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Bottoms Up Day 5

Bottoms Up Day 5

This is the last day of my Bottoms Up study.

If you have been following along, I hope that you have been learning how to tweak and test your formulas (whatever they may be) to get the product that you want.

I went crazy and added more ingredients today to see what that would do to the end product.

The Lanolin dropped to 5% to bring back a slightly less viscous formula, and I added Black Currant Oil, Orchid Extract, and Chamomile Extract. The extracts have been used to calm, soothe, and repair irritated skin.

INGREDIENTS:

Ingredients
HMP Shea Butter
Aloe Butter
Soy Wax
Cherry Oil
Lanolin
Black Currant Oil
Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil
Calendula Extract
Orchid Extract
Chamomile Extract
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

RECIPE:

Recipe in Grams (100 gr)
32 grams HMP Shea Butter
30 grams Aloe Butter
10 grams Soy Wax
8 grams Cherry Oil
5 grams Lanolin
2 grams Black Currant Oil
1 gram Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil
8 grams Calendula Extract
2 grams Orchid Extract
2 grams Chamomile Extract
Recipe in Ounces (4 oz)
1.28 ounces HMP Shea Butter
1.2 ounces Aloe Butter
0.4 ounce Soy Wax
0.32 ounce Cherry Oil
0.2 ounce Lanolin
0.08 ounce Black Currant Oil
0.04 ounce Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil
0.32 ounce Calendula Extract
0.08 ounce Orchid Extract
0.08 ounce Chamomile Extract
Recipe in Percentages
32% HMP Shea Butter
30% Aloe Butter
10% Soy Wax
8% Cherry Oil
5% Lanolin
2% Black Currant Oil
1% Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil
8% Calendula Extract
2% Orchid Extract
2% Chamomile Extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

Carefully weigh all ingredients in a microwave-safe container except for the Calendula, Orchid, and Chamomile Extracts. Microwave in short bursts (30-45 seconds) until the Soy Wax is completely melted. The mixture will be a brilliant, clear, orange color and extremely hot when completely melted.

Wait until the mixture cools down and is just warm to the touch before adding the extracts. Stir and immediately pour into jars or bottles. Let set overnight to completely firm.

Hard oils for the final formula are still Soy Wax, High Melt Point Shea Butter, and Aloe Butter.

Liquid Oils include Cherry Seed Oil, Black Currant Oil, Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil, Lanolin, Calendula Extract, Orchid Extract, and Chamomile Extract.

After melting and mixing in the extracts, pour into jars.

The finished oil in jars after hardening a few hours.

NOTES:

This recipe was a staff favorite. Everyone tried my different creations, rubbing this and that into their arms, and the vote was unanimous on this formula being the best for the intended product.

I agree 100%. I could not have predicted the feel of this recipe over the others. The addition of the Black Currant Oil, Orchid Extract, and Chamomile Extract made for a heavier ointment that was still easy to apply. It stays on the skin longer (which is want I would want in a baby bottom ointment), and it is perfectly viscous, light in odor, and the color is beautiful.

I hope that this study has been educational and fun for everyone. This has probably been my favorite blog to date.

While discussing this blog with other staff members, we decided that these recipes can be used for other things besides baby bottom ointment. I mentioned yesterday (Day 4) that that formula might be great for a foot balm. One person suggested that the Day 1 formulation could be used as a base for sore muscle rub, but to add Menthol Crystals. Hmmm, that is a good thought. Maybe that could be something we blog about in the future.

Which formula would be a favorite for you to use on your baby, or as a gift to a young mother in your life? How would you change the recipes to suit your needs?
Joy

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