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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.
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
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.
- emulsifiers around 4%
- thickener around 2%
- selection of vegetable oil at around 8%
- 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.