Apologies for not sharing this recipe until now. It’s great on dry winter hands.
A few notes:
- Every time I’ve made this, I’ve changed the proportions of the ingredients to try to optimize it, but it always comes out good. It’s very forgiving.
- This lotion is made of oil. It is going to feel oily. It will soak in, just don’t expect it to feel like store bought lotion.
- Because it is made of just oils, no water, it is safe to keep at room temperature without preservatives. I guess this makes it technically a “cream,” but it is thin enough to use as a body lotion (and you can make it thinner by decreasing the beeswax or increasing the liquid oil).
- You can turn this lotion into a lip balm by increasing the beeswax and decreasing the oil. If you mess up and make it too think or thin, just remelt and adjust.
- You can buy all of these ingredients at Whole Foods or online.
Recipe: Easy Homemade Body Lotion
adapted from A Sonoma Garden
Ingredients & Materials:
- 1.2 oz unrefined coconut oil
- 2.0 oz raw unrefined shea butter
- 0.4 oz beeswax
- 2.0 oz almond oil (can sub extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, etc. See here for information on the specific properties of these oils)
- a few drops of essential oil of your choice (I use peppermint)
- 8+ oz glass jar
- immersion blender (optional)
- Combine the first four ingredients in the jar. If you are using solid beeswax, use a box grater to measure it and help it melt faster.
- Place the jar in a pan with 1″ of water to simulate a double boiler and turn the heat on low. Stir together until melted and uniform.
- Remove the jar from the water bath and let cool, stirring occasionally. Stir in essential oil to taste.
- Optional: Once at room temperature, you can whip the mixture with an immersion blender. You may need to make a double batch to do this effectively. I don’t usually bother.
- Store in jar or other screw top container.
- Clean up: Hot soapy water will removed all beeswax residue.