This has got to be my favorite bath and body moisturising product. Smooth, silky and ooohhh, so creamy. So far it is the least greasy feeling handmade lotion/cream I have ever used.
Since this is a water based cream, you must use a preservative. I recommend using Optiphen Plus because it is paraben and urea free and has been approved world wide.
34 grams Shea Butter
20 grams Camellia Tea Seed Oil (other alternatives would be apricot kernel, hempseed or more grapeseed oil)
20 grams Herb infused Grapeseed Oil (the infusion is optional..I use calendula petals)
12 grams Vegetable Glycerin
24 grams Conditioning Emulsifier (Incroquat Behenyl TMS-50 - it's derived from rapeseed oil)
18 grams Stearic Acid
350 grams Distilled Water (I replace 35 grams of water with pure aloe gel)
2 grams Vitamin E
5 grams Optiphen Plus
Essential or Fragrance Oil
Measure out water, shea butter, camellia and grapeseed oils, stearic, glycerin, aloe (if using) and the emulsifier.
Place in 4 cup plastic measuring cup and microwave in 20 second bursts until the emulsifier pellets have melted.
Using your stick blender, carefully pulse blend mixture until it is thick and creamy....this may take awhile. As the cream cools, it will thicken.
Once the cream is below 140 degrees F / 60 degrees C, you can add the Vitamin E, Optiphen Plus and the essential/fragrance oils. It is important to wait for the cream to cool before adding these ingredients...the scent will evaporate and the preservatives won't work if you ignore this rule.
Spoon into jars and seal when cool.