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Lotions, Creams & Whipped Butters

Basic Lotion with silicone, makes approx 1 cup of lotion
This lotion has very good feel and soaks in easily. It can even be used as a massage lotion since it provides the slip necessary as it soaks in.
Oil Phase
56 g Apricot kernel oil (or any other liquid oil of your choice)
4 g Optiphen (preservative)
6 g Botanasil (silicone)
24 g Emulsifying wax
Scent - optional 10 to 15 drops
Water Phase
200 ml Distilled water
2 g Citric Acid (PH modifier)
Combine the apricot kernal oil and the botanasil and blend well. . Add the emulsifying wax and heat until melted. Use a microwave in short bursts at half power or a double boiler. The oil phase should be warm enough to ensure that it does not solidify when added to the water. Combine the ingredients in the water phase while the oil phase is melting.
The water phase should be warmed to around 110 to 120 F before starting the lotion. Add the oil phase to the water phase slowly while processing using a stick blender. Blend for several minutes. Add fragrance and optiphen and blend well. A stick blender is required to ensure that a good emulsion is made. Hand blending does not provide enough mixing to ensure that the emulsion will not separate.
Pour into bottles while hot. The lotion will thicken as it cools. Allow 72 hours for the lotion to thicken completely.

Chiffon Body Souffle

All measures by weight, except if otherwise noted.

1 oz. aloe butter
3 oz. shea butter
2 oz. rosehip seed oil
2 oz. hemp seed oil
1/2 to 1 tablespoon glycerin 
1/2 teaspoon wheatgerm oil
1/2 to 1 1/2 oz. Arrowroot Powder (optional)

Scent of your choice blend: 10 drops


Melt aloe and shea butters over low heat in a stainless steel pot. Once liquid, remove from heat and stir in fixed oils. Cool in freezer til white "crust" begins to form along sides of the pot (from fats hardening) and the butters become semi-opaque. Remove from freezer and begin beating with an electric mixer, preferably one that is outfitted with whisks. Beaters work OK. Once the mix becomes aerated and fluffy, drizzle in the glycerin while mixing on low speed. Once all the glycerin is in, whip again. Feel the consistency and decide if you want this product to have a less greasy feel. If you do, add in the arrowroot powder by sprinkling atop the butter mix, and whip again til all is incorporated.

This product will not become hard in 24 hours. It should remain fluid and creamy if mixed properly. Spoon into sterile jars. This product is not pumpable.

  • Try interchanging butters for your own specially soothing and replenishing formula.   
  • The longer you beat/whip, the better off you are, generally
  • Whisks work better than beaters
  • Heat the butters only; add the oil and glycerin afterwards
  • Freeze a second or third time to increase lightness and creaminess;
    do not overfreeze. Beat after each freezing.
Try this simple cocoa butter lotion recipe from our May 2011 newsletter
Oil Phase
1/3 cup cocoa butter (moisterizing)
1/3 cup of infused calendula in rice bran oil (soothing)
1.5 TB emulsifying wax (thickener)
Water Phase
1 TB glyerine (humectant and helps preserve as well) 
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp panthenol (for skin conditioning)
1 tsp of optiphen (pervervative)
Melt your oil phase on medium heat until just melted.
Do not overheat.
Heat the water to just before boiling and add the glycerine and panthenol.
With your mixer on, combine your melted oil phase into your heated water phase and mix for 30 seconds.
Let it rest but not for more than 1 or 2 minutes.
Continue to mix until the mixture has thickened.
Add your preservative and not more than 1/8 teaspoon of your scent.

Bottle and enjoy!