Here's how I think this is going to work. This week we'll choose a basic recipe and assemble our ingredients and supplies. To give those of you who have to send away for supplies more time, we'll spend next Tuesday (January 17th) taking a closer look at the process of making the lotion. I'll post the visual tutorial for making the lotion on Tuesday, January 24th - if I have time, I might try making a little video of it, although I'm not sure how gripping the 20 minutes of heating and holding will be (ha ha ha!). We can review how you did on January 31st, celebrating the successes and troubleshooting the epic fails! We'll make 100 grams of lotion - this is enough to make something we can use for a while if it's great and not too much to throw out if it isn't. And just think, by the end of January, you'll be able to say that you finally made a lotion!
We'll continue this into February when we'll make a body butter (the 7th) and a cream (21st). So buy enough supplies for each of those projects!
Does that time frame give everyone enough time to order and receive supplies and find a two hour window to make a lotion? Let me know! And you don't need to be a newbie to play along!
Which recipe should we choose? I think we should go with a 70% water recipe that can be used as a body, hand, or foot lotion. (Click here to see the original post and why we're using each ingredient!) We'll go with a body butter recipe for the 7th - click here for that recipe - and modify it into a cream by adding stearic acid February 21st - click here for that recipe. We'll be making 100 grams of each product.
EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED
- a scale that can weigh 1 gram (available at supply stores or places like London Drugs in the culinary aisle)
- 2 heat proof containers - one for your oil phase, one for your water phase - Pyrex jugs are good for this purpose, and a 2 - two cup Pyrex jugs would be ideal.
- a double boiler (make one up on the stove with a pot with warm water)
- a thermometer (a candy thermometer works really well here)
- spoons (metal ones...)
- mixer (with beater attachments) or a stick blender
- a notebook and pen/pencil. Print out the lotion recipe and make extensive notes while you craft!
15% oil (sunflower, soy bean, rice bran, or olive oil)
5% shea or mango butter
3% cetyl alcohol
5% emulsifier (BTMS or Polawax)
1% fragrance or essential oil
0.5% to 1% preservative
(This doesn't total 100% because of the difference in preservatives!)
SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED
- an oil - at least 100 grams. I'm going to suggest a low cost oil like olive, sunflower, rice bran, or soybean oil. If I had my way, we'd all be using soybean oil, but I know some of you will to use what they have in the workshop. Feel free to get something from the grocery store instead of sending away for something. (I'd get two oils - one that's described as less greasy and one that's normal greasiness).
- a butter - at least 100 grams, although again, get more if you think you might like to make a whipped butter, lotion bar, or other anhydrous product. I'm going to suggest either shea butter (greasier) or mango butter (less greasy). Remember that most homemade lotions are less greasy in general than storebought lotions and the point of this is to learn about lotions!
- an emulsifier - at least 50 grams. I'm going to suggest one of two emulsifiers - Polawax (not e-wax, but actual Polawax as it's less faily than e-wax and it's the same around the world) or Incroquat BTMS-50. If you can't get either of these for whatever reason, then use something else, but this series will be tailored to these emulsifiers.
- cetyl alcohol - at least 25 grams. Yes, this is a tiny amount, but it really does make a difference to the product.
- stearic acid - at least 25 grams. Again, it's a tiny amount, but you don't turn a body butter into a cream without it!
- a preservative. I like liquid Germall Plus, but you can choose whichever one you want with two things in mind - preservatives are never optional, and Optiphen can curdle a lotion if you don't follow the procedure just right!
- distilled water - it's about $2 for 4 litres where I live (a gallon), and you don't want to be using tap water.
- a container of some kind - get a nice bottle to house your lotion. Something pretty. Oh, go on. Splurge and buy that really lovely frosted one for $1.50! I'd get a pump bottle for the lotion and cream, and a jar for the body butter!
Join me next week to review the process of making a lotion!