In this post, I will share how to formulate a STABLE natural body lotion. I will include some percentages which you can customize. Lotions, at their core, are three different ingredients—water, oil, and emulsifier. As you know, water and oil do not mix. They need something to aid in dispersing one into another. The emulsifier we will use today is Ritamulse SCG (INCI: Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteryl Alcohol, and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate). This emulsifier is a complete emulsifier that can be used in a pH range of 5-7.5. The max oil phase you can have is 25%. It is suggested usage rate is 2-10%. I have found from doing real-time stability testing that It should be 6% or greater. In this formulation, I am going to be using 6%.
Frankly, I was in need of a lip balm and just threw this formulation together from other formulas that I have made. The base oil I choose was Safflower Oil. I have a post on the difference between sunflower and safflower oil and you can read that here (Link)
Formulating your own cosmetics is so rewarding. So for this free post, I want to share three easy formulations that you can make for the new year. I will focus on easy ingredients that you can find readily on Amazon. These will be great first-time projects. This post will assume that you know how to scale formulations. If you do not then please read this post. (Link)
The equipment that you will need is a scale, glass beaker, something to stir with like a lab spoon, and something to whisk. Make sure whatever that you use, it is only for formulating and not for food.
For the ingredients, I want a liquid oil, refined shea butter, beeswax, and vitamin E. Let's talk about these.
You are at your own risk when making anything from this blog. I am not liable for any mishaps that may occur. I do my best to include everything in the procedure so, that accident are less likely occur!