Glucomannan has been used as a thickener in these two products. I wrote an interesting article about glucomannan, which you can read here. In the recipes, I used a familiar and safe Calendula as an herb. Calendula is a favourite herb of many, but you can of course select your own one if you wish. How to make moisturizing hand lotion and facial toner?
These recipes are quite simple even for beginners. Glucomannan conveniently gives you more texture to your products. Start with a low dose of glucomannan first. You can then easily add it if needed. However, keep in mind that glucomannan needs time to form a jelly. Let the mixture swell for at least an hour but recommendation is even three hours. Time will show the final thickness of the product.
Moisturizing and caring facial toner
- 400 ml of water
- 100 ml of hydrolat, i.e., flower water, such as rose water or chamomile water (for sensitive skin)
- 50 g of dried Calendula
- 0.5 to 1 gram of ascorbic acid, vitamin C, to bring acidity to the product
- Contents of 1 to 2 glucomannan capsules (0.5 to 1 gram)
Do like this:
- Measure the water into the pot and heat it up to boiling
- Pour boiling water over the dried Calendulas and let infuse for about 20 minutes
- Strain the Calendula petals off and add hydrolat
- Add glucomannan and mix thoroughly
- Allow the mixture to thicken, stirring occasionally, for about an hour
- You can heat the liquid up for 30 minutes to 80 degrees to improve shelf life
- Cool the liquid down to room temperature and add ascorbic acid. Mix thoroughly.
- If you wish, you can now also add the preservative Geogard 221, 3-4 ml. This way the product lasts up to 3-4 months. However, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator.
- Without preservative, the product will be preserved in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
How to use prebiotic calendula facial toner?
This toner is suitable for use on cleansed skin in the morning and evening. Moisten a cotton ball with toner and pat thoroughly on the skin of the face and neck.
Allow the toner to dry on the skin for a while, then apply the moisturizer.
This toner is not suitable for layering. If you want to layer this toner, put on just a couple of layers. Polysaccharides such as glucomannan deposit on the surface of the skin if used extensively.
Glucomannan hand lotion
Glucomannan works great in hand lotions. Glucomannan acts as a thickener with the emulsifier. It gives a slightly gel-like (but not stretchy) structure to creams.
Glucomannan brings moisture-retaining properties to the product. When moderately applied, glucomannan does not appear to accumulate on the skin. Instead, a pleasant, not at all greasy-like feeling remains on the surface of the skin. This is useful if you need a hand cream for office work.
I also used Calendula in this product. Calendula is a well-tolerated and skin-gentle herb. Calendula can be added to the product as an infusion or oil extract. I added both to this product. In this way, all the active ingredients of the plant are accurately utilized.
To add a moisturizing effect, I added sea buckthorn oil to the hand cream. Sea buckthorn oil smells wonderful, a person who tested the hand cream said it smells like candy. The strong colour of the sea buckthorn goes well with the Calendula.
This moisturizing hand lotion is what dry hands really need, namely moisture. Grease or oil alone does not moisturize the skin. Greases and oils only protect and prevent moisture from evaporating.
To add a moisturizing effect, I added sea buckthorn oil to the hand cream. Sea buckthorn and palmitoleic acid in sea buckthorn oil lock moisture in the skin. Sea buckthorn oil smells wonderful; said one person who tested the hand cream from candy. The strong colour of the sea buckthorn goes well with the calendula.
Moisturizing Calendula – sea buckthorn hand lotion
- 250 ml calendula infusion, basic instructions for the infusion can be found here
- 2 (1 g) glucomannan capsules, use only the contents of the capsules
Do like this:
- Mix the glucomannan powder in the calendula infusion and mix well. Allow the mixture to stay for 3 hours. Stir occasionally to allow clotting to occur evenly.
- Next, you can mix the ointments into a steel water bath (double boiler) bowl. You can heat all the other ingredients but the preservative will be added only to the finished, cooled lotion.
These are the ingredients you need:
- 250 ml of previously prepared glucomannan-containing Calendula infusion
- 20 ml Calendula oil extract, instructions for preparing the oil extract can be found here
- 10 ml of glycerol
- 10 drops of sea buckthorn oil
- 5 grams of Olivem 1000 emulsifier
- 2-2.5 ml Geogard 221 preservative (optional but recommended)
Do like this:
- Mix all the ingredients in a steel bowl.
- Lift the steel bowl onto the water bath boiler and heat so that the Olivem 1000 melts properly. Allow the mixture to stand at 80 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. This will ensure the shelf life of the product.
- Stir the product until it cools down to about 40 degrees Celsius.
- Now you can add a preservative.
- Preferably pack the lotion in a pump bottle
- The lotion will be preserved in the pump bottle very well for up to 3-4 months, provided you used a preservative. Store the lotion in a cool place, protected from light.
How to use Calendula – sea buckthorn hand lotion?
Calendula – sea buckthorn hand lotion is a really moisturizing and protective one. Apply the lotion about ½ teaspoons to your hands and forearms. This moisturizing hand lotion eventually absorbs well, although it doesn’t seem to do that right away. At first, it feels like the lotion stays on the surface of the skin. However, continue rubbing and the cream will begin to sink deeper into the skin.
Now your hands have a pleasant moisturized, silky feel. The lotion does not leave a greasy layer on the skin precisely because of glucomannan.
Personally, I really like this hand lotion. Even though it is not a super-nutritious and greasy lotion, it works incredibly well on dry hands.