Today I am working on refining my first formulation for the Bottoms Up Balm.
To recap yesterday’s notes, I need to reduce the peculiar odor and color and make the formula a little more viscous.
To start, I am going to drop out the Neem Oil and reduce the percentage of Tamanu Oil, which will have a twofold effect. It will temper the strong smell, and it also will alter the undesirable color of the balm.
I am also adding some Soy Wax to thicken my mixture.
I want to produce a fluid ointment that doesn’t need to be rubbed in, merely spread on the skin as a barrier to prevent further irritation to sore bums. We all know what a product with good quality ingredients can do for any skin ailment or need, and I really want my ingredients to do all the work with an easy application.
HMP Shea Butter
Microwave Safe Container
|Grams (makes 100 gr)
32 grams HMP Shea Butter
30 grams Aloe Butter
10 grams Soy Wax
8 grams Cherry Oil
5 grams Lanolin
5 grams Tamanu Oil
10 grams Calendula Extract
|Ounces (makes 4 oz)
1.28 ounces HMP Shea Butter
1.2 ounces Aloe Butter
0.4 ounce Soy Wax
0.32 ounce Cherry Oil
0.2 ounce Lanolin
0.2 ounce Tamanu Oil
0.4 ounce Calendula Extract
32% HMP Shea Butter
30% Aloe Butter
10% Soy Wax
8% Cherry Oil
5% Tamanu Oil
10% Calendula Extract
Carefully weigh all ingredients except the Calendula Extract in a microwave-safe container. Melt in short bursts (30-45 seconds) and stir in between to prevent the mixture from overheating.
The Soy Wax takes a long time to melt, so be patient. The stirring will help reduce the amount of time needed in the microwave.
Once the mixture is completely melted, it will be extremely hot and will be a clear yellow-green color. Keep a close eye on it while it is cooling. The mixture should not become hazy before you add the Calendula Extract, because this will interrupt the long set up and cooling process. Once it is just warm to the touch, add the extract and then pour immediately into containers. Do not disturb until it has finished solidifying and cooling; overnight should do it.
I enjoyed this formulation over yesterday’s creation. The odor was much lighter (just a hint of Lanolin and Tamanu), and the texture was soft and creamy. It could easily be applied to a sore bum with minimal effort – just about the right viscosity!
I feel like the color still needs work. It turned out a bit greenish-yellow. Better than yesterday, but why settle? Tomorrow I will see what I can do about the color!
This looks great. I wish I had been more in touch with this site when I had a baby! Still though, even us adults can sometimes use a little extra healing.
I’ll be interested to see how you change the color.
But does it work good on sore bums? 🙂 Keep up the great work on the blog, Joy!
I have not used it on a young baby yet. My brother and his wife just had a baby so I gave them a 4 oz jar of my favorite formula-still to come. I can post when I get some feedback.
Thank you for sharing this! I look forward to seeing what you will do about this recipe more! If I wanted to sell this, would it need a preservative? If so, could I use optiphen? And how much? Or if you don’t need a preservative, about how long would this last?
This recipe is like lip balm. Since it only has oils in it, it will not require a preservative. The shelf life lasts as long as the oils do. Eventually it go rancid.
will you do blogs on testing your creations too, joy?
Can you clarify what you mean by blogging about testing my creations?