People ask me all of the time if I make lotion and all I can offer them is my Shea Butter. While it's a super rich nutrient, it can be a little heavy for the summer time or for an all over moisturizer. I have actually made lotion and I liked it, but most people thought it was too greasy - it was, for the record, but I didn't mind. Actually, almost any lotion that doesn't have several additives - mostly chemical - probably won't have a widely well received aesthetic quality. Also, any time you mix water with oil, you have to preserve it, otherwise mold and bacteria will grow in a short time. It's just a fact of nature. I did quite a bit of reading on the subject a couple of years ago and decided that making lotion was not for me. For now at least, it's a form of chemistry that is a bit out of my league. For the record, I really like this lotion.
My solution to this problem lay in my sugar scrub. I'd been meaning to take the oil recipe that I created for my sugar scrub and make it a stand alone product for some time now. I can't believe I waited so long. I do preserve my sugar scrubs because water inevitably gets into the container even though I try not to let it happen. The thing about a straight up oil recipe in a pump dispenser is that now I can have efficiently (a.k.a. lazily) moisturize with pure oils - some of them organic - no preservatives necessary. I knew it was a good recipe, but I just made some with my 'Morning Dew' fragrance and another with a Lavender / Rosewood / Clary Sage / Patchouli (one drop, I swear!) blend of essential oils and I think I'm in heaven. I am ordering the containers for this tonight and adding them to my website sooooooon!
Hopefully I'll have them ready for the Inman Park Festival in a few weeks.