Lotionpro 165 in yesterday's post, so it only seems fitting to try it in a lotion recipe today! When I find a new emulsifier, I like to try it out in a product I've made many times before so I can compare it directly with my regular emulsifiers like Polawax or Ritamulse SCG. I thought I'd make this pumpkin seed lotion I made a few months ago for my husband. (If you want to know why I'm using each ingredient, please click on the lotion link!) I've tried to keep this recipe the same as the other one, but I was out of aloe vera and hydrosols, so I didn't include them in this recipe. I shall do that next time!
LOTIONPRO 165 TESTER LOTION WITH PUMPKIN SEED OIL
HEATED WATER PHASE
63% distilled water
2% silk amino acids
HEATED OIL PHASE
21% oils - 15% pumpkin seed and 6% evening primrose oil
4% Lotionpro 165
2% cetyl alcohol
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% Vitamin E
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
1% fragrance or essential oil (optional)
Please use the basic lotion making instructions for this product! Remember that the melting point of this product is 54˚C to 60˚C, so you need to heat and hold above those temperatures, ideally around 70˚C. (You should always heat and hold, anyway!) I decided to use a stick blender with this product instead of my usual hand mixer - I thought I had read that you had to stick blend this one - and it worked very well. You could also use a hand mixer with the beater attachment. Don't try to whisk this by hand as it needs something stronger to whip it well.
If I compare this to the version with Polawax, it's definitely lighter and definitely fluffier. The Polawax version left behind a waxier layer on my skin and a greasier feeling on my hands.
If I compare this to a lotion made with Ritamulse SCG, it's definitely lighter and definitely fluffier. The Ritamulse versions of this lotion I've made are a little drier feeling and definitely leave behind a waxy coating on your skin.
Would I use this emulsifier again? Heck yeah! It was easy to understand how to use it, it was easy to use in a recipe, and it feels fantastic! I really like this emulsifier and will add it to my regular rotation along with Polawax and Ritamulse SCG. The fluffiness is really unique amongst the emulsifiers, and it works well in other products, too.
Join me tomorrow to learn more about another interesting emulsifier, Sugarmulse.