How to Make A Cream Or Lotion

There are things you need to know about making a cream or lotion before you make them.

First off, so many can be multi-purpose. I have a cream I made with Coconut Oil as the carrier, Jojoba as the support oil, and a blend of Rose and Sandalwood Floral Waters in the water phase. I emulsified it with Pola Wax, added a drop of Geranium Essential Oil, and a few drops of GSE as an antioxidant. I also like to put a pinch of Borax in the water phase.

That cream is now a make-up remover, my morning moisturiser, with my mineral face powder, a foundation on special days, the base for my deodorant,base for my Henna Mask, and shaving cream. It’s lovely. And oh, so versatile!

When you make a cream or lotion, you need to understand basic ratios.

The oil phase will include oils and waxes.

The oils will be comprised of 80 – 85% of your carrier oil, and 15 – 20% of your support oil; e.g., Sweet Almond and Sea Buckthorn.

The wax will be your emulsifying wax, such as Pola Wax, Self-Emulsifying Wax – N, or Beeswax (which needs Borax as a secondary emulsifier, or the product will just separate). The ratio should be about 30% for a thin emulsion, to 50% for a thick, waxy one.

Additives such as Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, GSE and essential oils will be added just before the emulsifying begins.

The water phase will include Distilled Water, Floral Waters or Witch Hazel, herbal infusions and decoctions, or any tinctures. Additives like citric acid, ascorbic acid, and Borax will go into the water phase just before emulsifying.

You have to know what you want your cream to do, the skin type it is for, and the oils you want to use.

To be continued…

Nelsie’s Complexion Soap

Nelsie’s Complexion Soap

  • 2 c. extra-virgin coconut oil
  • ½ c. hemp seed butter
  • ½ c. water
  • 2 T. Borax
  • 2 T. lye

Dissolve the Borax in the water. When it is dissolved, add the lye (do not bend over it) and stir very gently. When the lye is dissolved, heat the coconut oil and hemp seed butter just until melted. When you can just hold your hand to the sides of the oil and the lye, pour the lye into the oil (not the other way around!), and stir. Keep stirring until it comes to ‘trace’, which is, when you drizzle soap across the surface, it does not sink back into the soap but stays on top. You will know it is almost there when it sinks into the soap at level, but does not lose the shape of the drizzle.

When it comes to trace, pour into soap molds. When it becomes solid (in about an hour), turn the oven on to its lowest setting, though if it is a gas oven you will not need to do this. Wrap in a towel, turn off the oven, and place the soap in the oven to incubate for 24 hours. Hang a sign on the oven so that no-one will turn it on.

After 24 hours, pop the soaps out and place them on a baker’s rack. After 10 days, turn them. You can test them after 14 days by licking the soap – if it tingles, it is still curing. Give it another 7 days before testing again. As soon as it no-longer tingles, you can wrap it for sale.

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Interesting Facts about the Pineapple

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowerets that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.
Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit.

The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.

After you cut off the top, you can plant it. It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit.

We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today.

If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.

The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Let’s look at how pineapple affects other conditions.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief.

In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. It really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.

It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.

Vicks VapoRub

During a lecture on Essential Oils, it was told how the soles of the foot can absorb oils.

Example given was: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can ‘taste’ it.

Some of us have used Vicks VapoRub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between.

(Actually I have heard of this before, shared it and heard back from people who used it – testimony that it does work very well.)

And don’t laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren’t sure why. To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks VapoRub generously on the soles of your feet, cover with socks, and the heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief.

Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.

Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good, due to the chemicals in them.

This method of using Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet was found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bed time. In addition it seems to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.

My wife tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%!

She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes. So she went from; every few seconds uncontrollable coughing, she slept cough-free for hours every night she used it.

If you have grandchildren, pass this on.

If you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be amazed at how it works.

Homemade Wipes

From another blog…

When I saw the homemade soft scrub posted I thought perhaps everyone would like this recipe. I’ve been making them for a few years for my DH who has suffered with hemorrhoids and commercial wipes cause him more pain. They are very economical and gentle on baby’s skin:

2 cups water (warm)
2 TBSP natural oil like olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 TBSP liquid soap or shampoo (try to get one with very little chemicals–Walmart’s Equate baby shampoo is what I use)
2 drops Tea Tree oil
1 roll of sturdy paper towels (Bounty Select-a-size is best)

Cut the paper towel roll in half with a non-serrated knife. Place the half roll into a container such as an ice cream container cut end down. Mix together the ingredients and pour over the paper towel in the container. Wait a few minutes for the inner cardboard tube to get soaked and then pull that out. Find the end of the paper towel in the centre and feed it up through a cross you have cut into the lid of the ice cream container.

My daughter has used these on her face to remove makeup and found that her pimples disappeared after a couple of days. It doesn’t dry out the skin like commercial wipes and makeup removers do.

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Homemade Wipes

From another blog…

When I saw the homemade soft scrub posted I thought perhaps everyone would like this recipe. I’ve been making them for a few years for my DH who has suffered with hemorrhoids and commercial wipes cause him more pain. They are very economical and gentle on baby’s skin:

2 cups water (warm)
2 TBSP natural oil like olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 TBSP liquid soap or shampoo (try to get one with very little chemicals–Walmart’s Equate baby shampoo is what I use)
2 drops Tea Tree oil
1 roll of sturdy paper towels (Bounty Select-a-size is best)

Cut the paper towel roll in half with a non-serrated knife. Place the half roll into a container such as an ice cream container cut end down. Mix together the ingredients and pour over the paper towel in the container. Wait a few minutes for the inner cardboard tube to get soaked and then pull that out. Find the end of the paper towel in the centre and feed it up through a cross you have cut into the lid of the ice cream container.

My daughter has used these on her face to remove makeup and found that her pimples disappeared after a couple of days. It doesn’t dry out the skin like commercial wipes and makeup removers do.

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