On March 12, we invited Rachel Winard of Soapwalla to the kitchen to help us get a handle on Johnsons & Johnsons Baby Lotion, a product the Hunter High School group identified as a favorite. While in TCK, the Hunter students discovered some iffy ingredients in the lotion and we wanted to learn more (like what’s the source of the “fresh baby bottom” smell and how do they get that signature pink color?).
Rachel took us through the ingredient list (well, not exactly all 23 of them, but pretty close!).Then she led us through a step-by-step recreation, shedding more than a few ingredients along the way. Here is the result. We think it’s amazing and also pretty easy to make — mostly with ingredients you will already have in your own kitchen. It smells so good you will want to eat it, and that’s actually OK.
Video from TCK Baby Lotion Event:
TCK + Soapwalla’s Baby Lotion
This recipe makes approximately 8 oz.
2 Tbs oil (almond, sunflower, jojoba, even olive or coconut oil from your kitchen)
2 Tbs emulsifying wax (can be purchased from www.mountainroseherbs.com)
2/3 c boiling water
2 Tbs frozen blueberries
1/4 tsp ascorbic acid (vitamin C powder)
1/2 tsp stearic acid – OPTIONAL (can be purchased from www.mountainroseherbs.com)
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10-20 drops other essential oils of your choosing (I like lavender, German chamomile, sweet orange, bergamot, and neroli)
WATER: Pour 1 1/2 cups distilled or filtered water into a pot. Add frozen blueberries and bring to a rapid boil. Boil until you have your desired color (for a strong pinkish hue, boil for 3 minutes). Strain, and measure 2/3 cup water. Add ascorbic acid and stir until completely blended.
OIL: At the same time, put a pot of water to boil. Create a makeshift double boiler by placing a glass measuring cup inside the pan of water. Add the oil and wax and stir until wax is completely melted. Take the glass off the heat and add stearic acid, stirring until completely dissolved.
EMULSIFYING: Add water to oil mixture and blend with an immersion blender, whisk or standing blender until completely combined and slightly foamy at the top. Your lotion will look like strawberry milk at this stage. Add your essential oils and whisk to combine. Continue whisking every few minutes until the lotion starts to set up, then pour into a container (this becomes much more difficult as the lotion gets thicker). Please keep in a cool location (refrigeration is ideal) and use within 2 weeks.