The distilled water we talked about. Wanna make sure that you are using distilled water and not tap water. Tap water contains microbes that can grow mold or bacteria and also of course those heavy metals from the piping systems that can cause your oils to go rancid. And that's because metals cause oil to go rancid. It causes them to oxidize off quicker. So some other things you could use. I know, I personally have bought rose water lotion many a times and it's just so, it smells good naturally. You can use rose water in place of distilled water. You can use aloe vera liquid in place of distilled water. Some things that you probably don't wanna use though. You probably don't wanna use tea. And the reason you don't wanna use tea in your lotion is because there's tiny little bits of that tea, the herb, that still get suspended throughout the water. And that can go moldy no matter how much preservative you use. There's a limit to what the preservative is going to be able to overcome. For e...
xample, if you had a snotty child that had blown it's nose and then put his hand right into the lotion to get some lotion out, the preservative barrier is probably gonna be breached, right? That's a lot for a preservative to try and deal with. Same with using teas. If there's a little bit of herb left in there that's a lot for a preservative to deal with. So no teas for your water portion of your lotion making. And milk. We have so many people that naturally, they raise goats and they have a dairy, they really wanna use milks in their lotions. And milk is a really difficult one to use in your lotions. Because generally if something's gonna spoil sitting out on your counter, there is nothing you're inherently doing in the lotion making process that's going to make it not spoil. And so milk is one of those ones that will go rancid over time. So it'll start smelling bad. Will anything bad happen? Does it grow mold? It mostly just smells bad. So if you make lotion with milk in it you could do 90% water and 10% milk. You could try using powdered milk. There's some ways to try and really work around it. But it take a lot of testing on your part to ensure that it's going to be shelf stable if you're thinking about selling it. Yes?
Anne Marie we had a couple of things come in on that. So Galfriday had asked about dried or powdered milk in lotions and so you just have mentioned that. And then another one that had come in was can you use goat's milk as an alternative liquid?
You can use goat's milk as an alternative liquid but it'll have a much shorter shelf life because, again, goat's milk will go bad when it's sitting on the counter. And the way you can try and make it have a longer shelf life is by only using it as 10% of your liquid. So if the recipe calls for four ounces of water you would use 3.6 ounces of water and then .4 ounces of the goat milk. But ultimately goat milk will still go rancid in the lotion. It just smells bad. It's not like the worst ever. But it does eventually go rancid. And if you are using a fresh milk in your lotion, you have to use a broad spectrum preservative. Germaban II would be my preference which is a paraben-based preservative because you are really giving your preservative a much bigger hurdle to try and jump over.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Anne-Marie is the owner of Bramble Berry Soap Supplies, a national retail company offering more than 2,500 ingredients for making personalized soaps, candles, and toiletries which initially gained its widespread following through several successful appearances on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). She is also the author of the popular books, Soap Crafting and Pure Soapmaking with over 70,000 copies sold, and blog, Soap Queen
As a "Seasoned" Soaper this workshop was very instructive, fast paced and not boring at all!!!!! As everything else, we have to be up to date with new trends and ingredients, every day is a learning process, thank you very much to Creative Live, Anne-Marie and Bramble Berry for this AWESOME work shop and I hope you have another one soon :) :)
Love this class! Second time watching it, wish there were live classes at this level in my City, I would love to make stuff on the weekends :-) Great job - love the class, come back soon!
a Creativelive Student
Anne-Marie was a very thorough and thoughtful instructor. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were inspiring. She had everything organized and presented it in a very comprehensive sequential order. GREAT class as I never knew anything about soap/lotions/scrubs/balms/etc. I'd recommend purchasing the class!