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Di's Delightful Creations & Crafts

Creams~Lotions~Lotion Bars

Reipes are listed as Creams, then Lotions, and finally Lotion Bars (after Helpful Tips)

Helpful Tips

Normally, hand made creams have a shelf life of 3 to 6 months.
An essential oil to add to creams for prolonged shelf life is any citrus type essential oil like manderin, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, etc. Some have actually boiled grapefruit peels and used the grapefruit water as the water for the cream as an added preservative.

DEODERIZING USED BOTTLES
To get the smell out of bottles that have contained fragrances, use rubbing alcohol.

TESTING OIL BLENDS
Toothpicks
Example: if you are making a blend with two parts lemongrass & one part cedarwood. Dip 1/2 of two toothpicks into the lemongrass and 1/2 of another one in the cedarwood then hold them all together to smell. You can also keep them together for a few days to see if one scent overpowers any others.

CREAM RECIPES

HAND CREAM
3 T mashed almonds
2 T comfrey root (dried)
1 T chopped parsley
1 egg
1 T honey
1 T glycerin
Mix almond meal, comfrey root and parsley in a small bowl and set aside.
In another bowl, mix egg, honey and glycerin. Stir in 3 tbsp of the almond mixture. Rub the mixture gently into your hands, letting it penetrate for 20-30 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Refrigerate mixture between uses.

HAND CREAM VARIATION
1 Cup Coconut Oil
3/4 of an ounce Beeswax (2 and 1/2 T.)
1 cup of luke warm distilled water
30 to 50 drops Essential oil
Place coconut oil and beeswax in glass bowl and set into a sauce pan of water. You want to heat this mixture just until the beeswax melts.
Remove the cup from the sauce pan. Cool for a few minutes, but not long enough for the beeswax to harden.
Pour the warm water into the blender through a funnel and turn the blender on high speed slowly adding the oil-beeswax mixture, a small amount at a time.
The mixture should begin to harden after about three quarters of the oil has been added in the blender.
Add the rest of the oil you have left slowly, until the mixture becomes too stiff to take any more oil, which doesn't happen very often.
Add the essential oils last, turning on the blender just enough to blend the oils. Be careful at this point to not over blend the mixture.
Use a spoon or spatula and scoop the cream into your 1 or 2 ounce jars.
Store any extra cream in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.
Normally, hand made creams have a shelf life of 3 to 6 months.


CUTICLE CREAM
3 T paraffin
1/2 cup mineral oil
1 T coconut oil
1 T glycerin
Slowly heat paraffin with the oils in a double boiler. Stir until blended. Add in the glycerin and remove from heat. Let cool before using

LEMON CLEANSING CREAM
1 T. beeswax
3 T. veg oil
1 T. witch hazel
1 T. lemon juice
1/8 t. borax
6 drops lemon essence oil
Over low heat, gently melt beeswax in the veg oil. Beat for 5 minutes until mixture has a creamy, smooth consistency.
In a separate pot gently warm witch hazel and lemon juice; stir in borax until dissolved and add to cream. Beat steadily.
After the cream has cooled stir in the lemon essence oil. Then spoon into jars.

BUG REPELLANT CREAM
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup mineral oil
1 t. coconut oil
2 T. beeswax
1/8 t. borax powder
1/4 cup distilled water
5 drops lemongrass essence oil
3 drops citronella essence oil
20 drops lavender essence oil
10 drops rosemary essence oil
10 drops eucalyptus essence oil
10 drops pine needle essence oil
20 drops cedarwood essence oil
Melt together grapeseed oil, beeswax and coconut oil.
While wax is melting, put distilled water and borax in a pint jelly jar, and microwave for less than a minute, to dissolve borax.
When beeswax is melted, pour oil/wax mixture into borax/water mixture, and stir to blend. Add all the essence oils, then put the lid on the jelly jar and SHAKE vigorously. Shake, then check, until mixture starts to become a cream (it wont take long).
Makes 1 pint.

FLORAL CREAM
1/4 C Distilled water
1/2 t. Borax powder
3 T. Grated beeswax
1/2 C Mineral oil
1 t. Liquid lanolin
5 drops each: honeysuckle; carnation; mimosa
Boil the water and add the Borax powder, stirring until dissolved. Let this mixture simmer.
In a separate heavy saucepan, add mineral oil, lanolin and beeswax, and place over low heat. Stir until the beeswax has dissolved.
Pour the oil/beeswax mixture into a bowl and slowly drizzle the simmering water/borax mixture while stirring with a wire whisk. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes a thick, white cream and has cooled to room temperature, approximately 15 minutes.
Stir in the fragrance oils until well blended.
Spoon into a bottle or jar.

STRETCH MARK CREAM
1/4 C cocoa butter
1 T wheat germ oil
1 t light sesame seed oil
1 t apricot kernel oil
1 t vitamin E oil
2 t grated beeswax
1 t vanilla extract (optional)
Mix together all ingredients except the vanilla extract.
Heat the mixture gently until the cocoa butter and beeswax have melted; stir well.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, if desired.
Allow to cool completely.
Store in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.

CREME BATH OIL SOAK
3 eggs
1/4 c + 1 t. witch hazel
1/4 c + 1 t. corn oil
1 t. Cider vinegar
1/2 c Yogurt
2 T. Melted butter
1 3/4 c Whole milk
1 c Peach or apricot juice
Melt butter and mix with corn oil. Let stand one hour.
Mix eggs and stir gently.
Add all ingredients one at a time to blender - adding 1 c of milk last. Beat at low speed. Turn off blender and add last 3/4 c milk unbeaten. Stir and enjoy.
Keep refrigerated for freshness.
Shake and add 1/2 c to your tub.
Makes 3 cups - enough for 6 baths.

WINTER MOISTURIZER
2 T. apricot kernal oil
1/4 c. grapeseed oil
1/4 c. stearic acid powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 T. aloa vera gel
1 cup water
Combine the oils and stearic acid powder and heat over low heat until stearic acid powder is melted.
Combine baking soda, aloe vera gel and water in microwave safe container. Microwave until just boiling (1 to 2 min).
Slowly add 1/3 of the water solution to the oil mixture and stir. Then using a blender, slowly add the rest of the water to the oil mixture and blend on high.
The mixture will be a white fluffy cream.
Spoon into a clean container and allow to cool completely.
Massage a small amount of the cream on your face and neck.
Store in a cool dry place.
Yield - 12 oz.

LOTION RECIPES

MAKING YOUR OWN LOTION
A lotion is an emulsion of oil and water.
An emulsifier is needed to cause the two to mix.
There are several things that can be used as emulsifiers:
Beeswax
Lecithin
Corn Starch (Corn Flour)
Borax
Egg yolk
To make the lotion, combine the emulsifier with the oils. (Warm if necessary). Then very slowly add the water stirring vigerously constantly.
Add any essential oils or fragrance oils that you desire.
Things that may be used in lotions are:
Essential oils
Fragrance oils
Flower waters
Infused oils
Glycerin
Cocoa or Shea Butter
Aloe Vera Gel
Honey
Lanolin
Herbs
Vitamins
Alcohol


CUCUMBER SUNBURN LOTION
Chop up a Cucumber and squeeze out the juice with a lemon-squeezer. Mix this with a quantity of glycerine and rose-water mixed together in equal parts.

DRY SKIN LOTION
1/8 t. Borax
1/4 c. Distilled water
1/2 c. Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 T. grated beeswax
1 t. scent
1/8 t. lecithin
1/2 c. Aloe Vera Gel
Combine water and borax. Bring borax and water almost to boiling.
In a seperate pan mix oil and beeswax and heat until wax is melted.
Slowly add borax/water to oil/beeswax, stirring briskly, a small wire whisk works perfectly or you can use a handblender. Add essential oils during the whisking process.
Let cool to room temp. Once lotion is at room temp add the 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel and whisk to incorporate fully into the lotion. Bottle.


LOTION VARIATION
In small pan over water melt
3 T. safflower oil
1 T. lanolin
1 T. cocoa butter
1/3 cup light mineral oil
1 t. almond extract or fragrance of your choice
Let cool
In a pint jar place
2 T. water
1 T. glycerine
1/4 cup plus 2 T. 70% ethanol alcohol
1 drop food color
When the oils are cool add to the pint jar and shake.
Divide into (2) 6 oz jars.
In about half an hour the lotion will separate into 3 different layers. Each one a different color. Shake and it becomes an emulsion, let stand and it separates again.

LOTION VARIATION
3/4 Cup cold pressed Vegetable Oil, such as Sweet Almond or Coconut oil. To make lotions which are thin based, use a liquid oil and not an oil of semi solid form.
1/2 of an ounce Beeswax (2 Tablespoons)
1 cup of luke warm distilled water
25 to 30 drops Essential oil of your choice
Place the coconut oil and beeswax into a glass bowl and place into a sauce pan of water. Heat this mixture on low just until the beeswax melts. Cool for a few minutes, but not long enough for the beeswax to harden back to solid form.
Insert a wide mouth funnel in the hole of the lid of the blender to reduce splattering. Pour the warm water into the blender through the funnel and turn the blender on high speed slowly adding the oil-beeswax mixture, a small amount at a time.
The mixture should begin to thicken after about three quarters of the oil has been added in the blender.
Add the essential oils last, turning on the blender just enough to blend the oils.
Use a spoon or spatula and scoop the cream into your 1 or 2 ounce jars.
Store any extra cream in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.

ROSE LOTION
1 cup sweet almond oil
1/2 cup beeswax
3/4 cup rosewater and glycerin blended together
1/4 teaspoon tincture of benzoin
1/4 oz Rose fragrance oil
In a glass pan on low heat, melt the oil and wax together, stirring often. When the oil/wax mixture has melted, remove from the heat.
Slowly blend in the rosewater/glycerin blend, while rapidly stirring until the mixture is evenly textured and cool.
Add the tincture of benzoin, followed by the rose fragrance.
Shelf life is 6 to 9 months

ROSEWATER SKIN LOTION
1 T Rose water
3 T rose soluble
2 cups water
2 T glycerin
2 capsules vitamin E (800 IU's)
1 T honey
1 T coconut oil
1 T olive oil
Break open capsules to remove vitamin E and combine with other ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
To use, apply to your skin with cotton balls.
Refrigerate between uses.

LOTION VARIATION
1/2 cup mint water (see note below)
1/8 t. borax powder
1/2 c. sunflower oil
1 t. coconut oil
1 t. grated beeswax
3-4 drops peppermint oil (optional)
Mix together the mint water and the borax, stirring until well mixed. Set aside.
Mix together the sunflower oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a glass measuring cup, and place in a pan of water. Heat over medium heat until the beeswax is melted (8 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Bring the mint solution almost to boiling (put the glass cup with the mint water/borax in the microwave on High for 1 minute, or use a water bath on the stove top).
Slowly add mint water/borax to the wax mixture in the blender and whip.
Allow the lotion to cool completely.
The consistentency may seem a bit thin, but it will thicken as it cools.
The lotion will be pale green in color. You may add the peppermint oil now if you wish.
Pour the lotion into a clean container with a lid.
To use, massage a small amount into your skin.
Note: Mint water is made by boiling fresh or dried mint leaves in water and then letting the mixture cool. Strain off the mint leaves. Use 1 cup fresh mint (1/4 cup dried mint leaves) to 1 cup water.

PROTECTIVE LOTION
2 t. castor oil
1 t. lanolin
1 1/2 t. cocoa butter
800 IU Vitamin E
5 drops lavender fragrance oil
3 drops tea tree essence oil
Melt the castor oil, lanolin, and cocoa butter over boiling water. When melted, remove from heat. Whisk the Vit. E into the mixture. When cool add the EOs, mixing well.
Store in a bottle or jar.

SUN TAN LOTION
3/4 c.water
3 tea bags (do not use instant tea)
1/4 c.lanolin
1/4 c.sesame oil
1/2 t.perfume (optional)
Heat the water to boiling, add tea bags. Leave them to brew for 20 minutes and squeeze them occasionally before removing.
Put lanolin, sesame oil and 1/4 cup strong tea into blender. Cover and process at low speed. Remove cap immediately and pour in the remaining tea in a steady stream. Use a rubber spatula to keep ingredients arend the processing blades.
Add perfume and give fragrance to the sun-tan lotion.

ROSEWATER & GLYCERIN LOTION
2 T. glycerine
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 cup distilled water
2 T. rosewater
Mix together all ingredients in an ovenproof glass bowl or pitcher. Heat until just boiling and thick, 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave on High (stirring every 30 seconds), or on the stove top in a water bath.
The lotion will be clear and jellylike; stir thoroughly and cool completely.
When the lotion is cool, pour into a clean, airtight container.
Note: If your lotion becomes too thick, you can thin it by adding water, one tablespoon at a time and stirring thoroughly.

EDIBLE LOTIONS
Use your standard lotion recipe, only make sure everything that goes into it can be consumed, like peppermint essence oil.
Use a simple blend of sweet almond, beeswax and cocoa butter. Use a couple capsules of lecithin to emulcify and have fun!

LOTION BAR RECIPES

Lotion bars are bars that look like soap. You rub the bar over your hands/body to moisturize.

Here are several variations
LOTION BAR
1 part Beeswax
1 part Cocoa Butter
1 part Coconut Oil
Melt together in top of double boiler, pour into bar molds (or whatever shape you want to make) When cool, remove from molds.

LOTION BAR
2 parts Beeswax
1 part Coconut Oil
1 part Cocoa Butter
Melt together in top of double boiler, pour into bar molds (or whatever shape you want to make) When cool, remove from molds.

LOTION BAR
2 parts Beeswax
1 part Coconut Oil
1 part Carrier Oil of choice
Several drops Peach fragrance oil
1 drop red food coloring
1 drop yellow food coloring


LOTION BAR
2 oz. Olive Oil
2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz. Beeswax
Essence or fragrance of your choice

LOTION BAR
1 part Beeswax
1 part Oil of your choice
Just melt the wax and oils in a double boiler, scent if you wish and pour into whatever small mold you like. Allow to harden. This is hard and wawy.

LOTION BAR
1/3 Beeswax
1/3 Olive Oil
1/3 split evenly between Avocado Oil and Shea Butter
Just melt the wax and oils in a double boiler, scent if you wish and pour into whatever small mold you like. Allow to harden.

LOTION BAR
2 parts Beeswax
1 part Cocoa Butter
1 part Oil of your choice (can be a mixture)
Melt the wax and oils in a double boiler, scent if you wish and pour into whatever small mold you like. Allow to harden.

LOTION BAR
2 oz. Olive Oil
2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz. Beeswax
Essence or fragrance of your choice (optional)
Just melt the wax and oils in a double boiler, scent if you wish and pour into whatever small mold you like. Allow to harden.

LOTION BAR
A combination Eucalyptus and Citronella in the bar as an EO may help keep the bugs away.

MOLDED MASSAGE OIL
3-4 T. solid vegetable shortening
2-3 T. solid cocoa butter
2 T. solid coconut oil
1 T. beeswax
1 T. paraffin wax
10 drops orange essential oil(or whatever you like.)
Heat all the above, except essential oil, in a microwave for approximately 3 minutes or melt in a double boiler. Stir until liquid. Beat for several minutes until emulsified and slightly thick. If it isn't thickening, place your bowl in ice water as you beat it.
Add in essential oil.
Pour into metal or lightly oiled plastic/glass molds.
Refrigerate until set.
Wrap in plastic and store in a cool place.
To use, just simply hand warm your molded oil and give a massage.


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