This morning I ran out of hand lotion – A big tragedy in this house since I was using it daily and my legs and arms are dry, dry, dry this spring. My first instinct was to, of course, run out and buy some more lotion, but the crafter, herbalist and DIY-er in me decided to make some instead! This recipe I found years ago online so I apologize if I’m not giving credit where credit it due.
There are only 5 ingredients in this recipe as opposed to the 20+ in the lotion I was using – and it was an “all natural” lotion to boot! I am a big label reader and the less chemicals the better for me.
It calls for olive oil (you can infuse herbs into it if you like). I used an orange infused oil I made a few months ago, beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter (optional) and scent (optional). I did add an essential oil to scent my lotion –
Add – 1/2 cup oil,
1/2 cup coconut oil,
1/4 cup beeswax,
and 2 tablespoons shea butter to a jar (something to use as a double boiler. I use and old beaker I found at the teacher supply store)
Put the jar directly into a pot filled half way with water and set it to simmer on medium heat until all the ingredients are melted .
This will take maybe 15 -20 minutes. At this stage, when everything is melted you can add your essential oil. I added a lot – 20 drops!
Mix it all up thoroughly and pour into a jar or glass bowl (with a lid) or a metal tin.
Let it sit until solid and yay! homemade lotion!
So easy and simple and I have a wonderful jar of body lotion to use. It’s very soft and soaks into your skin…….