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How do I fix my homemade lotion?

Asked by Paxan8 (452 points ) July 26th, 2010

Here is my dilemma, I have just made my first batch of homemade body butter and I am quite pleased with the consistency as it it is very light and fluffy however, I am very disappointed in the absorbency factor. I don’t want to ruin the consistency and I don’t know which ingredient I am missing or what I can add so it will absorb into my skin. Right now, although it goes on very smoothly (I am so proud my first batch came out without being waxy or lumpy:) , it just sits on the top of my skin and takes several hours to permeate. I’m not sure if I need to add more oil or more liquid or more emulsifying wax or if I am missing an ingredient all together. I have seen many recipes that include Borax but I don’t think that’s for absorption I think it’s for stability and my product already seems to be stable.
So far here is my list of ingredients they are all therapeutic grade in quality.
½ cup beeswax
½ cup emulsifying wax
¼ cup cocoa butter
⅔ illipe butter
½ cup green tea
1 cup mangosteen juice
1 cup pure aloe juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
1 tbsp vitamin C oil
1 tbsp various essential oils

I am afraid if I add more oil it may become too oily or heavy, and if I add more liquid it may become too runny. The batch produced a lot more than I expected and I don’t want to ruin the whole batch because I am a novice and waste the ingredients. Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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6 Answers

JLeslie's avatar

Almost all of your ingredients seem they would not absorb into the skin readily. I don’t think anything will get all of those oils and butters to absorb completely. But, hopefully someone will have an answer for you that will work. It does sound healthy for the skin though, to moisturize it, but not for daily use before putting on clothing.

ninahenry's avatar

A lot of companies use these ingredients and promote their product as good for the skin and with natural ingredients but they have to add chemicals to make them more absorbent. A lot of the ingredients you have listed can be taken orally so if you cannot find a solution I would suggest talking to a nutritionist and figuring out if these would be suitable supplements for you. To make your skin more absorbent to the product, shower and exfoliate and pat dry before using the moisturiser. Cocoa butter is pretty absorbant, as is shea butter (slightly thicker so would be suited to knees, elbows and the soles of the feet). What’s probably sitting on top of the skin are the oils so I wouldn’t add any more of those. I hope you find a solution to your problem!

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Was there anything with mineral oil or petroleum jelly in it? The molecules in those are too big to absorb through the skin and they just sit on top of the skin. Beeswax is also too large to be absorbed.

Paxan8's avatar

Thank you everyone. Actually I went back and looked up the recipes again. I needed to add equal amounts of waxes and oils, I thought by adding addtional liquids would compensate for that. I added another 1.5 cups of olive oil and it’s amazing. I wouldn’t use mineral oil or petroleum jelly becasue they are pore clogging and processed and would negate the all natural product I am trying to create.
I just applied some it it absorbed right into my skin and felt amazingly lux.

ninahenry's avatar

yaaaaaay :) enjoy it!

Paxan8's avatar

Thank you. I can’t not believe how silky smooth my skin was when I woke up this morning. I am never going to use store bought lotion again. It even softened the calluses on my feet. I can’t wait to see what I feel like after a week.

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