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Shea & Apricot Lotion Recipe

If you are not using a stick blender I recommend getting one of the cheap ones, but if you are hand mixing make sure you mix it for several minutes, rest, mix, rest, mix some more. I have had a few hand mixed lotions fail to fully emulsify because I thought I had mixed it enough.

heat phase

22.68 g emulsifying wax

8.5 g stearic acid

15 g shea butter

5.66 g coconut oil

10 g Apricot kernel oil

8.5 g rice bran oil

cool down/emulsification phase

8.5  honeyquat

333 g distilled water (hot)

100 g isopropyl myristate

apricot fragrance

1% Optiphen

 

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

 

 

 

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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Valencia Orange Lotion Recipe

This recipe makes 8.8 oz recipe by weight and I filled two 4 oz containers by volume and had a couple of teaspoons left over.

In a double boiler melt:

.15 oz Mango Butter

.15 oz Shea Butter

.4 oz Emulsifying Wax

.15 oz Stearic Acid

.4 oz Sunflower Oil

.15 oz Coconut Oil

 

When melted remove from heat pour into a mixing bowl and stir before adding:

6.25 oz hot Distilled Water (If you use cold water expecially without mixing first you will have the oils try to resolidify, particularly the stearic acid)

Stir gently for a moment or two until it has cooled a few degrees then add:

1.5 oz Aloe Vera Juice

.2 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.1 oz Vitamin E Oil

.1 oz Tamanu Oil

1-2 ml Valencia Orange Essential Oil

(add preservative of your choice according to it’s instructions, if it helps 1% of 8.8 oz is 2.6 ml)

Continue to let the mixture cool for a few minutes then test the lotion in liquid form on your arm to ensure you got the scent you wanted, adjust if needed. Pour lotion while still warm liquid into your chosen container, as it cools it thickens, leave the lid off for about 8-10 hours to let moisture escape while cooling, otherwise you may see condensation gathering and pooling on top of your lotion or your lotion will be too liquidy. After the cooling/resting phase place lid on container(s) and label.

I’m sorry I did not take pictures when I made this recipe.

Vanilla Clove Lotion

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Vanilla Clove Lotion

Distilled water, Vanilla Infused Sunflower Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Shea Butter, Clove Infused Sunflower Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Meadowfoam Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Oat Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid.

I only had enough infused oil for one batch, which fit into three containers perfectly with none extra for me, boo.

Some of the others I have available.

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I placed an order for supplies to experiment with scrubs, walnut shell in particular.

I need to make some more soap soon and I sold through my Peppermint Cocoa Butter lip balms so I guess I’ll be making more lip balm soon… too bad I am out of vanilla oil… I never got to Vanilla Cocoa Butter or Vanilla Rum scents.

Also I need to strain my Lavender infused oil and start it into another lavender infusion to make it stronger. And my Dill is done drying, I need to process and put it in a jar. In my herb garden my Cilantro is blooming, I was hoping for the Lavender or the Chamomile to bloom but Cilantro is better than nothing I guess.

Pear Lotion and Soap

I got an Anjou Pear sampler with my order I have also had a request for pear scented lotion so it worked out, I made a batch of lotion and a soap earlier and most of the sample is gone. I made a bit of the lotion as spiced pear by adding a few drops of bay rum. Tomorrow I will experiment with Pumpkin spice and Peppermint.

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