Ok. So, I would like to try my hand at lotion making. I'm a hairstylist and my hands are in and out of water all day in addition to being exposed to stuff that makes my eczema flare up. (probably not a great profession for me in hindsight
) I'm trying to figure out how much of whatever EO I'd need in a mix to utilize the healing/eczema benefits of certain ones. I know there's a list of the max amount you can safely use in a lotion but, I don't necessarily want to go around reeking of stuff as I'm a bit sensitive to strong smells.
One more question: I believe I am sensitive to parabens so I try to avoid them when I can. I also don't want my lotion to get all moldy and gross. Has anyone with really sensitive skin tried the other forms of preservatives that are paraben free and had any averse reactions? I just don't want to buy a bottle of stuff and itch from it, haha. If need be I'd probably just make tiny batches without it and keep it in the fridge.
(I've tried body butters without preservatives and they work great but are just too heavy to use at work. Hair sticks to buttery hands, ew.)
Thanks for any input!