Greetings! This lotion has been almost a year in the making. And let me tell you, I don’t think there is a lotion that can beat it. At the moment. At least. Maybe? Hopefully not. But, there is always that chance someone (or I) could tinker with it and make it more….. more … awesome. And that’s exactly what I hope to have happen! It is a pretty simple lotion too! It sinks in, doesn’t leave that greasy, gross residue, doesn’t get slimy when you sweat… but. It leaves your skin feeling like you have been encased in water.
I have no way to describe it. Your skin will feel like it’s been splashed by cool water and your skin goes sluuuuuurrrrrrrp and drinks it up. I just know I do actually walk around telling people to feel me up all the time and tell me what they think. No, not like that. I want them to tell me what they think about my lotion! Geeze. This here lotion has received a number of comments that range from, “sweet mother of gooses woman!”, “oooooooooooooh”, “your skin feels like wet glass”, and my favourite, “where did you buy your lotion? ‘Cause I want some!”
To be honest, when I look at this recipe I truly wonder how the heck I get the results I do. I mean there is truly nothing special in here. I even used sweet almond oil. And I’m an oil snob. So that has to tell you something. Sweet almond oil is like the grannie knickers of the oil world. It is the old reliable. The fall back. The oil that you have on hand because, yeah. It’s ok. It’s comfortable. But there are millions of other oils you want to play with instead. But, you buy it and have it in stock because, it’s sweet almond oil. And you have to. Because, you have to.
Maybe I should play more with sweet almond oil? Now there’s a thought.
And then there is avocado oil. Which with my skin being oily, it shouldn’t work. At all. Really. It shouldn’t. Avocado oil is one of those lovely oils that work amazingly well on dry skin because it is a very thick oil. But, avocado oil could be part of the reason why this lotion leaves the skin feeling like it has become like a liquid. I wish I had dry skin or dehydrated skin so I could use more avocado oil, but l’sigh.
And if I am totally honest with you, I haven’t noticed a difference on my skin whenever I have used passion fruit. There was no special skin benefiting reason I used passion fruit. I just really wanted to name this lotion “Summer Passions” because that is a wickedly neat name! So if you don’t have passion fruit oil, just sub it for sweet almond oil.
I usually am torn between using cetyl alcohol or mango butter to thicken up my lotions. On the one hand, I love the way cetyl alcohol makes my skin feel all powdery and decadent for pennies per gram. But, I love the way mango butter sinks into my skin like water in a sieve. My skin just laps it up leaving nothing behind. My skin is left feeling hydrated, and even more happy. I figured out the perfect ratio for this lotion to still be pumpable, but still firm enough to not slide all over the place, but thin enough to not get stuck on the sides of the bottle. HUZZAH!
And onto the star ingredient… you’ve probably seen lots of ingredients where they use panthenol. What exactly is panthenol and why do I add it to like everything where there is a liquid? Let me tell you a skin secret most people when they look at me can see but don’t quite know why. Whilst my skin may not perfect and blemish free, I’m always sporting that youthful “radiance” going on. And as long as I use my own products, my skin glows. Panthenol (or Vitamin B5) is not just for Pantene Pro-V Hair products. It’s amazing in skin products too! Panthenol is an amazing humectant, it deposits water into the cell keeping moisture deep in the skins tissue. There has been some research into prolong use of panthenol on the skin and its anti-inflammatory properties (I’m such an anti-inflammatory cheerleader!). AND something even more awesome?
Shall I continue?
I did hear a yes!
In this recipe, I use panthenol alongside aloe juice to act as a humectant, emollient, help to improve the skins barrier function.
Panthenol is a pretty awesome ingredient. It can be bought in a powder or a liquid, and as a powder, you add it to the liquid solution and heat, and as a liquid, you add it in Beaker C- additives and extras.
To make this lotion perfect for a a pump, takes a tiny bit of talent, that is why I have classified this product as an advanced product to make. It requires a little bit of… lotion experience making it. It took me two back to back attempts to get the consistency just right on the third time. You can’t over blend this. You can only blend it just enough to get the e-wax, oils, and liquids to blend, but then walk away. If you over blend, it will become much too thick. But don’t worry. If you over blend? Decant into a squeeze tube. No worries! Still useable! But I wanted this for a pump bottle. So, only blend as little as possible without worry of separation occurring.
I decided to decant this into one of my favourite glass pump bottles and gift it’s awesome looking self to myself. Because I want it.
Two more points before I dash off to make this Summer Passions Pumpable Body Lotion. One, just because this is in a pumpable container does not mean you don’t need to use a preservative. You march your glorious self back into your kitchen lab and you put some preservative in it. A preservative is a must. There are liquids, botanicals, AND oils. Would you leave a pot of Alfredo sauce on your counter for a week then eat it? I didn’t think so. And two; I decided to use a combination of fragrance oils that I think would be very welcomed in any bathroom. A careful blend of passionfruit, mango, grapefruit, and coconut. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, the scent is long lasting, and I think it is perfect for spring weather! And to give it a touch of class, I decided to add in a wee hint of gold mica for that sun kissed glow. The gold mica will hardly be noticeable, but it will add a wee hint of shimmer. Feel free to add in some silver or white mica if you are looking for something a little more wintery!
- Prepare your work space by wiping down all your tools, equipment, and kitchen down with 70% ISP. Get your double boiler set up on a barely there simmer.
- In Beaker A, weigh out your liquid phase: water, aloe juice, glycerine, and silk peptides. Tare your scale, and weigh your total beaker with the contents. Record it. Place it into your double boiler.
- In Beaker B, weigh out your oil phase: sweet almond oil, passion fruit oil, avocado oil, ewax, mango butter, and cetyl alcohol. Place into your double boiler.
- Into Beaker C, weigh out your panthenol, Vitamin E, and preservative.
- Into Beaker D (or a shot glass!), weigh out your fragrance oils and stir gently.
- When Beaker A and Beaker B in your double boiler have melted (about 20 minutes), take out Beaker A and weigh it after wiping off the bottom. Add more water accordingly. Stir gently, then slowly pour your liquids into your oils and marvel as usual at how everything smells and looks like milk.
- Using your immersion blender, blitz it for a moment to stir things together. Remove from heat and place on your counter.
- Add in your gold mica. Blitz once again for only as much as you need too. Remember, do not mix too much! You need to make sure that everything is combined and won’t separate, but keep the lotion more like milk rather than lotion at this point.
- Watch it like a hawk for as soon as it gets below 45C, pour in Beaker C and your fragrances. Use your spatula and stir GENTLY. It is imperative to not over mix.
- Your lotion should be still very liquidy, it should be very easy to pour into your pump bottle with a little bit of head space. Cap and shake for about thirty seconds to a minutes to ensure that the contents from Beaker C and your fragrances are evenly dispersed.
- Uncap your bottle and let sit for an hour or two to allow your lotion to cool down before capping once more and running away to use it!