The list of possible additives for Soaps and Lotions could be potentially endless. Oils, butters, fragrances, and colorants are just the beginning! In this post we will give you a rundown on some of our all-time favorite ingredients. Botanical Extracts are popular to add to soaps and lotions. These extracts have properties that help and nurture skin and hair. When you make homemade lotions, you should choose your ingredients according to the properties that you want most. You can tailor your product to be more moisturizing, or to have a powdery skin feel, there are dozens of variations to explore! Please note that Botanical Extracts are not meant to impart a scent to your product. Choose from our huge selection of Essential and Fragrance Oils to properly scent your products.
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- Pure Aloe Vera Gel offers many benefits for the skin. Aloe heals and softens the skin. It has been used for thousands of years for this purpose, which is why many lotion recipes contain it. If you have very dry skin, you can use 70% or more concentration of the aloe in the lotion. Another benefit is the natural green color your lotion will have.
- Beeswax is good for the skin, too, but in different ways. Beeswax is traditionally a thickening agent used in soaps and lotions. However, it also offers skin benefits. It can form a protective layer on the skin and is extremely useful during the winter. This property is especially helpful if you use it on your lips, which can become dry and cracked during the colder months.
- Different oils leave skin feeling either smooth or dry. Most oils form a protective layer on the skin or add moisturizing effects. Jojoba Oil mimics the natural oil of your skin, which helps to reduce oil production, but it is only helpful in small amounts. Shea Butter is another additive that adds moisture and a protecting layer on the skin.
- Vitamin E Oil is very good for the skin, whether you ingest it or add it to your lotion. It protects, heals, and fights the effects of aging on your skin. It helps prevent wrinkles and to repair the effects of age already visible on the skin.
- Essential Oils change the scent of the lotion and also offer benefits. If you use good quality Essential Oils, like ours, you can use the properties of each oil to benefit your skin. For example, carrot seed oil rejuvenates the appearance of the skin.
- Using Green Tea in a lotion recipe adds different properties according to what is in the tea. Green Tea is very healthy for the skin and can help you give off a youthful glow. It also makes the skin appear brighter and clearer over time. This is because tea is a good astringent.
- Avocado Oil is an ingredient in many over the counter lotions, and you can add it to homemade ones, too. The vitamins and antioxidants in avocado are what make it so good for your skin. It also makes a great moisturizer.
- Adding Chamomile Extract to lotion has a calming effect and is good for your skin. Chamomile offers calming and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, you can add it to lotions if you are prone to rashes and puffy skin. It also is very calming, which could help babies and children to be less restless, especially at night.