Recently, I have been experimenting with making lotion. It really is very simple! Basically you heat up oils, heat up water, mix them together, and it becomes lotion! Sure, I could go to Walmart and buy some $.99 lotion too, but I like knowing what is in my lotion, and the convenience of being able to make it myself.
I use A LOT of lotion. At work, the soap in the bathrooms just dries out my skin, so I am always applying lotion. Even at home – because I do so much work in the kitchen, it seems I am always washing my hands! Pet the dog, wash my hands, put on lotion, throw the dogs toy, wash my hands, throw it again, wash my hands again, lotion … you see how it goes!
This is from the book “Earthly Bodies, Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Bodycare for Every Body Type”. It really does have more that hair ideas in it! This is the third lotion recipe I have tried, and it is my favorite!
Herbal Infused Lotion
3 oz canola oil
1 oz peanut oil
3 oz coconut oil
1 oz beeswax
9 oz distilled water
essential oils: ylang ylang (20 drops), lavender (20 drops), lemongrass (10 drops)
First, you will need the herbal infused oil. You can buy it already infused (linked above), or make it yourself. I already had some St. Johnswort infused oil, and I just made the calendula oil.
Take 2 oz of dried calendula and mix with 8 ounces of oil. I used a mix of apricot kernal oil and grapeseed oil. Let sit in a sunny spot for 4-6 weeks.
(You can do the same thing with the St. Johnswort if you want!) As you can see, I was very smart and labeled my jar, including the date I started it! I let mine infuse about 2 months.
When you are ready to use it, just strain out the herbs. I use a piece of cheesecloth, which I think is WAY easier than using paper towels. Just saying.
You will have a lot of extra oil, which is great for so many things! Including other lotions to come!
Now for the lotion! Combine all the liquid oils in a jar or measuring cup.
Add in the coconut oil and beeswax. Heat over a double boiler until all oils are liquid, and the beeswax has melted.
Let cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, heat the water in the double boiler, so it is room temperature (or microwave for a few seconds). You want the oils and the water to be around the same temperature.
Combine the water and oils, and mix with a hand mixer until is comes together in a creamy lotion consistency. Oooo action shot!
Add in the essential oils, and mix again.
Pour into glass jars and let cool completely.
The lotion will thicken slightly as it cools. I am really loving it! I love the smell, and it really is a thick, luxurious lotion.
As you can see, making lotion really isn’t rocket science. Plus, I bet this would make a really cool Christmas gift! (Did I just say Christmas??)