DIY





Make Your Own Natural Lotion


| 5/30/2013 12:44:00 PM



In just a few days, I’ll have the exciting opportunity to be standing in front of MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR-goers and teaching them how to make lotion.

Homemade LotionExciting, yes, but I must admit — I’m a little nervous! Luckily, making lotion is a skill that’s easy to acquire, as it’s a simple, go-with-the-flow process. Much of what you add to your lotion recipe is entirely up to you — you can mix and match liquid oils, add herbs and herbal tinctures, and scent your lotion with any essential oil you choose. So whether I get shaky-leg up on that stage or not, I’m thrilled to pass along a process that I think is not only beneficial, but also a lot of fun.

The recipe I use to make my lotion is from a book titled Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi. Her recipe is quite detailed, and the book has all kinds of natural body care recipes, so I highly recommend taking a look if you’d like to find more information or experiment even further. Here’s my version of Falconi’s recipe. Yield: 19 ounces of cream.

Ingredients:

6 oz. liquid oil
• 3 oz. solid oil
• 1 oz. grated beeswax
• 9 oz. water



According to Falconi, any carrier oils — such as peanut, jojoba, olive, or apricot kernel — can be used as the liquid oil, and any oils that are solid at room temperature — coconut oil, shea butter or cocoa butter — can be used as the solid oil. For my variation on this recipe, I used 3 ounces of olive oil and 3 ounces of jojoba oil for my liquid-oil portion, and 3 ounces of coconut oil for my solid-oil portion.

Katherine
1/10/2018 12:14:42 PM

Hi! I'm curious how you allow the melted oils to cool to body temp without their solidifying on the edges of the container quite a bit? Thanks!


Katherine
1/10/2018 12:14:38 PM

Hi! I'm curious how you get the melted oils to cool to body temp without solidifying a bunch around the edges?


mlwarner
7/1/2013 10:25:50 AM

A word of caution; using water in body products without the use of a preservative, natural or otherwise, is a disaster waiting to happen. It will become a bacterial nightmare, not to mention it will go rancid if not stored properly or used quickly.

My advice is to either make a smaller batch than the recipe states, use a preservative, or omit the water altogether. If you omit the water, melt all ingredients together, allow to cool, then whip with a wire whisk attached to a hand or stand mixer. Then poor in jars. Adding a little vitamin e will help to preserve as well, but it alone is not good enough when water is introduced.

- Monica (someone who makes natural bath and body products for sale to the public)




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