Despite sleeping in today, by accident, until 11:30 AM, (ahem…), I did manage to get a few things done this weekend that I have been wanting to try. I didn’t get to make any soap (as I had planned), but oh well. There’ is always next weekend!
While I have made many, many lotions in the past, I have not yet tried out any emulsified body butters. My usual body butter recipe is anhydrous (doesn’t contain any water), therefore any water-based ingredients can’t be included in them. They are still lovely, but are heavy, oily feeling, and missing out on all the lovely ingredients such as humectants, proteins, and extracts that you can include in emulsified lotions.
Making a lotion that is rich in butters and oils can also be called a body butter, but it is very different from the anhydrous ones. It can now contain all the great water-soluble ingredients and since it contains water, it is also going to be more hydrating that the anhydrous body butters.
So, armed with my handy-dandy Excel based recipe formulation calculator that I made, I set to work to create some very rich, butter heavy, emulsified creams. I managed to make 4 very different body butters this weekend and a light, astringent facial lotion made with cucumber hydrosol and green tea extract.
Cucumber and Green Tea Astringent Facial Lotion
I recently bought some “tottle” bottles to try out. They are supposed to be easier to squeeze the lotion out of than the PET plastic bottles. They do present a bit of a filing challenge, but I managed to overcome that.
Made with hempseed and camellia seed oils, aloe and green tea extracts, and cucumber hydrosol, the lotion is astringent, light-feeling, and a natural pretty green color thanks the hempseed oil. It also smells like cucumbers, thanks to the hydrosol.
Apple Pie Body Butter
With babassu, rice bran and boabab oils, and kokum and mango butters, as well as oat extract, this is a thick, rich, body butter that is so creamy. I used “Hot Apple Pie” fragrance oil from Bramblebery and it does smell just like hot apple pie! It also has three humectants (glycerin, sodium lactate and honeyquat), so it is super hydrating!
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Body Butter
My sister is addicted to Brambleberry’s Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Cybilla fragrance oil, so this one is for her. It smells sweet, warm and comforting, and the body butter turned out rich, smooth, and creamy.
It contains flax and borage oils as well as shea and murmuru butters. I added hydrolyzed oats and oat extract, as well as two humectants.
Peach Perfection Body Butter
I couldn’t resist adding a little bit of peach coloring to this one because this fragrance smells so peachy, it deserved a color to match. I added just a little touch of yellow mica and coral mica.
This one has flax and argan oils, shea and cocoa butter, as well as two humectants, aloe vera liquid and chamomile extract.
Mango Mango Body Butter
And, finally for the last one. This one is made with babassu, kukui and macadamia oils, cocoa and mango butters. It also has a few more goodies such as aloe vera liquid and extract, panthenol, allantoin, two humectants, and dimethicone to help with skin health and conditioning, and a touch of isopropyl myristate to help it feel less oily.
Free Recipe – Mango Body Butter
Keep in mind that you can substitute any oils for any oils listed, and any butters for any butters listed. Don’t have babassu? No problem — use apricot kernel, or any other oil you have in your stash. Don’t have mango butter? Just use shea.
For other oil-based ingredients like aloe extract, isopropyl myristate and dimethicone If you want to remove them, just add their total amount into one of your other oils. So for example, to remove isopropyl myristate, add 5 grams more kukui oil instead.
For the things in the water phase, like aloe vera liquid, panthenol and allantoin – if you don’t have them, just add more water in the amount of the ingredient you are removing.
Sure, making a lot of substitutions will change the feel of the lotion somewhat, but it will still be lovely. Just make sure to use equal amounts of whatever you substitute with, and you’ll be fine.
If you don’t have Polawax, you can use regular emulsifying wax NF, but add 1% more (so add 9.4% / 23 grams and subtract 2 grams of water).
|Aloe Vera Liquid||10.0%||25|
|Kukui Nut Oil||3.0%||8|
|Macadamia Nut Oil||3.0%||8|
Cool Down Phase
|Preservative: Liquid Germall Plus||0.5%||1|
|Fragrance Oil (I used Brambleberry’s Mango Mango)||0.5%||1|
|Extract (Oil Soluble): Aloe||2.0%||5|
Make this the same way as any lotion. See this post for instructions.
Well, that’s it for my weekend, but I feel satisfied! I was able to make some fun things, and have a few more in the queue for next weekend. I hope you enjoy the free recipe, and I hope you have a fantastic week ahead!