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Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:57 pm      Reply with quote
I have been trying to make my own lotion in a blender and I all I keep doing is wasting expensive oil and cleaning up a greasy curdled mess! I came across a great recipe for olive oil lotion. It is as follows,

2TB lecithin
6Tb oil
1 cup of distilled water

states to warm oil and lecitin, then slowly whisk in water.

Well I have tried adding the water slowly, whisking it( till my hand fell off), using my stick blender, my stand mixture, and even my real blender, which is total mess from my experiment! It seems like it should be so easy. I have tried adding the oil to the water instead of water to oil. Does anyone have an idea of where I am going wrong? I am so frustrated. My poor dry skin would love this recipe.. but I just can't get it right! Also, should I save my failed attempts? Are they salvageable? Basically they look like curdled cheese floating in milky water! Thanks so much for coming to my rescue!
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Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:41 pm      Reply with quote
lecithin is a secondary emulsifier - used more to stabilize an emuslion & as a delivery agent for actives. You need to use a traditional w/o emulsifier. The batches that you have are not salvagable, I would toss them if I were you.

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Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:53 am      Reply with quote
Try adding an Emulsifying Wax NF or Polawax NF. I have used the Emulsifying Wax NF, have not tried the Polawax NF but the beedback I have gotten is that Polawax NF is the best:

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Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:36 pm      Reply with quote
if you are trying to go the more "natural" route, try using beeswax.

check out this lotion recipe from herbs4all...i've used their calendula/rose body's heavy, and takes a bit of time to sink in, but it's been doing the job on my dry winter legs so far...

the recipe sounds to their c/r moisturizer...
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