The second thing I tackled after experimenting with making goats milk soaps was making lotions. I searched the internet for ideas and recipes and began to figure out what I did and didn't like to get my recipe just how I wanted it.
One of the first videos I can across was from the website Our Simple Farm. There is also a wealth of information on SoapQueen.com (including information on the proper way to label your products). There are also many websites that offer information on exactly what different oils do for your skin. So do some research when you start working to make your own recipe, there is a ton of information out there!
Here is a VERY basic recipe to start with. Play with the oils and butters to decide what you like the best.
- 10.5 oz Pasteurized Goat's Milk
- 10.5 oz Distilled Water
- 1.2 oz Shea Butter (or butters of your choice- cocoa butter, avocado butter are also very nice in lotions)
- 2.7 oz of oils of your choice. You can mix and match oils to fill this amount. Sweet Almond, Avocado, Jojoba, Coconut, and Argan Oils are all very nice on your skin)
- 1.2 oz Emulsifying Wax
- 1 oz Stearic Acid
- .3-.4 oz Preservative of your choice. I use Germall Powder. Optiphen is also a good choice
- .2 oz Fragrance or essential oil
Tools You Will Need
- Stick Blender
- Stainless Steal spoons
- 4 Cup measuring cups (2)
- Digital scale
- Your Lotion Ingredients
- Lotion Bottles in your choice of size
Gather your supplies
Pasteurize Your Milk
Sanitize your utensils, measuring cups, and stick blender in a hot water and bleach solution
Measure your liquids and warm them to about 80- 100*
Measure your Oils and Butters
Heat Your Oils and Butters and Add your Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax- Stir to melt
Add your liquids to your oil mixture
Blend with your stick blender (it will thicken)
Test the temperature of your lotion to make sure it is within the recommended allowances of your preservative
Add your preservative
Add your fragrance oil
Blend with your stick blender once again
Your lotion it ready!
Pour your lotion into bottles
Label Your Product!
Description and the amount of product in ounces and milliliters should be listed on the front
Ingredients listed with INCI Names should be on the back along with the name of your shop, web address and physical location where the lotion was made. It is also advised to include a statement that your product has not been tested if you have not done so with the FDA.