Lotion Comparision Test: Liquid Glycerin & Sodium Lactate 4

I know that I’ve been missing from the blog recently and that I haven’t made anything in at least three weeks! 😳 This is actually very embarrassing to admit the fact that I haven’t touched a scale, beaker, or immersion blender for so long.

When I was in New York City last week, I found myself without lotion! I truly felt stuck because I have been used to just going to the blog kitchen or my craft room at home and whipping up another batch of lotion. Ack! I decided that one of the first things I was going to do when I got back was make a batch of lotion.

I chose Sammi Janette’s First Try for my recipe since it is an easy recipe. I did make a few changes to the recipe. Since I used Reverse Osmosis Water I knew my pH did not need to be altered anymore and so, the Citric Acid could be omitted from the recipe. The second change is that I used a small amount of Wheat Protein to replace the omitted Citric Acid.

I decided that these changes were not enough for having fun in the blog kitchen, so I made two batches of the lotion for comparison purposes. One batch used Liquid Glycerin as the humectant and the other batch used Sodium Lactate instead.

This lotion feels great on the skin and is light enough for applying in the summer. The Wheat Protein adds a light texture to the lotion that seems to make my skin feel silky. I think you will enjoy this lotion so much that it will become a staple in your life. It is in mine!

Join me as I get my groove back while making an easy lotion!

Collect needed items:

Liquid Glycerin or Sodium Lactate
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Sweet Almond Oil
Germaben II
Wheat Protein
Apricot Freesia Fragrance Oil or any other fragrance of your choice
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Transfer Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 1 oz LDPE Bottles with a Size 20 Black Disk Top Lid)

Recipe: (Makes 35 ounces)

Recipe in ounces:
1.06 ounces Liquid Glycerin or Sodium Lactate
1.41 ounces Stearic Acid
1.76 ounces Emulsifying Wax
7.05 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
23.28 ounces water
0.35 ounces Germaben II
0.09 ounces Wheat Protein
0.26 ounces Apricot Freesia Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
30 grams Liquid Glycerin or Sodium Lactate
40 grams Stearic Acid
50 grams Emulsifying Wax
200 grams Sweet Almond Oil
660 grams water
10 grams Germaben II
2.5 grams Wheat Protein
7.5 grams Apricot Freesia Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
3% Liquid Glycerin or Sodium Lactate
4% Stearic Acid
5% Emulsifying Wax
20% Sweet Almond Oil
66% water
1% Germaben II
0.25% Wheat Protein
0.75% Apricot Freesia Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Germaben II, Wheat Protein and Apricot Freesia Fragrance) 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 additives once the temperature drops enough that you don’t feel like you are burning your hands when moving the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into bottles and allow to cool completely. Cap the bottles.

Notes: This is actually a thick lotion, so it would be best in a bottle with a pump or in a jar.

These samples have been labeled and then bagged together, so you can try each lotion and decide which humectant you prefer. The Lotion Comparison Test samples will been sent to the Shipping Department on Monday to send out in orders. (This means you can start requesting it now!) I really want to hear your comments about these lotions. I hope that anyone wanting a sample lotion set will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.

Completely cooled lotion on my finger.

Weighing Stearic, Emulsifying Wax and Liquid Glycerin.

Weighing the Sweet Almond Oil.

Adding water to the beaker.

Blending the ingredients together after heating.

Adding the additives.

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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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4 thoughts on “Lotion Comparision Test: Liquid Glycerin & Sodium Lactate

  • Mesha

    Looks super easy so I might try this one.
    Could this be made with grapeseed oil so that it might be less greasy/sticky?

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  • Andee Post author

    You can use Grapeseed Oil to decrease a greasy/sticky feel. My favorite oils to use instead would be Avocado Oil, Kukui Oil, Rice Bran Oil, or Sesame Seed Oil. These oils are lighter and don’t feel as greasy. To decrease the sticky feel, use Sodium Lactate or Hydrovance instead of Liquid Glycerin. If the recipe still feels greasy or sticky, add between 1-3% Isopropyl Myristate or Squalane and reduce the water by the same amount. These products will change the lotion to be less greasy or sticky.
    I hope this helps!

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  • shara

    Andee, what was the comparison and contrast between the two batches using the different humectants?

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