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The Best Homemade Body Lotion

Updated on June 20, 2011

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)

As 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 oil.

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!!!

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      Cheri Mehan 20 months ago

      I tried this recipe, and obviously missed something. The finished product looked fine, smooth, creamy. But later when came by and opened the container, it had taken a cottage chees look and when I looked again it is a hard lotion. Still usable, but a little difficult to get out of the container. Any suggestions?

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      Does it need to be refrigerated? or is it okay to keep in the bathroom

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      Luna 5 years ago

      This is a great lotion.....I've made this three times now, my skin feels so soft!!! Using it on my face too!

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      Annalea Magana 6 years ago from California

      wow! i'm so happy that so many liked - and even tried - this lotion. thanks for the info on vitamin e. i didn't know it was a natural preservative so i'll be sure to add some going forward. and no, i don't sell this lotion but with this much enthusiasm...maybe i should start :-)

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      Latasha Woods 6 years ago from USA- United States of Aspiration

      Great skin care recipe!! I love natural ingredients. This is definitely one of my favorites. Organic is the best, especially when it is home-made. It is much more delicate on the skin and smells deliciously wonderful. But don't eat it! Thank you for sharing.

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      betacom 6 years ago

      Wowww, this is really nice info. how about the durability?

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      CarrieMaye 6 years ago from Colorado

      Completely natural and so simple! Wonderful, thanks for sharing. Does the beeswax leave a sort of sticky film on your skin? Or is is absorbed right away?

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      Akia  6 years ago

      You are soo true about things absorbing in our skin.. I've been preaching that for a while now. That's why i use all natural/non toxic products made by Sisel. They have liquid nutritionals, weight loss, spa/body care, all natural makeup and more. I really love the opportunity they present to distribute them products as well. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will definitely try it. For more info on Sisel go to www.mysisel.com/agenterprise

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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      I love homemade beauty products, it's really the best way to pamper and treat yourself! This is a really useful hub, well written and a fantastic idea! Voted up, useful and beautiful!

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      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago

      Great quick hub. I am a huge fan of homemade beauty products. Kudos to you. p.s., do you sell these? If so, where?

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      Tiffany Regan 6 years ago from Colorado

      I made this yesterday and it is a wonderful recipe. I had to pour off some of the water because it didn't emulsify all of it, but I love the end result. I added vitamin E oil for the skin nourishing properties and because it is a natural preservative. Unfortunately I had to guess at the amount because I'm not sure how much to use for an effective preservative. Thank you so much for the recipe! I shared your link on my FB page. :)

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      Benisterben 6 years ago from Singapore

      wow! i'll need to find some beeswax!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Thank you!!! This recipe sounds very good and I want to try it soon!

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      Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      This looks like a really nice recipe. We have our own bees and so have our own beeswax. I'm going to add a link to my bee keeping hub so that I can have a go at making this. (PS Put in a link to your home-made deodorant hub!)

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      almasi 6 years ago

      Thanks for a simple and healthy recipe.

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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Wow. I am always searching for natural skin care products, so expensive. I am allergic to a lot. Great idea to try making my own.

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      Alli's Edge 6 years ago

      Great Hub! Thanks for the tip. I love the idea of making my own products. Especially skin care products. Thanks again :)

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      Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

      Fantastic, I've been wanting a non chemical moisturising cream. I had no idea it was so easy. Interestingly I already have the ingredients at home as I make ear candles using beeswax.

      I have an orange tree at home also. Can you do a hub on how to make essential oils from the blossoms? Is that as easy?

      Oh! And I want the homemade deodorant - I'll have to search your hubs now.

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Sounds great and I would love to make my own lotion. Thanks for sharing...

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Never occurred until now to make my own body lotion, but this sounds so easy - despite the clean up - that I'll have to try it. Locally produced honey abounds in my area, so I've no excuse for not getting the beeswax! Too many commercial lotions irritate my skin, which is counter-productive, right? The beauty of this recipe is that you know EXACTLY what's in it! Thanks! ;D

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      Night Magic 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, I love homemade remedies because you know what's in them. I'm definitely going to try this and also use Coconut Oil in it as Coconut Oil is a great inflammation fighter.

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      lavender3957 6 years ago

      Wonderful, I am always looking for home made remedies. Beats the prices of other expensive items. Great Hub. Loved it.

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      heusser87 6 years ago

      Thank you this is so cool. Great hub. really made me wanna try this out!

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      Madeline Madison 6 years ago from Anywhere and Everywhere. Home-base in CT

      I think I may have to jump on the homemade beauty products bandwagon! My sister is trying to get me into it. She's made a deodorant that she swears by!

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      Naomi's Banner 6 years ago from United States

      I can't wait to try this!! I love lotions that are safe and smell good. I appreciate your most informative Hub!

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      Rachael Fields 6 years ago from KC, MO

      I love making my own lotion from this very recipe. Good job making sure people aren't shocked by the hard clean-up, because I sure was when I started. :)

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      danfresnourban 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great job, 12 days and you have a hub of the day. You deserve it, this is good information. I will make some and try it. Thanks

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I might give this a try. I'm totally and completely against the usury debt based system of hell and Israel (sorry - I can't help myself with the political stuff) that we endure. The best way to set up a barter system community is to have a great product that everyone wants, and refuse to take anything but lawful silver for it.

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      I use a lot of olive oil on my skin, but this body lotion with beeswax sounds lucious! I'll have to give it a try.

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      imatellmuva 6 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      I like natural hair and skin products, and have considered making my own, but thought I needed a lot more than what you shared in this hub. I think I"m going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Joy Lindquist 6 years ago

      Great hub! I have just started experimenting with making my own body butters and have been looking for a good lotion recipe. I can't wait to try it! Very well written. Thank you!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Congratulations on being the hub of the day. I've bookmarked this hub so I can read it later when I have time to try making the body lotion. i'll probably have to leave out the essential oil. My skin reacts.

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      I am just getting into making my own beauty stuff and I will definitely be trying this. Its such a simple recipe.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for sharing this super recipe! I'm looking forward to trying it out. Well done, voted up.

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      AlienWednesday 6 years ago

      Lovely! That lotion looks so creamy and delicious to put on skin. Thank you for sharing.

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      Natalie Essary 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Excellent! Vote up.

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      Yawapi 6 years ago from the Lakota Homelands

      Love it!

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      babblebreeder28 6 years ago from The Midwest

      Very cool! I love making my own stuff when I can, and you're alterations are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Very interesting and fun Hub. Sounds great. Peter

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      angelina1607 6 years ago

      i never think to make body lotion at home. Great hub, i will try it will surely use it as well!!

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      Christin Sander 6 years ago from Midwest

      I've made my own soaps and lotions for years and I love it. I actually got into it because commercial products were so hard on my skin - super sensitive. I also SO agree with you that the skin is so much more important than we give it credit for! If you can't pronounce it you shouldn't eat it or rub it onto your body in my opinion ;)

      Great recipe! One other little tip that may help you preserve a little longer is adding some vitamin E oil to your oils. It's a natural preservative as is beeswax. Bonus is it's also needed by the skin for good health :)

      Thanks for sharing your recipe - I'm feeling the need to go make some lavender lotion now :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Cool hub. I've never even thought of making my own body lotion but you've made it seem easy and fun. Congratulations on its Hub of the Day award.

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      b4murray 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I saw a recipe for face lotion sounds weird but its steamed pureed carrots,sourcream,and plain yogurt all mixed together. Store in the fridge. I tried it and it really moisturizes well!

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      conradofontanilla 6 years ago from Philippines

      I like herbals. Both olive oil and beeswax are medicinal.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      I love to try it myself. It is a great hub. Well done and welcome to HubPages, Annalea. Bookmark and thanks for sharing.

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      mkvealsh 6 years ago

      I love home made products and this one sounds very simple. Can't wait to try it! Voted up!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I've never even considered making body lotion before, but I'm totally going to try this. Hurrah!

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      Annalea Magana 6 years ago from California

      A great place to find beeswax is at your local farmer's market. Usually the people there selling honey also sell the was and it's really fresh and affordable.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Great hub! You have explained this so well. I will keep an eye out for the beeswax so I can try it.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This sounds like such a lovely cream and home-made as well. And as you rightly say it is important what you put on your skin as this will be absorbed into the blood stream. I'm really looking forward to trying this. Many thanks for sharing - and for the tip on cleaning up!