When I started making soaps in 2012, and finally ventured into lotion-making in 2014 out of curiosity since I had most of the ingredients at home (milk, various oils and butters) except the preservative, I was finally hooked with the lotion I made with a non-paraben preservative (that’s when I learned I was allergic to parabens). And out of excitement and pride, I was sharing my homemade lotions to co-workers so they would know how awesome and (chemistry-)talented I was.
They started buying lotions from me.
One day, one of the occupational therapists who was in her 60’s (which I thought she was only in her 50’s, but she retired soon after, so I presumed she was in her 60’s but I could be wrong and she might have retired early) told me that she used my lotion (that she bought) on her face. “Is that okay?”
I was stumped. I never thought of making face cream before that. I was only thinking that the face would be much more sensitive, especially around the eyes so I never even tried my lotion on my face! Then I was kind of scared, hoping she did not do harm on her face and blame it on me.
“I guess it’s fine if you did not react to it. Face is just more thin-skinned and probably more sensitive especially around the eyes. So if your face was not irritated by it, it’s probably harmless.”
No problems, though, she assured me.
And that’s how I ventured into making creams.
At the time, my lotion recipe was primarily based on a yt channel I watched where goat milk was used. Some changes in butters and oils and using grass-fed cow’s milk (that’s what we have at home; we have about 20 cows on our pasture), and I came up with my awesome creamy lotion. 70-30 proportion of water phase to oil-phase.
I read up and learned about creams before actually making one. I learned that creams have a higher percentage of oils and butter/waxes (oil phase) than lotions. I had a book that I bought for soapmaking which had chapters on lotions and creams, balms and salves and scrubs. I tried the face cream recipe there with good results, using the same non-paraben preservative instead of what she had in her recipe. Note that when using a different type of preservative, I go by the recommended percentage usage. I do the same with other additives that I read up on and decided to use, like green tea extract or caffeine extract, etc.
So, I finally came up with a sort of final recipe using infusions of herbs for my water phase, some special exotic oils to add to final base (to not ruin their properties), and vitamins and other extracts. I might change the ratios of additives and herbs from time to time, or change some of the base oils depending on what special oil I have the most of.
I only make a small batch every year, about 2 quarts (half gallon). The image below shows the complete list of ingredients I used this year (except I omitted the aloe juice this time).
Here’s hoping I will delay having them wrinkles! Now if only I can come up with an eye bag remedy cream…