The colour of your product will depend upon the oils you have chosen. Something with loads of olive oil will have a slightly green cast to them, while mixtures with loads of rice bran might seem a bit yellow. This body oil is clear because I used mostly esters and fractionated coconut oil, none of which have any colour. If this concerns you, choose your oils with the colour in mind or use an opaque bottle.
The skin feel will depend entirely on your oil. You can create a body oil with just one oil - for instance, olive oil or avocado oil or fractionated coconut oil - but it is nice to combine oils to get exactly the skin feel you want.
TEMPLATE FOR A BODY OIL (two oils)
50% one oil
49% another oil
1% fragrance or essential oil
TEMPLATE FOR A BODY OIL (three oils)
33% another oil
33% yet another oil
1% fragrance or essential oil
Things to consider...
- If you want to make something that doesn't stain your clothing or sheets, you'll want to consider fractioanted coconut oil and sesame seed oil.
- If you want something clear, you'll want to choose clear oils. Remember that your fragrance or essential oil could change the colour.
- If you want something less greasy feeling, then add less greasy feeling oils. If you want something more greasy feeling, then add more greasy feeling oils. Just keep records of how much you added to the mix.
- It is okay to hate a combination and throw it out! That's why we start with small batches - it's not so bad to throw out 20 grams of oil. 100 grams is a bit much! Keep records of what you hated!
This product will not need to have a preservative, although you could use an anti-oxidant. Preservatives are intended for products that contain water or might be around water, like sugar scrubs. Anti-oxidants are all about retarding the rancidity of the oils, so you could include something like 0.5% Vitamin E to the final batch you intend to use, but I don't think you'll have it around for more than six months!
So, what do you think? What was your favourite combination? What was the skin feel of this product? What was your least favourite combination? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Bath oil and after bath moisturizers
Back to basics: Oil based body sprays
Other products you can make now that you know how to make a body oil:
Back to basics: Dispersing bath oils
Sesame oil: Massage and after bath oils
Duplicating products: Neutrogena's body oil
Esters: Using Cromollient SCE in other products (bath oil)
Oil based fragrance sprays and solid perfumes
Esters: Using polysorbates in your products (bath oil)
Join me next week for questions and answers about creating body oils!
Newbie Tuesday schedule...
April 16th - Making a whipped butter!
April 23rd - Questions and answers about creating whipped butters.
April 30th - Making lotion bars.
May 7th - Questions and answers about creating lotion bars.
May 14th - Making balms!
May 21st - Questions and answers about making balms.
May 28th - Making solid scrub bars!
June 4th - Questions and answers about making solid scrub bars!