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Old 04-21-2017, 01:40 AM   #11
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Lotions... Good luck with that. I finally found that I should have never bought a pound of stearic acid and have come to know the joys of babassu in a lotion. I am possibly one of the few here who will not advise the tree nut oils in lotions but that is only because I cannot have them in my home not because I hate them (I don't. They do feel nice).

To make that "perfect lotion", you will need patience, heat resistant containers, the will power NOT to make more than 200g until you're comfortable making lotion, and pipettes, lots of pipettes.


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Old 04-21-2017, 01:52 AM   #12
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I second the 200 gram batches when developing a recipe. Anything under that and it's hard to measure and mix properly. Anything much over 200 g -- well, it's just plain frustrating and annoying to discard a big batch of lotion if it doesn't turn out.

Once I have a good recipe, I'll make up to 500 grams. That's plenty for my use only -- I don't give it away nor sell. I'd rather make lotion more often and know the fats and other ingredients are fresh. And if I get tired of a scent, smallish batches let me change the fragrance more often.


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Old 04-21-2017, 06:21 AM   #13
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I like CreamMakerŽ CA-20 at 3-4% and Glyceryl Stearate SE, available at Making Cosmetics or Olivem 1000 emulsifier for light lotions. My light lotions are made with 14% or less oils. The use of IPM and silicone's help with more slip and cut the greasy feeling
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My first lotion was from Humble Bee and Me. She has a blog and is on You Tube
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Marie, the Humblebee lady, has come a long way in the past few years. During my visit to her website today, I read good articles about emulsifiers and preservatives. Kudos to her -- she's done a lot of learning and her advice reflects her hard work! I'd say for anyone who is overwhelmed by Susan's blog (swiftcraftymonkey) -- I suggest you check out Humblebee and Me. Looks like she's doing a good job of distilling complicated subjects into the basics that people need to know.
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I agree with others on ipm and also dimethicone. I like apricot kernel for a light oil.


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