Fresh Face Oil Free Lavender Lotion

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:1 hour
  • Yields:Three 8 oz bottles

For oily skin, keeping the face hydrated can be difficult. While additional oil can lead to break outs, a lack of moisture can cause dry patches, tightness and flaking. This Fresh Face Oil-Free Lavender Lotion was created with oily skin types in mind. This lotion delivers light-weight hydration that leaves skin feeling refreshed without excess oil.

Made with conditioning BTMS-50, and oil-absorbing Tapioca Powder, this lotion keeps skin comfortable throughout the day. While it does contain a very small amount of oil via the Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, you can omit the essential oil if you’d like. If your skin is dry, you may prefer the Lavender and Aloe Lotion Tutorial.


What You’ll Need:

18.6 oz. Distilled Water

.75 oz Sodium Lactate

1.2 oz. BTMS-50

.5 oz Isopropyl Myristate

2.4 oz Cyclomethicone

.3 oz Optiphen

.3 oz Tapioca Powder

3 mL 40/42 Lavender Essential Oil

8 oz. Bottles with White Disk Cap (3 bottles)

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EQUIPMENT PREP: Disinfect your utensils by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing to dry. This includes mixing containers, your stick blender, and any spoons or spatulas that may come in contact with your lotion. Your products must be as free of germs, bacteria, microbes as possible, so be safe and bleach water all your utensils.
ONE: In a heat safe container, combine distilled water and sodium lactate. Set aside. 

TWO: In a separate container, combine BTMS-50 and Isopropyl Myristate. Set aside. 

THREE: Heat both containers with the distilled water and BTMS-50 in the microwave on 1 minute bursts until both reach between 150 – 160°F. Once both containers have reached 150-160°F, pour the BTMS-50 mixture into the distilled water mixture and stick blend for 1-2 minutes. 

FOUR: In a separate container, combine the Tapioca Powder, Optiphen and Cyclomethicone. Stir mixture until fully incorporated.

FIVE: Continue to stick blend the emulsified mixture until it reaches 120°F. Pour the Tapioca Powder and Optiphen mixture into the emulsified container, and stick blend for 3-4 minutes.

SIX: Add the Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil and stick blend to fully combine.
SEVEN: When the lotion drops below 110°F, pour it into bottles. Let the bottles sit overnight without a cap (otherwise condensation can form inside the bottle).

If you have oily skin, how do you combat the excess oil and shine?

8 Responses to “Fresh Face Oil Free Lavender Lotion”

  1. Becky H. says:

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial. I have oily skin and found silicones to be a bad idea. I will not be trying this, but I appreciate the idea. I understand the type of silicone you use is important, and all skins are different. So I would love to know if anyone has tried this recipe and how it worked for them. I myself have not yet mastered a great moisturiser, but I will keep on trying.

  2. Diana says:

    Do you have to buy the essential oil? Can you use a fragrance oil in this recipe? Thanks for all the help.

  3. Dee says:

    Hi,

    I work in grams and I change this recipe to percentage, but it seems that the silicone amount is high. im not sure if this is correct. so can you please let me know if I did this right. thank you.

    77% water
    3% sodium lact.
    5% btms-50
    2% ipm
    1% tapioca
    1% optiphen
    10% cyclomethicone

    thank you so much
    Dee

  4. Tammy Lindsey says:

    I made this lotion last night and LOVE it! I may have misunderstood the blending directions though because I thought my stick blender was going to catch on fire it was so hot! :( When you say stick blend for 3 to 4 minutes, do you mean constant? Or like we do with CP soaping where you pulse, swirl, swirl, pulse? My poor stick blender, lol. If you could clarify that part I would appreciate it. :)

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Tammy!

      We stick blended for 3-4 minutes straight. You want your lotion nice and emulsified!

      To give your stick blender a break, you can stick blend for a couple of minutes, then swirl. Just make sure there is 3-4 minutes of stick blending total. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

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