Sodium Lactate Heirloom Cream 5

This week has been chock full of heirloom recipes. Wow! Can you believe that? I am not sure that I can! Since we only have one day left this week I thought we would finish off the week with another additive that helps the skin stay smooth, soft and hydrated.

Mixing this cream was a rather interesting experience. I first mixed this together and as it started to cool, the cream began to separate just like my Honey Heirloom Cream! Quickly I added another ounce of Emulsifying Wax, heated my cream gently and began to mix again. As I was mixing, the cream suddenly went from very fluid to almost a marshmallow cream texture. The cream was super viscous and lifted away from the sides of the beaker. What a surprise! In ways, it reminded me of when you have to force soap through trace. It becomes super thick and when mixing there is a sensation that if you were to lift the immersion blender out the cream would come out with it leaving no residue in the beaker at all!

I have never had an experience like this when making a cream and I am dying to know the cause of it. I wonder if I can force other cream and lotion recipes to act like this. Have you ever had a lotion or cream react this way? If so, what did you do? What is in your formulation? I am hoping we can answer some questions together with our collected experience and recipes.

I am thinking of making this lotion again but reformulating so I only have 2% Sodium Lactate. I will have to test it and tell you my results. My hope is that there will not be this strange marshmallow result. (Cross fingers!) Come join me for this marshmallow heirloom cream and then we can put our cream covered tootsies up for the weekend. Want s’mores?

Collect Needed Items:

Sodium Lactate
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Orange Essential Oil
Premixed Color
Mixing Container
Immersion Blender


Recipe in Ounces
4.29 oz Sodium Lactate
6.575 oz Stearic Acid
39.71 oz Water
3.528 oz Emulsifying Wax
.53 oz Optiphen
.25 oz Orange Essential Oil
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Grams
121 grams Sodium Lactate
186 grams Stearic Acid
1125 grams Water
100 grams Emulsifying Wax
15 grams Optiphen
7 grams Orange Essential Oil
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Percentages
8% Sodium Lactate
12% Stearic Acid
72% Water
6.5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen
.5% Orange Essential Oil
Q.S. Premixed Color

Weigh everything except Optiphen, Orange Essential Oil and premixed color into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender mix everything well. Allow the solution to cool below 120° F before adding the Optiphen. Mix well. Pour into jars. Cap and enjoy!


Finished Cream

Weighing Stearic Acid

Weighing Emulsifying Wax and Sodium Lactate

Weighing Water

Adding Orange Essential Oil

Adding Color

Mixing Cream

Cream Separating

Mixing Cream

Mixing Cream

Finished Cream in jars

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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5 thoughts on “Sodium Lactate Heirloom Cream

  • Simona

    Is 8% Sodium Lactate the maximum we could use? I actually have no clue about the min / max values or this percentage for Sodium Lactate..

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  • Simona

    Ha, it happened to me too 🙂 I will eMail to you my formula and maybe we can find out what went so terrible wrong :)))

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  • Simona

    I have read somewhere online that in a facial toner, a 2% of sodium lactate is the best percent we could use – over 3% it is considered to have exfoliating qualities. Is that really the case? Also, they said that it is supposed to be good for acne prone skin. Sadly, I never saved that website as a bookmark, so I would not know ow to direct you to the exact phrases …

    Anyway, I still have no idea what is the max amount (in percentages) of sodium lactate that I can use in a recipe (lotion/face cream/body cream)

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  • Michelle

    I wonder if the cream separation was caused by mixing orange with sodium lactate (milk derivative)? As in it was curdling…

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