If you are trying to avoid harmful chemicals in your beauty products, homemade lotion is a great place to start. Reading the ingredient list on a bottle of commercial lotion is scary! Our skin is our largest organ, and it deserves as much care as everything else. Actually, many studies suggest it needs even more attention. Chemicals or toxins that we ingest orally can at least be partially broken down in the digestive system. But substances that enter through our skin bypass that step and enter directly into the bloodstream.
It takes mere minutes to learn how to make homemade lotion and this recipe has just four ingredients. This lotion will moisturize and soothe even the driest winter skin, and little bit goes a very long way! You can customize it with your favorite essential oil, such as lavender for the spring or peppermint for the winter holidays. My daughter has a patch of eczema on her cheek, and this lotion is the only thing that helps it. I love knowing exactly what I am putting on my baby's delicate skin.
Makes 30 ounces
As this lotion contains water, it should be refrigerated in warm weather.
- 4.5 oz coconut oil
- 1.5 oz emulsifying wax
- 16 oz distilled water
- 8 oz glycerin
- 10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
In a microwave safe bowl (I use a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup), combine the oil and wax. Microwave for about two minutes or until melted. (This can also be done in a double boiler on the stove if you prefer to not use the microwave.)
Heat the water in the microwave or on the stove until simmering.
Combine the water, oil/wax mixture, glycerin and essential oil, if using. Stir thoroughly.
Pour into desired bottle(s). I divide mine up into a few 4 ounce mason jars, then store the rest in a bigger jar in the refrigerator.
Did you know how to make homemade lotion before today? Will you try now if you haven't before?
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