Raymond is doing a lot of work with his hands at his job, and I trash my hands regularly with all the sewing, knitting, crocheting, and other crafting I do, not to mention the cleaning up afterwards, so I thought I'd make some of this hand protectant to help us both. I like this recipe as it is quite thick and occlusive without being greasy, which means I can text, write, or play games on my iPad shortly after applying it.
I've put some occlusive ingredients - allantoin and dimethicone - and some less greasy feeling esters to suit my husband's tastes in skin feel. I added Vitamin E to offer some softening properties.
If you want to see the original recipe, visit this post! It will explain more why I chose the ingredients I did!
RICE BRAN OIL BASED HAND PROTECTOR CREAM
MODIFIED FEBRUARY 7
2% sodium lactate
2% hydrolyzed oat protein
2% calendula extract (water soluble)
HEATED OIL PHASE
3% behenyl alcohol
8% cetearyl ethylhexanoate
10% rice bran oil
10% C12-15 alkyl benzoate
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% - 1% preservative (I use liquid Germall Plus)
0.5% Vitamin E
Use basic lotion making instructions to create this product.
This is a really thick lotion, so I put mine into these tottle or Malibu bottles. You will want to use a jar or something very squish-able to store it. It feels a bit greasy for the first few minutes, but then you'll get a powdery feeling, but not too powdery. I absolutely love this lotion, to be honest.
If you don't like silicones, feel free to leave out the dimethicone and substitute more oils. If you don't like esters, use a light oil like fractionated coconut oil. If you don't have behenyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol is a great choice, although it will feel less powdery, whereas using cetearyl alcohol makes it feel a little waxier. It is not a good idea to use Ritamulse SCG for the emulsifier because of the large oil phase. As with any changes, substituting different ingredients will result in a different skin feel.
I had intended to add 10% aloe vera and 5% water soluble calendula, but I'm out of the former and had little of the latter, and I encourage you to choose some water soluble things that might make your version even more awesome! I fragranced it with Cool Water after Raymond suggested that Clementine Cupcake wasn't the most manly fragrance around!
Well, I'm a little tired after a day of super happy crafting workshop fun! More tomorrow before we continue with the surfactant based facial scrub posts!