Collect needed items:
Shea Butter, Refined
Peach Fragrance Oil
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
4.83 ounces Water
2.8 ounces Soy Butter
2.1 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
1.4 ounces Cyclomethicone
1.12 ounces Coconut Oil
0.7 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.56 ounces Hydrovance
0.28 ounces Lanolin
0.14 ounces Optiphen Preservative
0.07 ounces Peach Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in grams
138 grams Water
80 grams Soy Butter
60 grams Shea Butter, Refined
40 grams Cyclomethicone
32 grams Coconut Oil
20 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
16 grams Hydrovance
8 grams Lanolin
4 grams Optiphen Preservative
2 grams Peach Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
20% Soy Butter
15% Shea Butter, Refined
8% Coconut Oil
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
1% Preservative (Optiphen)
0.5% Fragrance (Rose)
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Hi Andee, I have a couple of questions. Do you sterilize all your tools before making your creams ? And how do you proceed to sterilize ? Also, it’s the first time I see someone making a cream or lotion all in the same pot and heating everithing together. Does it always work well ? And do you continue mixing the ingredients until the temperature lowers to 120 ? I always have separation of a little water when I make son cream or lotion and I don’t understand why, since I always mix well and long. But I havn’t tried one of your recipes yet. I juste discoverd MMS and you blog and I love it ! Thanks
We don’t sterilize, we sanitize. Sanitizing can be accomplished by one of 3 different methods.
It is your choice if you want to sterilize the containers.
If you do, there are a few options available to you.
1. Dip the containers into Hydrogen Peroxide and allow to dry. Once the containers are dry, you can fill them.
2. Dip the containers into a solution of bleach and water (1 tablespoon bleach per 1 gallon water). You will have to rinse the containers in water before they can be used, because the bleach will interfere with your product’s color and scent.
3. Use a No Rinse Sanitizer like Star-San Sanitizer or other such products. This may not work if you have really hard water. You can find products like this a local home brewing supply store or online.
All ingredients in the same pot is wonderful for small batches. It has always worked well for me and many others. When you start making large batches, 55 gallons or more, then the Oil Phase and Water Phase are more useful.
I don’t continuously mix until the temperature drops to 120 or lower. I mix until all the ingredients have been completely mixed and then I walk away for a few minutes, usually 3 to 7 minutes. I come back and check the temperature and mix if necessary for 30 seconds. If the temperature is still too high, I repeat until the temperature is where I needed it to be. Once I’ve reached the desired temperature, I add the preservative and other ingredients that like the lower temperature. Now the lotion or cream is ready to be put into the containers of your choice.
Your batch is probably separating from over mixing. When I have over mixed in the past, my lotions and creams look like they have curdled. You might also have too much emulsifier, so your formula may need review. Mixing for a long time does not mean that your cream is guaranteed to stay emulsified.
I hope this helps!
Hi Andee, thank you a lot for your answers ! Sorry for the misuse of the word sterilize, I wasn’t sure how to say it in english. I think you are right about overmixing. I will try the one pot method this week to see how it goes.
Another question on sanitizing, do you think if I put my tools and containers in the dishwasher on the “sani rinse” cycle it would be enough ? Considering that for now all the products I make are for myself and close friends and family only. I know that if I were to sell stuff it would need to be carefully sanitized to prevent bacteria and such.
I don’t think the containers for the finished products can handle the heat from the dishwasher. I would follow one of the three methods I listed before. My favorite method is the Hydrogen Peroxide method. Tools and equipment should be fine in the dishwasher, just be careful because the fragrances and essential oils can stick to any plastic in the dishwasher and eventually penetrate any plastic food containers or dishes. Trust me, lavender eggs and peach cola do not taste good!
Thanks again ! I will keep in mind the fragrance morphing so my food don’t taste weard lol
Hi Andee…can Natrasorb (tapioca starch) be used in place of Dry-Flo (modified corn starch) to lessen heaviness & oiliness for a natural lotion or cream?
No, the Dry-Flo is a different weight and texture. It is perfect for making creams lighter. The Natrasorb is bulky and super light. I think a 10 lb box is something like 20 inches X 12 inches X 12 inches. That is BIG!
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