Today’s recipe is for a lotion that is so soft, creamy, and sweet smelling it’s like rubbing frosting on your face. I know that sounds kind of weird, but due to the vanilla note, that is what this lotion makes me think of!
This lotion was designed for someone with red and irritated skin in mind. That is why I decided not to add a fragrance oil. Instead, I added just a tiny bit of our Natural Vanilla Oil to give the lotion a pleasant smell.
This recipe contains a few oils that are known to be great for inflamed skin. First is Calendula Extract, made from petals of the calendula flower. Calendula Extract is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and combating rough and dry skin. This recipe also has Orchid Extract, which is prized for its reparative and protective properties.
This recipe is packed with ingredients that make your skin happy, so you can’t go wrong!
Collect Needed Items:
|Recipe in Ounces (to make 9 oz)
6.48 ounces Water
0.9 ounces Grapeseed Oil
0.45 ounces Cyclomethicone
0.36 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.18 ounces Dimethicone
0.18 ounces Isopropyl Myristate
0.18 ounces Hydrovance
0.09 ounces Calendula Extract
0.09 ounces Orchid Extract
0.05 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 ounces Vitamin E Natural
0.02 ounces Natural Vanilla Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
10% Grapeseed Oil
4% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Isopropyl Myristate
1% Calendula Extract
1% Orchid Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Vitamin E Natural
0.25% Natural Vanilla Oil
Lotions are one of my favorite things to make because they are so easy. There are basically two methods of lotion making: phases or dump and heat. Some people using the phases method report they have troubles with the lotion separating or curdling. I have always used the dump and heat method, and I have never had trouble with my lotion separating or curdling. For more information on why we like to use the dump and heat method, check out this blog, Making Lotions – do you use phases?
Our first step to making this recipe is to weigh the water, Grapeseed Oil, Cyclomethicone, Conditioning Emulsifier, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, and Hydrovance. We are going to wait to add the extracts, the Vitamin E Natural, the preservative, and the essential oil, because these products are heat sensitive.
Once you have your first ingredients weighed, they need to be heated until everything is melted, then mix them together. This mixture now needs to cool to below 120° F before we can add the heat-sensitive ingredients. Adding these too early can cause them to not work properly. I have learned from experience that there is nothing worse than having your preservative fail. Yup, I sent our customers moldy lotions once upon a time, and it was horribly embarrassing!
After your mixture is cooled, add the heat-sensitive ingredients and mix them in. It may take some more time for the lotion to cool completely and thicken up. To speed up this process, I like to pour my lotion into a large bag and lay it out on a table. The thinner the lotion is laid out, the faster it will cool.
Be sure to let me know if you try this recipe and what you think about it. I will be sending some samples down to shipping so you can frost your face with this delectable lotion.