Friday, October 23, 2009

Linoleic acid: Lotion bars

A simply way to get linoleic acid on your skin is to make a simple lotion bar. (And my picture isn't great - I have to learn how to use that white balance!)

32% beeswax
33% butter
33% liquid oil
1% Vitamin E or other anti-oxidant at suggested rates
1% fragrance or essential oils (at safe levels)

Melt the ingredients in a double boiler and heat and hold for 20 minutes. When it has cooled slightly, add the fragrance or essential oil, then pour into a mold. Let set until hardened, preferable in a fridge or freezer.

Or you can pour it into a deodorant or lip balm container and use it in a stick format.

For the butter, you could choose any of the butters you like as none of them really have a lot of linoleic acid. For the oils, choose something with high levels of linoleic acid. If you are going to use this in a short period of time, you could use wheat germ and hemp seed; if you want to keep this for a while, soy bean and rice bran oil might be your best choice. Or choose one oil - sunflower - and enjoy that!

If you want something a little fancier, try this recipe below!

MY FAVOURITE LOTION BAR RECIPE, modified to include lots of linoleic acid containing oils
28% beeswax
10% sesame oil (switched from fractionated coconut oil)
25% rice bran oil (switched from sunflower oil to give it a longer shelf life)
3% sunflower oil
30% mango butter
2% IPM
2% cyclomethicone
2% vitamin E
1% FO

Melt all but the cyclomethicone and fragrance oil in a heat proof container in your double boiler. When all the ingredients have melted, add the cyclomethicone and fragrance oil, then pour into a mold or twist up deodorant container. Let set. Use!

This is a bar intended to start melting at your body temperature, that's why I used all mango butter. It is very melty. If you want something less melty, then try cocoa or kokum or another very hard butter.

Join me tomorrow for more fun with oils with lots of linoleic acid!

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