The “Kickstart Your Business” blog post series will resume later this evening. Today, I’m lucky enough to be at Otion working on Cranberry Fig displays, helping out with soap bars and designing some fun lotion recipes. The soap on the left are the latest test batches to come out of the Otion kitchen. One of them is even a Patchouli replacement. I have my fingers crossed that it smells delicious after a full cure.
The lotion recipe I’m about to kick out is:
10% olive oil
4% deodorized cocoa butter
.5% liquid silk
.5% hydrolyzed oats
5% stearic acid
4% emulsifying wax
.5% Cranberry Fig
.5% Germaben II
The recipe should turn out fairly thick – perfect for winter time skin dryness. I’ll keep you posted on if it’s any good or not.
2:07 p.m. – The lotion recipe turned out great. It’s very thick and luxurious.
Though the American Cancer Society has stated that parabens are safe to use, there is still a stigma against them. You could use Optiphen instead. Bramble Berry carries Optiphen as well.
Aloe Vera Liquid versus water is just ducky to use though Aloe Vera Liquid tends to be more of a harbor for germs and bacteria so really disinfect your equipment and follow best practices when making your product.
You could use it as a face moisturizer. It's pretty heavy so probably just for dry skin or winter time relief.
and here I am again! is there a way to make this paraben free, but still have preservative?
What do you think about aloe vera liquid vs. the water?
I'm soooo excited to get going on this…just want to make sure I do it all properly so I buy the right ingredients the first time 🙂
Do you think this would be safe enough to use a a face moisturizer without clogging pores, etc?
Yes, you can definitely sub out another fragrance.
Here's a step by step tutorial on making lotion:
Just sub out for the ingredients in the above post (with whatever choice of skin safe fragrance you want to use) and you're good to go! =)
Oh! And more importantly (since I'm BRAND NEW to making lotions), can you give me a play by play on what do it? I doubt it's as easy as throw it all together by % of weight and call it good. P.S. I think I answered my own question from a minute ago…I can probably sub out Cranberry Fig for whatever scent I want of fragrance oil?
Can you add fragrance oil to this? I'd love a thick luxe lotion that I can make smell however I want! 🙂
Yes, the lotion is thick enough to put into jars =)
kat, the silk helps the lotion feel all silky smooth. As far as I know, it doesn’t have any healing or restorative properties to the skin. But, it feels good on the skin.
Erin, let me see how the lotion feels now that it’s fully set up and I’ll get back to you on that.
Anne-Marie, would you say this lotion would be thick enough for a jar???
(Im having trouble duplicating a recipe I altered a few months back)
ps: I just want to lick those new soaps shown above!!
Thanks for posting this beautiful lotion recipe! Haven’t made a single lotion yet (but made hair conditioner, lotion bar, etc)… lotion is on my list!!!! 🙂 I started reading your archives from day one. It’s going to take a while to read all, but I’m enjoying it a lot!
i have always wondered if the “silk” thing had anything to it. I was trying to imagine how silk can truly benefit your hair, your skin, or anything not worn as clothing. i love silk but just cannot imagine it doing any real good. or, does it just impart a silky “feel” to things it is in?