Extract: Wild Yam Root Powder

Price: $0.10

Dioscorea villosa

Sold by the gram, $0.0953/g. Please bring or order a bag

You must order a minimum of 100g and buy a bag or other suitable container (search JAR or BOTTLE on our website). You must allow us to package your bulk item in a container or bag that your item will fit in safely, and agree to pay any difference before you receive your item.

Botanical extracts are concentrated plant materials providing therapeutic properties, which have been extracted through a variety of methods, including:

Steam distillation
Solvent extraction
CO2 extraction
Cold pressing
Oil infusion
Alcohol infusion
and Glycerol extracts
There are a wide variety of types of botanical extracts. Essential oils are probably the most well known type, but there’s also:

Alcohol Tinctures
CO2 extracts
Powdered Extracts
And more!

Working With Powdered Extracts

Powdered Extracts provide an easy way for formulators to incorporate herbal ingredients into their water based products. These Extracts are standardized, ensuring consistent quality and potency, batch after batch. Our line of Powdered Herbal Extracts are almost all water soluble, meaning they will dissolve easily into warm water or water based ingredients. Many are concentrated, some up to 10 times the potency of the original Extract. You can determine each Powdered Extract's potency by the numbers in its title. For example, Horsetal 4:1 is four times as strong as the original Extract, while Oat Straw 10:1 is ten times its original strength. To incorporate an Powdered Extract into a formula, first determine what percentage of the original extract you'd like to add. After you've determined the percentage, divide the amount based on the Extracts strength.

For example, if you were making 480 grams (or 1 lb.) of lotion, and wanted to add 5% Rosehip Extract using Rosehip Powdered Extract 4:1, you would determine the amount to add by the following method:

Determine 5% of your total weight. (5% of 480 grams = 24 grams)
Divide the 5% by the strength of the Extract. This Extract is four times as strong as plain Rosehip extract, so you would divide it by 4. (24 grams / 4 = 6 grams)
The conclusion is that you would add 6 grams of Rosehip Extract 4:1
Powdered Extracts are great for use in toners, rinses, lotions, conditioners, or any other recipes that contain water. Because they have a shelf life of up to two years they are great for those who formulate in small batches, and unlike herbal infusions, you can be sure of the exact potency of the herbs in your formulas. If you are looking for a convenient, and efficient way to incorporate herbal properties into your recipes, try working with Powdered Herbal Extracts.

Using Botanical Extracts in Cosmetics
Lotion: Add 0.5% to 5% of a Botanical Extract to a Lotion Base. If you are also adding a fragrance or other additives, be sure the total amount of additives is below the threshold that the lotion base can tolerate. Read our Golfer's Hand Lotion Recipe for step-by-step guidance in making a lotion with botanical extracts. Swap out the fragrance to make it yours!

Shower Gel: Add 1-2% of a Water Soluble Botanical Extract to a Shower Gel Soap Base. Keep in mind that many soap bases can only handle around 5% of additives before the preservative becomes inactive and/or the shower gel gets very thin. When you formulate shower gel with botanical extracts, you'll want to test in small batches to achieve the best balance of botanical extract, fragrance, and potentially an emulsifier (for the fragrance). If that sounds cumbersome, make it with one of our recipes! Our April Showers Shower Gel Recipe uses Chamomile Extract and is an easy recipe.

Shaving Cream: Add 0.5% to 5% of a Botanical Extract to Foaming Bath Whip. Mix together and package in a Jar or Airless Pump. Our Soothing Shaving Cream Recipe is a nice starting point!

Massage Oil: Add 0.5% to 5% of an Oil Soluble Botanical Extract to a Carrier Oil. Mix together well and package in a Plastic Bottle with Orifice Reducer and Cap. View our Massage Oil Recipe to get a better idea.

Lotion Bar: Add 0.5 to 5% of an Oil Soluble Botanical Extract to a lotion bar recipe. If you need help calculating how much to use, use our Percentage Calculator. We also have an Aromatherapy Lotion Bars Recipe with all the calculating already done and ready for you to make it!

Please test new formulations in small batches. This gives you the opportunity to perfect your formulation before creating a large batch. We love offering advice in helping you come up with your formulations and recipes, but please keep in mind that you are responsible for the outcome of products.