Friday, January 20, 2012

Light & Easy Lotion Formula No. 1

Looking for a light lotion that is simple to create? Here it is!!
I received an email from a reader asking for a simple recipe for crafting a light lotion that is easily absorbed.  Here is one of my favorite recipes that I made yesterday.  It makes just about 220 grams.

Light & Easy Lotion Formula No. 1
22 grams sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil
9 grams coconut oil
10 grams emulsifying wax NF
3 grams stearic acid
3 grams lecithin (I squeeze three 1000 mg gel caps)
165 grams rose hydrosol 
1.25 grams Xanthan gum powder
2.5 grams grapefruit seed extract
30 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (or your favorite EO)

Heating the the oil/wax phase and the hydrosol phase to 160 degrees.

Fill a large Dutch oven with about 3 inches of water and bring to a simmer.  In a Pyrex measuring cup, add in the almond oil, coconut oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid and lecithin.  Place the measuring cup on a canning ring in the Dutch oven.  In another Pyrex measuring cup, add in the rose hydrosol and Xanthan gum powder, use a stick blender to mix the two together.  Place the measuring cup on a canning ring in the Dutch oven next to the other one.  Allow the oil/wax mixture to completely melt and the hydrosol mixture to heat up to 160 degrees.  Remove both from the Dutch oven and using either a stick mixer or handheld mixer, blend the hydrosol into the oil/wax mixture.  Continue blending on low speed until the mixture cools to under 100 degrees F.  Add in the grapefruit seed extract and the essential oil.  Continue to blend on low speed until the mixture is room temp.  Lotion will be light and fluffy.  Transfer lotion to a sterile container. Use within 60 days.

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You can use a stick blender to combine the ingredients.........

You can also use a single beater of a handheld mixer to combine the ingredients.
You will need to blend your ingredients for about 15 minutes or until it cools to room temp. and is light and fluffy.
Transfer the lotion to a sterile jar.  I like canning jars.
I usually put a rubber band around the jar and slip a spoon in so folks (including myself) are not tempted to use their fingers to get the lotion. 
Make sure you label your lotion.  You don't want Grandma spreading it on her ham and cheese sandwich! It kinda looks like Mayo!!