Have ever just stood in the store looking at all the options for you to buy lotions? You look at the “all natural” brand, take a peek at the label and to your amazement, have no idea what all those long technical names are! Yeah, I have been there too. Well making your own lotion is easy and fun! There are so many options available to you to make your very own nourishing lotion for whatever ails your skin or if you just want a to some as a gift.
The first thing you’ll want to do is decide what oils you want in your lotion. A bit later I will give the percentages for the ingredients your first batch of made-from-scratch-lotion, but I want to explain about a few of the important ingredients and why you’ll want to use them. Emulsifying wax is used in this recipe and in most recipes you will need an emulsifier to bring together your oils and water. The next ingredient that you may not be very familiar with is stearic acid. It is a vegetable derived waxy substance that can be used as a hardening agent in soaps (at a .5% usage rate), it is also used as an hardening agent in candle making. In lotion, stearic acid helps to thicken and make your lotion creamy! And lastly, preservative. You make ask, “Why do I need a preservative?”, well if you have water in any of your bath and body products it is important to use a preservative so that you don’t get mold in your newly made, beautiful creation. There are many preservatives available on the market today. We sell and use Optiphen. It is a formaldehyde and paraben free preservative. It is used at such a small percentage in the final product that is well worth it to put in to your formula in lieu having to throw out your creation because of mold and bacteria growth.
Ok now that we have covered some of the ingredients that you may not have been familiar with, let’s begin to have some fun! Grab you tools and utensils and meet me in the kitchen!
Formula Based on Percentages (makes approx. a quart)
5% Emulsifying Wax
4% Stearic Acid
101% Grand Total
To this you can add:
.5% Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
50 grams of Shea butter
50 grams of coconut oil
20 grams of sweet almond oil
20 grams of avocado oil
10 grams of grape seed oil
50 grams of emulsifying wax
40 grams of stearic acid
750 grams of water
10 grams of preservative
5-10 grams of FO or EO
1). Put your harder oils (I.e.-shea butter, coconut oil, etc.) in a kettle with your emulsifier and stearic acid. Warm till all melted. Add your other oils. Warm.
2). Warm your water and add to your oil mixture.
3). Blend well with a spoon or a whisk. Then use stick blender.
4). When temperature drops below 140 degrees, add the preservative and fragrance oil or essential oils. **Note** If your temperature is above 140 degrees when you add the preservatives you will need to add an additional .5% of preservative.
5). Pour into your container/bottles, place caps/pumps on loosely till cooled.
6). Enjoy your newly made lotion!