Whether you are trying to get cosmetics on a budget or you want to have full control over the ingredients, making body lotion at home is an excellent idea.
The procedure itself is simple and you will get to personalize the basic recipe in any way that you deem appropriate.
Sans preservatives, this DIY lasts up to two months and also makes a memorable homemade gift for someone special. Keep reading for the easy directions!
You Will Need
- Small bowl
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax (you can find it here)
- 10 drops essential oil (*optional)
- 2 tablespoons distilled water
- Hand blender or whisker
Place the coconut oil in a mixing bowl that can be put over a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with hot water to create a double boiler.
Liquefy the coconut oil and add the shaved beeswax to it. Keep on stirring to create a homogenous mix. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and put it on a stable surface. Let it cool down and add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (it can be lavender, jojoba, argan oil or anything else that you fancy).
Place the bowl over a small saucepan filled half way with water and melt over medium heat.
Let the mixture cool down a little bit. Add the distilled water and use a hand blender to emulsify the mixture. (Don’t have one? Add the mixture to a blender and pulse until the lotion is the consistency of thick pudding.) It should start looking like a homogenous, white lotion. This lotion should have the consistency of relatively thick pudding.
You are done. Using a funnel, transfer the lotion to a storage bottle. Homemade body lotion should be stored in a cool, well-ventilated place away from sunlight.
The ingredients will be sufficient for the creation of six ounces of DIY body lotion.
Modifying the Recipe
This is a basic body lotion recipe but you can certainly enrich it through the addition of extracts and other natural ingredients.
Fruit juices contain a range of essential enzymes and vitamins that your skin is going to love. A teaspoon of papaya or apple juice will make your body lotion even richer. If you go for such additives, however, you will need to store the lotion in the fridge.
A vitamin E capsule, aloe vera juice, rose oil, witch hazel and calendula infusion can all be added to the basic recipe. Read about the effects of each additive to make sure it is the right one for your skin type.