- Difficulty: Moderate
- Makes: 4 x 50ml pump bottles or jars
- Time: 1 hour
- Stores for 1 year
If you’ve never made lotions before, then this may take a couple of attempts to get right. However, this is not rocket science so once you get the few basics right, it’s going to be pretty straight forward.
Now, why would you want to make your own moisturisers when the shops are full of pots filled with promises of eternal youth? It’s a bit like cooking. When you make your own you know exactly what goes in them, and you can always adjust them to your own liking.
The Diva Face Moisturiser was one of Peppy Galore’s best sellers, and I keep making it for my own skin. It has top quality ingredients which make the skin feel amazing.
There are two ingredients which are a must when you make lotions – an emulsifier (which mixes the oil with the water) and a preservative (which keeps your lotion from growing mold and fungus). I’m using Olivem 1000 as an emulsifier and Geogard Ultra as a preservative. These may be tricky for you to find, so you can also use the more commonly available Emulsifying Wax and Optiphen Preservative. Both work fine, and if you already have your favourites, then feel free to use them instead.
- 128g of boiled water
- 16g Macadamia Oil
- 16g Evening Primrose Oil
- 16g Calendula Oil
- 14g Olivem 1000 (Emulsifier)
- 6g Vegetable Glycerin
- 2g Geogard Ultra (preservative)
- 2g Vanilla Extract
Measure the macadamia oil, the evening primrose oil, the calendula oil and the emulsifier in a heatproof container. Place in a double boiler and heat until the emulsifying wax has completely melted into the oils.
While the oils are melting, measure the glycerin in another heat proof container. If you are using Geogard Ultra, measure that in a separate container. Boil the water and let it cool a little.
When your oils have melted, add the hot water into the glycerine, then add Geogard Ultra in the water. Mix well. If you are using another preservative, don’t add it at this point. You probably need to add it as the very last step, as it can’t handle very hot temperatures.
Next comes the exciting part! You’ll need a whisker. For this amount of lotion, a milk frother is ideal. Start your whisker and start whisking the oils. Then pour the water into the oil slooowly.
Your lotion will turn lumpy and look quite weird for a while, but just keep whisking. It takes at least 3 minutes for the lotion to form and for the lumps and bumps to smooth out. Keep whisking. I usually go for at least 5 minutes, if not longer. When do you know it’s time to stop whisking? Simply stop whisking and wait for a minute or so. If the oils seem to rise to the top of the mixture, that means they are not properly mixed with the water and you need to keep going. Once you have a smooth white cream in your jar, you know you’re done.
Your lotion may start to thicken as it cools, although this may take quite some time. If you are using Optiphen, then you need to wait until your lotion is about body temperature before adding it to the mix. Otherwise the heat will kill its preservative powers.
This is also the point when you can add your vanilla oil. Vanilla is not very delicate, so it can be added before the lotion has properly cooled.
Once your lotion is ready, it’s time to bottle it. I’m using pump bottles, but you can use jars as well. Bottles are better because you don’t have to stick your finger into them in order to get your cream out. That means, you won’t be adding germs from your finger into the lotion, and that way your face moisturiser will stay fresher for longer.
You don’t need to sterilise your bottles or jars, but do give them a good wash first.
Fill the bottles or jars with a spoon, or if your lotion is still warm and runny, simply pour it in. This can be tricky, and jars are definitely easier here! Add the pumps and let the moisturisers cool completely before using.