DIY: Rock Your Oats Face Lotion

Let me tell you a secret. Come on. Scooch on in closer. Come on, closer. I’ve got a secret and I want to share. I now live in the land where I can easily source some really awesome ingredients. Oh yeah. Welcome to the first post from the jolly and lush Emerald Isle! Granted, this post probably won’t be posted until September or October, but still. It is the first DIY post I’ve written here in Ireland. And it is very early July. So are you ready to get your funk on and pull out some really wild ingredients?

Making Facial Scrub
look at that gorgeous oatmeal silk from Gracefruit! 

My current favourite wild ingredients is the wonderful and amazing Prickly Pear Oil, also known as Barbary Fig Oil and all its glory. And glory it is! It is a quick absorbing oil, great for adding a whollop of moisture to skin cells, and works great on problematic skin for things like fine lines, dark circles, and can help with my skin tone. Which is always a bonus if it works! And especially awesome in an emulsified product in my opinion. Not to mention, they say prickly pear oil contains approximately 150% more vitamin E than argan oil. Huzzah!

Another wicked ingredient is oat silk. Another Gracefruit score-find! What I really liked about the product information page of the Oat Silk, was when they spoke about how the oat silk absorbs the excessive oil, reduces shine, and has an immediate brightening effect. How could a lady who is always looking for those three properties in an ingredient not add some to her cart? Probably what I love the most about the oat silk, is how it makes the lotion feel going on. And how my skin feels afterwards. It feels plump, cushiony, and just wickedly luxurious.

helpful hint: pre-mix your Beaker A ingredients so the powder dissolves faster! 

I added in the usual culprits of vitamins, only this round I bumped up the Panthenol a little to add in some extra hydrating properties. Because, I’m a sun junkie who can’t wear sunscreen and my skin needs a little more TLC.

This feather light lotion goes on like a dream, sinks in wickedly fast, and leaves your skin feeling like it has just spent the past few hours being pampered. Oh yeah. I’m not kidding. It truly feels amazing! I’ve been applying this to random people’s arms to get their opinions, and they were shocked to hear that this product contained oils as there wasn’t any oily residue left behind.

I miss having beakers! But surprisingly enough, I kind of like my new set up. 

To make this lotion, I used Olivem 1000 as the emulsifying agent. Using Olivem 1000 helps to provide a more tactile experience while applying the product. And I mean, I’m a tactile person, so it is always about how things feel when I apply them. I used a small percentage of Olivem 1000 in this recipe, for I wanted more of a thick milkesque product, rather than a full on lotion or cream. So this would be amazing in a small pump container or in a glass jar.

it is so lush! 

So what about substitutions? After all, I am going to be using some really new ingredients.

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To get to this formula, it took three total failures, one passable/maybe/but not quite good enough, then took all the tweaks from those and came up with this recipe. I’ve started to play with Vitamin A Palmitate as you can see, but feel free to leave it out and swap it for water. I’m giving you the recipe I used, and the recipe I am loving, and running around asking random neighbours to feel me up. Who can’t believe that this lotion contains oils because it leaves no oily residue.

Let’s get into the kitchen and get making! Are you ready?

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  1. Prepare your workspace by wiping everything down with ISP 75%. Wipe down your tools, your heat resistant beakers or measuring cups, stirring tools, spoons and the like.
  2. Set your double boiler to a barely there simmer. Weigh out your Allantoin, Multivitamin Complex, N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Panthenol (powder), Oat Silk, and water into Beaker A.
  3. Weigh out your Prickly Pear Oil, Olivem 1000, Blueberry Oil into Beaker B.
  4. Be sure to stir each beaker before placing into the water bath.
  5. Let sit in the water bath till all the powders have dissolved in Beaker A, and all the olivem 1000 has melted in Beaker B. Should be about ten to twenty minutes.
  6. Once everything is ready, mix Beaker A into Beaker B, and blitz for a moment with an immersion blender.
  7. Once your product has cooled down below 40C, add in your essential oils and preservative and mix well.
  8. Decant into a pot or a pump.


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    1. Hello!
      I find Olivem1000 to be a more “cushionie” with a more satiny finish than using say NF/Polawax or others. I prefer products with the Olivem1000 for the face because of the way the end product feels. I also like it because it is hypoallergenic and wickedly stable. But, I do feel that an immersion blender is a MUST when making products with Olivem 1000, I personally don’t feel a whisk or the shake method provides a stable product with it.

      But! Many places say that it doesn’t have the “soapy” effect in emulsified products, but I call shenanigans.

      Just made another lotion the other day with Olivem 1000 and I still can’t get over how amazing it is!

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  1. What does cause that soapy affect? Sometimes I have to rub quite a bit to get rid of whit streak, I guess you call it. And then I have had product that has none.

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    1. Good morning! My apologies that it took a little longer than I liked to reply as I had to search for your answer. It’s actually saponification happening in front of your eyes! I thought that was pretty neat to be honest. I’ve attached a link at the end of this comment if you’d like more information on the soaping effect.

      From what I have observed myself, products made with, emulsifying wax nf, Olivem 1000, give me some soaping effect, But, when I work with Steareth-21 or BTMS-50, I don’t get the soapy effect. I have been reading that adding dimethicone or cetyl alcohol anywhere from .5-3% to your formula will work at greatly reducing and possibly eliminating the soaping effect.


      1. That is neat! I did not know that’s what it was. Thanks so much for checking. I do have Cetearyl Alcohol not sure if that will also help. May switch to cetyl next time. The one product that was the worse was made with olivem 1000.

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        1. Ohhhh I just made a new something with olivem 1000 with no soaping. And there should be! It’s a weird thing! Cetyl alcohol is amazing and one of my favourite thickeners. Leaves a glorious finish almost like powder!


          1. I’m curious where you get your liquid germall plus? I’m in the UK and I can’t find a supplier other that getting my mum to bring it when she visits from Canada!

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          2. Good evening! Liquid Germall Plus is not really sold in Europe these days. The cosmetic regulations have all but banned it for large areas of the body in leave on products to be sold due to one of the ingredients in the preservative. I cannot for the life of me remember what exactly the part of the inci is the no no here. Like you, I get a lot of my ingredients from North America and still get a bunch from China. Gracefruit and The Soap Kitchen have some lovely broad range preservatives if you’d like to save on postage and travel expenses!


          3. What is the main preservative that is used then in UK? I was also use to Germell plus too. I really liked it but do make stuff too get most natural.

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          4. Good morning!
            I don’t live in the UK so I’m not sure which is the more common preservative that is used. As a side, I don’t believe in the term natural and never use the term as I find it to just be a marketing ploy.

            If you are looking for a preservative that can be bought in the UK easily, I have had some luck with this one:

            Let me know what you think of this one!


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