Please watch the youtube video I mentioned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl8VYLtP4_w
In the video, there is text that states the following:
10% or more grain alcohol will ensure that microbes do no grow. (In other words, the alcohol is your preservative.)
The text in the video goes on to read:
Alcohol will only strip oils from the skin if it is rinsed off or carries the oils away or is used constantly like a hand sanitizer.
The skin retains its oils if the alcohol is absorbed or evaporates.
The alcohol in this lotion will help the cocoa butter to soak into the skin more easily. It also lightens the feel of this rich lotion.
I mentioned in the first post that I have tried this recipe. I made this lotion just as I stated in the recipe, using the microwave and no thermometers. It worked perfectly just like in the video and the lotions feels great. It soaks in quickly and does not leave a greasy feeling. But it leaves the skin feeling moisturized and not dry.
Personally, I like the idea of using grain alcohol in my lotion because it is not a chemical or synthetic preservative. I am trying to create products without the use of chemicals as much as possible. If you use a commercial preservative, you will get a thicker lotion. And some people may want a thicker lotion or one that takes a little longer to soak in. I like this stuff because I can put it on at work and it doesn't leave my hands greasy. I can go right back to using my hands without the fear of leaving grease on everything I touch.
I am a novice at lotions, but this was the first video I found that really explains the process of making the lotion. That's why I tried it. It just happened to turn out really well. I wanted to post the recipe because there isn't a whole lot of that on this forum for newbies.
Hopefully, that helps explain a bit. Thanks.