Soothing after-sun lotion (No need to call the fire department!)

After-sun lotion

Soothing after-sun lotion

After a long, cold winter, when the first glorious rays of sun begin to boost our spirits, we can’t wait to start soaking them up. We forget to slather on the sunscreen and, before we know it, we’re looking like a boiled lobster!

To relieve that burning feeling, we grab cold compresses, aloe gel, anything to ease the pain! And it does help, in the short term. But our skin has been dehydrated and, to prevent peeling, it must be moisturized. If you don’t have an after-sun lotion handy, use this recipe to soothe your skin with a creamy, refreshing lotion composed of 50% aloe gel.

Since it contains mint essential oil, be sure to keep it away from your eyes!






An important step before you begin

Since the mixture of oil and water creates conditions favourable to bacterial growth, it’s important to preserve your emulsions with a preservative and to take appropriate hygiene measures such as cleaning surfaces, wearing gloves, and sterilizing all cooking utensils and containers with boiling water. Plastic utensils and other materials that can’t withstand high heat should be sprayed with 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and air dried.

Steps to follow

1. Weigh the ingredients in the oil phase (calendula and St. John’s wort oil, mango butter, stearic acid, and polawax) and place them in the first double boiler.

2. Weigh the ingredients in the aqueous phase (aloe gel, demineralized water, and vegetable glycerin) and place them in the second double boiler. Cover.

3. Heat the two phases over medium heat until they reach 70˚C. Maintain this temperature for twenty minutes.

4. Pour the oil phase into the aqueous phase, mixing with an immersion blender. Set aside and let cool while mixing regularly./p>

5. While the mixture cools, weigh the ingredients in the cooling phase (essential oils, elderberry extract, and vitamin E) and mix them in a ramekin.

6. When the mixture reaches a temperature of approximately 45˚C, add the ingredients in the cooling phase and blend well.

7. Transfer the cream into the 240 ml. pump bottle.


Soothing after-sun lotion (No need to call the fire department!) — 2 Comments

    • Hi!
      The shelf life depends on many things. The freshness of raw materials, good manufacturing practices, proper disinfection or sterilization, the condition in which the product is stored thereafter, etc. For all of these reasons, I can not determine with certainty the shelf life of this product. To know for sure, it would be necessary to analyze the product in a lab because the effectiveness of the preservative may change depending on all of the things listed above. From our side, we suggest keeping the product in the refrigerator and to throw out the rest at the end of the summer season. I hope my answer will help you understand the stakes involved in the shelf life of a product.

      Also , given that this recipe is the intellectual property of Coop Coco & Calendula, we strongly suggest that you create your own recipes for resale purposes.

      Have a nice day!

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