Oil Free Lotion, Take 2


Yesterday I tried crafting an oil free lotion. I browsed our catalog and found all the ingredients that could qualify as oil free and created a formula.

Unfortunately, I overdid it on the emulsifying ingredients, so the mixture failed to properly emulsify.

Today I’m backing off the emulsifying ingredients and sticking with only Emulsifying Wax. I removed Sunflower Lecithin and Cetyl Alcohol from the formula.

Our Technical Support Team gave me a ratio to use as a rule of thumb when creating emulsions: 1 part emulsifiers to 3 parts oil-like ingredients with the water being 60+%.

My failed formula was 14% oil-like ingredients, 9% emulsifiers.

Continue on with me to see what I changed and how the second attempt came out.

What You’ll Need

Supplies

Water
Cyclomethicone
Dimethicone
Isopropyl Myristate
Liquid Silk
Emulsifying Wax
Hydrovance
Liquid Germall Plus
Honey Almond Fragrance Oil

Equipment

Scale
Microwave-safe container
Spoon
Silicone Spatula
Stick Blender
Thermometer
Pipette
Bottles and Lids

Formula

70% Water
8.5% Cyclomethicone
8.5% Dimethicone
2% Isopropyl Myristate
2% Liquid Silk
4% Emulsifying Wax
4% Hydrovance
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Honey Almond Fragrance Oil

100-gram Test Batch

70 grams Water
8.5 grams Cyclomethicone
8.5 grams Dimethicone
2 grams Isopropyl Myristate
2 grams Liquid Silk
4 grams Emulsifying Wax
4 grams Hydrovance
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 gram Honey Almond Fragrance Oil

16-ounce Batch

11.2 ounces Water
1.36 ounces Cyclomethicone
1.36 ounces Dimethicone
0.32 ounce Isopropyl Myristate
0.32 ounce Liquid Silk
0.64 ounce Emulsifying Wax
0.64 ounce Hydrovance
0.08 ounce Liquid Germall Plus
0.08 ounce Honey Almond Fragrance Oil

Instructions

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.

Ingredients before melting.

Mixing the emulsion.

Notes

This lotion formula worked out beautifully. The finished product is creamy and light and non-greasy. It spreads easily and has a nice cushiony feel as it rubs into the skin. My hands and arms feel dewy and well-moisturized after using it. After a few minutes, there was a powdery feeling to my skin.

The Honey Almond Fragrance is really nice! It’s not overly sweet like some almond fragrances can be. It smells warm and made me think of cookies.

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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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