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« on: March 15, 2007 07:17:09 AM »

I've been playing around with lotion bars made with beeswax, butter and oils.

I'm interested in making them with a vegan wax.  Brambleberry sells Candellila Wax -- has anyone had any luck using this in lotion bars?

Any other suggestions?  Maybe a soy based wax?
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2007 05:23:40 AM »

Yes, I have made lip balm and lotion bars with this wax. You can use carnuba wax as well. I understand you use these at less than 1/2 the percentage of the beeswax. So if you use 30% in your lotion bars, start at 10% and see if you like it. If not, then move to 15%. I think I used the candellila at about 12% in my lotion bars, but I like mine a little softer.

You can use these waxes in pretty much anything calling for beeswax, but always start at 1/2 the beeswax amount.

I can't comment on soy wax as I haven't used it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007 07:03:33 AM »

What is a good recipie for lotion bars?

Does anyone have a good LOTION recipie too??

And I was looking on how to make bath butter or bath whip also.....

Thanks everyone, this is the most fun I have had in a long time, making homemade beauty supplies, its cheaper, fun, and way healthier than some of that chemical laden stuff at the store!
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007 08:24:53 AM »

The basic recipe is 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 butter, 1/3 oil. You can vary the type of butter and type of oil according to your needs. For instance, cocoa butter will make the bar harder, something like shea butter softer. The oils can be chosen to your skin type and needs. So something like olive oil will be a heavier oil, sunflower or soy bean would be lighter.

(If you are interested, I can post my oil and butter property charts so you can see what the benefits of various oils might be...let me know...it's kind of large...)

My personal lotion bar recipe has the following oils. If you want to make this recipe, change the percentage to grams and you'll have a 100 gram batch.

28% beeswax
10% fractionated coconut oil -- a very light but moisturizing oil, doesn't go rancid
25% sunflower oil - light oil, high in essential fatty acids, full of vitamins, inexpensive
7% rice bran oil -- medium weight oil, high in fatty acids, good softener & moisturizer
30% mango butter -- less drag, less greasy than other butters.

You can substitute the butter for shea butter, but this will be greasier. You can substitute cocoa butter, but it will be harder. You can substitute any oils for these oils, but I chose these for the reasons mentioned above. All of the oils above have a 9 month to 1 year shelf life as well. Something like hempseed oil would be great, but it has about a 3 month life span outside of the fridge.

If you want to get fancy, you can add up to 2% ipm (enhances sinking-in-ness), 2% cyclomethicone or dry-flo (makes it feel less greasy), or 2% vitamin E oil. Take these percentages out of the sunflower oil amount. If you want to make this recipe vegan, substitute the 28% beeswax for 10 - 14% candellila or carnuba wax (do this at your own risk as I've not tried it with these waxes yet).

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007 08:46:55 AM »

Thank you!!!
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