Even though I haven't written about it for a while, lotion bar development has been a continuous and ongoing process in the LisaLise lab for well over 2 years now.
Lotion bars are not only fun to experiment with, but so easy and fast to make that you can practically formulate on the fly.
Above: my latest batch of lotion bars with ingredients list - fresh out of the fridge after setting. For this batch, I've added an ingredient I've never worked with before: rose floral wax.
Absolutely a re-do...
Or maybe not.
But, I'm getting ahead of myself.
Here's how I put this batch together.
IngredientsThis batch includes several of my staple faves
- sal butter
- coca butter
a relative newbie
- coco 'silicone'
and one newbie
- rose floral wax
Tip: When trying new ingredients, add ONLY ONE to a tried and true formula. This way, any unexpected changes in the batch outcome can be pinpointed relatively easily.
Ingredients are weighed out and melted SLOWLY over LOW heat. Melting can be done in a bain marie (water bath) or in a heat-proof beaker directly on the heat source.
Tip: if you work directly on the heat (as shown above), the mixture must be monitored constantly.
Just before the mixture is completely liquid, I remove it from heat, stir thoroughly until completely melted, and pour up.
As molds, I used standard silicone cupcake forms.
Ready, Set, Cool!Let set until cool. This process can be speeded up if the mixture is placed in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. I used my speed-up cooling process for this batch.
Tip: If you have added essential oils or other fragrance to your bars (like, say, rose floral wax) - you probably want to chill them away from your butter (said the person who's husband complained about rose-tasting butter the day after making these lotion bars).
Using a Lotion BarTo use a lotion bar, simply rub the bar between your hands to soften it slightly, then apply to skin.
To my surprise, these particular lotion bars turned out to be too soft to hold their shape for more than a nanosecond upon skin contact.
I had to return the bar to the container by scraping it off of my hands.
There was a good part to this though.
The feel of this mixture is fabulous!
Instead of tossing this batch, I just mashed each bar out to fill the container - like this.
Success From Failure
What we have here is a balm.
A delicious rose-scented balm. It's the most decadently fabulous foot and hand balm I've ever used.
I simply can't call this batch a lotion bar failure.
It is instead, a rose balm success.
New label design- coming up!
Do TellHave you ever had a formula turn out differently than expected - but it was a good thing? Please share!
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