Lotions: A basic recipe (updated)

Making your first lotion is a very exciting moment! Watching oil and water come together in a creamy emulsion seems almost like a magical event! The basics…. Oils – you will want to choose an oil that offers some nice qualities. Something with a decent shelf life. And something not too expensive for your first...

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Lotions: Emulsification – what’s that then? (updated)

A few times I’ve mentioned using polysorbate 20 or 80 to mix your oils into water. But what are these ingredients? They are emulsifiers. (If it’s in bold, you know it’s important!) Normally, oil and water don’t like to mix. Water is polar, oil is non-polar, so the oil just floats on top of the...

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Water based fragrance spray

We’re going to learn all about emulsification tomorrow (the pre-cursor to lotion making! Yay!) but here’s a tutorial to give you some of the basics in the form of a fun, water based fragrance spray. Oil and water don’t like each other, so oil based and water based things don’t like each other. But we...

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Make-up remover: Water based

My favourite make-up remover is water based. I don’t wear waterproof mascara, so this is perfect for my needs. It leaves a nice slightly oily feeling on my skin but doesn’t leave that oily film on my eye lashes. The key ingredient in a water based remover is a non-ionic surfactant. You’ll remember from the...

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Make-up remover: Oil based remover

So you want to make an oil based remover. What are our goals? Something with glide Something cleansing Something emollient Fractionated coconut oil and shea oil are great glidy oils. Sunflower, safflower, soy bean – again, good glide. Avocado, hazelnut and grapeseed are “dry” oils, and not great with the glide, so save those for...

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Make up-remover: Basics & surfactant based remover

There are four ways to make a make-up remover, so this is going to use all the stuff you’ve learned so far….Surfactant based – this will be a foaming make up remover composed of about 10% surfactants, a few goodies, preservative, and water. It is vital the pH will cause no more tears, so LSB...

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An aside: Colouring oil based products

This is a lip balm left uncoloured on one side and coloured using ruby red mica on the other. It is intended as a lip gloss with a little titch of colour, so you are only using the micas to colour it. As you can see from the lipstick making post, if you are going...

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Lip balms and lipsticks

LIP BALMSLip balms are fun and easy to make – to be honest, it’s the flavouring that’s the hardest bit. A lot of companies use scent, not flavouring, so go for a lip safe fragrance (Brambleberry has some great choices) and you’ll save yourself the headache of learning to sweeten properly. (You can include some...

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Oil based fragrance sprays and solid perfume (updated)

We made a water based fragrance spray that was incredibly easy (1% poly 20, 1% fragrance oil, 0.5 to 1% preservative, and 97.5% to 98% water), so why are we making something more difficult to do the same thing? Because we can. And because there are different reasons for making a oil based spray. It...

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Bath oil and after bath moisturizers

In your bath oils or lotion bars and apres bath misters are intended to trap the water from your shower or soak in by using oils. Think of them as lotions without water, much like the lotion bar. As they are oil based, we won’t use a preservative or other water based ingredients in our...

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