Let’s make some easy peasy lotion folks! This is a basic recipe that includes ingredients based on our own preferences and also of ingredient availability in grocery stores. Let’s face it, it’s no fun trying to make something from scratch when you have to go to five different stores to find the ingredients.
A big thank you to my mother for sharing this recipe and for being my hand model for this blog post! 😉
You will need:
6 ounces of liquid oil — extra virgin olive oil, vitamin E oil, safflower oil
3 ounces of solid oil — coconut oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter
1 ounce of beeswax — you can even use a solid beeswax candle
9 ounces filtered or distilled water
1 tablespoon of aloe
8-10 drops of your choice of essential oils — make sure they are skin safe
Measure out 6 oz. of any combination of liquid oils. We like to use a combination of 2 oz. vitamin E oil, 2 oz. olive oil, and 2 oz. safflower oil. If you use too much olive oil your lotion will have a creepy green tint… like snot. Don’t make snot guys. Make pretty lotion.
With your liquid oils still in the measuring cup, float in 3 oz. of solid oils until your mix reaches the 9 oz. mark. This will give you a more accurate reading on your solid oils. We like to use just coconut oil because Shea butter tends to overpower the scent of whatever essential oils you add in later. You can use any combination of solid oils you like though.
Add 1 oz. of solid beeswax to your oils. If you are using “homegrown” beeswax, be sure to clarify/strain it first. Using a double boiler (or a jar in a pot of water) over medium heat, stir the oils and beeswax together until melted and well blended.
Once the oils and beeswax are melted and well blended, remove the mixture from the heat. Add 9 oz. of room temperature water to a food processor. Start the food processor on low and drizzle in the oil mixture slowly.
At first it will seem like the water won’t completely mix in, but it will. Blend everything together until the water is fully incorporated. After a minute or two the lotion will be of a whipped consistency , which is the way I like it. Or, if you let it go another minute, you will end up with more of a bottled lotion consistency. You can mix in the aloe at this point, but it is completely optional.
Now blend in 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oils. I’m all about bergamot while my mother loves lavender. Just be sure that the brand and type of essential oils you use are safe for topical use. I like doTerra essential oils because they are high-quality and pure enough to be used for medicinal reasons.
Voilà! Now slather some of your new lotion on!