It seems hard (to me, at least) to think of New Year’s Eve without thinking of New York City. I fell thoroughly in love with New York in May of 2014, and I would love to be there on New Year’s Eve. Last summer I read Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America 1927 and I was just enamored with the sparkle and excitement of it all—and so much of it was in New York. All that is to say that this sparkly winter shimmer body lotion is inspired by all that, but it doesn’t need to be the roaring twenties to get your glitter on.
I’ve chosen safflower oil as the base oil for this lotion because it’s nice and light. On its own it sinks into the skin quickly, so when it’s blended into a lotion you get lightweight lotion that absorbs in a flash. To that I’ve added a bit of menthol for a bit of a refreshing chill.
Once we’ve got an emulsified lotion, it’s time to add the sparkle. I’m using silver mica to channel sparkling snow, and I’ve also included a wee bit of blue ultramarine to give the lotion a cool tint in the bottle. It won’t carry through to the skin (unless you use far too much!), so don’t worry about looking like a glittery member of the Blue Man Group 😉
Winter Shimmer Body Lotion
Combine the emulsifying wax with the safflower oil in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.
While the emulsifying wax is melting, combine the water, honey, and silk in a small measuring cup and gently warm.
Once the emulsifying wax mixture has melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat. If you’re using menthol crystals, add them as you heat everything through and ensure they melt before removing 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/ritamulse).
Whisk in the mica and blue ultramarine (and the peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada), if you’re using that instead of menthol). Add your preservative (though do check the instructions for your specific preservative—some have special instructions for adding to concoctions) and decant the mixture to a pump-top bottle. Enjoy!
New to lotion making? Watch my basic lotion how to video!