Four New Creations

I got a chance to make a soap this weekend, and it was another palm-free one!   This is my 3rd batch of palm-free soap and, although all of them are still curing (so I don’t know how they feel on the skin yet), I am really loving how nicely they are coming out of the mold after just 1 day!  No sticking at all, nice, crisp corners, and good texture!

I also made 3 new lotions, all of them successes!   I feel so accomplished!

 

Butterfly Dance Palm Free Soap

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There is nothing “too fancy” in this recipe — just the usual suspects (Coconut, Babassu, Olive, Shea Butter, Castor, Rice Bran, and Avocado oils).   Those are nice oils though, and should make a lovely soap.

I managed to get the INS values to a decent rate, which I am finding quite a challenge with palm-free soaps.  In order to get them to be hard enough, you have to use harder oils and butters, but those tend to be less conditioning and more cleansing, so it is a tough balancing act to get decent numbers all-around.

  • Hardness – 36
  • Cleansing – 15
  • Bubbly – 26
  • Creamy – 32
  • Conditioning – 60
  • INS – 133

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I used Hydrated Chrome Green Oxide, Yellow Vibrance Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sunset Orange mica and Luster Black mica.  I first did an in the mold swirl and then a little hanger swirl.  I just plopped some dots of color on the top and added a little puddle of gold mica oil, then swirled the top layer with a skewer.  I scented it with Nurture Soaps “Rock Star” fragrance oil.   It smells like cotton candy to me — light and sweet.

It didn’t turn out exactly the way I envisioned, but I think it is still lovely.  It kind of looks like butterfly colors, thus the name — butterfly dance.

 

Summer Shimmer – After Sun Hydration Lotion

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I am not a sun-tanner, but my sister is.  I turn twelve shades of “tomato” the minute I step into the sun, but my sister and her girls don’t have this problem.   So I decided to make them a lotion for replacing moisture after sun exposure.   I added just a little bit of gold sparkle mica so that it leaves a subtle shimmer on the skin (but without adding any color — just a few sparkles).

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I used anti-inflammatory oils (Avocado, Borage and Shea Butter) and a ton of humectants (Glycerin, Sodium Lactate and Honeyquat) in this.  I also threw in some Hydrolyzed Oats, Aloe Extract, Aloe Liquid, and Allantoin to calm the skin.    I scented it with Brambleberry’s “Mango Mango” fragrance oil.

 

Frankin-Lav-On Foot Cream with Lanolin

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I am a foot cream fanatic and now I am really in love with the scent of frankincense, lemon, and lavender.   I recently made a similar facial cream with this scent and I just love it.   So I decided to make thick, heavy, foot cream with this scent.

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It has two butters – Shea and Cupuacu.   I added Jojoba, and Argan oils as well as Lanolin (to really seal in the moisture).  I also threw in some rice protein to help with moisture retention, three humectants, Allantoin, and aloe liquid.  I put in just a touch of Dimethicone to help it feel less greasy and eliminate any “soaping effect”.

Since I used Cetyl Alcohol and Cetyl Esters, this lotion feels smooth, creamy, and velvety.  There are no colorants, but it is a light lemon-yellow thanks to the golden jojoba oil and lemon essential oil.

I used it last night and it was wonderful.

 

Rock Star Lotion

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I loved the scent of the soap I made this weekend, so I made a lotion to match.  🙂  It smells so soft and pretty!

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This one has Avocado, Rice Bran and Sesame oils and Cocoa Butter.   I used all three humectants again (I love moisture), and some hydrolyzed oats.  This one was made with Polawax and Cetearyl Alcohol, so it is a little less “wet” feeling than the other lotion (Summer Shimmer), but it sinks in very quickly and feels protecting on the skin.

I added just a smidge of Kermit green Mica and Yellow Vibrance mica to give it a lime green color.  It looks darker in the picture than it really is.  It is more of a yellow-green – light lime green color.

Some time this week I am going to have to force myself to make some labels for all the lotions I have been making lately.  They are piling up and before I forget what they are, I need to get the labels done and affixed.   Labelling is my least favorite thing about making lotions — you have to really fit a LOT of ingredients on a tiny label.  Not easy!  Although it has taught me to appreciate making soap labels though — they are so much simpler!

I had a lot of fun this weekend making these little projects, and I really hope your weekend was just as great!

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Four New Creations

      1. LOL I know what you mean. I went there a few months ago because I had made a lush dupe foot cream and wanted to try their “real thing”. I was not impressed. I liked mine better. Theirs felt really greasy and didn’t smell as good. 🙂

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  1. I thought I was already following your blog! Sorry!

    Ok. Wow. There is a whole lot of envy happening in China today I tell you.

    1) After Sun Lotion; wicked recipe! Have you ever worked with rice bran or wheat germ in your lotions? I find the wheat germs vitamin E to be skin loving especially over broad areas like the back. Yup. Just read the rest of the post. You are familiar with rice bran oil! Isn’t it amazing?

    2) LANOLIN!!!! I so am wanting to create a hand cream for winter with lanolin. I’m been searching and searching for a solid website to begin recipe seeking. Did you find the scent of lanolin comes through? Does it sink in well? And if I may be so bold, which precent do you add it at?

    Wow. Still envy going on!

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    1. Thanks! I do use rice bran quite regularly and love it. I really love a combination of rice bran and babassu together. I almost bought some wheat germ last week but ended up removing it from my cart to reduce my cost. I have been wanting to try it, and will get to it eventually. 🙂

      I have some lanolin I got from “now foods”, but it is quite smelly. I only use a small percent (0.05% / 3 grams), so it doesn’t come through too strong, but is still slightly present. However, I only use 0.5% fragrance/essential oil to scent my lotions, so if you used a higher amount, like 1%, it would mask it. I have used lanolin at 1% before but found it too smelly. I need to research if there is a less smelly version out there to use. Lanolin doesn’t sink in very well. It is supposed too be a protectant to seal in the moisture and is quite good at that. For that reason, I only use it in my foot creams. I find you have to wash your hands with soap and water to remove it, so it is really quite a good protectant that seals in the moisture for a long time.

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