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Arani
August 29th, 2009, 09:46 PM
I started making lotion a few months ago using a combination of oil, beeswax, and purified water, adding essential oils & colors. The problem I have is that it doesn't look white and smooth like real lotion. Also, if it sits too long (a few weeks) it can start to separate.

I was just wondering if anyone has any tips/tricks that I could try. It works really well for moisturizing, it just doesn't look right. I want to try selling it but I don't know if anyone will buy it because it looks homeade...

Rowan MoonDragon
August 29th, 2009, 09:56 PM
How are you making it? Are you using a blender? Is it a set recipe?

As far as the separation goes, because of the lack of preservatives, it is going to separate. You can keep it in the fridge to make it last longer but separating isn't a big deal...you just mix it up again. Homemade lotion doesn't last as long as store bought either because of the lac of preservatives but you can add vitamin e to extend the shelf life.

Sequoia
August 29th, 2009, 10:07 PM
It sounds like you need an emulsifier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emulsifier#Emulsifier).

In fact, it sounds like Lecithin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecithin) might be good for your purposes. This recipe (http://www.flixya.com/post/bobotfel/58151/HOMEMADE_LOTION) gives an idea of how much you might need to use, and it looks like you should be able to purchase it at health food stores.

Rowan MoonDragon
August 29th, 2009, 10:32 PM
It sounds like you need an emulsifier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emulsifier#Emulsifier).

In fact, it sounds like Lecithin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecithin) might be good for your purposes. This recipe (http://www.flixya.com/post/bobotfel/58151/HOMEMADE_LOTION) gives an idea of how much you might need to use, and it looks like you should be able to purchase it at health food stores.

Awesomel! Thanks Sequoia! I just learned something new. *happy dance*

Sequoia
August 29th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Awesomel! Thanks Sequoia! I just learned something new. *happy dance*

hehe no problem! I just thought to myself, "Sounds like she needs an emulsifier..." so I looked up what kinds there were, and Lecithin popped out to me. So I researched it a tad, and there it was!

Rowan MoonDragon
August 29th, 2009, 11:46 PM
Tell that hould definately solve the separating problem. WOOT!

As far as the smoothness, the water should be room temperature, as should the oil. The blender should be on a slow speed and you add the melted beeswax very slowly. If you add it too fast, or if the water & oil mixture is too cold, then it can lump up. You will have to have a scraper handy as the mixture might ball up in the blender and stick to the sides. Cold water and the beeswax not being added slow enough would definately be reasons for the end result not being smooth. You also have to add the EO after everything is mixed then fold it in.

I hope that helps.

Arani
August 30th, 2009, 11:01 AM
Thank you all for your replies! I actually am not using a blender, I blend it by hand. I also have been heating the beeswax and oil together, so I will try heating the beeswax separately.

Well, I'm off to the store to get some vitamin e oil and lecithin!

Arani
August 31st, 2009, 12:55 AM
All I could find was Lecithin soft caps (as in vitamins you take). It says it's concentrated so I will have to play around with it a bit. I was originally using the beeswax as an emulsifier so I may try different combinations. I will let ya'll know how it turns out!

Rudas Starblaze
August 31st, 2009, 01:03 AM
see this thread.....

http://mysticwicks.com/showthread.php?t=219829






















i know, i know, that was WAYYYYYY outta order wasnt it!? :rollingla

Sequoia
August 31st, 2009, 04:40 PM
All I could find was Lecithin soft caps (as in vitamins you take). It says it's concentrated so I will have to play around with it a bit. I was originally using the beeswax as an emulsifier so I may try different combinations. I will let ya'll know how it turns out!

Say, do you have any sources on beeswax as an emulsifier? Because I've had a professional beeswax lotion before, and it had to have a separate emulsifier. :)

Arani
August 31st, 2009, 09:21 PM
This is the link I first found when trying to make my own lotion:

http://www.essortment.com/lifestyle/homemadecheapb_seuo.htm

I have had to tweak the recipe. I use 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 water and 2 TBS of beeswax (solid). I melt the beeswax in the oil in the microwave. Then I slowly stir in the water. I whisk it together until it starts to get cool. It's gotten better, but it still isn't where I want it. I am going to make some tomorrow.

Arani
August 31st, 2009, 09:21 PM
This is the link I first found when trying to make my own lotion:

http://www.essortment.com/lifestyle/homemadecheapb_seuo.htm

I have had to tweak the recipe. I use 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 water and 2 TBS of beeswax (solid). I melt the beeswax in the oil in the microwave. Then I slowly stir in the water. I whisk it together until it starts to get cool. It's gotten better, but it still isn't where I want it. I am going to make some tomorrow.

dtalche
August 31st, 2009, 11:26 PM
This won't work if you are going for a completely natural lotion.

They make emulsifying wax that provides a better emulsion than beeswax you'll have to order it online though from a place like http://www.thesage.com/catalog/LotionSupplies.html. I gave up on using beeswax is my lotions because I could not get the stable emulsion I wanted, emulsifying wax worked wonderfully. The above site also carriers several types of preservatives if you wanted to look into those.