Tangerine Milk Lotion

I’m super excited to combine our awesome Tangerine Butter with our Milk Protein to make a luscious lotion fit for a queen!

The scent of the Tangerine Butter is just dreamy – so sweet and citrusy! I’ll add just a little bit of Tangerine Essential Oil to boost the fragrance.

Rounding out the formula, I’ve chosen to add a touch of Handcrafted Shea Butter and some Cyclomethicone to improve spreadability and lend a powdery feel. Our new Milk Protein will be another additive to make this lotion a true luxury. Of course, I’ll use an emulsifier, humectant, and preservative.

If you’d like to make this alongside me, come to my workroom and gather up some supplies!

What You’ll Need

Distilled Water
Tangerine Butter
Handcrafted Shea Butter
Emulsifying Wax
Milk Protein
Liquid Germall Plus
Tangerine Essential Oil


70% Distilled Water
15% Tangerine Butter
3% Handcrafted Shea Butter
3% Emulsifying Wax
3% Glycerin
3% Cyclomethicone
2% Milk Protein
0.5% Tangerine Essential Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

100-gram Test Batch

70 grams Distilled Water
15 grams Tangerine Butter
3 grams Handcrafted Shea Butter
3 grams Emulsifying Wax
3 grams Glycerin
3 grams Cyclomethicone
2 grams Milk Protein
0.5 gram Tangerine Essential Oil
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus

16-ounce Batch

11.2 ounces Distilled Water
2.4 ounces Tangerine Butter
0.48 ounce Handcrafted Shea Butter
0.48 ounce Emulsifying Wax
0.48 ounce Glycerin
0.48 ounce Cyclomethicone
0.32 ounce Milk Protein
0.08 ounce Liquid Germall Plus
0.08 ounce Tangerine Essential Oil


Weigh water, Tangerine Butter, Handcrafted Shea Butter, Emulsifying Wax, and Glycerin into a microwave-safe container. Heat gently, using short time bursts, until all oils are melted.

Using a stick blender, blend to create the emulsion. Don’t skimp on blending time; several minutes of blending is a good thing in lotion making. It gives all the molecules time to become fully emulsified.

Check the mixture’s temperature. Set it aside to cool below 120ºF.

Once the mixture has cooled sufficiently, add the Cyclomethicone, Milk Protein, Liquid Germall Plus, and Tangerine Essential Oil. Mix well, either using the stick blender or by hand.

Pour into bottles and allow the lotion to cool completely before putting on caps. Label and enjoy!

Ingredients before melting.

Pouring into bottles.


The spreadability is almost unbelievable with this lotion, thanks to the Cyclomethicone. It leaves behind a delightful powdery feel that is not greasy at all. I like it a lot!

The tangerine scent is just right. I’m glad I went ahead and added the Tangerine Essential Oil. It wasn’t much, but it definitely made the scent pop.

I was a bit disappointed that my Tangerine Butter’s color had faded, and along with it, some of the natural fragrance. That is because of UV light exposure. Sure enough, my oils and butters used to sit on an open shelf before I got cabinets in which to store them. I’m glad to know that even though the color faded, the Tangerine Butter is good to go!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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