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« on: August 27, 2010 10:27:19 AM »

Does one exist?  I just want a basic lotion I can make then later add stuff to.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010 02:09:48 PM »

What do you mean by adding extra things? It's easiest to mix together when it's still runny and warm at the beginning, once it thickens it's more difficult to add fragrances and what not (not impossible, just harder to mix in properly)

The most basic is water, oil, emulsifier. I like e-wax for the emulsifier, but some people prefer beeswax and borax because it's more "natural" but I believe e-wax is more stable.

I actually always also use honey (you can use glycerine), preservative, and stearic acid for a thickening agent also. So mine has 6 ingredients (more depending on how many kinds of oil I use). Still better than commercial lotions with 30 ingredients, half of which are mineral oil (gross) and alcohol (yes, lets add a drying agent to this lotion so the customer has to use more and more of it!)
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2010 02:11:41 PM »

and alcohol (yes, lets add a drying agent to this lotion so the customer has to use more and more of it!)

Like how bottled water companies add salt to the water to make you thirstier... sneaky buggers!  I didn't know that about commercial lotions.  Ridiculous!
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2010 09:23:42 PM »

Beeswax & Borax are just thickeners not emulsifiers which is why lotions made with them are unstable.....
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010 08:21:15 AM »

Borax can also be an irritant.

Try this recipe on for size:

70% water
25% oil
5% E-Wax NF

Heat oil & e-wax together.  In separate pan, heat water.  Combine and stick blend for 2 minutes.

Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (do not put your hands into the container).

To make it stable without refrigeration, use a preservative at manufacturer's recommendation.  LotionCrafter.com has everything you will need.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2010 10:03:31 PM »

Whenever you have a product with water in it you are creating an environment for bacteria, mold and fungus which is why you must use a preservative. 
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