Only one more day left of my vacation from work, so I am really working to get my “to do list” done. I had a list of lotions that I wanted to get done on vacation, but “complications arose, ensued, were overcome”. Due to my hot water heater being out for 3 days of this vacation, I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but I did get most of my recreation accomplished. I feel refreshed (but not necessarily ready to go back to work). Oh well, one more day and it’s back to the grind again until the next one.
Today I made 3 lotions and I am very pleased with how all of them turned out.
- Anti-Aging Facial Lotion (I haven’t thought of a good name for it yet)
- “My Precious” Baby Lotion
- Molokai Cocktail Lotion
Anti-Aging Facial Lotion
This lotion contains evening primrose oil, olive squalane and jojoba oil. These oils are known to be anti-aging in that they boost collagen production, increase elasticity, increase skin radiance, and smooth the appearance of the skin. On top of that they are gentle, nourishing, and conditioning.
I used behenyl alcohol along with BTMS-50 for extra conditioning and for producing a dry and powdery feeling lotion.
It also contains aloe vera, allantoin, and hibiscus and gingko extracts (which are also anti-aging ingredients).
I scented it with a blend of lavender, frankincense and bergamot essential oils.
Because the extracts turned it a tan color, I had to add some green colorant. I guess tan would have been OK, but I like green better.
“My Precious” Baby Lotion
This lotion contains gentle, all purpose oils: Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel and Shea Butter. These are all good for sensitive skin but are good for all skin-types, really.
I added aloe vera and hydrolyzed oats as well as chamomile and mallow extracts. These are all gentle, nourishing and calming to the skin.
I used BTMS-50 along with Cetyl Alcohol to give it a good amount of conditioning and a smooth feel.
I added just a tiny amount of yellow mica (for a unisex color) (but you could make this pink or blue if you wanted — or leave it white).
For the fragrance, I put about 1 milliliter of roman chamomile essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil.
Molokai Cocktail Lotion
For my last lotion of the day today, I tried to get “artsy”. I wanted to make an ombre colored lotion and see if it worked out. I had some concerns:
- Would the colors blend in once the lotion was cooled enough to add the cool-down phase ingredients and divide it into smaller cups?
- Could I stick blend it once I broke it out into smaller cups?
- Would it all just “mud” together when poured into the bottle?
- Yes, they all blended in pretty well, but I might have just gotten lucky.
- Nope – they all had to be hand-stirred. It was too little lotion in the cups to stick blend.
- Well that answer is complicated. It would have worked better if I had actually measured each cup of lotion instead of eyeballing it. I ended up with too much green and too much orange and not enough yellow/green, yellow or yellow-orange.
- Also, I used fizzy yellow lemonade for my yellow color but it just wasn’t strong enough to make a big difference between the green and green/yellow or the orange and orange/yellow.
- I think this would have been easier to do if I had made one batch of lotion for each color and then divided it equally into 5 lotion bottles.
- It might also be easier to layer the colors with a thicker cream that can be “spooned” on top of each other (instead of pouring into a bottle)
Here are the colors I used:
1: Kermit Green Mica
2. Kermit Green Mica + Fizzy Yellow Lemonade Colorant
3. Fizzy Yellow Lemonade Colorant
4. Fizzy Yellow Lemonade Colorant + Nuclear Orange Colorant
5. Nuclear Orange Colorant
I’d say not too bad for a first try, but if I try it again, I will choose different colorants and make a larger batch.
Anyhow, for the lotion itself (lest I get too distracted with the pretty colors), I used some rather exotic oils: Kukui, Macadamia Nut and Boabab. They’re all great for dry skin, but I was concerned they might be a little “greasy” feeling, so I added a little IPM (Isopropyl Myristate) to help with that.
I included Aloe Vera and a little Silk Amino Acids. I scented this with Brambleberry’s Coconut Citrus Sorbet.
Since it smells really tropical, looks really tropical, and contains oils that come from tropical places, I wanted to give it a tropical name. So I chose the island of Molokai. It also looks and smells like a tropical drink, so thus “molokai cocktail”. (Plus it kind of sounds like Molotov Cocktail, so … it’s easy to remember).
This one was a lot of work, but it was fun. I love experimenting. While I was doing it though, I was wishing I had tried it on a lotion with cheaper oils and ingredients rather than diving in, but it all worked out in the end.
Only one more day left of vacation. I need to get planning what I will do to top it off for a grand finale. 🙂