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DIY Luxurious Lotion

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Most store-bought lotions promise to nourish your skin and make it soft and healthy. But the truth is, they are often made with chemicals and fillers that harm the natural balance of your skin or cause waxy buildup that actually prevents the skin from breathing and absorbing moisture. By making your own lotion, you can decide for yourself what goes into it—and onto your skin. This recipe is made of the best natural ingredients to make your skin look and feel amazing.

DIY Luxurious Lotion

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Melt cocoa butter and beeswax pellets in a double boiler over low heat. Add the coconut oil, and continue heating until almost melted. Remove from heat, and stir until everything is melted together.
  2. Stir in the sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and jojoba oil.
  3. Heat distilled water until warm.
  4. Using a hand mixer, start beating water, and slowly add the oil mixture while continuing to beat. Beat for a few minutes. As you blend, you will notice the lotion thicken. Let stand for a few minutes. If lotion separates during this time, blend again for a couple more minutes. If it doesn’t separate, then it has emulsified properly.
  5. Mix in the essential oil.
  6. Pour lotion into a plastic zip-top bag. Snip off a corner of the bag, and squeeze the lotion into your container of choice.
  7. To use, pump a little into your hand, and massage into the skin as needed.

2 Comments

  1. Two questions:
    Could I use a total of 4-1/4 ounces of any type of vegetable oil in the recipe instead of all the different oils that are listed?
    What is the expiration date for use since there are no preservatives in the lotion?
    Thank you.

    • I would make sure to include the first 3 ingredients (cocoa butter (or other hard butter), beeswax, and coconut oil) because these will make the lotion the right thickness. If you want to reduce these ingredients even more, you can try to substitute the coconut oil and cocoa butter with shea butter or mango butter. You can also substitute the other 3 oils with 3 oz. of any vegetable oil of your choosing. The consistency of your lotion will depend on the kind of oil you use for the remaining 3 oz., but it should be a pretty good consistency if you make sure to use the first 3 ingredients.

      One of the reasons we included jojoba oil in the recipe was to help preserve the lotion as it can stabilize the shelf life of the other oils. We have used this lotion for several months (storing at room temperature) and didn’t notice any rancidity. If your ingredients are fresh, you use distilled water, and you use clean hands, dishes, and work environment then the lotion should stay good for several months. Keeping it in the fridge will increase shelf life, but can change the consistency (coconut oil hardens at a cooler temperature) so keep it in a salve jar instead of a pump container so it can easily be used when thick.

      To summarize, try using this ingredient list if you wish to condense the number of ingredients used:
      1/2 oz. beeswax
      1 1/2 oz. shea butter or mango butter (or keep the 1/4 oz. cocoa butter and 1 1/4 oz. coconut oil)
      3 oz. liquid vegetable oil
      4 1/2 oz. distilled water
      25 drops essential oil
      Store (in a salve jar) in the fridge for longer shelf life.

      We included each of the oils in this recipe for their benefit to the lotion. They each play a specific part, so changing these oils will change the lotion quite a bit. Here is an article about the purposes of each of these oils that are used in this recipe.

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