Shea butter lotion too thick!

by Irene
(Qld, Australia)

This is not a soap making question but a question related to lotions and face crreams.


I've recently tried to make a lotion, following a recipe using shea butter, almond oil, vit E, and a few drops of essential oil.

Everything went well and I poured the lotion mixture into a pump bottle. However, when I went to use it the next day, the lotion had hardened and would not come out of the pump - naturally.

I'm not sure why this has happened. Can you help please?
Thank you
Irene

Answer:

Shea butter is naturally a solid oil. It might seem fine when you've melted it but it will always solidify once it cools again.

The ratio of shea butter to the liquid oils is probably too high. Since shea butter is a hard oil, you can only use a little bit if you want the lotion to be used in a pump.

I imagine the recipe you are using is meant to be a solid lotion...one that is used from a jar or as a bar rather than from a pump bottle.

Cathy

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Shea butter lotion too thick!
by: Irene

Thank you Cathy. I appreciate your feedback. My recipe is for creams - yes. It says 180g shea butter; 120ml almond oil or grape seed oil (or half of each); 1 Vit E capsule-oil, and a few drops of essential frangant oils. I was happy with the cream but what I did to make the lotion is not beat it until it was creamy. I just poured it into the bottle before the creamy stage.
Your feedback suggests less shea and more oil. Thank you. Are you able to give me an idea of ratio shea/oil for a lotion?
I don't want to use an emulsify wax of sorts because I just love the shea butter. My skin feels so hydrated since using it.
I look forward to your comments.
Thank you
Irene

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Thank u for asking & answering what i needed to know!
by: Frankie

I was looking for the answer to the same question about my lotion coming out too thick so i add less shea and more oil. makes sense! I wasn't sure and its good to know that I am following the correct steps! Have a great day and thank you again!

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