I love this after shave lotion as a moisturizer as well - it's light and filled with humectants. I've left out the butters as I don't want it to be too heavy to use on Raymond's face, so I've added allantoin as an occlusive to protect him from the elements, and I've included some lovely hydrolyzed proteins as film formers.
When choosing your oils, remember that men tend to keep things for a long time, so choose light oils with a shelf life of at least 9 months - preferably a year or longer (jojoba and fractionated coconut oil have incredibly long shelf lives). I'm adding 1% Vitamin E to this recipe to prolong the shelf life of the oils and because it's face friendly!
Consider adding a cationic to this recipe - you could substitute the e-wax for BTMS to make a conditioning after shave lotion, or take out 2% of the water amount and substitute it for a cationic polymer like honeyquat (extra humectant-y)!
Why have I included IPM in this recipe? IPM is an ester that will reduce the feeling of greasiness in a lotion, and I think it's a good addition to this recipe because a lot of men will shy away from the concept of using a lotion because of the perceived greasiness, so we want to make this appealing to them!
As this might go on someone's face, consider using some exotic oils that are face friendly! (Click here for the post on exciting facial moisturizer additives!)
AFTER SHAVE LOTION (for men & women)
10% aloe vera
2% sodium lactate
2% hydrolyzed protein (I like oat protein)
19% oil - I like 4% jojoba oil, 5% sunflower, 5% safflower, and 5% soy bean oil but 4% jojoba and 10% FCO would be awesome!
2.5% cetyl alcohol
5% e-wax (I like Polawax)
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% fragrance or essential oil (consider some face friendly essential oils at safe levels).
1% Vitamin E
Weigh out the water phase in a heat proof container and put into a double boiler. You will need to agitate it well to get the allantoin to dissolve. Weigh out the oil phase in a heat proof container and put into a double boiler. Heat and hold both containers at 70C for at least 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, mix together well with an electric mixer, then allow to cool to 45 to 50C. (I would mix it a few times during the cooling phase).
When it has cooled, add the cool down phase and let cool before bottling.
I like to package this in a pump bottle to make it easier to use in the mornings, but you could use a malibu or any other container you like.
Join me tomorrow for a super happy fun aloe vera spray!