I have been learning how to make some lotions and salves for the past 6 months. I find it so important to have completely natural and organic ingredients in my products and unfortunately it can be difficult to find these types of products in the store. The few truly natural and organic products I have seen are super expensive. The EWG skin care guide gives these tips for what to avoid when buying products. Once I eliminated and replace many of my products, I started a new journey to learn more about how to make some products for myself and even some of my family and friends.
In searching for DIY recipes for lotions there was quite an array of results. Some are “natural” and complex and some are super simple involving things that are easy to find and even safe to eat. One thing I try to avoid is emulsifying waxes and such products that are still petroleum based. This recipe was my first version and came out more like a harder body butter that melts as soon as applied to the skin. I am currently working on a different version that I hope to be a little softer and easier to apply.
Something else that I have been learning a lot about are Essential Oils and their wonderful healing properties. It’s amazing how essential oils can be used for a vast array of common ailments. They have really made a huge improvement in our lives. I love them!
- 5 oz (10 tbsp) unrefined organic shea butter, I’ve used this and this – (can come in ivory or yellowish color depending on season it was harvested)
- 3 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil
- 2 tbsp chamomile/calendula infused oil
- 1 tbsp organic cold pressed jojoba oil
- 2 tbsp (0.8 oz) organic unbleached beeswax pellets
- 10 – 15 drops organic lavender essential oil
- 15 drops organic tea tree essential oil
- double boiler or pot
- stainless steel utensil
- hand mixer
- glass bowls
- ice or freezer
- 3 – sanitized 4 oz mason jars
- food scale (optional)
1. Fill a pot with water to boil and place your double boiler on top… I made my own method using a measuring cup with a handle sitting in the water. If using this method, be sure the water does not boil into the bowl or cup as it can cause your final product’s shelf life to be shortened. Measure beeswax pellets and place in the double boiler to melt. Beeswax takes the longest of all the ingredients to melt.
2. *At this point you want to sanitize your mason jars while completing the rest of the recipe so they have some time to cool. It is important to sanitize the jars to increase the longevity of your beauty product.* While the beeswax is melting measure or weigh your shea butter in a small bowl. Measure the coconut oil, jojoba oil and chamomile/calendula oil together in another bowl. When weighed it comes out to 3 oz.
4. Once everything has completely melted, remove bowl from water. Be sure to wipe and dry any water from the bottom of your bowl. Pour the melted shea and oil mixture into a larger bowl. There are two ways to cool down the mixture. You can pop it in the freezer and wait for it to cool and become thick enough to whip. The other way is to fill a larger bowl with ice and place the bowl with the mixure on top of the ice. Let it sit for a few minutes while spinning the bowl occasionally. Try stirring the mixture, when it starts to thicken it is ready to mix.
5. Once it starts to thicken, mix with hand mixer while rotating the bowl. This keeps the cream cooling and helps it to thicken up. At this point add in your essential oils. It’s important to add the essential oils once the mixture has cooled some otherwise they will evaporate if the mixture is too hot.
As the lotion sets, it will harden some more. However, it melts so nicely on the skin. At first this lotion feels a little greasy, but will absorb leaving your skin soft. The oils I used absorb very well in the skin and do a great job replenishing the skin.
Options for essential oils:
Lavender – Great for acne, allergies, bruises, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, psoriasis, and sunburn. Analgesic (pain reliever), antimicrobial, antiseptic, calming and stimulating.
Tea Tree – Great for acne, blisters, burns, bruises, herpes, oily skin, and rashes. Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, and fungicidal.
German Chamomile – Great for acne, allergies, dermatitis, eczema, rashes, and sensitive skin. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain reliever), calming, fungicidal, and bactericide.
Patchouli – Great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, and wrinkles. Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent and fungicidal.
Frankincense – Great for dry and mature complexions, scars, wounds, and wrinkles. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and more.
Myrrh – Great for chapped and cracked skin, eczema, wrinkles, and mature complexion. Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent an calming.
Palmarosa – Great for acne, dermatitis, minor skin infections, scars, and wrinkles. Stimulates cellular regeneration.
Sandalwood – Great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, greasy skin, and moisturizer. Antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, and fungicidal.
When making your lotion, keep in mind your skin type and what you are looking to heal. This lotion is great for my dry skin and has been awesome for my son’s eczema. *Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly so do your research before experimenting.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.