Lavender and Honeyquat Lotion Projecthttps://www.brambleberry.com/in-the-studio/projects/body-care/lavender-and-honeyquat-lotion-project/PS000144.html
Old favorites like olive and rice bran oil are great additions in handmade lotion. There’s no denying their powerful moisturizing properties, but the list of ingredients you can add to your recipe doesn’t stop there. Your skin will love additives like the honeyquat that is in this Lavender and Honeyquat Lotion.
It’s also made with moringa seed oil, rosehip seed oil, and shea butter. That mixture creates a thick lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling soft and silky; honeyquat drawing more moisture to the skin. This lotion also has a sweet, floral scent from Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, which is amazing paired with the herby scent of moringa seed oil.
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Time to Complete: 1 hour
- Kit Yields: 4 bottles
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Lavender and Honeyquat Lotion Recipe
This lotion is full of moisturizing oils. Your skin will love the honeyquat additive!
Four 4 oz. Bottles (White Disk Cap)
11.9 oz. Distilled Water (73%)
1 oz. Moringa Seed Oil (6%)
1 oz. Rosehip Seed Oil (6%)
0.3 oz. Shea Butter (2%)
1 oz. Polawax Emulsifying Wax (6%)
0.3 oz. Stearic Acid (2%)
0.5 oz. Honeyquat (3%)
2 mL or 40 drops Lavender 40/42 (0.5%)
5 mL Optiphen (1%)
Note: This project was originally made with Lavender Absolute 50%, which was discontinued. Lavender 40/42 creates a similar product but it will be different from the photos below.
EQUIPMENT PREP: Disinfect your utensils by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing to dry. This includes mixing containers, your stick blender, and any spoons or spatulas that may come in contact with your lotion. Your products must be as free as possible of germs, bacteria, and microbes.
In a heat-safe container, combine 1 ounce of rosehip seed oil, 1 ounce of moringa seed oil, 0.3 ounces of shea butter, 1 ounce of Polawax Emulsifying Wax, and 0.3 ounces of stearic acid. Heat the container in the microwave on 30 second bursts until the waxes have fully melted and the mixture is about 160° F.
Pour 11.9 ounces of distilled water into a second heat-safe container. Heat in the microwave to about 160° F.
Check the temperatures of both containers. Each should be about 140-150° F. Once they are at the correct temperature, pour the oils and wax into the water and begin pulsing the stick blender. Blend the mixture for 60-90 seconds, making sure the oil and water phases are fully emulsified. Be careful to burp your stick blender by tamping it on the bottom of the container to release bubbles – you don’t want bubbles trapped in your lotion.
Continue stick blending until the temperature drops to about 130° F. Add 0.5 ounces of honeyquat and use the stick blender to pulse for about 60 seconds to fully mix in.
When the lotion is 130° F or below, add 2 mL or 40 drops of Lavender 40/42 and stick blend for several minutes. Don't add it at higher temperatures, or it can separate. Add 5 mL of Optiphen and continue to stick blend for about 1-2 minutes more.
Carefully pour the lotion into bottles. Let them overnight without a cap (otherwise condensation can form inside the bottle). Once completely cooled, place the caps on the bottles and enjoy!
Photographer: Amanda Kerzman