Six ingredient lotion: Kukui nut & babassu oil with Ritamulse SCG (updated)

Let’s take another look at a six ingredient lotion we could make! We’ve already made a rice bran oil & mango butter body butter and a rice bran oil & mango butter body lotion…what should we do next? What’s a six ingredient lotion? It’s one that contains six ingredients not including the water, preservative, and...

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Six ingredient lotion: Kukui nut & babassu oil with Polawax or e-wax (updated)

Yesterday we took a look at how to make a six ingredient lotion with kukui nut & babassu oil with Ritamulse SCG. Today, let’s modify that recipe for those of you with Polawax or e-wax. Recipes made with Ritamulse SCG tend to be thicker than those made with Polawax or e-wax, and a lot thicker...

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It’s time for a holiday!

We’re off on a camping adventure to southern Washington state! Canada Day is upon us, and we’re celebrating by leaving the country for a week! We’ll be back on Thursday, July 2nd or the 3rd, depending upon our whims! As a result, I might not be near wi-fi every day to send you out an...

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Six ingredient lotions: Rice bran & mango butter body butter

Yesterday we took a look at a six ingredient lotion with rice bran oil and mango butter. Today we’ll take a look at another six ingredient recipe we could make using the basic lotion recipe. BASIC LOTION RECIPEHEATED WATER PHASE68.5% water HEATED OIL PHASE24% oil6% emulsifier (BTMS or Polawax) COOL DOWN PHASE1% fragrance or essential...

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Six ingredient lotions: Rice bran & mango butter body lotion

Marina’s recent experiment with changing just one ingredient in a lotion to see what it does inspired me to bring back the six ingredient lotion challenge! What’s a six ingredient lotion? It’s one that contains six ingredients not including the water, preservative, and fragrance or essential oil. It helps us get back to the basics...

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A few links for a lovely almost-summer Wednesday…

If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to change just one ingredient in that lotion, then wonder no more! Marina spent ages changing just one ingredient at a time to see what each thing brought to her product, and she’s reporting her results to us! Please visit this post – then scroll down to...

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Weekend Wonderings: Do we use weight or volume measurements?

From this post, Conditioner!, Karen asks: When formulating your (conditioner) recipes, do you go by weight or volume? And Crystal asked in the Lotions: Adding the additives post, I am NEW to lotion making-mostly I do oil, water and emulsifying wax. And I have grown used to using teaspoons, and ounces. I don’t understand how to...

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How to make a successful lotion!

Don’t be scared of lotion making! Yes, failure is a possibility, but if you start with a good recipe, use enough of an appropriate emulsifier, and follow good manufacturing processes, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll create an awesome lotion that won’t separate. Remember that a good lotion requires three things to emulsify – heat, mixing,...

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Why did my lotion fail? Water in oil recipes

As I mentioned at the start of this series, the lotions we make are oil-in-water recipes, meaning that the oil is floating in globules inside the water phase. We can also make water-in-oil recipes, meaning that the water is floating in globules inside the oil phase. For these kinds of lotions, we require different emulsifiers....

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Why did my lotion fail? Optiphen

Optiphen – INCI: Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol – is, unfortunately, a bit of a pain in the bum when it comes to lotion making. Yep, it’s another reason your lotion could fail. As a note, I’m hearing that Optiphen Plus (INCI: Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid) and Optiphen ND (INCI: Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid) are curdling...

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