Let me tell you about lotion (and cream*)!!
I never used to make lotion because I didn’t really like lotion and I make Skin Food which (in my old opinion) was better than lotion. I’m told that it’s not just a question of better, it’s a question of different. Skin Food is great for many things but people still want a lotion. Something lighter and squeezable or pumpable. Something you can use under makeup and a bunch of times a day and slather all over you without feeling like you’re wearing a butter suit.
I investigated this for a while. Quite a while. One of my issues with lotion is that it cannot be done as naturally as soap or Skin Food or the other things I usually make. I have decided that although it is not totally “natural” it is going to be a lot closer than the lotion you are using now and a lot of you are using lotion with stuff in it that is not really good for you and may even be awful for you. (I hate to think of what might be in the lotion from the dollar store!)
It turns out that I am teachable and I am now loving lotion! I didn’t know it didn’t have to feel greasy!
What is lotion?
Lotion that isn’t all made from laboratory chemicals is a mixture of water or a water based substance (aloe juice in mine) and oils. We know that oils and water do not mix so to make lotion we need an emulsifier. I’ll get back to that in a minute. I’ve formulated my lotion a few different ways, using different oils and I’ve come up with what I think is a great combination of oils for your skin (especially for mature skin). I’m using Safflower oil, Sunflower seed oil and Sweet Almond Oil. Here are the oil profiles as listed on one of my favorite sites:
Safflower oil – light weight, low comedogenity
Great for mature or damaged skin, should be the first consideration when creating a moisturizing lotion. High in Vitamins A, D & E, lecithin, and omega 9. Can offer cell regenerating properties and excellent skin pentration.
Shelf life: 3 to 6 months.
Sunflower oil – light weight, low comedogenity
Great for mature, dry, sensitive, or damaged skin. High in essential fatty acids. Offers moisturizing, cell regeneration, and conditioning for the skin. Great for recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, or damaged skin. Lays down a slightly oily protective layer on the skin that resists rancidity. (As a note, look for high oleic sunflower oil as this has a longer shelf life).
Shelf life: 6 to 9 months.
Sweet almond oil – light weight, low comedogenity
An excellent emollient and softener. It is lubricating, but not penetrating. Good for skin that is very dry or inflamed.
Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E.
Shelf life: 6 to 9 months
(Making lotion is actually a lot like making mayonnaise!) The emulsifier is where it gets tricky. We use an emulsifying wax. It’s not natural. You can’t pick it or whip it up in your kitchen but it’s not terrible. You can read bad things about it and you can read good things about it. I’ve read a LOT of them and I’m ok with using it. It’s only 5% of the formula and you probably have worse things in your cupboard (that you eat!).
The last thing is the preservative. I’ve been assured that as preservatives go, this is as good as it gets. We we cannot have an oil and water mixture without preservatives. The preservative makes up only one half of one percent of the lotion and it is absolutely necessary so if you don’t want a preservative, you can’t have lotion. (Please beware of any DIY sites that tell you otherwise. Vitamin E, and a number of other anti-oxidants are called preservatives on some of these sites but they are not. They will keep delay oils from going rancid but they will not protect against other disgustingness like bacteria and fungus.)
I think you are going to love this lotion. Of course, some of us will love it more than others. Humans are like that and skin is like that and that’s how it should be. Please note: It will not be available for shipping for a little while. I will let you know when it is. Stay tuned or follow me on Facebook.
*Skin Cream is another product I will be releasing soon. It is more the consistency of Skin Food and has Shea and Coconut as does Skin Food but is made in the manner of lotion explained here. I needed to do that because I can’t ship Skin Food in the summertime or it can arrives as a puddle of oil rather than my beautiful whipped mixture that leaves home. The emulsified mixture seems to be holding up in the heat. More on that soon.