There are those people who can slather on any lotion and happily go about their day; there are those who never seem to moisturize; and then there are those who need lotion but are very sensitive. When I was a child, there was precisely one type of lotion that didnât result in a mild case of itchy hives all over my body. I donât consider myself particularly allergic to things, but something in lotion always got me.
How to Make Quick Nourishing Homemade Lotion
Homemade Lotion from Mom
So when, in 1995, a local woman starting offering lotion making classes, my mother was eager to sign up. She figured that besides easing my always-sensitive skin, homemade face creams would make great gifts. She learned the âsecretâ recipe and signed a release that she would never tell anyone.
This, of course, was before the internet. Fast forward 25 years, and although there are far more organic or natural lotions on the market that donât irritate my skin, in a 5 minute search, I found at least as many similar recipes on various blogs. I havenât made homemade lotion in years, but I figured it was time when my last bottle of store-bought lotion finished.
New Attempt at Lotion
I already had more Shea Butter than I knew what to do with (from an under-eye cream birthday present for my father last spring), some cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil and evening primrose oil. I knew I had basically what I needed.
I didnât have my Momâs recipe, but combining a few recipes I found on the internet, with what I remembered of making Momâs lotion, I came up with a wonderful, smooth lotion. This formula is similar to Momâs but a little richer and more pump-able.
I am going to share my basic lotion formula. I will note what I did, and also how you can adjust. As long as the three categories of ingredients: wet, light oil, and rich oil, are basically in balance, the cream will come out.
Homemade Lotion Recipe
Liquid Ingredients â 1 cup total
I used about equal parts aloe vera gel and rose water
Light Oils â 3/4 cup combination of light oils
I used about Â¼ cup coconut oil, 6 T of olive oil and 2 T of evening primrose oil
Rich Oils â Â½ cup total
I used equal parts shea butter and cocoa butter
Beeswax â 2 T
If you grate this, it is easier than trying to cut it, and itwill melt more quickly. Or just buy beeswax pellets.
Vitamin E Oil â 1 teaspoon (optional, but a good preservative)
Optional: Essential Oils â Add 20 drops or up to Â¼ teaspoon, as preferred
Be careful not add too much of stronger oils like oregano, mint, or thyme. Light floral oils are good in this, such as lavender, rose, geranium rose, and ylang ylang.
For a more masculine scent, try frankincense, myrrh or mint. These also give a refreshing, stimulating scent.
Important note: Do not use citrus-based essential oils such as orange, lemon, or grapefruit, as they increase photosensitivity, meaning your skin may get more age spots or sun damage if applying before going into the sun.
If you have zinc oxide, you can blend in Â½ Tablespoon while preparing the lotion without significantly affecting the color. The oils have a natural SPF, and the zinc oxide adds extra sun protection and skin nourishment. With that amount of zinc oxide, all but the most fair-skinned should not need additional coverage for a couple hours in moderate sunshine.
To make your lotion into slight natural bronzer, add Â½ tablespoon of brown tinted mineral powder. I use a mineral makeup powder I bought as an eyeshadow, but a highlighting (low lighting?) powder would also work.
Lotion Preparation Method:
Warm water elements to rooms temperature.
Combine all the oils and beeswax, except essential oils, in a glass or metal bowl over a pot of boiling water (or other double boiler).
When melted, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. This is a crucial step, because even waiting a little too long will result in a beeswax film forming and the oils starting to harden, so be sure to watch it closely. For me making this in summer, it look about Â½ hour to cool.
Once the oil mixture and the water mixture are nearly the same temperature (room temperature), pour the oils into the blender and turn on medium.
Open the top of the blender and slowly pour the water mixture into the oil mixture. You will hear the blender make a clunking noise as the lotion forms.
Remove from blender and pour into lotion pump bottles or jars.
p.s. Lotion recipes I used as inspiration are:
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