Making Homemade Lotion

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Have ever just stood in the store looking at all the options for you to buy lotions? You look at the “all natural” brand, take a peek at the label and to your amazement, have no idea what all those long technical names are! Yeah, I have been there too. Well making your own lotion is easy and fun! There are so many options available to you to make your very own nourishing lotion for whatever ails your skin or if you just want a to some as a gift.

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide what oils you want in your lotion. A bit later I will give the percentages for the ingredients your first batch of made-from-scratch-lotion, but I want to explain about a few of the important ingredients and why you’ll want to use them. Emulsifying wax is used in this recipe and in most recipes you will need an emulsifier to bring together your oils and water. The next ingredient that you may not be very familiar with is stearic acid. It is a vegetable derived waxy substance that can be used as a hardening agent in soaps (at a .5% usage rate), it is also used as an hardening agent in candle making. In lotion, stearic acid helps to thicken and make your lotion creamy! And lastly, preservative. You make ask, “Why do I need a preservative?”, well if you have water in any of your bath and body products it is important to use a preservative so that you don’t get mold in your newly made, beautiful creation. There are many preservatives available on the market today. We sell and use Optiphen. It is a formaldehyde and paraben free preservative. It is used at such a small percentage in the final product that is well worth it to put in to your formula in lieu having to throw out your creation because of mold and bacteria growth.

Ok now that we have covered some of the ingredients that you may not have been familiar with, let’s begin to have some fun! Grab you tools and utensils and meet me in the kitchen!

Formula Based on Percentages (makes approx. a quart)

75% Water
16% Oils/Butters
5% Emulsifying Wax
4% Stearic Acid
1% Preservative
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101% Grand Total

To this you can add:
.5% Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil

Suggested recipe: (Fill in with what you would like or change up completely)
Example:Black Raspberry Verbena

50 grams of Shea butter
50 grams of coconut oil
20 grams of sweet almond oil
20 grams of avocado oil
10 grams of grape seed oil

50 grams of emulsifying wax
40 grams of stearic acid

750 grams of water

10 grams of preservative
5-10 grams of FO or EO

Directions:

1). Put your harder oils (I.e.-shea butter, coconut oil, etc.) in a kettle with your emulsifier and stearic acid. Warm till all melted. Add your other oils. Warm.

2). Warm your water and add to your oil mixture.

3). Blend well with a spoon or a whisk. Then use stick blender.

4). When temperature drops below 140 degrees, add the preservative and fragrance oil or essential oils. **Note** If your temperature is above 140 degrees when you add the preservatives you will need to add an additional .5% of preservative.

5). Pour into your container/bottles, place caps/pumps on loosely till cooled.

6). Enjoy your newly made lotion!

(Teresa)

Making a Custom Blend Coffee Bean Oil

I recently spotted a recipe for a coffee bar soap that looked good enough to eat! So I read over the ingredient list and discovered that 1) I don’t have coffee essential oil on hand and 2) coffee essential oil is expensive! So I searched over the internet to find a way that I could make a coffee essential oil. What I did find was a way to make coffee bean oil. It is certainly not as potent and pure as the essential oil, but it would have to do for now, until I can add that to the budget.

The benefits of Roasted Coffee Bean Oil are beneficial for skincare products as I researched it a bit further. The caffeine, which we all love for the “get me moving” aspect of it, also loves to help your skin. It helps to reduce puffiness from around the eyes by acting as a constrictor. Caffeine can also help reduce wrinkles and sagging skin. Coffee bean oil can help retain moisture in your skin, help clear up eczema and psoriasis, and help to prevent acne breakouts. It has shown to be a great antioxidant as well. Overall, skincare products that have caffeine can reduce and prevent inflammation and redness, leaving you with beautiful even skin tone.

So now I had all this great information on my coffee bean oil was going to be a great additive to some of my skin care product, I was ready to get to work!

Roasted Coffee Bean Oil

So first I gathered all my ingredients together: 2 cups olive oil, 2oz whole coffee beans, crock pot, and coffee bean grinder.

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1. First coarsely grind your coffee beans.

2. Next place into the crock pot with the 2 cups olive oil.

3. Cook on low for 6-12 hours stirring frequently. Note-I did over night for a stronger coffee bean oil.

4. Next take a slotted spoon and remove the coffee beans. Stain the remaining oil through a cheese cloth. Strain several times to get a cleaner, sediment free oil. I used one of our 2# cone coffee filters made of muslin material.

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5. Store in a glass jar or container.

 

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You can make custom blend, like I probably will, by adding different essential oils such as vanilla, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
This oil can be added into your soap recipe, to your lotions, body butters and much more.