Green Tea Lotion

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Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant with many health benefits. Over the last decade, various forms of green tea have become increasingly popular in skin care products due to its healing properties. You see it in many anti-aging, damaged, and mature skin care products.

Green tea lotion is very easy to make, about as easy as the 3-ingredient lotion recipe. You just have to keep in mind of its limited shelf life. Make a smaller batch and/or store it in the refrigerator. Depending on the strength of the tea, the lotion can have a slight tan color which is hard to see in this picture.

Melt the oil and wax together. Then blend in green tea. Click here for detailed instructions.

So next time you’re brewing yourself some green tea to drink, make a little extra for your lotion!

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4 Comments

  1. Usman Akhtar
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ve done some research, and emulsifying wax isn’t so good, even the “NF” kind, its has ethoxylated compounds within the different ingredients within the wax, which are carcinogenic.

    http://allnaturalbeauty.us/ani3.htm

    http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/todays-chemical/2009/1/17/vegetable-emulsifying-wax-nf.html

    http://allnaturalbeauty.us/ani3.htm

    I’d really like your thoughts on this.

  2. Wabi Sabi Baby
    Posted November 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    There’s too much I want to say about emulsifiers to summarize here but a post is in the works. E. wax, like most emulsifiers whether ‘naturally derived’ or not, undergo some form of processing. For now, suffice it to say that in nature, oil and water don’t mix. If you want them to mix (or suspend), then you need the help of a man-made substance. All emulsifiers have trade-offs. But lotions are a luxury item and you can always get away with moisturizing using plain oils and butters and not even mess with emulsions. Best time to apply is right after a shower/bath.

  3. Usman Akhtar
    Posted November 21, 2009 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Yes, there is non-ethoxylated emulsifiers too, and I have personally never used them.

    I’ve been trying to go all natural and using a combination of borax and beeswax, but i don’t think you can make lotion with that, only cream.

    Hoping to hear from your emulsifier blog post soon!

  4. Usman Akhtar
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if you’ve ever used or are considering to use NatraMulse or AS102 emulsifiying waxes.

    They claim to be “as natural as possible”.

    They seem like really good alternatives and have no PEG stuff in their ingredients.

    I’d really like to be able a completely natural lotion. You said that we can’t bind oil and water without the help of man-made substances but what about emulsifiers used in food? Like egg in mayonnaise.

    Can’t wait to read your post on emulsifiers.

    http://www.aquasapone.com.au/as102.html
    http://www.theherbarie.com/PlantaMulse-Pastilles-pr-346.html

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