I just got some pure cocoa butter and its hard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I had no idea!<br><br>
Now what do I do to turn this into lotion?
Lotion is an oil and water emulsion - is that what you're wanting to make? Or do you want to make a body butter with just butters and oils?<br><br>
If you just want butters and oils, just melt the cocoa butter and add another liquid oil to it - try 60% cocoa butter to 40% liquid oil (sunflower, safflower, olive, avocado etc..... You can either whip this together for a lighter fluffier consistancy or just mix them together and let them cool for a denser consistancy.
Thanks! I think I want a body butter. ds gets really dry patches, eczema maybe. Is there a specific oil you are aware of that is better for eczema? I have a blended oil that contains Vit E, Lanolin, Almond, olive and peanut - would that work?
oh and can I melt it over and over? Its in one container and like I said hard. If not I can try to chip some off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
Yes - you can melt it over and over but I'd just chip off what you need and leave the rest for next time.<br><br>
As far as eczema - I've had fabulous results with Emu but I don't know if that's a possibility for you. In your blend - everything sounds good except peanut. I would be elary of that one but I guess if your son doesn't have allergy issues it may be ok - I don't know. Peanut makes me nervous.
yeah me too. Didn't realize it when I bought it. Of course if I had known I needed to mix this I would have gotten something in the co-op when I bought it, oh well.<br><br>
Is shea butter the same way, so hard?<br><br>
I'm sure I could get some Emu but what else non animal might work? We have a pretty well stocked HFS that I can get most things at.
No, shea is softer. It's still a solid butter but you won't have to chip it off, you can scoop it out.<br><br>
As far as other oils, the ones I've heard are good for eczema are: hemp, evening primrose, seasame, wheat germ, kukui nut and Neem (but I've heard that the smell of neem is pretty strong. ) I'm sure there are others but those are the ones I know off hand.
Just oils and butters don't have to be refridgerated. If you had made a lotion without a preservative, you'd want to refridgerate that to help keep it from growing mold but since your butter doesn't have water, you don't have to preserve or refridgerate it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
Thanks for the private lesson <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I did refridgerate it long enough for it to set up. I put some on and its rather gritty. It did melt right into my skin though. However, if I were making it for someone else I'd like it to be smoother like a commercial lotion. Ideas?
Hmmm, gritty? It shouldn't be gritty with just cocoa butter and oil. Are you sure the cocoa butter was completely melted?<br><br>
I'd try melting it again, making sure it's completely melted and then allow it to come to room temperature - you can stir it while it's cooling down or put it in a mixer to keep it smooth and fluffier.<br><br>
But, oils and butters will never be like a commercial lotion. Commercial lotions have water and emulsifiers. They will be creamier. Butters and oils will be heavier and richer but shouldn't have a gritty feel.
Here's my recipe for my "owie keem" as Henry named it - or in adult parlance, eczema balm:<br><br>
30 g unrefined shea butter<br>
10 g avocado butter<br>
15 g wheat germ oil<br>
15 g emu oil<br>
10 g borage oil<br>
10 g evening primrose oil<br>
30 g soy wax flakes<br>
3 g Vitamin E<br><br>
You can sub beeswax for the soy and use 1/2 the amount, and sub the cocoa for the shea and avocado.
I mixed my cocoa butter with coconut oil. I don't know the proportion I ended up with though. It stays nice and soft at room temperature, makes the person using it smell like chocolate--<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
In my experience, from an allergy perspective, the fewer the ingredients, the better. Then it's easier to narrow down the culprit if there is a reaction.<br><br>
I'd be very leery of lanolin. That's as likely an allergen as peanut. Someone posted here recently that shea can be an allergen too for those allergic to latex--an allergy that is becoming more common.