Designing your own formulation

We love to share tips and recipes.

This article is a great introduction to making your own formulations.

This is day one of how to get creative and make your own simple lotion recipes.

Let’s dive right in and see what exactly is involved in designing your own formulation.

You can also join us here for step four, for more information on formulating your own skin cream.

Making a formulation

The basic outline of a lotion is as follows:

Light oils: 7 to 20%
Heavy oils: 5%
Body Butter: 5%
Water or water-soluble ingredients: 70 to 80%
Emulsifying wax: should be 5% of your oils.
Thickener: 3%
Vitamin E: 1% this may vary if you are adding other antioxidants
Preservative: 1% but always follow the manufacturer’s instructions

Making a basic facial lotion

Water phase

This should be about 80% of your formula; you could add water at 50 % and some other goodies, such as aloe vera up to 30%.

You may even consider completely substituting your water for a hydrosol; basically, in this phase, it’s your chance to get creative.

You can add humectants, anywhere between 2 to 5%
Follow the link to find out about humectants.

Oil phase

This should be about 15% of the recipe
  • emulsifiers around 4%
  • thickener around 2%
  • selection of vegetable oil at around 8%

Cooldown phase

This is up to 6%; this is the point where you will add the active part of the formulation.
  • preservative up to 1%
  • hydrolyzed proteins at 2%
  • panthenol 1-2% for repair and cellular regeneration in a moisturiser
  • essential oils and extracts around 1%

It would help if you put some procedures in place before making skin cream; this article does an excellent job explaining them.

2 thoughts on “Designing your own formulation

  1. Lauren says:

    soo happy I came across your blog. This information is all priceless!
    Question for you, I’m wanting to make two formulas a cleanser and a gel mask. I want to add sea moss gel as the main ingredient to both of them. At which stage would you suggest adding that as there is water in the sea moss gel. Would it be in the last phase? Thank you so much in advance 🙂

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