Wild Rose Lotion
What is the herbal benefit of rose hips in your lotion? Rose hips are packed full of vitamin C and have made their way into cosmetics in the past decade along with the powdered vitamin shelves as a healthy supplement. In this recipe we will make a tea from the rose hip, and allow the natural essence to steep into the water. If you’ve been using rose hip powder in your soap making you might be tempted to add a table spoon of the powder into your lotion as an enriching additive. However, rose hip powder can have large granules and is often used as an exfoliate, not exactly the effect you want in a soft lotion.
What you will need:
- Distilled Water
- Rose hips tea bags
- Shea butter
- Steric acid
- Sandalwood Fragrance oil
- Geranium Fragrance Oil
- Rose Fragrance Oil
- Optiphen or Germall Plus
- Pink mica
Instructions & Notes: The wild rose smell comes from our combination of flowers and sandalwood.
This recipe will produce 8 bottles to be filled with 6 oz. Of lotion product. Because the oils expand when whipped, 6 oz. Of lotion will fill an 8 oz. Bottle. Be sure to pour these into bottles that are sold as 8 oz. Bottles, but label your product according to the true 6 oz. weight.
Before you begin, the first step is to properly sanitize your area. Because this isn’t a soap recipe, it is important to protect all of your ingredients from exposure to bacteria before you give or sell it to another person. Wipe the table tops with a spritz of rubbing alcohol, and wash the bottles and caps in hot water and soap. Then wipe the bottles and caps down with alcohol. Make sure to wear gloves while preparing your recipe.
Bring the water to a light simmer and add your rose hip tea bags. Allow the tea bags to steep until you have a potent tea. Melt your oils and waxes in a separate pant. Remove the tea bags and blend the water and oils together with your stick blender. Continue blending for 2 – 3 minutes. Make sure you blend your product for a full three minutes to give the emulsifying wax plenty of time to blend your water and oil product together.
Allow this mixture to cool to under 120 degrees. Add your preservative, fragrance oils, and mica. When adding mice, only give your lotion a very light dusting of colorant. If you make the product too dark cosmetic grade mica will turn your skin pink.
Pour your lotion into the bottles and label accordingly.