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Body Emulsion vs. Lotion and Cream


For those product junkies out there, I have a questions:

What is the difference between a body emulsion vs body lotion/cream?

Sometimes I see like, perfumed body emulsion and I'm not sure if it's the same thing as perfumed body lotion...
Mar 09, 2008 @ 02:41 pm

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Feisty Redhead

same thing

As far as I know they're the same thing. I have made my own lotion before, so I know the basic ingredients of a lotion fairly well. I think they're just trying a new marketing name... the process of making lotion involves emulsifying water and oils together, hence the new name of "body emulsion" instead of just saying lotion. Perhaps marketing teams are just trying to target a different crowd, or trying to make their products sound more classy. I dunno but in my opinion, based on my (admittedly little) knowledge of making lotion and after looking at the ingredients I have to say they're the same thing.

Perhaps someone can correct me if I am wrong on this one.
Mar 09, 2008 @ 06:39 pm

Feisty Redhead!!

oh please will you share how to make a lotion?your most preferred one:)
Mar 10, 2008 @ 11:07 am
Feisty Redhead

it gets expensive

It gets expensive fast to get everything you need to make lotion, which is why I don't do it anymore. But, here's the recipe I used most frequently when I was making it. Everything is measured by weight so you'll need a good kitchen scale, digital ones are best. I used a double boiler to make it, my mother would make it in a big glass measuring cup and microwave it but I think the double boiler method is much safer and easier to keep an eye on it.

1 3/4 ounces sweet almond oil
1 ounce avocado oil
1 ounce stearic acid
1 ounce emulsifying wax
1/4 ounce conditioning emulsifying wax (Cetearyl Alcohol)
1 1/4 ounces shea butter
1/4 ounce phenonip
1/4 teaspoon fragrance oil if desired
18 ounces distilled water

Mix oils, wax and stearic acid. Heat just till the stearic acid melts. Add butter and melt. Heat the water to the same temperature as the oils. Add water to oils in a slow steady stream while mixing with a stick blender till emulsion forms and thickens. Add phenonip and any desired fragrance and beat just enough to blend evenly. Pour carefully into sterile lotion bottles.

Notes: You really have to try to get the water and oils the same temperature, but you don't want the water too hot because then emulsion will take longer and the longer you have to mix the more air bubbles there will be in the lotion (which will make pouring into bottles hard because they'll look full at first but after cooling and settling they'll only be partially full.) You might want to get a couple candy thermometers to have one in the oils and one in the water to make sure they're about the same temperature - I never bothered with this but it's a good idea nevertheless.

I always got all my supplies from brambleberry.com. They're really reliable and easy to work with.

Now another recipe that I have is for massage bars would be MUCH easier on the wallet, it's easier to make and you can use them as a super moisturizing lotion. You just need to be careful not to use too much of it though because then you'll be greasy and it'll take forever to soak into your skin, but if you just use a little it's really nice. The only thing you'll really need to stock up on is some soap molds or any molds really as long as they just make TINY shapes. Like those little decorative soaps that people will have in their bathrooms that they never use? LOL You want something along those lines or even smaller. And you don't need a scale to measure out these ingredients, either. Again, made in a double boiler.

1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
About 25 drops fragrance oil or a skin-safe essential oil if desired - use more or less depending on how light or strong of a fragrance you want.

Heat butter till melted. Add oils and fragrance and stir just till evenly combined. Pour into tiny molds and let harden.
Mar 11, 2008 @ 10:39 am

thank u

sounds like a pricey lotion but im sure it will be worth it...btw if thats your kitty on your profile pic,it's so gorgeous!!!
Mar 12, 2008 @ 10:31 am
Feisty Redhead


You're welcome. It is a bit pricey... but then you buy enough supplies to make a lot of it. LOL It was fun to make but just got too expensive for me when I can just run to the store and get something that works just as well for less than five dollars.

And that is my kitty Dusk. He's an awesome little guy. :)
Mar 12, 2008 @ 11:05 am

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