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« on: January 08, 2013 01:15:52 AM »

Well it was only a matter of time until I got into making my own cosmetics Smiley
So I started with body lotion with this recipe from ReadyMade and the resuls were kind of weird.


It turned out more like a body butter than lotion, probably because the beeswax was too much.Tried it out again this time with half the beeswax and the results were pretty good!
The lotion/cream melts into the skin and is perfect for the winter when skin (especially mine) needs a lot of extra moisture.

And with only natural and few ingredients it's good for you AND easy to make!

this yields a big batch, about 3 300gr  jars so it's perfect if you're making for yourself and your friends and family!

Here's my recipe for Homemade Body Lotion

2 cups sage and lavender tea

3/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup almond oil

2 1/2 Tbsp beeswax pellets

optional: essential oil for fragrance

Make your tea and set aside to steep



While your tea is steeping mix the oils and beeswax in a pyrex cup or a double boiler if you have it, I just used a small coffee pot. Boil a little water in a pan just enough so that your pot is halfway immersed into it. When the water boils place your pot in the pan and wait for the beeswax to melt.



When the wax melts take your pot out of the water and set aside to cool a bit. Now take your tea and strain it into a blender. (You could skip the blender and use a bowl and whisk but it would take you a while. )



Start your blender and slowly start pouring in the oil through the top opening of the lid, you'll see the magic start happening and your cream forming!



Add any essential oils if you like (I used jasmine and grapefruit) and pour into clean jars. Cover with paper towels until the cream cools down then you're ready to stick some labels on and gift or use your homemade cream!

This will keep for 3 months or 6 months in the fridge.



Did you make this? I'd love to hear your feedback!



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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013 09:51:35 PM »

They look great! Maybe I can work up the nerve to try making one this year.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013 10:35:30 PM »

Thank you for this tutorial! I am thinking this and a homemade spa wrap would be a cute gift idea.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013 01:45:50 AM »

It's really easy to make, the cleanup is harder than the actual making of the lotion, but don't let that discourage you!
I'm actually working on making a video tutorial soon along with some new improved recipes and tips.
Check out the DIY lip balm tutorial I posted today
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418828.0
they make a great pair when gifting to a friend! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013 11:56:03 AM »

Looks great and the ingredients sound nice! Since there isn't another emulsifier in there, I would be curious to know if it eventually separates since you played around with the amount of beeswax, or if you found the perfect amount to hold the emulsion.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013 01:18:25 PM »

Well to be completely honest, it does separate a bit but only when you scoop out the amount you need with your finger. I never saw it as a problem since the separation is always minimal and once you massage it in it binds together again Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013 01:41:55 PM »

Nice!
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2014 04:09:54 AM »

I love your recipe and did it twice already! Here are the results:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430705.0#axzz2pzijvd4m
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014 09:21:29 AM »

The emulsifier would be a big deal breaker to me.  Beeswax not really the right product for the application.  Emulsifying wax would be much better and then you wouldn't have issues with separation.


But the bigger deal breaker for me would be the lack of a cosmetic preservative.  Liquid germall plus is my preferred preservative and going by a friend of mine who had her lotion challenge tested it was recommended she bump the rate up to 1% which I do use with my goats milk lotions.   But keep in mind the goats milk is left to safe levels the preservative can handle.  Yes you can't just use all goats milk in a lotion and be safe.


But the tea would be the bigger deal breaker for me as tea is known for going moldy and I have not known anyone who has successfully used even small amounts of tea in a lotion with a preservative and not had is contain mold/bacteria when challenge tested by a lab.  This is a serious safety issue for many because the mold/bacteria can be present without being seen by the naked eye.  So saying it's good for 3-6 months if left in the fridge would be a safety concern for me.  If you had a nick (open wound) on your skin such as from shaving or even a paper cut it could cause an infection.   I do know of one person who required medical attention from a doctor because of using unsafe lotion on her legs when she had a nick from shaving.  It created a big infection that was a pain to deal with and she could easily pin point just how it got infected so badly.    And using this much tea in a product would seem very unsafe to me. 

I don't just have a business that sells handmade (made from scratch) products but I also have a forum and teach this as well and have been active on many forums in the past where this would have been given a red flag of caution to the users.

If you wanted to make this up I would make up much smaller amounts and keep it no longer than a week in the fridge.  Would you make up brewed tea and drink it 6-9 months later even if it was kept in the fridge.  No chances are better than not it would be moldy long before that time and would be thrown out.   The same applies here, but so many times the mold/bacteria can't be seen by the naked eye but it's present if it was challenge tested and it wouldn't be something you would want to use.  Sadly there are a lot of bad/unsafe recipes on the net that people are posting and passing on not realizing the reason why they are unsafe or bad recipes.


I would highly suggest investing in a preservative and know how to use it.  It's not expensive, used in small amounts, but it can mean the difference between a safe product and an unsafe one.  Especially if this is given away to friends and family or is sold.   If it's sold buyers could sue you which is why insurance for your soap business is so critical to have.


I would also suggest buying a digital scale and learning how to convert recipes from percents to weights. 
WSP has a free calculator to use to do just this.   This way you can make a small batch to start with and try out, and if you like it you can make a much bigger batch.
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/Calculators/Batch_Size_Calculator.aspx


The recipe above contains a lot of oils and IMHO it's going to be pretty greasy feeling.....
I might suggest something like this.....
74% Distilled Water
7% Oil/Butter of Choice
8% Oil/Butter of Choice
5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Liquid Germall Plus
5% Essential Oil of Choice/Blend or Fragrance Oil

For a 4 oz (115 grams) jar you would use the following:
85 grams Water
8 grams Oil/Butter of Choice
9 grams Oil/Butter of Choice
6 grams Emulsifying Wax
1.2 grams Liquid Germall Plus *
6 grams Essential Oil of Choice/Blend or Fragrance Oil

* For preservatives I like to use a syringe and use cc instead.  I hold it with my thumb over the bottom and fill through the top, then add the plunger and put into my product.   I buy my syringes where vet supplies are sold (tractor supply) where they are used for horse, dogs/cats or cattle.  They are sterile and cheap.  This way I know the entire amount is going into the product and not left in the container i was weighing it in.


I also prefer to weigh in grams than ounces since it's more accurate. There are 28 grams to the single ounce.  So even if your +/- a gram or two your still right on target for the amount needed in your recipe.

If you wanted to use something other than water I would suggest aloe vera juice be used in it's place.  And yes even if you use aloe juice you still need a preservative.  But you can buy bottles of aloe juice in the pharmacy area of some stores where the laxatives are sold.  I buy mine in walmart in a gallon jug, but they also sell smaller bottles.  I would not make this DIY if you are using it in a lotion because of safety reasons.  If you want to make your own I would suggest using it in soaps instead. 

If you wanted to use a milk, dairy or non-dairy I would suggest using keeping that percent to 10% and taking it off the water percent.  Then using a preservative that is to be used in lotions with the oil content of your product.  Liquid germall plus is popular because you can use a high or low oil percent and it works, but it's also paraben free for those who have issues with that.   I say this because Germaben II and Germaben II E are subject to safe practice depending on the amount of oil used in your product.

The rule of thumb is if it contains water (or other liquids) or water will be introduced such as a scrub a preservative is required.  However scrubs require a preservative that will work in that application.  Liquid germall plus won't work in scrubs so if you are also going to make scrubs you will need multiple preservatives.




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