Friday, December 16, 2011

Essential oils: Eucalyptus in lotions and body wash

For some reason, menthol and eucalytpus go fantastically together, so I suggest trying a lovely foot lotion with 3% menthol, 1% eucalyptus, and 1% camphor, just remove 2% from the cocoa butter or soy bean oil to compensate for the essential oils that will go into the cool down phase.


FOOT CREAM WITH MENTHOL AND EUCALYPTUS
HEATED WATER PHASE
35% water
10% aloe vera
10% peppermint hydrosol
3% glycerin
3% sodium lactate

HEATED OIL PHASE
3% menthol
10% soybean oil
10% cocoa butter
7% emulsifier
3% stearic acid

COOL DOWN PHASE
2% panthenol
2% dimethicone
0.5% preservative


Click here to see the original post with each ingredient explained!

Please click here to see the lotion making instructions!

USING EUCALYPTUS IN BODY WASH
You know I love body washes, so let's make one with a lovely eucalyptus-lime blend. My best friend suggests using 3 parts lime to 1 part eucalyptus for a refreshing blend, but you can play with the levels you like!

Click here if you want a break down for why I'm using each ingredient. I'm giving you a short summary, but there's so much more to learn! 

I think I'll go with a really mild body wash for those of us who have dry skin that can only feel drier this time of year!

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BODY WASH FOR DRY SKIN WITH WATER SOLUBLE OILS OR DIMETHICONE (POLYGLUCOSE/LACTYLATE BLEND INCLUDED)
HEATED WATER PHASE
27.5% water
15% Amphosol CG (coco betaine)
15% SMC or SMO Taurate or ALeS
15% polyglucose/lactylate blend
10% aloe vera
5% glycerin
5% cationic polymer (like condition-eze 7 or honeyquat)
4% water soluble oil like PEG 7-olivate or water soluble shea
2% hydrolyzed protein

COOL DOWN PHASE
2% panthenol
1% fragrance or essential oil
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% to 2% Crothix (as necessary)

Weigh the heated water phase and heat until it reaches 70˚C. Hold for 20 minutes. Compensate for the lost water by adding some water after the heating part. (Weigh your container before you heat it. Weigh it after wards. Heat some water to 70˚C - or higher - and add it at the end.)

When the body wash reaches 45˚C, you can add the cool down phase. Let it cool completely to room temperature and ensure you've added your fragrance oil before you add the liquid Crothix. Add at 0.5% at a time until you reach the desired consistency!

You can substitute the water for hydrosols, if you wish, and feel free to leave out whatever ingredients you like.


If you want something slightly more moisturizing, try this body wash for the winter! I love the polyglucose/lactylate blend for the drier months! I've included SCI in this recipe and I think SCI and polyglucose/lactylate are my new favourite surfactant combination!

Join me tomorrow for more formulating fun!

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