Soaps and lotions are easy to make. It's just a matter of acquiring the ingredients and then simply following the recipe. With cold process soaps, you are creating a chemical reaction between the oils and the lye solution - so taking care is necessary; wear protective gear and have adequate ventilation. Bars are $5.50 each.
Lotions are an oil phase mixed with a water phase via an emulsifier (binds the liquids together). Lotions are extremely easy to make, provided you have an immersion blender (aka stick blender). Melt your oils & butters together with the emulsifier, then insert and start up your immersion blender and pour in the water phase. The emulsion forms immediately - once thoroughly blended, add your essential or fragrance oils for scent or therapeutic benefits. I use mixed tocopherols, neem oil, willow bark extract, rosemary oleoresin, and potassium sorbate to inhibit oil rancidity and bacteria & mold growth. Some essential and fragrance oils will cause the lotion to turn various shades of brown once exposed to air (oxidization) - vanilla is a common cause, which is completely normal. Using the recipe I created, each batch makes approximately 6 oz of lotion. I currently offer 2 oz ($7) and 4 oz ($9) bottle sizes.
And now onto my favorite creation - the greenchild salve! I use it for bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, burns, etc. I also used it for my son's occasional diaper rash. Made with a base of butters and oils, and my favorite extract and essential oils.
or contact Greenchild Creations via Etsy for a custom creation!