Oil-Free Lotion; Better Luck Next Time

I had no idea oil-free lotion was even a thing, but after doing a bit of research, I see that not only is it a thing, oil-free lotion is very popular.

Not quite the consistency I was looking for.

How can a lotion be oil-free?

Basically, the term refers to lotion that does not have any vegetable or animal oils in it. Instead, we use silicone oils and other emollients to moisturize the skin. Oil-free lotion is popular with people who have oily skin, but it really can be great for any skin type.

Here’s what I’ll be using in my first attempt at an oil-free lotion. I went through our catalog and chose all the products that could be put into a lotion that are not animal or vegetable oils. I got a bit of a surprise when I mixed it up.

Join me in the workroom.

What You’ll Need


Isopropyl Myristate
Sunflower Lecithin
Liquid Silk
Cetyl Alcohol
Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Germall Plus
21 Fragrance Oil


Microwave-safe container
Silicone Spatula
Stick Blender
Bottles and Lids


71% Water
7% Cyclomethicone
6% Dimethicone
2% Isopropyl Myristate
3% Sunflower Lecithin
2% Liquid Silk
4% Emulsifying Wax
4% Hydrovance
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% 21 Fragrance Oil

100-gram Test Batch

71 grams Water
7 grams Cyclomethicone
6 grams Dimethicone
2 grams Isopropyl Myristate
3 grams Sunflower Lecithin
2 grams Liquid Silk
4 grams Emulsifying Wax
4 grams Hydrovance
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 gram 21 Fragrance Oil

12-ounce Batch

8.52 ounces Water
0.84 ounce Cyclomethicone
0.72 ounce Dimethicone
0.24 ounce Isopropyl Myristate
0.36 ounce Sunflower Lecithin
0.24 ounce Liquid Silk
0.48 ounce Emulsifying Wax
0.48 ounce Hydrovance
0.06 ounce Liquid Germall Plus
0.06 ounce 21 Fragrance Oil


Ingredients before melting.

Weigh all ingredients but the preservative and fragrance into a microwave-safe container. Heat gently, using short time bursts and stirring after each heating, until ingredients are melted.

Use a stick blender to mix the lotion into an emulsion. Check the temperature; cool mixture below 120ºF before adding the preservative and fragrance.

Once everything is mixed well, pour the lotion into bottles. Allow it to cool completely in the bottle before adding a lid. Label and enjoy.


When I heated and mixed this formula, it would not come together. It seemed to me that the Sunflower Lecithin was not mixing in. I turned to our Technical Support team for help.

They told me I have too much emulsifier and not enough ingredients for it to emulsify. So I’ll make some changes and be back tomorrow with an updated formula.

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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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