I’ve never been pleased with store-bought lotions.They have strange unpronounceable ingredients (even the so-called “natural” ones), they don’t moisturize enough and in some cases dry out my skin even more, and the vegan ones can be mucho dinero! If I can’t find a good vegan version of something, I usually try to make it my self.
I semi-make my own face cleanser, so lotion making didn’t seem too scary. Before starting my first batch, I did some research and found a few sites to get me started (PDF from Utah State, TeachSoap). In its most utilitarian state, lotion is just oil + water + an emulsifying agent to mix the two. The fun part is choosing what oils, butters and essential oils to use!
Ingredients (for a small 4 oz jar):
All ingredients (except for the water) were bought from Mountain Rose Herbs and are mostly fair trade and organic. Ounces were measured on a kitchen scale with a “tare” option so I didn’t have to use an individual cup to measure out each thing.
- 0.2 oz emulsifying wax
- 0.3 oz cocoa butter
- 0.2 oz shea butter
- 0.3 oz kukui oil
- 0.2 oz jojoba oil
- 0.4 oz vegetable glycerin
- 2.4 oz distilled water
- 6 drops of vitamin E oil
- 6 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE)
- Essential oils for fragrance (11 drops benzoin, 3 drops sweet orange, 1 drop of patchouli)
- Sterilize all lotion making equipment (spoons, glass cups/jars, lids, etc) before hand. This just means cleaning them thoroughly and then boiling them in hot water and letting them dry.
- Measure out the solids in a glass pyrex cup and heat until liquified. I used a double boiler which is just fancy talk for immersing the cup in a pot of water on the stove at low heat. Microwaving the solids is fine too.
- Measure out the liquid oils in another cup.
- Add the liquified solids to the liquid oils.
- Add the distilled water and blend everything together using an immersion blender.
- Add the extra stuff and blend until everything is well mixed. It should be white, but still pretty liquidy at this point.
- Pour into jar and put on lid.
- Let set overnight before slathering it on.
I am happy with my first batch. It has all the stuff I love using like cocoa butter and kukui oil and it smells like a chocolate covered orange. It is indeed very moisturizing and I don’t have to constantly reapply. I can’t wait to experiment more with different amounts of oils and such. It was such an easy and fun process that made me feel sort of like the apothecary from Romeo and Juliet. But instead of making fake-death potions, I was making fun-time lotions.