How to Use El-1 EasyLotion Multibase

by Rustic Escentuals

In this tutorial, I will be showing you the versatility of the EL-1 EasyLotion Multibase™ This base allows you to create a multitude of lotion based products simply by adding warm distilled water! You can make a Body Cream, Thick Lotion, Light Lotion, Body Milk, and a Body Mist.

Please note: *The recommended versions are not meant to be taken as a strict science. They are a starting point or guideline. Feel free to experiment with the lotion base until you get your desired thickness for any of the above products.

Now let’s get started:

examples of the different products that can be made with EasyLotion Multibase

 

Supplies and Equipment Needed
Microwave safe glass container
Digital Scale
Spoon (for scooping up the EL-1 EasyLotion MultiBase)
Distilled Water
Rubber gloves
Rubber or silicone spatula
Hand Mixer or wire whisk (whatever you have available).
Mixing containers of your choice: Stainless steel bowls, plastic cups etc.
Disposable pipette
Thermometer to monitor water temperature
1 lb of EL-1 EasyLotion Multibase
Optional – Gel Soap colorants
Aqua Type Fragrance Oil (You can use any body safe fragrance oil)

ingredients and supplies needed

 

tools and equipment needed

 
IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • It’s important to ensure that everything is properly clean and disinfected. I went ahead and ran my supplies through the sterilization option on my dishwasher. I also wiped down everything with alcohol and let dry completely before starting. The base is properly preserved, but it’s still necessary to work in a clean environment.
  • Why use distilled water? Distilled water is completely filtered and no longer has any added chemicals or bacterial impurities. Using tap water may contaminate your lotion. Distilled water may be found in any grocery store.
  • Calculating Fragrance oil: Add 1% to 2% of Rustic Escentuals skin safe fragrance oils. This base can take a 2% load without affecting the preservative system. Test how much you like by starting with 1% and working your way up. Some fragrances are a bit stronger, some a bit lighter. To figure out your percentages, take the total of your base and water mixture, for example 4 ounces (2 oz base + 2 oz water) and multiple by 0.01 (for 1%) or 0.02 (for 2%). This will give you the amount of fragrance oil that is safe to add in ounces. For example: 4 ounces X 0.02 = 0.08 ounces. You can weigh out the fragrance oil or use a disposable pipette to add to your mixture.
  • Using your electronic scale and how to tare (or zero) out the weight of your container: Place the container you are going to be using onto the scale. Wait until the weight registers then press the TARE button to zero out the scale. This will give you accurate weights.
tare the scale using your container

 
You’ve now zeroed out the weight of your container and can accurately weigh your ingredients and not mistakenly weigh your container. (Some scales may have different ways to zero out – please read your instruction manual.)

scaled tared to container and ready to go

 

Body Cream Recipe

(one part base and one part distilled water)

Step 1: Place your container on the scale and press “tare”. Take the EL-1 Lotion Base and add it to your container or mixing bowl. I will be using 2 ounces of base here, but you can use any amount of base you want.

add Lotion Base to your container

 

weighing out proper amount

 
Step 2: Warm up the distilled water to around to 160 – 165 degrees. I used the microwave to accomplish this. Please make sure that the water does not get hotter than 170 degrees F. Carefully using your thermometer, take the temperature of your water and make sure to keep it to the desired temperature before adding to your base. Adding water hotter than 170 degrees breaks down the properties of the preservative. If the water is too cool, then your lotion will be lumpy and won’t easily blend.

heat the water to between 160-165 degrees

 

verify the temperature before adding to your base

 
Step 3: To make the Body Cream, add one part lotion base to one part distilled water. Because I used 2 ounces of base, I will also be using 2 ounces of water. With your container holding the 2 ounces of base on your scale, press TARE and slowly pour in 2 ounces of the heated distilled water.

tare the scale after adding the lotion base

 

slowly add water to base

 
Step 4: Using your mixer, begin slowly mixing the base for approximately 1 to 2 minutes (or more depending on how much you plan to make). This mixes easily and you may opt to use a wire whisk.
TIP: Use a spatula to scrape off the sides of the container to make sure you get everything. Like making a cake!

use your mixer to begin to slowly mix the base

 

mix for 1-2 minutes

 
Step 5: Stop mixing and add 2 drops of Navy Blue Gel Colorant (optional) and mix.

add color if desired and mix

 
Step 6: Add your Fragrance Oil. I added 2% (0.08 ounces) of Aqua Type Fragrance Oil because of the soft calming scent. Just can’t get enough of it!

add fragrance oil

 
Step 7: Continue to mix until your colorant and fragrance oil are fully incorporated. Don’t worry if the mixture appears thin, it will thicken once it cools. Add to your container but allow the product to cool completely before capping.

Suggestions for containers: Low Profile Frosted 2.9 oz jars

Body Cream all done and ready for packaging!

 

Thick Lotion Recipe

(one part base to 3 parts distilled water)

Step 1: To make the Thick Lotion I will be using 2 ounces base to 6 ounces distilled water (one part base to 3 parts distilled water). Repeat steps 1 through 7 above in the Body Cream section. Differences for the Thick Lotion will be the following:
2 ounces Lotion Base
6 ounces distilled water
3 drops Magenta Gel Colorant
2% Fragrance Oil ( .16 oz)

Suggestions for containers: 3 oz. PET Oval Bottle with White Disc Lid

mixing thick lotion recipe

 

thick lotion recipe - pouring into container

 

thick lotion recipe - finished and ready to be packaged

 

Light Lotion Recipe

(one part lotion base to 4 parts distilled water)

Step 1: To make the Light Lotion I will be using 1 ounce base to 4 ounces distilled water (one part base to 4 parts distilled water). Repeat steps 1 through 7 above in Body Cream section. Differences for the Light Lotion will be the following:
1 ounce Lotion Base
4 ounces distilled water
3 drops Teal Gel Colorant
2% Fragrance Oil ( .1 oz)

Suggestions for containers: 3 oz. PET Oval Bottle with White Disc Lid

mixing light lotion recipe

 

light lotion recipe - finished and ready to be packaged

 

Body Milk Recipe

(one part lotion base to 6 parts distilled water)

Step 1: To make the BODY MILK I will be using 1 ounce base to 6 ounces distilled water (one part base to 6 parts distilled water). Repeat steps 1 through 7 above in Body Cream section. Differences for the Body Milk will be the following:
1 ounce Lotion Base
6 ounces distilled water
3 drops Purple Gel Colorant
2% Fragrance Oil ( .14 oz)

Suggestions for containers: 3 oz. PET Oval Bottle with White Disc Lid or 1 oz PVC Bottle w/Silver Lid

Body Milk recipe - mixing

 

Body Milk recipe finished ready for packaging

 

Body Mist Recipe

(one part lotion base to 8 parts distilled water)

Step 1: To make the BODY MIST I will be using 1 ounce base to 8 ounces distilled water (one part base to 8 parts distilled water). Repeat steps 1 through 7 above in Body Cream section. Differences for the Body Mist will be the following:
1 ounce Lotion Base
8 ounces distilled water
No coloring
2% Fragrance Oil ( .18 oz)

Suggestions for containers: 2 oz. Tapered PET Bottle w/Sprayer

Body Mist recipe - mixing

 

Body Mist recipe - ready for packaging

 
Create, experiment and have fun!

all recipes finished

 

different recipes on spoons for comparison

 

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