Three Extracts Lotion – er, Cream

Adding extracts to lotions is a great way to boost performance and label appeal.

Today I’m making a simple lotion featuring a trio of my favorite extracts. I chose Chamomile Extract because it’s so wonderful for dry skin that could use a bit of soothing. (That pretty much defines my skin in winter.) Sea Buckthorn Extract brings cell healing and regeneration benefits as well as being an excellent emollient. Lemon Balm promotes healthy, vibrant skin and is sure to bring a noticeable improvement to your skin.

The base oils for this lotion will be Almond Butter, Palm Oil, Avocado Oil, and Cranberry Seed Oil.

I’ll use Sodium Lactate as a humectant and Conditioning Emulsifier to keep my lotion feeling lovely.

Join me in the workroom!

What You’ll Need


Distilled Water
Almond Butter
Palm Oil
Avocado Oil
Cranberry Seed Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Sodium Lactate
Chamomile Extract
Sea Buckthorn Extract
Lemon Balm Leaf Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Huckleberry Fragrance Oil


Microwave-safe container
Silicone Spatula
Stick Blender
Jars and Lids


70% Distilled Water
3% Almond Butter
3% Palm Oil
3% Avocado Oil
3% Cranberry Seed Oil
4% Conditioning Emulsifier
4% Sodium Lactate
3% Chamomile Extract
3% Sea Buckthorn Extract
3% Lemon Balm Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Huckleberry Fragrance

100-gram Test Batch

70 grams Distilled Water
3 grams Almond Butter
3 grams Palm Oil
3 grams Avocado Oil
3 grams Cranberry Seed Oil
4 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
4 grams Sodium Lactate
3 grams Chamomile Extract
3 grams Sea Buckthorn Extract
3 grams Lemon Balm Extract
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 gram Huckleberry Fragrance


Weigh water, Almond Butter, Palm Oil, Avocado Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Conditioning Emulsifier, and Sodium Lactate into a microwave-safe container. Heat using short time bursts (30 seconds), stirring after each heating, until all ingredients are melted.

Use a stick blender to mix the ingredients together well. Check the temperature of the mixture and set aside to cool below 120ºF.

Once mixture has cooled below 120ºF, add in the three extracts, Liquid Germall Plus, and fragrance. I chose to use Huckleberry for a little sniff of summer in my cold winter day.

Pour into bottles and allow to cool before you label and enjoy the lotion.

Ingredients before heating.

Stick blending the emulsion.

Adding the heat-sensitive ingredients.

Cream in the jars cooling.


I did it to myself again; made a cream, not a lotion! I should have used a bit less Conditioning Emulsifier if I’d wanted it to be more of a lotion.

Nevertheless, this cream is smooth and wonderful! I actually think I prefer this to a more watery lotion. Maybe it’s the time of year that has me craving more substance in my skin care products.

Whether you prefer thick creams or thinner lotions, you can’t beat this formula for emollience and spreadability. It’s just good!

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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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