Body Butter, Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer and Light Body Lotion

I had a blast this weekend making a few more lotions.   Yesterday, I made a dupe lotion of the Ellis Brooklyn – Verb – Excellent Body Milk product and posted the free analytical recipe.   Today I made 3 more lotions, just as wonderful!

This time, I made a body butter, an oil-free, under make-up facial moisturizer, and a light  body lotion.

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Playing with a Redness Concealer – Free Formulation / Recipe

Up until now I have made many types of lotions, creams, cosmetics, and serums, but I have never attempted any make-up.  I thought that I might give it a try to see if I have any luck!

I have rosacea.  It’s not a serious case of it or anything, just some general redness and spider veins here and there.   I have a little on my face and as you will see, on my hands too.

Many times people use green tinted products to minimize redness, but green products can look unnatural depending on the light.  Yellow is perhaps less effective than green, but it is still a fairly good redness minimizer.  Yellow can also minimize dark spots, dark under eye circles,  and even out skin tone in general.

I decided to put my lotion making skills to work and see if I couldn’t formulate a concealer that contained some ingredients that are purported to be beneficial to rosacea skin as well. Continue reading “Playing with a Redness Concealer – Free Formulation / Recipe”

Free Recipe – Lavender, Rosemary & Mint Foot, Body and Hair Butter

Who doesn’t love a rich, creamy, decadent body butter?

What if it also had lanolin and a host of other skin-loving goodies in it as well?   It would be a fantastic foot butter, great for dry skin and feet!

But wait — there’s more!   What if it also contained oils, butter and emulsifiers that were great for your hair!   It would also function as a thick, intensive hair conditioning cream!

Better yet — below is a free recipe for this wonderful creation! Continue reading “Free Recipe – Lavender, Rosemary & Mint Foot, Body and Hair Butter”

Selfish Crafting Weekend

Have you heard of “selfish crafting”?   This is when you make things and keep them for yourself.  I don’t totally buy in that it’s selfish to do so.   Many of us crafters make so much that we have to give it away or sell it.  Often we neglect making things for ourselves.   Well, this weekend, everything I made is for ME!  🙂

So what did I make?  I made a remake of my Argan Silk Peach Conditioner (that I previously blogged about here).  I made myself a couple foot butters, and a body butter.

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New Lotion and Emulsified Body Butters — Also a Free Body Butter Recipe

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. Continue reading “New Lotion and Emulsified Body Butters — Also a Free Body Butter Recipe”

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!

 

 

 

Salty Mariner Men’s Lotion, Avobath Type Lotion and Frankincense, Lavender and Lemon Facial Cream with Niacinamide

Unfortunately, I did not have such a  great weekend this week.   We had a storm on Thursday night which knocked out power to many customers around where I live.  Luckily my power came back on Friday morning, but my Internet connection was down all day.  It was sporadically out on Saturday as well.

I am thankful that we did not suffer some of the damage that others around here did, but it was real inconvenient without Internet for so long.  So many things won’t work without an Internet connection.   It’s easy to take for granted how “connected” you really are and be taken by surprise by the handicap when you are without it.

Aside from that, I also had a few chores to take care of this weekend, so I didn’t get as much done as I normally do.  I did manage to get three lotions made though, which is better than nothing. Continue reading “Salty Mariner Men’s Lotion, Avobath Type Lotion and Frankincense, Lavender and Lemon Facial Cream with Niacinamide”