Monday, June 28, 2010

Homemade Lotion

So, I made lotion. And it was so easy that you could do it too. Really. Seriously, if you have basic cooking skills, you could also make your own lotion. The best part is, that it is eco-friendly, cheap, petroleum free, paraben free, and phthalate free.

First, I found this super easy recipe on The Green Phonebooth. Then, I got some beeswax from the Downtown Farmer's Market. The beeswax I got was in brick form, not the handy little pastilles. So I had to grate it.

For those who don't want to click on the link, here is the recipe:

1 cup distilled water
5-20 drops of essential oils ( I used lavender).
3/4 cup oil (I used light olive oil because it is what I have at home. You can also use grapeseed oil, apricot oil, coconut oil, coco butter, or shea butter).
1/4 cup beeswax pastilles or grated beeswax.

First, I placed the water and essential oils is a blender. Then, I mixed the beeswax and olive oil in a Pyrex measuring cup and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time (stirring in between) until the beeswax was completely melted. The beeswax can be melted into the oil over a double boiler, but I thought the microwave method would be faster and more energy efficient.

Then, I turned on the blender to the fastest speed and slowly poured in the oil/wax mixture. The mixture immediately started to emulsify. I continued blending the lotion for a several more minutes, stopping the blender several times to stir an scrape the sides.

The lotion turned out to be thick, creamy and very moisturizing.


  1. Found you through a comment you left on the Green Phone Booth (No poo) and so glad I did! I have been no poo since November and love it. Your hair is beautiful in the pic, btw. Just in the last month have been exploring ways to make my own lotions--so many good resources on the Net.

    Questions: I noticed that Green Phone Booth calls this an all-purpose moisturizer--Do you use it for eyes/throat area, face, hands, feet, body? All? Any drawbacks in any area?

  2. This is a great idea. I have some pure beeswax candle stubs that will find a new home later today. Thanks!

  3. Thanks. Kathryn - I haven't tried this on my face yet. I use it everywhere else and it makes my skin really, really soft. I have used a conventional face lotion that has an SPF of 15. I have heard that olive oil is to greasy for faces. So, I am looking for something that will work with my face and I am looking for a way to make sunscreen.