Have you taken our Lotion and Creams workshop? In this two-hour session, you'll make some great products and we will give you all the basic knowledge to make luxurious lotions and creams in your own home. Once you have learned all the tips and tricks, and mastered the technique, it's time to get creative! You may have already experimented with different types of herbal remedies. Herbal-infused lotions are a great way to harness the benefits of natural botanicals and incorporate them into your daily skincare routine.
Making your own herbal-infused lotion may seem intimidating at first, but it's actually quite simple. Let's look at how to create a basic herbal-infused lotion recipe and how to customize it with different herbs.
Choosing the Right Herbs
The first step in creating an herbal-infused lotion is choosing the right herbs. You can choose one herb to use or a blend of different herbs, depending on the benefits you want to achieve.
Some popular herbs for skincare include lavender, chamomile, calendula, and rosemary. Lavender is known for its soothing properties, chamomile is great for sensitive skin, calendula has anti-inflammatory properties, and rosemary can help with circulation.
Preparing the Herbal Infusion
Once you've chosen your herbs, you'll need to prepare an herbal infusion. This is the process of steeping the herbs in a carrier oil to extract their beneficial properties.
To create an herbal infusion, you'll need to:1. Choose a carrier oil - You can use any carrier oil for your infusion, such as olive oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil.
2. Measure out your herbs - You'll want to use about 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs per cup of carrier oil.
3. Heat the carrier oil - Heat the carrier oil in a double boiler or on low heat on the stove. Be careful not to overheat or burn the oil.
4. Add the herbs - Once the carrier oil is heated, add the herbs and stir to combine.
5. Let the herbs steep - Let the herbs steep in the carrier oil for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.
6. Strain the infusion - After an hour, strain the infusion through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to remove the herbs.
Customizing Your Lotion
One of the great things about making your own herbal-infused lotion is that you can customize it to your specific needs. You can experiment with different herbs to achieve different benefits or add essential oils for scent. In Starlite Soap Studio's Lotion and Cream workshop you will learn how to emulsify oils and waxes in a 60% - 80% water base so that they do not separate, resulting in a long-lasting, luxurious product.
Some other herbs you can try include:Comfrey: great for dry or damaged skin
Plantain: can help with eczema and psoriasis
Yarrow: has anti-inflammatory properties
You can also experiment with different carrier oils to achieve different textures and benefits.
Herbal-infused lotions are a great way to incorporate natural botanicals into your skincare routine. With a little experimentation, you can create a lotion that's customized to your specific needs and preferences. So why not give it a try and see what herbal-infused lotions can do for you?