Let’s make lotion today.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients bottle of lotion on your bathroom counter? Yep if you are like me after water or aqua I get lost. Sometimes the ingredients that I truly know or understand and the last few. This is funny because most companies advertise using the ingredients that are listed last on the bottle. Ingredients are listed according to amounts used. Example if you have a bottle that has ingredients listed as water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, petrolatum, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, then the lotion is mostly made of water and has little very little tocopherol. Worth mentioning are the other ingredients that fall in between such as methylparaben, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, propylparaben, dimethicone, laureth-3, ceteareth-20, dmdm hydantoin, allantoin, carbomer, to panthenol. A little research will show you that these ingredients are not so friendly to the skin and general wellbeing.
I personally prefer to have lotions that have few simple ingredients and that are simple yet hydrating. I have tried a few recipes and have come up with the ones that I like the most. Are you ready to make tour very own lotion? Here goes….
This is what you will need for a simple lotion you will need 3-4 ingredients.
- 5 parts water
- 1 part emulsifying wax (buy here)
- 1 part oil
- 30 drops essential oil (optional)
- ***30 drops are equivalent to a tea spoon
You can always combine different types of oil to make your lotion just the way you want it. Below is another recipe that I used because I had some cocoa butter at hand.
- 10 oz. cup water
- 1 oz. cup coconut oil
- 1 oz. cocoa butter
- 1 oz. olive oil
- 2 oz. cup emulsifying wax (buy here)
- 30 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Fragrance of choice (optional)
Rule of thumb— Always disinfect your bottles before use. Do not use essential oils on children.
Let’s make the lotion
Mix your wax and oils in a heat and microwave safe container. Melt the contents on a double boiler or microwave. If melting in microwave, melt in no more than 20 seconds interval and keep stirring.
Boil your water, while water is boiling add your olive and essential oils to the wax and oils. Slowly add heated water into the oil and wax mixture. Keep stirring until the mixture turns into a milky consistency. Pour the mixture into plastic bottles and let them cool overnight with the lids off. Depending on preference you can add a preservative. This recipe makes slightly more than 16 oz. of lotion.