Green tea is an increasingly popular ingredient in body products, so I thought I’d join in. Though I decided to use Oolong tea instead of green, mostly because I had a wee bit of some Citron Oolong from DavidsTea that was begging to be finished off in something cool. Lotion sounded just right.

Continuing with the idea of tea, I used camellia seed oil, the oil of the seed of the tea plant, as the primary oil in the lotion. Since the tea smells quite lovely on its own, I didn’t add any essential oils, though a bit of lemongrass essential oil would be nice if you’re feeling so inclined.

The resulting lotion is beautifully light and gentle. It sinks in quickly and smells lightly of lemon myrtle and grass. It leaves the skin smooth and refreshed, and if you store it in the fridge, it makes a beautiful after sun lotion.

Citron Oolong Lotion

20g emulsifying wax
20g camellia seed oil
4g vitamin E oil
6g jojoba oil

146g steeped Citron Oolong tea (any green or oolong tea will do)
4g vegetable glycerin

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Combine the emulsifying wax with the camellia seed oil, vitamin E oil, and jojoba oil in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the oils are melting, combine tea with the vegetable glycerin and silk peptides in a small measuring cup and gently warm through.

Once the oils have melted, add the tea 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 than emulsimulse).

Whisk in the essential oils and preservative and decant the mixture to a pump-top bottle.

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