This recipe is a demonstration of a simple and effective moisturising lotion. There are variations on this theme which tailor the combination of oils to more specific skin nourishing properties. As an introduction, the oils in this are chosen to be inexpensive and easily obtainable. Once you’ve mastered this simple recipe you can go on with more confidence. Compare this recipe directly with the Moisturising Cream recipe and see the difference to understand more about how to simply adjust the viscosity of your lotion to become more ‘creamy’.
- Small saucepan
- Hand whisk and/or Electric whisk with a slow speed setting
- 24g Sweet Almond
- 16g OilCoconut Oil (hard variety)
- 10g Emulsifying wax (steareth-21 variety) NOTE: This recipe is NOT designed for use with BP or NF varieties of emulsifying wax
- 5g Cetearyl Alcohol
- 0.5g Citric Acid (granular)
- 2g Vegetable Glycerine
- 5g Stearic Acid
- 150g Clean water (distilled or mineral if you wish)
- 1g Preservative (recommend Geogard Ultra)
- Essential or Fragance Oil (optional 1%)
Weigh the ingredients all into the one saucepan (except Preservative (Geogard Ultra) in the following quantities…
Put the saucepan over a moderate heat and wait until the coconut oil has almost completely melted. At this stage, the emulsifying wax will be softening to a gel. Whisk gently, preferably with a hand whisk over a moderate heat until the emulsifying wax has completely incorporated and you have a watery-consistency white or white-ish emulsion (do not boil). It is important to keep the mixture HOT but not boiling until ALL the ingredients have completely emulsified with no traces of gel-like substance remaining. It will become completely opaque and a white-ish colour when the emulsifying wax has completed its job, so until this stage, keep on the heat and keep gently whisking, checking to make sure all traces of a clear gel-like substance have disappeared.
Add the remaining ingredient
Remove from the heat and add the preservative (this comes as a powder which dissolves readily in water) and now using a spoon, stir in thoroughly, then continue gently stirring whilst the liquid starts to cool and takes on a slightly more creamy consistency (add optional essential or fragrance oil at this stage), pour into a suitable container and leave to cool further stirring gently as the mixture cools and thickens. Once completely cool you should have a good quality moisturising lotion ready to transfer into a suitable containers.
TIP: your mixture will cool much quicker if you place the container in a ‘bath’ of cold water.
NOTE: The addition of the preservative should guarantee a shelf life in excess of 6 months.
Variations to this theme…
To vary the consistency of this lotion, try the following adjustments. For a slightly thicker consistency, use less water. The water content can be reduced to that of the moisturising cream recipe or lower, 100-150g works well. Alternatively don’t use ANY cetearyl alcohol for a thinner consistency.
You can replace the water with Lavender or Rose water to add fragrance. You can also choose to add a few drops of your favourite fragrance or essential oil at the same stage as preservative is added.
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