“Make it fresh & know what’s in it.” Jennifer Sunrise
I’ve been making this face & body lotion for many years. It’s my family and friends favourite thing I make for a good reason – it makes your skin feels amazing! And you simply can’t buy anything so fresh.
There really is nothing like freshly made lotion. Why make your own moisturizer? You get to decide what you put on your skin!
And ultimately, what gets absorbed through your skin.
Store bought lotions contain preservatives (among other nasty ingredients) and the oils used are chosen for their long shelf life, not because they’re good for your skin.
In fact, most are made from only synthetic oils while only natural oils are actually able to absorb into your skin and nourish it!
Sure, they put all kinds of fancy ingredients into them and I don’t know about you, but for me, they never really seem to quench my skin. This cream really quenches your skin!
Plus, this recipe makes 3 cups of lotion. Even if you found a natural store bought lotion you liked, you’d never be able to buy it in this quantity or for what it costs to make it at home.
With that being said, let’s make face & body lotion with just 6 natural skin smoothing ingredients!
Double boiler (a 1 litre glass Pyrex measuring cup inside a pot with about an inch of water works well)
Another 1 litre glass Pyrex measuring cup
Kettle or medium sized pot
2 Cups Filtered or Distilled Water
4 Tablespoons Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
4 Tablespoons Expeller Pressed Avocado Oil
7 Tablespoons Emulsifying Wax *
1 Tablespoon Organic Bees Wax *
30-40 drops Essential Oil * (or desired amount) optional
1. Sterilize all of your equipment prior to starting by placing everything in your sink and pouring boiling water over them. Allow to air dry. Or your preferred sterilizing technique.
2. Set the filtered or distilled water to boil in a kettle or a pot on the stove.
3. Place your double boiler or pot on the stove with about an inch of water into it.
4. Insert the top of your double boiler or your glass Pyrex measuring cup and add your oils and wax. Turn the heat to medium-high until the water starts to boil and then quickly reduce the heat to medium-low.
5. Stir waxes into the oils very gently until the last of the waxes are melted. Immediately remove from heat.
6. Pour 2 cups of your boiling water into the other glass Pyrex measuring cup.
7. You’ll be using both hands for this next step. With your whisk in one hand and your Pyrex measuring cup of boiling water in the other, start pouring the water into the oil/wax mixture while whisking simultaneously until all of the water is incorporated. The emulsion will appear whitish-yellow in color, depending on how deep in color your olive oil was.
8. That’s it! Just add your essential oils and whisk periodically as the emulsion cools to make sure it stays emulsified. It will thicken as it cools.
9. Cool completely before putting your luxurious new face & body lotion into a jar and store in the fridge up to 6 months.
You can store a small amount at a time in a cool, dark place. Simply replenish weekly from your stash in the fridge to prevent mould growth.
For a thinner lotion you can decrease your emulsifying wax to as little as 4 Tablespoons.
Share your lotion with family, friends and neighbors – they will love it too! ❤️
Emulsifying Wax: take care that you purchase an all vegetable based emulsifying wax. Some contain petroleum – and that’s not ok!
Beeswax: You can purchase this directly from a bee keeper if you have any local bee farms. I’ve been hacking away at the same block for years now that I purchased from a local bee keeper. It smells divine!
Alternately, you can purchase bees wax pastilles which are much easier to use (no hacking at a giant block involved).
Essential Oil: in this batch of lotion I used another of my favourite oils by Aura Cacia called “Panic Button.” I often use blends because you can find ones with pricey oils in them without paying the huge price. For example, this blend contains, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citrus X limon (lemon) oil, citrus reticulata (mandarin orange) oil, citrus X aurantium (petitgrain) oil, rosa damascena (rose) absolute, citrus X aurantium (neroli) oil.
The rose and neroli oils (two of my faves!) are really expensive to buy on their own but I get to enjoy them in this blend at a great price.