Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion
|Do you know what I have been thinking about today? A vacation. Just get away from the stress of everyday life. I am imagining a sandy beach, a iced tea and lots of sun. Though I can’t just pick up and leave as much as I would like to, I have been inspired by a wonderful children’s book called Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise. If you haven’t read the book, it is about Moe the dog. He wants to go on a vacation to Tahiti, but he doesn’t have the money to go. So Moe and his friend Arlene bring Tahiti to them! Moe even goes as far is to bring sand into his living room! While I won’t be going that far, I will be doing what I can to bring a little bit of tropical paradise to me.
To start I used Emulsifying wax. Emulsifying Wax keeps the oil and water from separating. This is very important when you want to keep your products emulsified. There is nothing more frustrating than making a cream and coming back to it two hours, four hours, or even a day later to find that it has separated on you. Emulsifying Wax is here to the rescue!
Next I used Carnauba Wax. Carnauba Wax is used as a thickener. This replaces the more commonly used Steric Acid. There are many available thickeners that you can use. Feel free to change it up. Note any differences different thickeners give your formulations.
The shining star of this formulation is the Virgin Coconut Oil. The Virgin Coconut Oil has a wonderful odor. If you haven’t tried Virgin Coconut Oil yet, you are missing out! It is perfect Hydrovance is very effective at moisturizing skin while living little to no residue. Isn’t that wonderful?!
One of the most important things to consider when formulating a lotion is a preservative. I preservative means that your lotion is preventing microbes and bacteria from growing within it. We don’t want our jars of fabulous lotion to become petri dishes. Imagine going to a biology lab opening a petri dish covered in bacteria and mold and all kinds of other microbes, rubbing it on your hands and then going home, going to work, or even cooking dinner. It sounds so gross, right? Preservatives helps prevent your lotion from becoming a petri dish. They are a necessity! There are many preservatives available on the market today. I prefer to use ones that are very versatile. For this particular formulation I used Liquid Germall Plus.
Last but not least is the fragrance oil. I chose coconut because we are also using the Virgin Coconut Oil. I wanted a more intense sent. Remember there are also several coconut fragrances in our catalog. You can use Coconut Milk, Toasted Coconut, Pina Colada and more! Let’s go bring the beach to us!
Weigh all of the ingredients except the Liquid Germall Plus and Coconut Fragrance Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Stir and allow it to cool slightly. Add the Liquid Germall Plus and Coconut Fragrance Oil. Stir occasionally as the mixture continues to cool. Once it has cooled completely, transfer to containers of your desired size. I used bottles with treatment pumps. Enjoy!