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6oz of Cocoa butter
2.5 oz of Shea butter
10 oz of coconut oil
1.5 cups of jojoba oil
1 1/4 cups of almond oil
1 cup of calendula oil ( I infuse 1/2 cup of calendula flowers in 24oz of jojoba/almond oil blend for 2 weeks)
2oz bees wax
Vit E
12 oz of filtered or distilled water. mixed with 1/4 tsp of Borax

Its like making a salad dressing really... you blend all oils and melt them in a stainless steel pot on low heat. in the meantime make the water/borax blend (that thickens the lotion)
When all melted use a mixer to blend oil and water.
The trick for keeping the oil and water from separating is blending it for a long time! 1/2 hr at least
Make sure all tools and clean and sterile. Takes about 45 min to make.
Makes about 45oz of nice creamy perfect massage lotion. It is rather greasy, if using as a moisturizer you might want to rub it in more than reg lotion.
I add aromatherapy later, cuz I like to keep unscented lotion handy as well for the sensitive people. the type of oils can be easily changed if some one is allergic to almond oil or other oils.

If you try it, Let her know how it goes!

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Mike- thanks for re-posting this! This way it wont disspear under all the threads, right? :) good thinking!
Eeris,

I can't wait to try this! Thank you for posting it! Am going to be taking a class in herbal preparations, hopefully in the spring... next year is the year I aim to get serious about using my own products in my office. For a long while I've not been happy with the ingredients of a lot of what is out there and it's time to do something about that. I have been making my own Chinese herbal liniment for the last 5 years now. It will be nice to have a lotion that is pure too. Also, I feel there is something powerful about using a medium that was made by you... deepens the energy of what is going on, don't you think? Thanks again!

Maria Troia, MSEd, LMT, NCTMB, CH
Maria, Let me know if you need any help. I love making my own lotion even if sometimes its a "chore" got some good web sites for the oils and butters too!

Eeris

Maria Troia said:
Eeris,

I can't wait to try this! Thank you for posting it! Am going to be taking a class in herbal preparations, hopefully in the spring... next year is the year I aim to get serious about using my own products in my office. For a long while I've not been happy with the ingredients of a lot of what is out there and it's time to do something about that. I have been making my own Chinese herbal liniment for the last 5 years now. It will be nice to have a lotion that is pure too. Also, I feel there is something powerful about using a medium that was made by you... deepens the energy of what is going on, don't you think? Thanks again!

Maria Troia, MSEd, LMT, NCTMB, CH
Hi! I almost made Eeris' recipe but I realized that I just didn't have a container that was large enough for all the cream. So, I ended up using similar ingredients but a recipe from Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi called Basic Lotion Formula (on page 85). The recipe calls for 8 oz carrier oil, 11 oz of water, 1/2 oz of beeswax and 1 teaspoon of borax.
I used:

4 oz jojoba
1 oz olive oil
1 oz cocoa butter
1 oz coconut oil
1/2 oz castor oil
1/2 oz shea butter

5 oz neroli (orange blossom) water/hydrosol
6 oz distilled water

1/2 oz beeswax

1 teaspoon of borax

I chose jojoba simply because I love it. Since it is similar to our own natural sebum, I think it is a perfect emollient for the skin. I choose olive because of its historical uses by Mediterranean woman as a beauty aid, castor because of Edgar Cayce suggesting its use as a healing agent, coconut oil because its been used by indigenous women throughout time, cocoa and shea because of their healing abilities and I like their texture.

My initial impression was that it was too thin -- too liquidy to stick to the fingers but once applied felt waxy, perhaps greasy and heavy too! I was hesitate to use it frankly. But I needed something to work with one of my more hairier male clients. It turned out to be perfect for the situation. The hydrating effects didn't dissipate too quickly so it had good slip but not too much at all.

I was glad that I used only 5 oz of hydrosol because if I had used more than that, it would have been quite scented. I must admit that I am quite surprised at how strong of a fragrance one gets from a hydrosol! The scent is very nice and often appeals to both men and women and it does last a while after application. But this is probably the high end of the ratio I would use for a hydrosol since I don't necessarily want to have too much fragrance in my cream.

It did separate. Initially, I whipped it was a electric hand held mixer with one beater for 5 minutes. I didn't know how to rectify the situation and then I reread Eeris' instructions to beat for at least 30 minutes. So I rewarmed it to body temperature by placing the container in a bowl of warm water. Then I continued to beat it for 25 additional minutes. The texture changed complete, it became creamier, and formed bubbles that would pop and leave an indentation in the cream.

I has yet to separate.

Thanks Eeris (and Mike) for the instructions to beat a while.

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