Happy New Year!
Things have been a little crazy here and I haven’t been able to post much. I would like to offer a wonderful lotion recipe as an apology, but first, where the heck have I been??
Things That Go “bump”
Some of you may be aware that I was in a pretty nasty motorcycle accident on December 13th, 2014. By the Grace of everything Holy, I only managed to shatter my wrist along with a multitude of bruises and stitches here and there. I had surgery to repair the splintered and crushed bones with plates and screws and will be out of commission for at least three months. I can’t express how blessed I am to be here, regardless of any pain or setbacks this has caused.
During my recovery, it’s been nearly impossible to make soap. I am not able to lift heavy ingredients and have good control of my surroundings with my cast in case soap decides to misbehave (and it usually does like to do things it is not supposed to!). I’ve been sitting around living vicariously through my talented soapy friends, but still, I miss it so much. I tried different creations such as making bombs and melt and pour soaps. Some turned out “ok”, most were a total fail. How discouraging.
Until I decided to make some lotion again…
The Lotion Chronicles
I have been making lotion for a little over a year. I had no intention of doing so, but many of my customers asked for matching lotion to go along with their soaps, or for gift baskets. I had no idea where to begin so I asked if people would mind me using a high quality base and customized it to their preference so that I could get their orders out while I researched. Surprisingly, they didn’t mind, but I did. I really wanted to offer a truly handmade lotion. I purchased everything I needed to make lotion and played around with recipes I found online. Lotion was never advertised for sale, but if a customer asked, I would make it. I wanted that perfect product before deciding to release it publicly. After researching and experimenting, I figured out my perfect recipe. I just needed the time and patience to work out the formula, and what better time than now?
My recipe is a bit complex, using very high quality and exotic ingredients. It doesn’t have to be, so here is a super nice recipe I found online that I tweaked and used for a while that my customers loved. It’s non greasy and quite thick. As a courtesy, I will also provide links for suppliers, but feel free to shop locally. Unlike soap, you can substitute any kind of oil or butters (not dairy butter) without having to recalculate sap values, as long as you keep the proportions the same. Example: you can substitute 1 oz of avocado oil for 1 oz of olive oil or 0.5 oz of each, respectively.
**Note: If you have never made lotion before, search for some basic information regarding making a safe product. This is not meant to be an all inclusive tutorial for someone who has never made lotion. Soapy Goodness and Lather and Luster are not liable for the results of your finished product. Always use care when dealing with any type of heat source and ingredients.**
You will need:
- 18 oz Distilled water
- 1.7 oz Avocado or Olive oil (or combination of both)
- 1 oz Sweet Almond Oil (or any other luxury oil)
- 1.2 oz Cocoa Butter (or Shea, Mango, or combo of all)
- 1.2 oz Emulsifying Wax
- 1 oz Stearic Acid
- 5 – 4 oz bottles or jars with lids. This lotion is thick so if you use bottles, use some that you can squeeze easily
- 5% bleach solution to disinfect bottles/jars, lids, and equipment
- Stick blender
- 32 oz heat safe vessel
- recommended amount of preservative – I use Optiphen Plus because it is paraben and formaldehyde free and has wide spectrum protection from mold, bacteria, and fungus. There are many on the market for which to choose. The amounts for preservatives range only from 0.5%-1.5% of your total batch. We choose to act responsibly for the protection of our customers. This tiny amount of protection is worth it to keep our customers from becoming very ill. Here is a good article about the natural things we don’t want on our body
- Recommended amount of fragrance oil or essential oil
- colorant (I like to use a tiny bit of cosmetic safe mica)
Here We Go!
- Disinfect all equipment and bottles/jars and lids by dunking them in a 5% bleach solution. Dry with fresh paper towel and set aside.
- Carefully measure out all ingredients. You don’t want your lotion to be too watery, too oily, or too thick.
- In a heat safe vessel, heat the oils, emulsifying wax, and stearic acid until melted. You can use a double boiler or microwave. If using a microwave, heat in 30 second bursts to ensure you don’t over heat.
- Add butter to melted mixture and stir until melted. Try to keep the mixture below 180 degrees F, or the temperature that your oils and butters will withstand before destroying their wonderful properties you want to keep for your skin.
- Heat distilled water to a temp close to your heated mixture. If the water is too cold, it will cause the waxes in the mixture to solidify upon contact and the emulsification with not be complete. Your mixture may separate. If this happens, no worries! Just heat it back up for 15-30 bursts.
- Once distilled water is at the correct temp, add to heated oil mixture and blend with stick blender until emulsified – about 1-2 minutes. The mixture should be thin and pourable. If not, heat for 15-30 seconds more and blend again for about 30 seconds. This will thicken when it cools.
- Add the recommended amount of preservative, fragrance, and colorant. Blend again until well mixed – about 30 seconds to 1 min. Be aware of your temperature range for your preservative. If you go above it, you will need to cool it and add the preservative again.
- Pour into prepared bottles/jars. Let lotion cool before you cap. You don’t want condensation inside the bottles.
- Label appropriately and voila! Wonderful silky handmade lotion 🙂
It seems overwhelming, but you will be amazed at how quickly this can be made. Experiment by substituting the oils and butters. Add things like extracts or those little vitamin e balls that pop when it hits your skin. Make it your own perfect recipe.
Here are some great online places to look for supplies:
All of us here at our tiny family of Soapy Goodness wish you and yours a wonderful New Year! Stay safe and be blessed!
With love and gratitude,
*Soapy Goodness is a division of Lather and Luster and is in no way affiliated with any other business listed here other than Lather and Luster. Links and information are provided as a courtesy and clicking them offers no reimbursement or benefit to the owner of Soapy Goodness or Lather and Luster. Soapy Goodness and Lather and Luster is not responsible for any and all dealings with companies other than their own. Please shop responsibly.