This is an incredible hand and body lotion recipe. Friends have asked me to give it to them for gifts! It makes your skin incredibly soft and smooth; better than any other lotion I have ever tried! I order my supplies at Brambleberry or you can find them on ebay, maybe even Amazon. There is an initial investment but one order has lasted me many years.
1/4 teaspoon or 1.2 grams citric acid
1 Tablespoon or 15 grams liquid glycerin
1 Tablespoon or 15 grams stearic acid
5 teaspoons or 25 grams ewax
6 Tablespoons or 90 grams sunflower oil or avocado oil
1 cup or 237 grams water
2 teaspoons or 10 grams shea butter
1 teaspoon or 5 grams germaben II
1 teaspoon or 5 grams liquid silk (optional)
Essential oil to scent (Brambleberry has incredible ones or leave it out if you don't want it to smell.)
Makes 16 ounces of lotion.
In a small sauce pan combine citric acid, liquid glycerin, stearic acid, e-wax, sunflower oil, shea butter, and water. Heat all this until the e-wax has melted. Remove from the heat and stir. Keep stirring until it looks milky which doesn't take too long.
Let the lotion mixture cool down until it reaches 110 degrees, stirring occasionally.
At that point, add the germaben II, liquid silk and fragrance oil. Stir well.
Pour lotion into clean bottles or containers and let it cool completely. Give the bottles a good shake every few hours afterwards. Sometimes you will notice the water separating from the lotion but a few shakes will take care of that problem. The next day, the lotion should be nice and thick. If it turns out to be watery, it is still very usable and moisturizing.
If you want a face and body lotion that is completely chemical free, inexpensive, and made with coconut oil, aloe vera, and herbs go HERE. I made it once for my sister and now this is the only thing she wants for her birthday. It has no preservatives in it at all and lasts a long, long time. It has never gone bad on me! (However, I like this one a lot more since it is not greasy feeling at all.)
Yes, this does take some work but it is well worth it and it's expensive initially but the supplies last for years!