I don’t know about you, but I like to known what is going on my skin and into my body. I have found that making my own lotions and cosmetics is not that hard or time consuming and is a fun hobby to have, plus I am saving a ton of money from that “fancy” overcrowded store. This first recipe is a creamy moisturizer that will repair your dry skin.
Homemade Lotion Recipe (Non-Greasy)
(Yields 2 cups)
1 cup aloe vera gel
1/2 cup grated beeswax
1 tsp vitamin E oil
15 drops essential oil of your choice
Directions for Homemade Lotion:
- In a medium-sized bowl combine aloe vera gel, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Set aside for later, allowing it to come to room temp. (Sometimes it even helps to set this in a warm water bath to bring it closer to the temperature of the oil/wax mixture you’ll be adding it to. This helps it emulsify.)
- Add grated beeswax and oil to a glass measuring cup. Place measuring cup in a small pot of water and bring water to a gentle boil. Heat, stirring occasionally, until beeswax is completely melted then carefully remove measuring cup from pot.
- Pour beeswax/oil mixture into blender and allow to cool. (Move on to step 4 when it has cooled down, but is still soft.)
- Once cooled, turn blender on LOW. Remove top of blender and pour aloe vera mixture in a SLOW, continuous stream.
- Stop blender as often as needed to run a spatula around sides to incorporate ingredients. If liquid is pooling at the top, stop frequently to push it around with spatula. (This step may take as long as 10-15 minutes, and patience is key!) Continue blending until desired consistency is reached. (We use and highly recommend a Vitamix blender.)
- Transfer moisturizer to clean jars and refrigerate any portion that will not be used up within a few weeks.
- Patience is key while blending and waiting for this cream to emulsify. Do not leave your blender unattended, and be sure to continuously push any separated liquid around so it reaches the blades. You can add a pinch of cosmetic grade borax to the mixture if you’re really having trouble getting it to emulsify.
- This moisturizer can also be made with a stick blender or hand mixer.
Tips for Cleanup
- Once moisturizer is completed, scrape as much as possible off blender, spatula, and other utensils before cleaning your equipment. Rub this excess into your hands.
- After transferring cream to jars, I wipe out my blender thoroughly with old rags that can be tossed (paper towel can also be used). This prevents oils and beeswax from going down the sink and clogging drains.
- You can fill your blender half way with water, add several drops of liquid dish soap, and blend on high for a few minutes. Add a little sea salt to blender for scrubbing if needed.
- Blender and utensils can be cleaned in hot soapy water.
This non-greasy, deeply moisturizing and hydrating cream doubles as a fabulous after-sun cream. It leaves skin very soft and silky with a light, velvety “orangesicle” scent. No refrigeration of this product is required if it’s used within 30 days. If stored in the refrigerator use within 3 to 6 months.
Cocoa Butter Creamy Lotion for Face and Body
• 7 tablespoons soybean, almond , apricot kernel or macadamia nut oil
• 2 tablespoons beeswax
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
• 1 teaspoon lanolin
• 9 tablespoons distilled water
• 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 50 drops sweet orange essential oil
• 20 drops vanilla essential oil
1. In a small saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm the base oils, beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin, until the cocoa butter and beeswax are just melted. In another pan, warm the water and vegetable glycerin.
2. Remove both pans from heat and allow their contents to cool almost to body temperature, until the oils, wax, butter and lanolin mixture just begins to thicken and becomes slightly opaque. It will be like a soft, loose salve. This will take 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
3. Immediately pour the oils, wax, butter and lanolin mixture into the blender, scraping the sides of the saucepan to remove every last trace. Place the lid on the blender and remove the lid’s plastic piece. Turn the blender on medium and slowly drizzle the water, glycerin and baking soda mixture through the center of the lid into the vortex of swirling fats below. Almost immediately, the lotion will begin to thicken. Blend for 5 to 10 seconds more, turn off the blender, and check the consistency. It should have a smooth texture. If the mixtures are not combining properly, turn off the blender and give the lotion a few manual stirs with a spatula to free up the blender blades. Then replace the lid and blend on medium for another 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat process as needed.
4. Turn off the blender and add the essential oils, stirring a few times to mix them in, then blend completely on medium another 5 to 10 seconds, until the lotion is smooth and pale yellow.
5. Pour the finished lotion into a storage container. Lightly cover each container with a paper towel and allow the lotion to cool for 30 minutes before capping. If you notice, after a few hours or days, that water begins to separate from the lotion, don’t worry. The mixture can separate if the fat temperature and water temperature are not relatively equal and cool enough when the two portions are blended. Keep trying—crafting perfect lotions is an art form!
6. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to cover the entire face, throat and décolleté and more as necessary for the body. Makes 1 1/3 cups.
Recipe excerpted from ORGANIC BODY CARE RECIPES (c) Stephanie Tourles.