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Topic: Recipe for non-greasy lotion (does this sound good?)  (Read 5353 times)
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« on: February 06, 2012 06:43:37 PM »

I have no idea, I thought I'd ask you experienced alchemists...
http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/12/non-greasy-homemade-moisturizing-lotion/
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012 07:13:45 AM »

I'd say it looks just ok to poor. Beeswax emulsions don't stay emulsified that long, especially without borax with them. You can see in the picture it already looks like it's beginning to separate. And aloe vera in lotion makes it much more prone to mold/bacteria growth. The fact that it calls for gel instead of liquid is weird to me. I don't think the oils they chose are particularly "non-greasy" feeling. Grapeseed oil has a very short shelf life and is prone to rancidity. Jojoba oil (since it's really a wax) makes a nice non-greasy lotion. Basically any lotion recipe with light oils that is formulated to absorb quickly will not be greasy.

In general, I don't trust recipes that have a lot of typos and mix cup/teaspoon measurements with weight measurements.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012 11:30:43 AM »

Glad I asked! Thanks for the reply Smiley.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2012 08:44:42 PM »

I like the recipes from here
http://www.lotioncrafter.com/lotioncrafter-premium-ingredients-formulary.html
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2012 09:14:20 PM »

Thanks Lique. I've recently ordered a bunch of trial size things from Garden of Wisdom that I'm quite liking and will probably stick with their line for some things but knowing how to blend stuff myself is really appealing. I have this thing with wanting to make Everything myself!
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012 09:35:45 PM »

I have this thing with wanting to make Everything myself!

haha, we totally understand that! Let me know how you feel about emulsifying wax, because if you're ok using that I can share a bunch of recipes with you. Most of my lotion recipes contain 6-ish ingredients or less, and the only "non natural" thing in them is the e-wax and the preservative (which of course you can leave out when it's for personal use).
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2012 05:40:17 AM »

When you've got a sec would you tell me about e-wax a bit? I'm not sure...
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2012 10:59:33 AM »

It's basically a vegetable wax treated with a detergent, so if you're into all natural stuff then you might not want to use it, but it is the best ingredient to hold lotions in an emulsion. I have super sensitive, prone to rashy skin (contact dermatitis is a B) and I've never had any problems with anything I've made with e-wax. I figure my lotions are 94% natural if you don't count the e-wax and preservative, and I'm good with that. I think it's the alcohol in store bought lotions that kills my skin. Plus it's just gonna dry you out in the long run and make you need more of their crap lotion Cheesy

For what it's worth, using beeswax and borax together is a legitimate way to get an emulsion in a lotion (it's just not super stable, but for personal use it's ok. Beeswax on it's own, not going to make an emulsion). Borax is just a mineral. The creator of the recipe you posted claimed she didn't want to use borax in her lotions because it can also be used for cleaning. Sorry, that's not a logical reason, and I doubt she really knows what borax is or how it works. You can use vinegar for cleaning but it's still great to put in your hair, on a sunburn, etc so it's just a dumb argument IMO.

You can skip the whole issue of both emulsions and preservatives by making a body butter, which does not contain water at all, but they do tend to be thicker and sometimes greasy.
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2012 11:42:24 AM »

Hmm, it doesn't sound all that bad. I will have to think on it a bit...

I make laundry soap with borax but have found out that it is indeed toxic, if it drains outside it will kill plants, it's dangerous to breathe it in when mixing it, many people are sensitive to it etc so I can understand some people not wanting to use it if there's a more natural alternative. That's a toss up for me though, borax or E-wax, neither is totally natural but so little gets included in the recipes that I can overlook either I think.

My skin will not thank me to just put nothing at all on it, lol. I'd better try some things out and see what works for me.

Thanks for the info!
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2012 11:52:23 AM »

Cool. Saying it can be toxic makes sense, I just hate illogical reasoning like "you can use it to clean." Cheesy  I want actual reasons for things!
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