The Best Homemade Body Lotion
I love trying homemade skin care recipes and this is my most recent find
and since our skin is porous and what we put on it gets absorbed into
our bloodstream, I think what goes on our bodies is just as important as
what we put into them. Just like the natural deodorant that I make and
use. Have I mentioned that yet? It's awesome!
But today, I have a handmade lotion for you so let's get right to it. I don't remember exactly where I found the recipe but the ingredients go like this:
- 1 cup filtered water
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp grated beeswax
- essential oil (optional)
always, I changed it up. I replaced 1/3 of the water with rose water
(you can use rose water, orange flower water or brewed tea like
peppermint, chamomile or hibiscus - the latter will give a delicate pink
color). Instead of evoo, I used a mixture of organic coconut oil and
organic avocado oil and I added about 6 drops of tangerine essential
Heat the oil, sans essential oil, in a double boiler using a glass bowl. Add the grated beeswax to the oil and mix until completely melted. Carefully remove the glass bowl from the double boiler and let cool for about 5 minutes.
Put the water into your blender and turn it on. While it's whirling, take the plastic center from the top of the blender lid and slowly pour in the oil and beeswax mixture. It will immediately begin to emulsify. Blend about 30 seconds more then add any essential oil you may be using. You may have to stop and stir/loosen your lotion a couple of times but that's normal and it mostly depends on the strength of your blender.
This lotion is wonderfully creamy and smells soooo good. I use it
everyday, even on my face as a mask to moisturize my skin and it's also a
great makeup remover!
If you have a local farmer's market that you go to and there's a honey vendor there, they probably sell the beeswax. That's how I got mine. This is a whole food product and should last about 3 months at room temp. I don't expect ours to last that long but if you make it and aren't going to use it right away just be sure to refrigerate it.
p.s. just a little side note - clean up can be a bit tricky because this lotion is thick and very emollient. boiling water works best to clean your blender, measuring cup(s), grater, etc. just be uber careful not to burn yourself when using the water!!!