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Topic: What if I add less oil/bee wax in the body lotion  (Read 900 times)
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« on: March 04, 2013 10:45:13 AM »


I am new here and I am soo happy to find this forum, it really rocks! I just made my first batch of homemade body lotion, a very simple recipe just for a beginning. I was wondering if any of you knows what will happen if I add less oil or beeswax in the lotion. In this one that I made I put 1/2 cup olive oil, around 15gr. of bee wax 1 cup of distilled water and about 10 drops of lavender essential oil. The lotion is great but it is too heavy/oily. I would like to make less oily lotion next time.

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2013 12:32:50 PM »

Hi there. The beeswax is what keeps the emulsion, so I wouldn't tinker with that amount necesarily unless you are also reducing the oil. You definitely can reduce the oil, that is a huge amount of oil to use with that much water, I typically use oil to equal around 10 % (maybe 7-15) in my lotions. Do you have a scale? I keep all my measurements in weights so it would be easier to tell you in grams. I personally don't care for recipes that mix grams with cups and tablespoons, I think they can be inaccurate.

I would reduce your oil to 2 Tablespoons and increase your water by 6 Tablespoons and leave the beeswax the same and see how that does. You also might try a lighter oil since olive oil is quite heavy--sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil, jojoba oil.  Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013 06:17:38 PM »

Try cornstarch, 1-tbsp for your recipe (you can add more, but try that to start).  I add it to all my lotion recipes to cut out the greasy feeling.  Just add it to the melted beeswax/oil mixture and stir until dissolved.
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