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    February 04, 2021 3 min read

    Simple Cream Recipes

    Last week we covered Simple Lotion Recipes, where we learnt about some basic lotion formulas. It makes sense to follow up with the next emulsion type: creams


    Creams are thicker O/W emulsions that contain all the ingredients of lotions but with the addition of a solid oil or butter. Incorporating a butter gives the emulsion body, thickness and a typical cream like consistency and feel. Creams are richer than lotions, providing more nourishment and moisturisation factor to the skin than a light lotion. They have a definite ‘richness’ to their skin feel and they are great for dry skin or skin that needs a bit of extra TLC.


    In a cream, the butter(s) are usually added at 5% up to 15 or 20%, with the water component dropping from 75-80% in a lotion to 70% or less. 


    Below are various recipes for creams that achieve different results by slightly manipulating the amounts of water, oil and butter. You can use any carrier oil and butter of your choice. Feel free to customise them with essential oils or other extra ingredients.



    Hand Cream


    Heated water phase

    70% water

    2% vegetable glycerine


    Heated oil phase

    15% oil of choice

    5% solid oil/butter of choice

    2% cetyl alcohol

    6% Eco E wax


    Cool down phase

    1% Geogard 221


    As always, sterilise all utensils before you use them. Melt the emulsifying wax, oil, butter and cetyl alcohol gently but thoroughly in a water bath. Bring the water phase to a similar temperature as the oil phase. Blend the water and oil phases together with a high shear blender such as a soup blender. When the cream is made and cooled, blend in some essential oils if desired, and the preservative. Pour into a pump bottle or jar and store in a cool place.




    Classic Moisturising Cream

    This classic cream is the middle ground between the slightly lighter hand cream and the richer body butter.


    Heated water phase

    70% water

    3%  vegetable glycerine


    Heated oil phase

    10%  oil of choice

    7%  solid oil/butter of choice

    3%  cetyl alcohol

    5%  Eco E wax


    1%  Geogard 221


    As always, sterilise all utensils before you use them. Melt the emulsifying wax, oil, butter and cetyl alcohol gently but thoroughly in a water bath. Bring the water phase to a similar temperature as the oil phase. Blend the water and oil phases together with a high shear blender such as a soup blender. When the cream is made and cooled, blend in some essential oils if desired, and the preservative. Pour into a pump bottle or jar and store in a cool place.





    Body Butter


    Heated water phase

    60% water

    3% vegetable glycerine


    Heated oil phase

    12% oil of choice

    15% solid oil/butter of choice

    3% cetyl alcohol

    7% Eco E wax


    Cool down phase

    1% Geogard 221


    As always, sterilise all utensils before you use them. Melt the emulsifying wax, oil, butter and cetyl alcohol gently but thoroughly in a water bath. Bring the water phase to a similar temperature as the oil phase. Blend the water and oil phases together with a high shear blender such as a soup blender. When the cream is made and cooled, blend in some essential oils if desired, and the preservative. Pour into a pump bottle or jar and store in a cool place.




    Barrier Cream

    A barrier cream provides an extra layer of protection because it contains some beeswax.


    Heated water phase

    60% water

    3% vegetable glycerine


    Heated oil phase

    15% oil of choice

    5% solid oil/butter of choice

    5% beeswax

    3% cetyl alcohol

    7% Eco E wax


    Cool down phase

    1% Geogard 221


    As always, sterilise all utensils before you use them. Melt the emulsifying wax, beeswax, oil, butter and cetyl alcohol gently but thoroughly in a water bath. Bring the water phase to a similar temperature as the oil phase. Blend the water and oil phases together with a high shear blender such as a soup blender. When the cream is made and cooled, blend in some essential oils if desired, and the preservative. Pour into a pump bottle or jar and store in a cool place.


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