Making homemade lotion is a wonderful way to care for your skin, save money, and have a great time doing it.
Did you know that about 60% of everything that you apply topically is absorbed into your skin? What better reason to ditch the chemicals and spend a little time in the kitchen whipping up a batch of soothing, healing lotion?
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
You will only need a few ingredients, and the recipe is not set in stone. Part of the fun of making your own lotion is that you can change the recipe and customize it to your liking. Here is the basic recipe:
- 1/3 cup carrier oils (more details on carrier oils below)
- 1/3 cup distilled water
- 1 to 2 tablespoons beeswax – Buy on Amazon
- Optional: 10 to 20 drops essential oil (more details on essential oils below)
1. Melt the oil and beeswax in a double boiler or slowly in the microwave.
Psst! You can buy natural beeswax here!
2. Add the water while whisking. Beat until thoroughly incorporated. Add the essential oil (more details on this below) and whisk again. Keep stirring until lotion is creamy and cool.
3. Pour into clean, dry bottle or jar and store in a cool place.
About Carrier Oils
There are many different types of oils out there that lend themselves beautifully to making homemade lotion, and each has different characteristics.
Experiment with different combinations of oils to get a recipe that is right for your skin.
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About Essential Oils
The optional addition of essential oils to your homemade lotion can add a healing quality to your recipe.
Start off by adding just a few drops, and increase as desired. Remember to keep the proportion of essential oil equal to the recipe above. Essential oils can be irritating to the skin if not properly diluted.
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Make it your own
There are many ways to tweak this basic lotion recipe.
If you would like a thicker consistency like that of cream, increase the beeswax by one tablespoon. Likewise, if you need a thinner lotion, you can decrease the beeswax. You can also add other ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera, or honey to your lotion recipe.
Word of caution
Bear in mind that, unlike commercially produced products, your homemade lotion does not contain preservative chemicals, and it will not last for more than a few days so make sure you make it in small batches to avoid wasting ingredients 🙂