Last week I made an attempt to recreate a product I purchased and really enjoyed. It was a thick, rich lemon-scented shea butter cream.
The initial attempt turned out to be too waxy, so I went back to the drawing board to revise.
For the first revision, I eliminated the 2% Emulsifying Wax and increased the water from 61.5% to 63.5%. I also dropped the Stearic Acid from 3% to 1%, again adding the 2% dropped to the water.
See the revised formula below.
I’m pondering dropping the percentage of Conditioning Emulsifier as well, but I’m going to leave it alone for this revision; I don’t want to change too many things at once.
What You’ll Need
100-gram Test Batch
65.5 grams Water
Weigh first 9 ingredients into a microwave-safe container or double boiler. Heat gently, stirring often, until the mixture is completely liquified.
Once the mixture has cooled below 120 degrees, add the preservative, Natural Vitamin E, and fragrance. Stir well to thoroughly incorporate.
At this point, if you want to add color, start with one drop of the Lemon Yellow Dye (premixed in a dropper bottle) and continue adding a drop at a time and mixing well until you reach the desired color.
This version is an improvement, but we’re not quite there yet.
The texture of the cream changed to a lighter feel, which is not a problem. It’s less waxy this time around.
Still a problem is that it’s very greasy; I rubbed a small amount into my hands, and 10 minutes later, my hands still feel oily.
Join me tomorrow as I revise again and see if the third time is the charm.
Maybe a little Natrasorb or IPM and skip the beeswax?
Thanks for the suggestion, Marianna. I’m trying to stick with the ingredient list from the original product, which is why I’m working with these particular ingredients. I like the IPM idea, though!