Monday, April 9, 2012

Spray Moisturizing Lotion Recipe

My long-awaited experiment has been successful - I have created a simple but beautiful liquid moisturizing lotion that can be applied using a spray bottle - awesome for reaching my back!!  The best part is that it costs a small fraction of what I have been purchasing pre-made!!

This long Easter weekend, I have been reading up on lotion making with my favorite friends James Green and Mindy Green (I wonder if they are related?? :)  I wanted to use vegetable glycerine as the emulsifier to bind my waters and oils together and they both concur that between 1/2tsp and 1tsp per cup of lotion will bind the ingredients without creating a sticky lotion.  I have selected all gel or liquid ingredients to help create a sprayable product.  This has the added benefit of not requiring any heating or melting during the blending process.

Since lotion goes on the largest organ in the body, our skin, it is best to use the purest ingredients you can source (organic is best).  Although the ingredients may cost more, I found that it was still far less expensive than buying the lotion pre-made.  Treat yourself - you deserve it! :)

Supplies you'll need (all sterilized):
measuring cup
measuring spoons
spray bottle(s)
 Valerie's Spray Moisturizing Lotion
 200ml (4/5 cup) Rosewater (or distilled water for unscented)
  50ml (1/5 cup) Aloe vera gel
3.75ml (3/4 tsp) Vegetable glycerine
  15ml (  1 T  ) Avocado oil
 7.5ml (1/2 T  ) Jojoba oil
 7.5ml (1/2 T  ) Fractionated coconut oil (liquid)
Combine rosewater, aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerine in a blender and put on the blender cover.
Combine oils into a small measuring cup.
Turn blender on at a medium speed.
Remove the center of the cover.
Pour in the oil in a slow drizzle. 
Use the spatula to get any remaining oil.
Stop blender and scrape down the sides.
Pour into sterile bottles.
Extra notes:
To thin this lotion, you could use more rosewater and less aloe vera gel or even use aloe vera juice instead of gel.
To thicken this lotion, you could use more aloe vera gel and less rosewater.
To add scent, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the oil mixture before pouring it into the blender.
To make scent free, use distilled water instead of rosewater.
To create a lotion for a specific healing purpose, you could infuse the oils with specific herbs or add a teaspoon of specific tincture to the water.

If you try this recipe, please leave me a comment and let me know how it goes!  Feel free to leave a comment with any questions and I'll do my best to answer :)

Val :)

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