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Debbie May  is an entrepreneur and President and Chief Executive Officer of Wholesale Supplies Plus, Inc., an online business selling professional-quality soap-making, candle-making, and skin care supplies at affordable prices. Featuring a foundational product line of soap-making molds, bases, and additives, Wholesale Supplies Plus currently stocks more than 2,000 products and ships to more than 100,000 customers worldwide. You can view debbie's blog here: www.debbiemay.com

Lotion Making (from a base) - Simple Steps for Beginners
By Debbie May Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Are you new to making lotion? This helpful guide will show you 'How To Make' Lotion using simple steps for beginners. 

1. Preparation

Create a work space that is clean of filth and of a size that prevents contamination from outside sources. Select an area that is not accessible to children and pets. We recommend wearing protective clothing such as an apron, goggles, gloves and a hair net.

2. Prepare The Base

Using a pre-made lotion base designed for handmade lotions, measure 16 oz in a clean glass pyrex cup. Note: 16 oz of base will make approximately (2) 8 oz bottles, (4) 4 oz bottles or (8) 2 oz bottles of lotion.

3. Incorporate Additives

Fragrance - You can incorporate 1 to 2 teaspoons of fragrance oil per 16 oz of lotion base. Stir well. Notice that the more fragrance you add the more likely it is that your lotion will thin from the fragrance oil. If you want to add essential oils you can add 1 to 2 ml of essential oil per 16 oz of lotion. You will need a plastic dropper to measure small amounts such as ml's.  Stir well.

Color - After you have scented your lotion it is time to add the color. You can add as much cosmetic color to your base as desired. Stir well. Note: Do not add so much color that the skin is stained. The lotion should always remain white when being rubbed into the skin. If it is colored then too much color has been used.

Measurement Notes: 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.

4. Packaging

Pour your lotion into bottles and close with a lotion pump, disc top or cap. If the lotion is thicker you may find a jar with top easier to fill and use. If your lotion is thick and you wish to use a bottle you can slowly heat to 130º and pour into the bottles. Heating much higher than this risks degrading the preservative system and may allow your lotion to grow mold, bacteria or yeast.

5. Labeling

If selling your lotion you will need to label it with the product name, your company name, contact information, ingredients, directions for use, and product weight.

6. Caution Statement

This product is intended to be crafted by those 15 years or older.  You are expected to take full responsibility for your own personal protection and safety including but not limited to the use of protective clothing such as an apron, goggles, gloves and a hair net.

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