cupuaçu & cardamom lotion
7g emulsimulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
2g candellila wax
16g cupuacu butter
3g vegetable glycerin
1/4 tsp allantoin (optional)
1/4 tsp silk (optional)
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops roman chamomile essential oil
2 drops cardamom essential oil
Combine the emulsifying wax with the candelilla wax and cupuacu butter in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.
While the waxes and butter is melting, combine the water, vegetable glycerin, allantoin, and silk in a small measuring cup and gently warm.
Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat. Whisk the mixture as it cools—it will thicken into a nice white cream (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax from emulimulse).
Whisk in the essential oils and decant the mixture to a pump-top bottle.
Regarding preservatives—if you store this in a pump-top bottle it should last for at least a month at room temperature before spoiling. You can add a broad spectrum preservative if you like, though at this time I don’t have any that I’d feel good about recommending.
If you don’t have any candelilla wax you can eliminate it and use 18g of cupuacu butter instead—the result will be a slightly thinner lotion.