Homemade lotion, made with natural ingredients, can be healthy for your skin.
The largest organ of your body is your skin. What you put on your skin, penetrates into the layers then goes into your body. This can affect your, overall, health. That's why it's so important to avoid products containing harsh, manufactured, chemicals. These chemicals can cause havoc to your skin and body.
Make your own homemade lotion! Goat milk is a buffer that leaves skin close to its natural pH level. It aids in the regeneration of collagen under the skin, negating the visible signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles begin to diminish. Goat milk has natural vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K! Soothe dry itchy skin, fade discolorations, relieve sore muscles, reduce inflammation, soften and more! Goat milk lotion nourishes skin.
HOW TO MAKE LOTION - (Do's & Don'ts)
You can make homemade goat milk lotion with or without preservatives. It only takes a small amount to kill bacteria before it can reproduce. Preservatives do not kill existing bacteria, mold or yeast. They only prevent additional contamination.
If you want to use a preservative in goat milk lotion, you may want to try Optiphen. It's a paraben-free, formaldehyde-free, preservative. Always follow manufacturer instructions. Keep your products safe from biological contamination.
In a milk emulsion, DO NOT trust that rosemary and grapefruit seed oils will keep bacteria, yeast and fungi at bay. Search cosmetic science literature for strong and safe preservatives for goat milk lotion.
If you have a business or sell goat milk lotions, use a preservative. Otherwise, anyone could easily contaminate the product after opening.
Without a preservative, it's imperative that everything be extremely well sterilized. No fingers should touch the product. STORE NON-PRESERVED GOAT MILK LOTION IN A REFRIGERATOR AT ALL TIMES! Store product at 40 degrees or less. A non-preserved goat milk lotion WILL GO BAD, stored at room temperature! If a foul odor is detected, dispose product immediately. Never apply any rancid or contaminated lotion to skin.
Store preserved goat milk lotions, in a cool location, like an air conditioned room. Do not leave in cars or other areas susceptible to the sun or heat. It is recommended to use within 6 months. Do not use beyond 1 year. If you notice any foul odor, do not use. If contaminated in anyway, do not use. Be safe, throw product away immediately.
Store lotion in plastic containers easy to squeeze and dispense. You can find plastic storage bottles at most discount stores. Pump bottles are convenient to store on a table, vanity or counter top, but they may not be the best choice for your lotion. If your lotion is thick in consistency, a pump bottle may not be able to pump the full amount of lotion out of the bottle. You may always have some leftover lotion on the bottom of the bottle or within the pump itself. This may be irritating for some people and a waste of good lotion. Use whatever works best for you.
CAUTION! Goat milk lotion does not hold up in extreme heat. It is susceptible to rancidity. Do not mail or ship this lotion to long distances during the hot Spring or Summer months. If you can't mail it to its destination by overnight or within 2 days, then don't ship it at all. When shipping internationally, be aware of laws. Sometimes items may be held at Customs, for days or weeks, before moving to their destination. Rancidity or biological contamination would, surely, set in.
Make a variety of homemade lotions! Some prefer an unscented lotion, especially those with allergies or sensitive skin. Aloe vera juice can be added to an unscented lotion with healthful skin benefits. Some prefer lotions with relaxing, refreshing or soothing scents. Popular scents include: orange, lemon, peppermint and lavender. Consider using a blend of essential oils, in your formulation, for your desired fragrance.
CAUTION! Essential oils are bioactive ingredients. They have natural chemicals that interact with biological systems. They're POTENT! Never use large amounts externally or internally. Never use straight. Always dilute them in carrier oil, soap, lotion or other buffering agent. Never use without knowing what their bioactive compounds are known to do.
HOMEMADE LOTION RECIPE
4 oz. fresh goat milk
4 oz. distilled water
1oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. shea butter
.5 oz. cocoa butter
4 oz. sweet almond butter
2 oz. glycerin
couple drops of vitamin e
fragrance essential oils of choice
-- Heat goat milk and distilled water to 145 degrees and hold for at least 15 minutes. (Even pasteurized milk should have this done). Cool back to between 90 and 120 degrees.
-- Combine and melt emulsifying wax, shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond butter, glycerin and vitamin e drops in 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup in microwave, at 30 second intervals. DO NOT ALLOW MIXTURE TO BOIL. Stir mixture between intervals.
-- Add goat milk and distilled water mixture to melted oils and waxes.
-- Add drops of chosen fragrance essential oils to mixture.
-- Blend ingredients in Pyrex measuring cup with mixer, on low speed for 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
- Pour lotion into storage containers. Use three 4 oz. plastic bottles
and one 2 oz. bottle OR three 4 oz. jars. If plastic bottles are not
available, 4 oz. canning jars will work fine. Travel size plastic
containers are, readily, available at Wal-Mart or Walgreens. Amazon.com has containers too.
-- Make sure everything is well sterilized. No fingers should touch the product at all. Discard ANY lotion with a foul odor or contamination. Never apply to skin.
-- * STORE GOAT MILK LOTION IN REFRIGERATOR AT ALL TIMES! *
Without a preservative, it WILL go bad at room temperature!
-- This lotion recipe will produce a thick type of lotion, not runny at all.
ADDING A PRESERVATIVE
The homemade lotion recipe, above, is made without a preservative. If you want to add a preservative to this recipe you would only need a tiny amount, 0.12 oz., (3% of the amount of liquid in the recipe). That's a small quantity to measure. Add a preservative to this recipe when the lotion gets down to body temperature, below 100 degrees.
It may be better to store this small batch of non-preserved lotion in the refrigerator, at all times. It shouldn't take that long to use it up!
Natural goat milk lotion may be the best body lotion
you ever had! Enjoy! Use natural body products for healthier skin!