Here's the plan...We'll make this on August 21st, which gives you two weeks to get your supplies together. If that isn't enough time, you can always make the cream when they arrive - it's not like I'll take this post down and you'll be forever haunted by the fact that your supplies came in on the 22nd! This week, we'll take a look at the recipe, equipment, and supplies for making a cream. Next week on August 14th we can answer any questions you might have, and look at some possible substitutions based on your input. On August 21st, we'll make a cream together and on August 28th and September 2nd we'll share our thoughts and photos!
If you participated in the previous Newbie Tuesday posts, this'll all be familiar to you! If you didn't, scroll down to see those posts in order.
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BASIC RECIPE FOR A THICKER CREAM
3% glycerin or other humectant of choice
7% Polawax or BTMS-50 (8% e-wax NF)
3% stearic acid
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5 to 1% preservative
1% fragrance or essential oil blendEQUIPMENT 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!
- 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). Click here for more information on oils.
- 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 in the near future. Any butter will do for a cream, but I generally suggest shea, mango, or cocoa butter as they are cheaper. Shea and cocoa butter will feel greasier than mango, and anything made with cocoa butter is going to be thicker than one made with shea. (Click here for more information on butters.)
- a humectant. You can use glycerin, sodium lactate (at 2.5%), sodium PCA (at 2.5%), honeyquat (3% in the cool down phase), and so on. (Click here for more information on humectants.)
- 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. We aren't using it in this product, but if you wanted to make another lotion or body butter, you really want to have this.
- stearic acid - at least 25 grams. This is an essential ingredient for a cream, in my humble opinion.
- 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 - creams really are better in a jar, I think, so I suggest you get a jar or two for this product. Splurge and get a really lovely frosted one instead of using a Mason jar!
- a fragrance or essential oil - I know this isn't essential, but isn't the point of making our own products to create things that we can't get anywhere else. I know I'm not the only one who wants cupcake scented shampoo! Start small - consider that a 30 gram or 1 ounce container of fragrance can scent up to 3000 grams or 6.6 pounds of products!
Newbie Tuesday: Let's make lotion
Newbie Tuesday: An update
Newbie Tuesday: A little more information about lotion making
Newbie Tuesday: It's time to make lotion!
Newbie Tuesday: Are you a newbie who made lotion?
Newbie Tuesday: You made lotion!
Newbie Tuesday: Next week's project - body butter
Newbie Tuesday: It's time to make body butter!
Newbie Tuesday: You made body butter!
Learning to formulate: Modifying creams