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Do you fancy some pampering? If you answered “yes!” then this homemade body lotion is the perfect addition to your DIY bath and body recipes collection. Infused with the sweet floral scent of jasmine absolute and tropical notes of coconut oil, Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion will add a touch of luxury to your beauty products. It makes for lovely gifts too!
Table of Contents
- What is Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion?
- Why Should You Give Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion a Try?
- When and How to Use Body Lotion?
- Luxurious DIY Jasmine Green Tea Lotion Recipe
What is Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion?
Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion is a luxurious lightweight homemade moisturiser that softens and hydrates the skin. Combining the skin-softening actions of coconut oil with hydrating aloe vera juice and the beautiful scent of jasmine, it sinks quickly into the skin, leaving it soft and supple.
Why Should You Give Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion a Try?
Daily moisturising is an essential step in maintaining healthy and youthful-looking skin. It helps to lock the moisture in, keeping your skin healthy. And unlike body butter or cream, it is light, spreads quickly and absorbs easily without feeling heavy.
Infused with a luxurious blend of:
Aloe vera juice and glycerin help moisturise and condition the skin, minimising the chance of developing dryness.
Cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and coconut oil smooth and soften rough and dry skin. In addition, applying cocoa butter to the skin is also said to improve skin elasticity.
Berry wax and cocoa butter help lock the moisture in, keeping the skin soft and supple.
A fragrance blend of the floral scent of jasmine absolute, the uplifting scent of lime essential oil and the creamy scent of sandalwood essential oil, Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion will make your skin smell fantastic!
When and How to Use Body Lotion?
The best time to apply Jasmine Green Tea Body Lotion is right after a shower, while your skin is still warm and damp, to hydrate and soften it. However, you can apply it anytime your skin feels dry really.
- Start by applying a small dollop of lotion to your palms and rub them together to warm it up.
- Then massage the lotion into your skin in a circular motion, not forgetting dry, problem areas.
- Repeat until you have covered all body.
Luxurious DIY Jasmine Green Tea Lotion Recipe
Luxurious DIY Jasmine Green Tea Lotion RecipeDifficulty: Intermediate Formulator
There is nothing I enjoy more than a night at home with a nice, relaxing bath and beautifully smelling DIY products. Lighting a few candles and playing some soft music in the background is so pampering! I enjoy the simplicity of it all and have found it to be a fantastic way to unwind at the end of the day.
To prepare the lotion, you will need the following:
- Phase A
10.00g coconut oil
6.00g cocoa butter
6.00g emulsifier olivem1000
2.00g cupuacu butter
2.00g berry wax pellets
- Phase B
65.50g aloe vera juice
3.00g vegetable glycerin
0.50g xanthan gum
- Phase C
2.00g green tea extract
1.00g vitamin E
0.70g jasmine absolute
0.20g lime essential oil
- Phase D
1.00g preservative ECO
- Bring 2-3 cm of water to a simmer over low heat in a saucepan.
- Weigh out the berry wax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, cupuacu butter and Olivem1000 (phase A) in a heat resistant glass beaker and place it into the water bath to melt the ingredients.
- Weigh aloe vera juice (phase B) in the second glass beaker and also place it into the hot water bath.
- Mix xanthan gum and glycerine in a third beaker and set aside.
- Once the oil phase in the first beaker and the water phase in the second beaker reach 70°C, slowly pour the oil mixture into the water phase, stirring continually. Remove from hot water bath and add glycerin and xanthan gum mix. Keep going to prevent the emulsion from splitting.
- When your emulsion cools down to under 40°C, add vitamin E and essential oils (phase C ingredients).
- Check the pH of the lotion is between 4.5 to 5.5. If it’s over 5.5 or below 4.5, adjust before moving to step 8. You can check it by diluting 10% of the emulsion in distilled water (10% emulsion/90% distilled water). Suppose the pH of the emulsion is over 6. In that case, you can lower it using a drop or two of citric acid solution( 10% citric acid to 90% distilled water). Subsequently, you can increase pH by adding a drop or two sodium bicarbonate solution (10% sodium bicarbonate to 90% distilled water).
- Add the Preservative Eco (phase D) and recheck the ph. Adjust if needed, just like described in step 7.
- You can transfer body lotion into a dispenser and leave it for 24-48 hours, allowing it to thicken.
Skin Patch Test
- Carry out a skin patch test before incorporating body lotion into your skincare regimen. Although ingredients used may be well-tolerated by most people, some may be sensitive or even allergic to them. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear patch of skin and leave it for 24-48 hours. If your skin turns red, itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
Shelf Life and Storage
Lotions, just like most skincare products, don’t last forever. I have added the preservative ECO to the formulae to prevent bacterial growth, and it should last for about a year. However, our kitchens are not microbe-free labs. If you notice any change in smell, colour or texture, dispose of the lotion and whip up a new batch. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes.
Emmolients: There are numerous oil and butter on the market you can choose from. If you aren’t a big fan of cocoa butter, you could swap it for tucuma butter, mango or sal butter. There is no other oil that smells like coconut oil, so it will be hard to replace. You could try babassu oil, though. It will change the smell of the product, though.
Aloe Vera Juice helps improve moisture levels in the skin. However, distilled water will do if you find it hard to source it.
Emulsifier: Olivem1000 is one of the most beginner-friendly emulsifiers out there. If you can’t find it, try PolyAquol™ 2W instead.
Vitamin E: Even though I often substitute rosemary extract for vitamin E, I wouldn’t recommend using it here. Its robust aroma doesn’t work here for me.
Xanthan gum helps to thicken and stabilise the lotion. You can swap it for other gums like konjac or guar gum.
Glycerine is a humectant that helps draw moisture to the skin but can be rather tacky. You can replace it with sodium lactate or hyaluronic acid, for example.
Essential oils: Jasmine absolute is relatively expensive as it requires numerous tiny flowers to prepare the oil. Tuberose oil or ho wood essential oil are suitable substitutes. You can learn more about them here. Before switching essential oils, be mindful that some can cause sensitisation. You can find out more about the safe use of fragrance ingredients by visiting https://ifrafragrance.org.
What is green tea extract?
The green tea extract is a natural botanical ingredient prepared from the leaves and buds of Camellia Sinensis in glycerin and water. Renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea extract is added to cosmetic products to soothe the skin, reduce the signs of ageing and sebum production and protect the skin from free radicals.
Is green tea extract good for acne?
Yes. Green tea extract’s ability to reduce sebum production and its anti-inflammatory action makes it a suitable ingredient for acne treatment. It would benefit those with oily skin too.