New Ingredients, More Experiments, More Lotion / Cream Recipes

Although my last couple of lotion / cream experiments were successful and were perfectly good lotions, I wasn’t very happy with the texture.  They felt too light and fluffy versus being rich and creamy.   I don’t know if I am over-mixing them, or if it is some other issue like the wrong combination of ingredients, or a fragrance related issue.  Again, there is nothing really wrong with them, and they work great, but I am looking to get that creamy, rich texture.

So Saturday night I decided to try a couple more recipes and see how they turned out.  Today, it is Sunday, the lotions have cooled, and they also turned out light and fluffy.   I just used both of them, one on each hand.   They were both nice.  They rubbed in easily without leaving a white film.  They soaked in quickly, and my hands feel moisturized, but they are still fluffy versus creamy.

I don’t care for the scent of the stearic acid I bought (Natures Garden).  It smells waxy.  I don’t like that.  I want an unscented cream, not one that smells waxy.   So I bought some Cetearyl Alcohol from Camden Grey and it arrived on Saturday morning.    I tried a recipe using this as a thickener instead of stearic acid.   I have to say it worked just as well, and it has absolutely no scent, so I am happy with that.

Then I tried making a recipe that didn’t include any thickener (just silky e-wax from Nature’s Garden).   That one also turned out nice with no noticeable scent (other than the Optiphen scent).

After using both creams side by side, I am pretty happy with both of them.  They are both scent-free.  The Optiphen scent goes away after you rub the lotion in.   There is no waxy smell like with stearic acid.   It’s just that they turned out fluffy again.  I  don’t know if you can see it in the pictures below, but I dragged my finger across the top of the lotion and if you enlarge the picture, I think you can see what I mean by “fluffy”.

 

I was also curious to find out what the pH was, so I tested it.  Both tested out, at about a 6, which is pretty neutral.  It might have been 7, but I thought it looked closer to the 6.

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Here are the recipes I used.   You are welcome to try them and see if you can get them to turn out creamier, but if you like fluffy cream, then you are all set. 🙂

201612-10-ingredientsBatch 1:  2016.12.10.B1 (16 oz.)

Ingredient % Oz
Distilled Water 73.00% 12.0
E-Wax NF 5.00% 0.8
Cetearyl Alcohol 3.00% 0.5
Apricot Kernel Oil 5.50% 0.9
Sweet Almond Oil 4.00% 0.7
Rice Bran Oil 2.50% 0.4
Glycerin 2.50% 0.4
Liquid Silk 0.50% 0.1
Optiphen 1.00% 0.2
Fragrance 1.00% 0.2
Oat Extract 2.00% 0.3
100.00% 16.5
  1.  Heat distilled water and glycerine in the microwave until it is about 170 degrees.
  2. Mix the oils and waxes in a large mixing cup and heat in the microwave until all the wax is fully melted and the temperature is at least 170 degrees.
  3. Check that both containers are the same temperature and both above 160 degrees.   If not, reheat them until they are.
  4. Pour the water into the oils/wax cup and mix with the stick blender for about 4 minutes.
  5. Walk away and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Check the temperature.  If under 120 degrees, add the Optiphen, Extract and fragrance (if using fragrance).
  7. Stick blend again for a couple of minutes.  If it is thickening, then pour into bottles or jars.  If not, let it rest again in 5 minute increments, and then repeat the stick blending.  Keep doing this until it is thickening.
  8. Let it sit in the jar or bottle overnight with no lid on to cool.

 

Batch 2:  2016.12.10.B2 (16 oz.)

 Ingredient % Oz
Distilled Water 74.9% 12.0
Sodium Lactate 1.7% 0.3
Rice Bran Oil 5.9% 1.0
Fractionated Coconut Oil 6.4% 1.0
Silky Ewax (Natures Garden) 5.1% 0.8
Mango Butter 2.1% 0.3
Vitamin E 1.1% 0.2
Optiphen 1.5% 0.2
Fragrance 1.3% 0.2
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  1.  Heat distilled water and sodium lactate in the microwave until it is about 170 degrees.
  2. Mix the oils and waxes in a large mixing cup and heat in the microwave until all the wax is fully melted and the temperature is at least 170 degrees.  DO NOT add the mango butter until after the mixture is melted.  Then add the mango butter and stir until it melts.
  3. Check that both containers are the same temperature and both above 160 degrees.   If not, reheat them until they are.
  4. Pour the water into the oils/wax cup and mix with the stick blender for about 4 minutes.
  5. Walk away and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Check the temperature.  If under 120 degrees, add the Optiphen, Vitamin E and fragrance (if using fragrance).
  7. Stick blend again for a couple of minutes.  If it is thickening, then pour into bottles or jars.  If not, let it rest again in 5 minute increments, and then repeat the stick blending.  Keep doing this until it is thickening.
  8. Let it sit in the jar or bottle overnight with no lid on to cool.
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