Making Lotion from Barbara’s Cupboard

Today we will finish another week of answering Cupboard Challenge recipes! We will make the lotion recipe that Barbara requested to use lanolin. I formulated this fantastic lotion to meet Barbara’s requirements. Like yesterday, this recipe uses only 2% lanolin. This allows the lanolin to contribute texture without also contributing an overpowering odor.

Collect needed items:

Sodium Lactate
Shea Butter
Aloe Butter
Emulsifying Wax
Avocado Oil
Optiphen Preservative
Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil
Mixing Container (Microwave Safe)
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product (I used the 1 oz Jar Set.)


Recipe in ounces:
9.6 ounces Water
0.32 ounces Lanolin
0.64 ounces Sodium Lactate
1.92 ounces Shea Butter
1.2 ounces Aloe Butter
0.8 ounces Emulsifying Wax
1.2 ounces Avocado Oil
0.16 ounces Optiphen Preservative
0.16 ounces Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
272.2 grams Water
9.1 grams Lanolin
18.1 grams Sodium Lactate
54.4 grams Shea Butter
34 grams Aloe Butter
22.7 grams Emulsifying Wax
34 grams Avocado Oil
4.5 grams Optiphen Preservative
4.5 grams Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages:
60% Water
2% Lanolin
4% Sodium Lactate
12% Shea Butter
7.5% Aloe Butter
5% Emulsifying Wax
7.5% Avocado Oil
1% Optiphen Preservative
1% Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Optiphen Preservative and Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance 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 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 jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Yield: This recipe will make 16 fl ounces.

Notes: This is a light lotion that holds its shape easily, but will flow through a pump without difficulty. When first applied, the lotion feels light and soothing on the skin. After rubbing in for about 30 seconds, the skin feels like it has been rejuvenated without a oily residue. I think this lotion would be great for hand-crafters of various skills.

I hope you find someone who would enjoy this dreamy lotion. Enjoy!

Completely cooled lotion on my finger.

Weighed the ingredients.

Ingredients after melting.

Ready to start mixing with the immersion blender.

Beginning to mix together.

Mixing the lotion after adding the fragrance and preservative.

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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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