Natural Homemade Lotion
There are a lot of websites that explain how to make lotion and soap and I read them all the time. Those websites are great and very informative. I love reading them and putting their ideas together to make my own. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and hope that you enjoy it. I also hope you make my lotion and let me know what you think of it.
I chose to use Shea Butter and Coconut Oil for my base oils. is a medium oil that has many awesome properties for your skin. Shea Butter also produces a creamier lotion. Coconut Oil is wonderful on the skin and absorbs rather quickly. I add Shea Buttersince it is a light oil and is great for wrinkles and aging skin. I also use Aloe Vera Gel (directly from my plant) to add the additional healing and nourishing properties to my lotion. My kids love it when they have been out in the sun a little to long. Grapeseed Oil
How I make it
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Shea Butter
2 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
3 teaspoons Beeswax
1 teaspoon Stearic Acid
1 medium leave from a Aloe Plant (use the gel inside the leave) or you can use about 4 teaspoons of Aloe Vera Gel
1 & 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Liquid
Melt your coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, beeswax and stearic acid in a crockpot over low heat. Once your oils are melted add in the aloe vera gel - mix well if using the gel from the plant leave, and add 1/4 cup aloe vera liquid. Mix well. Let cool a bit and add the last 1/4 cup aloe vera liquid. Mix again. Once it is cool to the touch pour into your container. I use a small tupperware container to store my lotion in. Keep mixing on an off until the lotion turns to a creamy rich lather.
Why I chose the oils in my lotion
I have been messing around in the kitchen making soaps and lotions for about 3 years now. I love trying new recipes and making up my own to see what works best for me and my family.
Coconut oil - light oil with some great healing, nourishing and moisturizing aspects to it. In my research, I have also found that coconut oil has an SPF of about 4-10.
Shea Butter - is a medium oil that has so many different wonderful things for your skin. It helps reduce under eye bags and wrinkles all while nourishing and conditioning the skin. It also helps the skin with natural collagen production.
Grapeseed oil - is a light oil that helps with wrinkles and conditioning of the skin.
Aloe Vera Gel - I love this plant because there are so many different healing aspect. It is wonderful on a sunburn and adds moisture to your skin. However some people may not like the smell of the gel itself.
Aloe Vera Liquid - I use this instead of distilled water in my lotions since I love aloe vera gel so much.
Stearic Acid and Beeswax - to help thicken the lotion and yet keep it creamy.
This is great for my family since we are all blue eyed and blonde hair! You can add Zinc Oxide for a higher SPF if you like. I don't since everyone needs a little Vitamin D in their life. Since I don't any other sunscreen protection, I don't put it on me or the kids as a sunscreen.
Benefits to making your own lotion
There are so many different benefits to making your own lotion starting with the basic - COST!!!! Also the fact that you know what you put in your lotion. I can't even begin to pronounce half the ingredients in the store bought lotion. That alone worries me. Think about all the preservatives they add to store bought lotion to make the shelf life longer. Do you really want to put that on your skin? I sure don't want to. Homemade lotion may not have as long of shelf life but you can make a small amount so that you don't have to worry if it goes bad because you will have used it all up before that! It doesn't take very long to make and is well worth it. I would rather use all natural ingredient (things that I can pronounce) in what I put on. The cost is also worth it. I have not done a break down to the actual cost since I use my oils for my soap making also but I know that I spend less money a month on cosmetics, lotion and soap.