1.2 oz. Shea Butter
1.7 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz. Avocado Oil
1.2 oz. Emulsifying Wax
1 oz. Stearic Acid
one 16 oz. wide-mouth container
one 32 oz. wide-mouth container
Five 4 ounce bottles
Step 1: Disinfect all of your tools and containers by dunking them in 5% bleachwater solution and drying them with fresh, off the roll, paper towels.
Step 5: Once the mixture is fully mixed and emulsified (usually about 2 to 3 minutes), take the temperature and add the preservative and fragrance. For Germaben II, Optiphen and Phenonip preservatives, you want the temperature to be below 140 degrees. Usage rates of all three of these preservatives start at .5% by weight. Fragrance and essential oil usage for lotions is very low (remember, you don’t want to inadvertently make a perfume!) so start small. This recipe literally calls for .2 ounces of essential oil and that is more than enough to make a lovely smelling lotion and get the therapeutic benefits of all the oils. Notice the blue color of the azulene in the powerful German Chamomile? That’s some pure healing goodness.
Check back tomorrow for after sun care spritzers.
I love these recipes!! In my family we are quite dark as we’re half Danish 😛 But we burn SO easily and we never tan unless we wear sun cream and after sun cream. Its a real pain haha
WE LOVE THE SOUND OF YOUR AFTER SUN CARE, CAN WE USE ALOE VERA GEL, RATHER THAN THE WATER,THANKS.
If you’re using the Aloe Vera “gel” that is like water like this: https://www.brambleberry.com/Aloe-Vera-Liquid-P3704.aspx you can replace it.
If you’re using an actual gel-gel (that is usually Aloe Gel Liquid with thickeners and preservatives), no, that won’t work because you do need liquid-liquids that are like water for this recipe to work =)
You can use any liquid oil you want to replace the almond or avocado oil. Just as long as it’s a liquid oil.
If you don’t want to use the aloe vera liquid you can replace that with distilled water.
Courtney from Bramble Berry
A local store has “aloe vera oil”. Would you suggest using this to replace the almond and avocado oils OR replacing the aloe vera water OR is there some other option? I just placed at order at Brambleberry and splurged on the German Chamomile, so I’m looking forward to making this for the summer!
AM – How could I adjust the recipe to make this a “Soothing Lotion Spritzer”…not sure how much Aloe water to add to make this spray-able….also guessing that I don’t need that Stearic Acid either.
Thanks,:) I will!
Polowax *is* Emulsifying Wax NF so that's the same thing as in the recipe above.
In the recipe above, the stearic acid adds to the lightness and fluffiness of the lotion so you could not use it and your lotion would come out fine – a little bit heavier than without it – but just fine.
The stearic acid at Bramble Berry is palm-oil derived and should be fairly gentle for you skin and non reactive but I understand wanting to be 100% extra cautious when it comes to your skin.
Keep it out of the recipe and you will still have a wonderful and successful recipe =)
Keep me posted on how it goes.
Hi, I love this recipe because it has all the ingredients I need for a rosacea/eczema lotion that I want to make. 🙂 However because of these conditions I can't use stearic acid. I purchased Polowax..I was wondering if you heard of it and have any advice to using it. The directions say I don't need any other emulsifiers with it. So would i then replace the weight for both the E-wax and they Stearic Acid or just the E-wax? Thank you so much for posting this. It's so nice to find such a helpful website. There aren't that many out there. You are awsome! 🙂
Yes, you can sub jojoba for avocado or any liquid oil for the avocado.
I can't wait to try these! Can I substitute another oil for the Avocado, such as Jojoba?
The German Chamomile is the queen of redness reduction and skin soothing. When I was getting facials, the facial gal always put it on afterwards so I didn't look like a horrific red mess.
Maureen, great news – even if German Chamomile is a little out of reach right now, you could just do Lavender & Egyptian Geranium. They are both excellent with burns and skin soothing relief.
The Chamomile Extract is made with Roman Chamomile and is also skin soothing but does not have the magic azulene to help reduction of redness.
Rebecca, You can get pure aloe vera juice water in a health food store (it's got great medicinal properties when taken internally) or Bramble Berry has it if you can't find it locally. It's $6.10 in the most expensive 1 pound size and pricing goes down per pound from there.
umm how do u know that the sun burn is mild do you peel or what i have a friend who has a sun burn and wants somthing to sooth it i told her i could look and now here i am so if you could reply back that would be great 😉
Maureen, how about the Chamomile extract?
Anne-Marie, thank you for the tutorial, it looks great! I know that the aloe vera stores/drugstores sell are not the ones that are used in lotion-making since they usually include other ingredients, but can I get pure aloe vera juice/water from local health stores/organic stores?
Is there anything that can replace the German Chamomile? It's pricey enough that I'm not sure I'd be willing to buy it just yet. Thanks.
🙂 🙂 🙂
sheesh feel like a dweeb…
O M GOsh!
I am visiting your store right now….how did you get the heavenly music!
I am getting chill bumps on top of chill bumps!!!!
Great tutorial! I will definitely try!
I am so excited. Got my first
I changed my name and opened a new
"store" yesterday and then i broke out $7 to actually showcase one product and it….SOLD!!!!!
wonder of wonders. I am so excited! Yippee.
OK, gotta go package it up!
Toodles! Thanks again!
Thanks Butterfly, it's all fixed now. My bad! =)
The link to the kit doesn't work 😉
Trish's Soapy Blessings says
Lovely summer idea! 🙂 Makes me want to make some lotion!
I'll need to bookmark these tutorials! Jim always gets sunburns.
It's amazing how green that Chamomile is – I thought it was a colorant!
Hippie's Creations says
I have a few kids that despite sunscreen get a little reddish :o) must be the red and blond hair deal we got going on. Will give this a try!
nice tutorial! I'll have to try the German chamomile. Never have…..