though this is a masculine fragrance (I made this batch for my husband, looking forward to hear the verdict…)
I have made a 50 grams batch, rounding up the quantities (e.g. 3.15 was 3.2, my scale can’t work with more than 1 decimals). What I will do next time is to use less fragrance, I find it to be just too powerful. A drop at a time.
I am planning to try out some more recipes, in small batches, for 1-2 days’ use. Could I skip the preservative and keep the lotions in the fridge? I plan to use them for a couple of days (max 48 hours), and I would try to make even a smaller batch than 50 grams. Would this be acceptable, or a preservative is necessary even for something intended for personal use in approx 48 hrs?
Can you tell me what function the citric acid performs in this formula? I don’t use it in any of my other lotions, and am curious what it does. I read somewhere that it could be used as a preservative…?
We use it when we start with tap water in our location. Our water is very hard and alkaline. If you have soft water, use distilled water or another form of treated water that is not alkaline, then please omit the citric.
Did not work for me, was all liquidy and I could not figure out how to make it to thicken. I added some more of non oil or water ingredients, hoping it would emulsify better, after that did not work I added a pinch of guar gum and made it thicken. I’m not sure I like it, it really gives a very oily feel and does not absorb quickly.
What emulsifier did you use? Are there any specks of solid material in the finished product, chips or small pieces? What was your process? I hope with these questions, I’ll be able to help you figure out what happened!
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