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 Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion Recipe

Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion Recipe

A luxurious, high-end shea butter lotion recipe with herbal infusions that allow the lotion to become pink in color.

Recipe makes approximately 2- 8oz. bottles

Ingredients Found At Natures Garden:


Water Phase

425 grams Distilled Water
10 grams Vegetable Glycerin
15 grams Hibiscus Flowers
4 grams Rosehip Powder
10 grams Arrowroot Powder

Oil Phase

20 grams Shea Butter
18 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
10 grams Meadowfoam Oil
30 grams Silky Emulsifying Wax
10 grams Stearic Acid
8 grams Jojoba Oil
6 grams Vitamin E Oil
10 grams Cocoa Butter

Phase 3

12 grams Peach Magnolia Raspberry Fragrance Oil
10 grams Optiphen Preservative

Clean & Sanitize your work area and all of your packaging materials. It is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Water Phase: Although this recipe calls for 425 grams of water, you will want to actually heat more than that in order to account for any water loss that you will experience during the heating process.  Heat your distilled water up to at least 180F and hold for 20 minutes to destroy any bacteria. While water is heating, move on to the oil phase of the recipe.

Oil Phase: In another container (double boiler is recommended), heat the following weighed out ingredients: Macadamia nut oil, shea butter, meadowfoam oil, jojoba oil, silky emulsifying wax, stearic acid, vitamin E oil, cocoa butter to around 140 F.

Herbal Infusion Phase: In a large, stainless steel mixing bowl, add measured out vegetable glycerin and arrowroot.  Do not add your water yet!  You need to make an herbal tea infusion with it first.

Measure out your hibiscus flowers and rosehip powder.  Place the herbs inside a coffee filter.  Now place that coffee filter inside a coffee basket.  Slowly pour your hot water over the herbs in the coffee basket, allowing the herbal tea infusion to fall into the bowl that you have prepared containing the arrowroot and vegetable glycerin.  When I do this step, I have my bowl on a scales (zeroed out) so that I make sure that I only add the required 425 grams of herbal tea mixture.  Mix so that arrowroot and vegetable glycerin are incorporated into the water.  Work fast.  You do not want your temperature to fall below 140F. 

Mixing Phase You want to move quickly, ensuring that your water phase and oil phase mixtures are around 140F. To your large bowl containing your water phase ingredients, add your oil phase ingredients; mix (stick blender highly recommended). Mix for a few seconds.  Your lotion should be pink in color, but it will still be very liquid in consistency.  Do not allow your mixture to go below 120F.

Cool Down Phase:  When your lotion mixture is 120F, and add Optiphen preservative, and Peach Magnolia Raspberry fragrance oil. Mix thoroughly with a stick blender.  Your mixture will still appear to be very liquid after mixing for several minutes.  Don't worry, it will thicken up as it cools.  Allow to cool to room temperature and place into bottles.  If you would for your lotion to cool faster, place lotion in the refrigerator, then mix lotion again. 

Although we have not seen any color morphing occur in this recipe, we do not guarantee that color morphing will not occur over time. 

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