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Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Final Results

The five lotions dabbed onto my arms.

The five lotions dabbed onto my arms.

I finally found my test batch bottles! They were hiding in the only suitcase that I hadn’t gotten to yet! I’m so glad that I can now review these lotions.

To briefly review, I made test batches using the Granny’s Favorite Lotion recipe. I made five batches of lotion using Liquid Glycerin, Hydrovance, HoneyQuat, Sodium Lactate, and Honey as my different humectants.

I tested all of the lotions on my arms at the same time so I could have the most accurate test. This also helped me make sure my feelings weren’t confused by a time delay in the testing. So, I’ll stop chatting your ears off and tell you about my tests!

Liquid Glycerin: The lotion had a faint tacky feel as it was rubbed in. After 30 minutes, the skin had a slightly waxy feeling that had some nice drag. Sadly, the feeling went away after the skin was washed and the skin felt in need of lotion again.

Labels noting which samples were placed on my arms.

Labels noting which samples were placed on my arms.

Honey: The lotion had a faint sticky feeling as it was rubbed in. After 30 minutes, the skin had a sticky feeling that felt lightly sugary sticky. Like the Liquid Glycerin, the feeling went away after the skin was washed.

HoneyQuat: The lotion has a similar feeling to Honey as it was rubbed in, just less sticky. After 30 minutes, the skin had a soft velvety feeling that only slightly had a little drag. After washing, the skin felt softer and not in need of lotion again.

Hydrovance: The lotion has a slip and glide when rubbed in. After 30 minutes, the skin had a soft velvety feeling that felt moist to the touch. After washing, the skin dewy and ready to go without more!

Sodium Lactate: The lotion has a powdery glide when rubbed in. After 30 minutes, the skin had a velvety feel with a little extra drag. After washing, the skin felt soft, dewy and not in need of lotion for a while.

Now, my favorite humectants by rank! From the bottom to top!

5) Honey – The faint sticky feel from the lotion just didn’t do it for me. This humectant might shine for me if used in a foot cream. I personally would rather use honey in soaps or cooking!
4) Liquid Glycerin – While I learned how to make lotions with Liquid Glycerin, I think I prefer not using it in lotions that would be used in dry climates. (Utah) I think this would shine best in light daily after shower lotions.
3) HoneyQuat – I liked using HoneyQuat, but I think it has a stronger showing in thicker lotions or bath product additions.
2) Sodium Lactate – I enjoyed the Sodium Lactate and I think this preforms best in products that want a velvety feeling in the finished product.
1) Hydrovance – My favorite humectant for the versatility and long term moisturizing. I’m one of those who prefers to only apply lotion once or twice a day, so this works for me!

What do you think? I hope you enjoyed this comparison as much as I have!

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