I'm using many of the same ingredients as my previous lotions with this emulsifier, so I'll refer you to the related posts links below to learn more about why I'm including allantoin, panthenol, and sea kelp bioferment.
babassu oil. It's a solid oil very similar to coconut oil, but it offers a non-greasy silky feeling. It melts at slightly above room temperature - 24˚C or 76˚F - so it'll melt on contact with your skin. It's a wonderful inclusion in this recipe if you're looking for a light, non-greasy moisturizer or body milk. Because it's solid at room temperature, you'll get a thicker lotion with this inclusion, more like the first one I did in this series. (This one with silicones and esters...)
Please note, I am not responsible for your addiction to babassu oil. I will not encourage you to try it with kukui oil, like I do in this recipe, nor will I encourage you to try it in a body butter, like this recipe. Or to use it in a whipped butter, like this recipe or like this recipe. If you get addicted to it, don't come looking for me to blame! I warned you!
ARISTOFLEX AVC LOTION WITH BABASSU OIL, ALLANTOIN, AND PANTHENOL
89.5% distilled water
3% sea kelp bioferment
5% babassu oil
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
1% Aristoflex AVC
Measure distilled or de-ionized water into a container, then add the rest of the ingredients in order. You will need to melt the babassu oil slightly, so just heat it up in a double boiler for a few minutes until liquid, then add to the lotion container. Mix well. Bottle and rejoice!
Aristoflex AVC - light lotion with pumpkin seed, allantoin, and sea kelp bioferment
Aristoflex AVC - a serum with Vitamin C and ferulic acid
Aristoflex AVC - a light lotion with NAG, ceramides, and quaternized rice
Aristoflex AVC - a light lotion with resveratrol, allantoin, and panthenol
You can make it thicker by using cetyl alcohol or stearic acid, but you have to melt the ingredients, which means you aren't making it cold any more. That's not a bad thing - we did it with the babassu oil - but remember you don't really want to go above 5% oils and 1% Aristoflex AVC, so you don't have much space to play with emollients.
If you're hoping to use an extract with this emulsifier, do a small test batch to see how it reacts. I had the bright idea to use liquid cucumber extract and marshmallow extract, and I ended up with a gross mess. I'm not sure which one was the culprit - which is why I tell you to add one ingredient at a time to a recipe - but I'm so glad I didn't start with 500 grams!
I have 500 grams, which will probably last me a lifetime, or at least 500 - 100 gram batches of lotion, which is, as you can imagine, a whole lotta moisturizing for one person!
Join me Tuesday as we take a look at another cold process emulsifier, Sepiplus 400! (I get a four day weekend for Easter, so I'll be doing lots of playing in the workshop and updating you as I go, as well as answering your questions and comments, so join me for those, too!)