how to make body lotion

When I first started making soap, people asked me about natural skin care. I tried a few recipes and some of them worked, but some of them–well–not so much. I came across a hand cream recipe that looked good, though when I tried to make it, it came out greasy and often separated. Of course, the original recipe had me using paraffin wax and mineral oil. I knew there had to be a better way.

Choosing Your Ingredients

The oil

I changed the oil in the original recipe to olive oil, but that was a bit too oily. I tried coconut oil, but some people have allergies to coconut. So finally, I made up a combination of grapeseed oil, sunflower and safflower oil. Grapeseed contains a great deal of antioxidants (read about antioxidants here) and sunflower and safflower have vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E is available in the highest quantity in these oils. You could also use sweet almond oil, hazelnut or macadamia nut. All of these have different properties but are similar. You can use an infused oil (see how to infuse oil here) such as calendula. This is one of my favorites.

The wax

You’ll also need wax. I’ve used soy wax and beeswax, though any wax should work. You may have to tweak the recipe since all waxes are different – some harder, some softer. Try the recipe (below) and then decide if you need more or less of the wax you’re using. It’s worth mentioning that beeswax can vary by time of the year and different flowers the bees are working with, so you’ll need to be aware of that too.

The water

You can use just about any type of water. I like rain water, though well water or distilled would work too. You can use infused water, like a tea, to get the compounds out of a plant you might be working with. I have used chamomile tea, aloe water (aloe leaves boiled in water, then strained), mint tea and even coffee.

Emulsifier

The last ingredient you’ll need is borax, which is a type of salt. It acts as an emulsifier and natural preservative. If you purchase a large box at your local grocery store it is cheap and can be used for other things like homemade laundry detergent and homemade dishwasher detergent.

Additional Ingredients

 

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