10 Minute Body Lotion
This recipe for a beautiful Thermomix body lotion (made with only 5 steps in less than 10 minutes!) is a guest post by Nicky Gordon, the author of 'The Beauty Mix', a gorgeous recipe book for beauty products and cosmetics made in your Thermomix! We interviewed Nicky in Episode 96 of the podcast: Thermomix Beauty Products. This recipe is a great cream for beginners as most of the ingredients are readily available, the steps are easy to follow and it is quick to make. Plus it costs about $1 for 500 grams of lovely body lotion!
Making heavenly body products is really easy when you own a thermo mixer. Apart from overcoming the preconception that it is too difficult or that it is best left to the experts, the most difficult part of the entire process is going online to buy the two most important ingredients; emulsifier and preservative.
To make a proper lotion these ingredients are vital. Without them the lotion will separate and become rancid within hours. The good news is these ingredients are easy to source and readily available. Once you have them in your ingredients stockpile, you can make volumes of your own skincare products.
A good quality natural emulsifying wax will cost around $13 for 100grams (enough for approximately 1 – 2 kilos of finished product). There are many different emulsifiers available but the one I use and recommend is a self-emulsifying wax derived from olives, Oliv Emulse (INCI Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate); it is completely safe (even for sensitive skin), is quick to absorb and adds a luxurious texture to the finished cream or lotion.
Oliv Emulse can be purchased online from Aussie Soap Supplies.
Along with the emulsifier you will need a broad spectrum preservative. I choose to use the natural preservative Naticide (INCI: Parfum or Fragrance), which interestingly, is not officially classified as a preservative. It is a broad spectrum preservative and approved for use in organic formulations. At $21 for 17grams it may seem expensive but as you only need to use about 0.5% of the total volume in any given recipe a little goes a long, long way.
A more affordable, safe but also synthetic preservative is Phenoxyethanol and at around $9 per 100grams will give you more bang for your buck.
Now the basics are covered and you have purchased your basic ingredients, roll up your sleeves, don your apron, rev up your Thermomix and let’s get started! Don’t forget to sterilise the containers you intend to keep your lotion in.
Preparation Time 10 minutes
Serves more than 10
- water - 300g, distilled
- grapeseed oil - 100g
- olive oil - 65g, light, but extra virgin works too
- Vitamin E - 5g, optional
- emulsifier - 20g, e.g. Oliv Emulse
- essential oil - 7g, or about 70 drops, of choice, make sure it is skinsafe
- preservative - 2.5-5g, check the recommended usage guide for the particular preservative you choose, this is often available online
- Add distilled water (300g) to the bowl. Program 2:30 minutes / 80C / Speed 2. Pour into a heatproof jug and set aside.
- Add grapeseed oil (100g), olive oil (65g), Vitamin E oil (5g, optional) and emulsifier (20g) to the bowl. Program 2:30 minutes / 80C / Speed 2-3.
- Add the hot water to the oils in the bowl. Mix Speed 4 / 30 seconds. Leave until cooled to 50C.
- Add essential oil (7g) and preservative (2.5-5g) to the bowl. Blend Speed 4-5 / 10 seconds.
- Use a funnel to pour lotion into sterilised containers. Leave until completely cool before sealing lid.
- To clean the bowl, simply cover blades with water, add a drop of detergent and program 2 minutes / Speed 6, followed by 2 minutes / Reverse+Speed 6. Then wash as normal.