Lotions, creams, body butters, and moisturisers.
You can get really creative, making all of these formulas.
Lotions and moisturisers are more fluid than thicker body creams; they usually contain fewer oils, emulsifier, and thickeners.
Body butters are richer and contain thicker oils than botanical butters.
Creating your own homemade products is really fun, however, there are a few guidelines that you need to follow.
Beyond that, the possibilities for inventing and making your own creams and products are endless. Join us here for step two.
How to make cream
All of the recipes are simple and easy to create; they don’t require special equipment and most of it you can find in your own kitchen.
Throughout our recipes, we do switch between listing ingredients in volume and weight.
Therefore, having very accurate scales is important, because even 1 gram can differentiate your overall recipe.
Beyond a good set of scales for the home crafter, your equipment does not have to be expensive.
Before you begin, you need to have good personal hygiene and sterilisation practices in place, so ensure that you thoroughly sterilize everything with isopropyl alcohol.
What you need
The following information lists all the equipment you need before you learn how to make cream.
- You will need to have handy 2 x double boilers, otherwise known as bain-marie, as you don’t want to heat the delicate ingredients directly on the heat. Failing that, why not create your own double boiler, by first filling a large saucepan with water. Then, place your ingredients in a heatproof bowl or Pyrex jug, sit it in the pan, and simmer your water until it reaches the required temperature. For more information on formulating the different phases, click here
- You will also need a selection of different sized stainless steel pans
- Good, accurate digital scales. You can easily pick up one that weighs 1.0 grams quite reasonably. For much smaller amounts, such as weighing extracts, you will require a scale that weighs 0.1 grams, which may be more expensive
- A thermometer for up to 100 C; a candy thermometer is ideal
- Labels and marker pens
- A calculator will always come in handy
- Always have a couple of heatproof glass measuring jugs handy
- A couple of spatulas, to scrape the last amount of cream into your jars
- Pipettes or eye droppers, especially when dealing with fragrance or essential oil
- A selection of heat-resistant metal or glass bowls
- A metal sieve is always useful
- An electric hand mixer or stick blender for making lotions, with a beater attachment and a regular hand whisk
- Funnels to pour the lotion into bottles
- A notebook and marking pens for the recipes; you will need to write down every formula you create
- Jars and bottles for the formulas
- A selection of metal spoons; plastic or wood are not hygienic enough
- A selection of measuring spoons
Keen to learn how to make your own moisturiser, but need more tuition? This article is a great place to start.