Basic Beginner Lotion::
This is a simple basic lotion recipe easy enough to cut your teeth on or basic enough to test a new oil combo. You won't beleive how easy it is to make your own lotions and how much better they are for your skin than commercially made products. Changing the oil choices will make the lotion different. Try different combinations to create one that perfect to your preference. You can double it or cut it in half. Basic ingredients, detailed instructions, plus easy proceedure gives this formula a skill level of Beginner.
Make 500 grams (about 1 lb)
I use a 4 cup Pyrex Measuring cup to make this size of lotions and creams. Weigh everything, don't measure in volume!
I like grams for lotions and creams because of the small quantities of some of the ingredients.
1. Start by weighing the water1 and putting it in the measuring cup. Never use tap water!
2. Weigh each ingredient separately. I like to use a Styrofoam bowls or Dixie cups for each item.
3. Add the Glycerin, Stearic, & E-Wax to the water.
4. Heat all ingredients to 160 f.
5. Add Rice Bran and Shea Butter
6. Continue to heat for another 10 minutes at 160f. Need to make sure Shea Butter maintains this temperature for 10 minutes. Otherwise it is possible that once the lotions cools it will feel gritty.
7. Use a stick blender to mix2 your lotion together. I like to come back every 10 minutes or so and whip it again and again as it cools to make a light and fluffy lotion. The lotion will be thin as water when it is hot. Don't worry! It will thicken when it cools.
8. When lotion cools below 130f you can add Optiphen Plus.
9. You can split this up at this point, color it, fragrance it, and pour into containers. I pour my lotion while still warm enough to be thin. Pour into your bottles and put the lids on. Shake or turn the bottles as they cool to check consistency.
1 Always use purified or distilled water. Never use tap water.
2 A Stick blender is used to help emulsify the ingredients. A mixer that just whips will not come out the same.
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