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Light Gift Lotion

Before I left for China, I made one last lotion in the blog kitchen. This lotion was meant to be light and soothing so I could give it as gifts to relatives and friends, people I had never met face to face before. My final lotion turned out to be fluid, easily absorbed with minimal residue, gave the skin a velvety feel, and was light enough to be used on the body or the face. This lotion won’t be a great foot moisturizer due to the light feel and quick absorption, but it does work wonders on hot and sweaty skin.

I chose Peach Kernel Oil for this lotion for the light feeling that oil has. The oil contributed a light velvety feel. Using the Peach Kernel Oil also meant the lotion didn’t leave a long lasting oily residue on the skin.

I also chose Squalane because it is olive based and comparable to the very oil our skin produces. This oil gives a non greasy feeling to the lotion. It can also give the skin a moisturized feel that doesn’t also feel like your skin gained weight!

My favorite additions to lotions are extracts. I added Green Tea, Orchid, Chamomile and Ivy extracts to this lotion as I not only like these extracts, but also because they appeal to the Chinese and their desire for herbal based products.

As this was a gift for Chinese family and friends, I decided to add some Liquid Silk to the lotion. This was my way using my lotion to acknowledge the history and importance of silk in China.

Collect needed items:

Peach Kernel Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Green Tea Extract
Orchid Extract

Ivy Extract
Chamomile Extract
Liquid Silk
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Germall Plus
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Microwave Safe Container
Bottles for Lotion

Recipe: (454 grams or 16 ounces)

Recipe in ounces:
10.24 ounces Water
2.24 ounces Peach Kernel Oil
0.96 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.8 ounces Squalane
0.48 ounces Hydrovance
0.16 ounces Green Tea Extract
0.16 ounces Orchid Extract
0.16 ounces Ivy Extract
0.16 ounces Chamomile Extract
0.16 ounces Liquid Silk
0.32 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
0.08 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.08 ounces Lemongrass Essential Oil
Recipe in grams:
290.6 grams Water
63.6 grams Peach Kernel Oil
27.2 grams Emulsifying Wax
22.7 grams Squalane
13.6 grams Hydrovance
4.5 grams Green Tea Extract
4.5 grams Orchid Extract
4.5 grams Ivy Extract
4.5 grams Chamomile Extract
4.5 grams Liquid Silk
9.1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
2.3 grams Liquid Germall Plus
2.3 grams Lemongrass Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
64% Water
14% Peach Kernel Oil
6% Emulsifying Wax
5% Squalane
3% Hydrovance
1% Green Tea Extract
1% Orchid Extract
1% Ivy Extract
1% Chamomile Extract
1% Liquid Silk
2% Vitamin E Acetate
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Lemongrass Essential Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add additives once the temperature drops to 120 F in the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into bottles and allow to cool completely before capping.

Notes: This lotion is very fluid. Bottles are great for this lotion due to the fluidity. I’ve even used this as a light daily face lotion. Next time I will make this lotion just for the face and I’ll put it in 2 oz PET Bottles with a treatment pump.

Finished product

Weighing the oils

Finished weighing the Additives

Blending the cream

Mixing in the Additives

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