box o' stuff and incorporated a few of those esters and other oil soluble ingredients into a lotion bar.
MORE COMPLICATED LOTION BAR WITH ESTERS & CETYL ESTERS
5% cetyl esters
30% shea butter
18% cetearyl ethylhexanoate
2% isopropyl palmitate
15% C12-15 alkyl benzoate
1% fragrance oil
Weigh everything except the silicones and fragrance oil into a heatproof container and heat until melted. Add the silicones and fragrance oil, mix well, then pour into your container or mould and let sit until set. Use. Rejoice.
This will produce a hard bar that feels light on your skin. (It will become creamy coloured when it solidifies. It is still liquidy in the picture above!)
So why use all these things? Because I can! The shea butter is quite a greasy feeling butter, and I'm countering that with the isopropyl palmitate (like isopropyl myristate or IPM, an ester that can reduce the feeling of greasiness in products) and the esters, which tend to feel less greasy on our skin. The silicones offer slip and glide to counter the beeswax.
So why add the cetyl esters? Cetyl esters are like cetyl alcohol, offering emolliency, glide, and a creamy feeling to the bar. As well, it will offer some stiffness and hardness to the bar, so I can reduce the beeswax, which will reduce the dragginess.
For more information on each of these ingredients, please click here!
If you wanted to replicate a bar like this - a lotion bar with shea butter that feels less greasy - but don't want to order a ton of ingredients, you could try something like this...
LOTION BAR WITH SHEA BUTTER AND LESS GREASY FEELING OILS
5% cetyl alcohol
25% shea butter
37% fractionated coconut oil
2% fragrance oils
Join me for a wrap-up and link-o-rama on lotion bars tomorrow!