Saturday, March 14, 2009

Unscented Coconut Lotion Recipe

This unscented Coconut Lotion recipe gives the benefit of a skin soothing, handmade lotion along with the beautiful natural fragrance of coconut.

It could be a treat to anyone with sensitivities to scent, either synthetic or essential oils, if you're tired of going with unscented lotions and skin care products all the time.

Unscented Coconut Lotion Recipe


10g mango or shea or other butter
15g virgin coconut de creme or virgin coconut oil
13g natramulse
6g stearic acid
2g lactic acid
3oz distilled water or tea
3.85oz chamomile or rose hydrosol (distilled water can be used in place of the floral water)
a few drops of hydrolized milk protein or venasilk
touch of iridescent glitter if desired

Put stearic acid into a large pyrex measuring cup. Place this in a pot of water on medium heat.

Add the ewax when the stearic acid is almost melted.

Take off heat and add the shea butter. When all is liquid place back on heat for a minute to add the virgin coconut de creme, then the nutri oil.

Remove from heat.

While the oils are melting, warm the distilled water and glycerine to roughly the same temps as the oils. (keep the oils as low as possible but not so low that the stearic acid solidifies again) When the oils mixed thoroughly slowly add and mix distilled water.

Wait until the last minute possible (coolest temps) to add the hydrosol very slowly so that the scent is retained. Add the hydrolized milk protein at this time.

I am playing with using tea's instead of plain water, I think Linden or Chamomile might be good in this recipe?

If you're using a preservative, add according to manufacturer's instructions and bottle into clean bottles.

Slather all over yourself and SNIFF :0)

I am working on a version of this recipe in cream form. Also I think it would be great with unrefined cocoa butter but if you're using it in the lotion version you may want to adjust the stearic acid a touch. I'll post as soon as I've played :0)

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EdenSong Essentials said...

The instructions for this cream don't match up with the list of ingredients.

I'm assuming the reference to ewax means the natramulse.

The instructions say warm the distilled water and glycerin, yet there's no glycerin listed. Then later it says to add the hydrosol when it's cooled, yet the instructions suggest using hydrosols for all the water phase.

What's nutri oil? It's not listed. When is the lactic acid added?

I hope you will clarify the above for your readers.

Lori Stoia said...

Thanks for bring that up! I will have to contact the original author on this one since I did not create this recipe.

Will try to find out an answer for you and post info when I get it.

Lori Stoia said...

Here is the response from the author of the recipe:

recipe is really old so I would have been using ewax in it, I didn't have natramulse yet. As a rule I think
you can sub it or you may want to use a little touch more natramulse.

If you want to use glycerin (that would be optional) it would just be a very small little bit, that's all I ever use or it becomes

I don't have the recipe right in front of me (could you send the link so that I can fix it?) but it probably means if you are not using only hydrosols that you can add them when it's cooled, generally I like to add anything nutritive at the lowest temps possible although this can take some
playing to get the best results.

Nutri oil is a form of coconut oil that has a bit of fractionated coconut oil in it so it is more of a liquid although it will go solid when cold as well. I used to carry
it but don't any longer.

I haven't used lactic acid for quite awhile, you probably should add it to the water phase (at the same time as the hydrosols if you are adding them last) but I don't know the best temps off the top of my head. A quick google search would probably be a good idea for more details on using lactic acid.

EdenSong Essentials said...

Thanks, Lori. Sounds like the recipe needs to be reworked. :)

Lori Stoia said...

It is not my original recipe. I contacted the author and she is working on it.