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MAKING A BODY CREAM

 

 

I would like to recommend three books that got me started. I listed them in the order I found them useful, from left to right. All are a great reference and shares valuable information in regards to cream making.

Are you feeling overwhelmed at this point? I hope not! It only looks intimidating but it truly isn’t. If you follow the simple guideline, I can almost guarantee you that your creams will be a success!  

 

 

Body Cream 

 
For a 120 ml (4 oz) jar you will need:
 
35 ml (approx. 1.2 oz) Oils such as almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil or butter, Jojoba Oil
 
10 – 15 g (0.3 – 0.5 oz)     Thickeners / Emulsifiers such as beeswax, palm stearic acid, vegetable emulsifying wax, and/or xanthan gum
 
70 – 75 ml (2.4 – 2.5 oz)   Liquid such as distilled water, florasols, green tea (which stains yellow on clothes)
 
 
You can find more recipes in the Resources section.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MAKING A BODY CREAM

  • Measure the amount of Oils and pour them into the taller / bigger Pyrex container
  • Measure the amount of Liquid and pour them into the smaller Pyrex container
  • Measure the amount of Thickeners / Emulsifiers and add them to the Oils. NOTE: Add the xantham gum to the water base AFTER you take out the containers from the water bath!!!
  • Add the borax to the water base.
  • Fill the sauce pan or pot to 1/4 with water and place on the stove. 
  • Add both containers to the water bath. Let the water simmer.
  • Stir occasionally with two separate wooden sticks or spoons - (a) so combine the waxes with the oils and (b) for the borax to dissolve in the water
  • Once the waxes have dissolved, take both containers out of the water bath.
  • With the hand-mixer, start mixing the Liquid base (water) and slowly pour 1/8 tsp xantham gum into the Liquid; mix for at least 1 - 2 minutes. You will see that the water turns a little jello-like. Tiny bubbles will form and the consistency is going to be thicker than water.  Make sure, no clumps are forming at this point. 
  • Now, place the hand-mixer into the Oil base and start mixing while slowly pouring the Liquid base into the Oils.
  • You will see how the liquid and the oils combine and form a whitish creamy substance.
  • Mix for at least 10 minutes on high speed.
  • You may notice that the mixture begins already to form and settle into a nice cream.
  • Add the essential oils and mix for another 2 minutes.
  • Fill the cream into your sterilized jars.
Now, you’ve got to experiment a little to find out which consistency you prefer. For example, if you take too much of the palm stearic acid, your cream may become too stiff and not that easy to spread and apply. Also, I do not like to only use beeswax as I don’t like how the cream feels on the skin. Refer to the Glossary to find out what each ingredient does, how it should be used and in what quantity. 

MAKING BODY LOTION & BODY SCRUB

Body Lotion

For the lotion, follow the same steps as for the cream. Just reduce the base-oils and the beeswax or vegetable emulsifying wax; add the amount you take off from the base-oils and the beeswax or vegetable emulsifying wax to the Liquid (water) base.  

 

Body Scrub

❀ Apricot and/or Almond Oil and/or Jojoba Oil  

❀ Sea Salt

❀ Essential Oils

 

Let the base oil reach room temperature; then mix just a small amount (as much as you would like to use for your shower or bath) of base oil with about 5-10 drops of essential oils. Add either coarse or fine sea salt, mix it together and it is ready to use for your shower.

NOTE: Please use caution with salt scrubs if you are suffering from high blood pressure. The sodium of the salt is absorbed by your skin and can cause your blood pressure to rise! 

 

 Enjoy your new product! 

~ I hope you had fun creating something unique ~
 
 
 

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