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Basic Lotion Starter Recipe

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Basic Beginner Lotion::

This is a simple lotion recipe that is easy enough for your first time making your own lotion. It is also simple enough to test a new oil combo. You won't believe how easy it is to make your own lotions and you'll quickly see how much better they are for your skin, than commercial made products. Changing the oil choices will make the lotion different. Try different combinations to create one that is perfect to your personal preference. You can double it or cut it in half. Basic ingredients, detailed instructions, plus easy procedure gives this formula a skill level of Beginner.


Phase A

Make Formula
100 g
76.5% Distilled Water or Purified Water
4% Vegetable Glycerin, USP Kosher
3% Stearic Acid
4% E-Wax
Phase B
9% Rice Bran Oil
1% Shea Butter
Phase C
1.5% Optiphen Plus
1% Essential Oil Blends

Click on the pencil icon on the right to load a calculator with the recipe to make it easy to modify the ingredients or change the quantity. To print your personal version, after you've entered your modifications, just click on the "print formula" link at the top left of the table and it will give you a printable version that you can take right to your lab. To change the amount that you would like to make just change the amount in the size box. To change from grams to ounces, or pounds, just change the unit type. Every time you are finished making changes click on the green "calculate" button and the screen will refresh with your new information.

Weigh everything, don't measure in volume because all safety and efficacy parameters are established using weight, and because as you grow you'll be making larger batches and at some point there will not be a measuring spoon / cup that is large enough and then it will be a lot of work to convert and re-test. It's best to start off making your products the correct way.

I like grams for lotions and creams because of the small quantities of some of the ingredients but, as you grow you'll want to change the units to pounds.

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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