part one and part two - and what different anhydrous products are called and contain. You might be thinking to yourself that you won't be making lotions any time soon, but you really can make one without a ton of knowledge. Just be prepared to follow the process properly and exactly!
Newbie Tuesday basic first lotion instructions and recipe (PDF)
Basic first time lotion making (PDF)
This isn't strictly true all the time, but it is a good starting definition. If you want to know more, I'll put up some links...
Body cream or creme: An emulsified product. This term is generally reserved for a thicker product, like a body lotion or body butter, but there's no reason you can't call something really thin a cream or creme. There's no real definition of what a body cream or creme is compared to a lotion.
Body milk or facial milk: An emulsified product. A lotion. It is generally a thinner product that could be sprayed. There really isn't a definition for this either.
Are you seeing a trend here? The reality is that a lotion is something we can define, but the rest of the names are all about the thickness or viscosity. In my template lotion recipes, I have a 60% water recipe - which could be a cream or a body butter, but could as easily be a hand lotion if you increase the oils and decrease the butters - all the way up to an 85% water recipe - which could be a body milk or facial moisturizer. Some of the names are meant to sound decadent or luxurious - body butters and creams sound so decadent! - and others are meant to convey some kind of purpose - a moisturizer! But they are all the same thing with different names!
Click here for a post on the topic of the different recipes on the blog and links to them.
The start of the learning to formulate series (hit "newer post" at the end of each post)
Making a basic lotion (70% water recipe)
Making a basic cream (60% water recipe)
Modifying 60% water recipes
Part of learning how to make products is understanding what you're making. You'll see recipes called "Fruit & Flowers Body Butter" and think that sounds amazing, but it turns out it's exactly like the ten recipes you saw before it with a few ingredients switched out for ones that are fruit or flower related. Or it refers to the fragrance. Or it means nothing, but the recipe writer thought it sounded nice. This isn't to say it isn't a good recipe, but if you can figure out what each ingredient does in the recipe - for instance, that's the oil, that's the emulsifier, that's the thickener, and so on - then you aren't beholden to buying all the ingredients you see, but modifying it to use what you have. (This is a more advanced concept, but there's no reason you can't start learning it now!)
If you're eager to learn more, I really recommend checking out the Newbie Tuesday posts on making lotion...and the posts that come before these (links in the posts).
Newbie Tuesday: It's time to make lotion!
Newbie Tuesday: Let's make a body butter!
Newbie Tuesday: Let's make a thick cream!
Join me tomorrow as we take a few days to take a look at defining the various hair care products we might make at home, such as shampoos, conditioners, and leave in products!