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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

 

 

 

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.

 

Shaving Soap

I used a lot of rice bran oil, Shea butter and cocoa butter in this recipe and bentonite clay. The clay adds some slip to this soap as well as changing the texture of the bubbles to be dense and foamy. Because of the clay the batter set up faster than I was prepared for, I didn’t have a chance to flatten out the tops before they were solid but these are just for family so it doesn’t matter much.

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Aloe & Shea Soap Recipe

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I used fresh aloe vera gel in place of the water and a large amount of shea butter went into this recipe. Since it will be done curing in October I added orange and black colorant and a pumpkin spice scent. On the side I poured several unscented and plain aloe & shea bars as well. The white in this soap will darken a bit as it cures so you will need to use titanium Dioxide to keep white soap white.

 

 

Recipe

7.5 oz Coconut Oil

6 oz Palm Oil

4.5 oz Shea Butter

4.5 oz Olive Oil

3 oz Castor Oil

3 oz Sunflower Oil

1.5 oz Hemp Seed Oil

4.17 oz Sodium Hydroxide

9.90 oz Aloe Vera Gel

(46.53 oz by weight total)

 

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This recipe has a 5% Superfat,  is 33% Aloe Vera Gel. Scented with 1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Fragrance oil.

Colorants used: Activated Charcoal powder, Racing Stripe Orange Mica, Titanium Dioxide to maintain white color.

I did not add TD and this is the same soap 3 days later after darkening, it would be better with TD in my opinion..

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