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Strawberry Essence Lotion

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This is a mild scented Strawberry Lotion made from Distilled Strawberry Fruit. I only had a sampler size so I made this as a small single bottle recipe, It fit perfectly into a 4 oz bottle.

Strawberry Essence Lotion

.2 oz Mango Butter

.15 oz Shea Butter

.25 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.2 oz Emulsifying Wax

.08 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Distilled Water (Heated to near boiling)

2 oz Strawberry Essence

.8 oz Vegetable Glycerin

.15 oz Oat Extract

.1 oz Sea Buckthorn Extract

.05 oz Ginkgo Extract

1 ml Alkanet Root infused Sunflower Oil

Perservative of your choice(I used 1% Optiphen ND)

In a double boiler (I use a measuring cup and a small sauce pan for this) gently melt together Mango Butter, She Butter, Meadowfoam oil, Emusifying Wax and Stearic Acid.

Heat Distilled water in the microwave until near boiling, pour into mixing bowl and add melted butters and oils to distilled water slowly, whisking constantly. If your distilled water isn’t hot enough it will cause the oil mixture to partially resolify causing lumps. Whisk vigorously for about 60 seconds then slowly mix in Strawberry Essence and Vegetable Glycerin. Continue to mix for a few minutes then mix in remaining extracts Alkanet root and preservatives.

Rest for a few minutes then whisk for a minute, rest and whisk, rest and whisk until there is no separation after resting. When completely emulsified pour into container of your choice and let it sit open for at least 4 hours before applying lid.

Alkanet Root Colorant

I get mine ground up but not in a powder, it’s more like large coffee ground size. Add a tablespoon of the root to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil(I used Sunflower Oil) Seal it up in a jar and shake daily. After a week strain Root debris out of the oil and return oil to jar, Add another tablespoon of dried Alkanet Root to jar and shake daily.  After a weeks strain root debris from the oil and place oil in a clean jar and seal until needed.

Alkanet Root, Beet Root Powder Lip Balm Colorant

Beet root powder is water soluble not oil soluble. Having said this I hope it will help someone not make the simple mistake I did of adding it to a water free lip balm.. it clumped and sank to the bottom even though some of it mixed in… then I reheated and mixed more… same result, thrice for the sake of science!… same result, it wasn’t blending evenly and would sink as the balm was cooling… Here is the result of that.. top and bottom.

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So to properly get a good mixture I would have to use a bit of water (or vegetable glycerin?) and emulsify it. which isn’t on my agenda until after I experiment with the Alkanet root. I need to read about this a little bit more and come up with a recipe before I try this one again because I think I like this color the best, in the mean time…

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Alkanet Root on the other hand is oil soluble. What I bought was not a powder so I put it in the blender for a few minutes until it was finer particulate and then poured roughtly 1 1/2 tablespoons in  roughly 1/2 cup of sunflower oil.

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It turned red immediately but I let it sit for a few days, shaking it up occasionally and then strain it.

After two days I mixed some into one of my already made balms and got this. It’s a beautiful rosie pink that was even and did not sink or clump.