How To Make Lemon Balm Lotion

 

 

Lotion is most of people favorite skin care and cosmetic choice. It can be easily purchase from various outlets, organic shops and online store. Product safety and long term skin health are usually the major concern while choosing our lotions. But, by reading through list of unpronounceable ingredients, it can be quite difficult for us to confirm their product safety.

We can make our own homemade lotions to have full control over what ingredients to include or to avoid into our recipe. We can choose for more natural and healthier ingredients and reduce the use of synthetic ingredients as much as possible. Lotion is easy to make, easy to customise to your specific needs and inexpensive.

Ingredients

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  • 6 ounces lemon balm hydrosol
  • 1 ounce aloe vera gel
  • 1 ½ ounces of organic grape seed oil
  • ½ ounce of organic coconut oil or cocoa/shea butter
  • ½ ounce of emulsifying wax NF
  • ½ teaspoon of liquid germall plus (preservative)
  • ¼ teaspoon of vitamin E oil
  • 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Instruction

1. Oil Phase

LB Infused oil double boiler2Pour in organic grape seed oil into the glass bowl and then add in organic coconut oil or cocoa/shea butter. Use double boiler to heat the oil mixture to avoid overheating. We can set up our simple double boiler system by placing glass bowl or ceramic bowl on top of pan with boiling water. Add emulsifying wax NF into glass bowl. Let it heat just enough to melt into the oil. When the emulsifying wax NF melts thoroughly into oil, pour it into blender and set it aside. While let oil mixture cool down, keep an eye on it to ensure it will not become too hard.

2. Water Phase

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At the same time, set up another double boiler and pour the lemon balm hydrosol, aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil into glass bowl (top portion of double boiler). Stir the water mixture well and let it heat to thoroughly warm. Due to water evaporated during the heating process, weigh your water phase and add in warm lemon balm hydrosol to compensate for the lost water.

3. Emulsifying Phase

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Now we have come to fun but challenging part – to mix water and oil. When our oil mixture has cooled down, blend the oil mixture with blender. At the same time, pour the water mixture gently and slowly into oil mixture. Carefully monitor the oil and water mixture until it emulsify and thicken.

4. Turn off the blender and let it cool down a bit. This is the right time to add in liquid germall plus (preservative) and lavender essential oil (optional). Mix it well and blend it again with blender.

5. Turn off the blender when you finish blending. Allow your lotion to cool down to room temperature. Then bottle it and label it with name and date.

Tips and cautions

  • Lemon balm lotions are generally safe but each person may react differently to them. If you detect any abnormal allergic reactions such as swelling, rash, breathing difficulty and etc. Stop using it and get for medical assistance as soon as possible.
  • For a start, you may want to try your lemon balm lotion on small skin area (preferably hand or leg). After you have confirmed no allergic reactions and your skin can accustom well with the lotion, use it on the rest of your body.
  • You may store your lotion in air tight container for longer shelf life. Clean the container thoroughly and make sure it is completely dry before you put in your lotion.
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