Fun Activity with your 10-14 year olds!!

It is coming up to school holidays again and now the weather is starting to get colder it is harder to get outdoors. A great way to keep your kids occupied during the school holidays is with lots of holiday craft activities. If you are sick of the usual Paper Crafts then how about trying to make some moisturising cream from scratch. It is not as hard as you might think and the great thing is that once made you can use it straight away!!

The ingredients you will need for a basic body cream include: a Carrier Oil (such as Almond, Apricot or Soya Bean), Emulsifying Wax, Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter, Preservative (such as Phenonip), Glycerine, Purified Water, Fragrance (such as Lavender Essential Oil). Materials you will need include a hand held stick blender (e.g. bamix), Bowl, Spoon, Thermometer (Candy or Milk thermometer will do), Pots (if you are going to use the stove top to heat your ingredients), scales, oh and a calculator of course.

I always use the method of 20% oils and waxes to 80% water and glycerine. My basic Recipe is:

  • 4-6% Emulsfiying Wax
  • 2% Cocoa/Shea Butter
  • 8% Almond Oil
  • 4% Apriot Oil
  • 8% Glycerine
  • 1% Preservative
  • 0.5% Fragrance
  • Purified Water 70-80%

I always write my ingredients out (like a receipe) and how much I am going to need of each ingredient , then you need to weigh your ingredients out (this is where your calculator and scales will come in). Start by putting the oils and waxes together and heating them up to 40-45 degrees to melt the oils and waxes together. You can do this on the stove top or in the microwave, make sure you gently stir the ingredients to help the waxes and butters melt. Next you need to heat the water up (I usually just boil in a kettle and let it cool down to around 40 degrees. Note: Do not heat your glycerine up in the kettle. You can add the glycerine to the water once the water has been boiled and measured) Always pour the water and glycerine into the oil gently so you do not get any splash backs. Then get your stick blender and mix continually for 5 minutes. The more you mix your ingredients together the better and smoother your cream will be. When the mixture has cooled down to around 35 degrees add your preservative and Fragrance, Mix for at least another 5 minutes and then keep going back to mix until the mixture thickens. Pour into clean containers and enjoy!!


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