adapting the basic lotion recipe for dry skin by including lots of humectants, oils suitable for dry skin, and occlusive ingredients. But that was only one way of creating this lotion - there are quite literally hundreds of variations you could make just switching out one ingredient for another, so what I'm showing you is only a small fraction of what is possible!
In this version, I'm going to make this more occlusive for a product that should be quite protective during the winter months. Again, I'm loading up on humectants - this time I'll use 2.5% sodium lactate, 2% glycerin, and 2% panthenol. I'm loading up on my occlusive ingredients quite a lot here with 0.5% allantoin (heated water phase), 5% cocoa butter (heated oil phase), and 2% dimethicone (cool down phase). I'm going to add 2% beeswax to the heated oil phase to increase the tenacity of the lotion and I think I'll use cetearyl alcohol in place of cetyl alcohol to give it more staying power. (I find cetearyl alcohol is a little waxy, which is a great quality for something more occlusive. If you don't have it, use cetyl alcohol instead.) I'm using wheat germ oil because it has loads of Vitamin E. If you don't have it, use rice bran oil instead. I'm adding IPM at 2% in the heated oil phase because it will reduce the feeling of greasiness in the product.
from this post, so that's why I'm using it.) I'm adding 10% lavender hydrosol because it's very nice for soothing skin, and I think I'll add the 10% aloe vera again. And I think I'll add some hydrolyzed protein - let's go with silk again at 2% in the heated water phase.
BASIC LOTION FOR DRY SKIN, VERSION TWO
HEATED WATER PHASE
10% lavender hydrosol
10% aloe vera
2.5% sodium lactate
5% water soluble calendula extract
2% hydrolyzed silk protein
HEATED OIL PHASE
11% wheat germ or rice bran oil
5% cocoa butter
2% IPM or IPP
3% cetearyl alcohol
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% chamomile extract
1% fragrance or essential oil
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
Please use the basic lotion making instructions for this product. If you are using a different preservative, follow your suppliers' recommended amounts and process for adding to the product. To use a powdered extract, save a bit of water from your heated water phase - maybe 1% to 2%? - and when that water reaches 45˚C, add your powdered extract to it to dissolve, then add it to the cool down phase.
This should produce a lotion with a shelf life of about 6 months, if you use wheat germ oil, or 12 months, if you use rice bran oil. I use this as a hand and body lotion for winter months as it is quite occlusive and can feel heavy during the summer (but then again, I have normal to oily skin, so those of you with dry skin might welcome the heaviness!)
Here's a version of this recipe I made for my husband, who loves it! I find this to be a great hand and body lotion for the winter months. I really like this new version - version two, the recipe above - because it's slightly lighter and doesn't feel as heavy on my hands as the original. It makes a great body lotion, too!
Perhaps you're the type who likes a less greasy feeling lotion? In that case, join me tomorrow for more fun formulating with this basic lotion recipe to create a less greasy feeling version or the day after for a much less greasy feeling product!
If there are ingredients you don't have - like calendula extract - leave it out and increase the water amount by that percentage. If you want to learn more about formulating lotions and making changes, I encourage you to start at the beginning of the learning to formulate series and hit "newer post" at the bottom of each one to continue through the series!