Category Archives: Lotion/Body Butter

Cranberry Green Tea Lotion

This is a thick luxurious lotion with both green tea infused and cranberry infused butters. I’ve seen the infused butter trend pick up in the last few years, I’m not sure how long it will be a trend. It’s not hard to infuse your own oils or to use extracts and oils as a replacement to the infused butters.

I like my lotions on the thick side. I made this as a plain lotion, it is unscented and smells a little bit like green tea and quite a bit like unrefined shea butter.

 

Ingredients

Hot Phase

22.65 g emulsifying wax

8.5 g stearic acid

10 g green tea infused almond oil blend

5 g cranberry infused shea & jojoba blend

10 g rice bran oil

5.65 g shea butter

Cooling Phase

8.5 g honeyquat

8.5 g jojoba oil

100 g isopropyl myristate

255 g green tea brewed with distilled water (hot)

4.5 g green tea extract

1% optiphen ND

 

 

 

Cranberry Orchid Moisturizer

Phase I

.8 oz emulsifying wax

.3 oz stearic acid

.4 oz mango butter

.5 oz rice bran oil

.4 oz cranberry butter(shea butter, jojoba oil, cranberry fruit)

.1 oz jojoba oil

Phase II

8.5 oz distilled water (hot)

.3 oz honeyquat

2 oz clary sage distillate

2 oz isopropyl myristate

.3 oz orchid extract

1 % preservative( I used optiphen ND)

Instruction

Phase I: Melt all phase 1 ingredients in a double boiler. In a measuring cup measure out the distilled water and heat it to 140-160 degrees.

Phase II:  Once the Phase I ingredients are melted and mixed remove from heat. Add the hot water to the melted ingredients of phase I  slowly while blending with an immersion blender. Ensure complete emulsification by blending in bursts for several minutes.

Let it cool slightly before adding remaining ingredients, blending them in one at a time. Continue to blend until it becomes light and fluffy. Scoop into containers and allow to cool completely before sealing.

 

Rosemary Hair Conditioner Recipe

 

Ingredients:

500 grams Distilled Water, hot

28.5 g BTMS-50

5 g Panthenol

28 g Nettle Extract

6 g Oat Extract

6 g Hemp Seed Oil

preservative of your choice

Instruction:

Disolve Panthenol into a few tablespoons of distilled water and set aside. Heat the remainder of the water in the microwave.

In a double boiler, melt the BTMS-50 and Hemp Seed Oil. Once clear and completely melted, whisk slowly into the heated distilled water.

Let the mixture cool for a few minutes and then add the remaining ingredients. (I used Optiphen-ND for my preservative at 1%)

pH test, you want to have your conditioner to have a pH of 5-6.

When slightly warm still, pour into containers, allow to cool with cap off for several hours or over night before sealing.

 

 

Project List

My hobbies have grown so my project list needs categories now, here’s what I’ve got in the works, who knows what I will get to, I should have some free time in a few weeks.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

Idea: I made a lot of soap last year, I have  isolated my favorites and will be recreating some variation of them. All of my soap sold or was given away last year so I only have the newer two that I made in November that were curing at the time I ran out.

  1. Charcoal soap split (Lavender/Rosemary Soap, Cedar/Bergamot)
  2. Breton Sea Salt Bar
  3. Coconut Milk split scent ( hawaiian jasmine, sandalwood)
  4. Beer Soap (new soap type)

Other Soap

  1. Shaving Cream (will run out soon)
  2. Laundry and Dish Soap ( will run out soon)

Lip Balm

This is meant to be as a set for holiday presents but it didn’t happen. I will be infusing the black tea into the oils.

  1. Black Tea & Lavender
  2. Black Tea & Peppermint
  3. Black Tea & Bergamot

Lotion/Conditioner

I might make these with Black Tea Infused Oil as well.

  1. Apple/Sage Conditioner
  2. Apple/Sage Lotion

Sewing

I’m an extreme beginner, I still cant sew a straight line or understand some terms and instructions. The seam ripper is my best friend and I keep stabbing myself with pins and burning myself on the iron… but I have determination.

  1. Skirt
  2. Purse
  3. Backpack
  4. Jean Quilt
  5. Tri-Fold Wallet

Paper Projects

  1. Handmade Paper with Botanical Imbeds
  2. Hardcover hand made blank journal

Cooking

  1. El Pollo Loco Chicken ( pineapple and lime glaze)
  2. Teriyaki Tofu ( I can’t get it right!! Eventually…)
  3. Corn Tortillas

 

Fall Crafting Begins

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I have a few friends who really like Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs scents so I ordered some small samplers to experiment with. I’ve also got a sampler of Silk Amino Acids so I will be trying out some new lotions. I decided on the following combinations.

Test #1

Base lotion: Distilled Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Emusifying Wax, Argan Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Oat Extract, Preservative

Scents: Antikythera Mechanism & Belladonna

Test #2

Base Lotion: Distilled Water, Emulsifying wax, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Silk Amino Acids, Preservative

Scents & Extracts:

Jack fragrance with Oat Extract

Twilight fragrance with Evening Primrose Extract

Miskatonic University with Sea Buckthorn Extract

 

Balms & Cooking

I gave flavored Lip Balm a go, let the reviews help me decide and I ended up with Passionfruit Rose. I am always too timid to add colorant to lip balm, I should have made it a more bold pink. These are for my holiday giveaways.

 

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Next up on my list was a repeat of my lavender balm.

 

I also made a big pot of Carrot Ginger Soup to bring to work and share with my coworkers… but then I ate it all… oops. Must plan to make double next time?

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