DIY Lotion

Decades ago my Mom started to amend store bought lotion to enhance it’s potency. She would grab a neutral base lotion (generally from Kiss My Face) and add extra vitamin E, aloe, and her own essential oils. I used to do the same thing until I decided that I didn’t want to be dependent on a store bought base lotion. So now I mix it all from scratch. It’s not hard, you just have to put forth the effort. You can have homemade lotion done in less than twenty minutes. It’s great because you can customize your lotion for your skin and control the ingredients.

Let’s be honest, my method of creating lotion was to just pour random amounts of ingredients together and call it a day. One day I created the most perfect consistency. It was such a bad-ass accomplishment, but, of course, I didn’t measure so I couldn’t recreate it exactly.  So here we are at my attempt to create my lotion recipe.

The main thing in creating your own lotion is choosing a base, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter, and adding to that. You can use just one, but today I used all three (getting fancy, I know). I used argon oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or even just use more coconut oil. Aloe vera can be an odd product to find unadulterated. I like to use Lily of the Desert 99% aloe vera gelly. The quality of the products you use is important, I mean, your skin is a giant sponge soaking up whatever you put on it. That said, I use all organic ingredients.

I scented my lotion with sandalwood, jasmine, and rose essential oils. I’d love to tell you how many drops of each, but I have no idea. Some of my oil jars were giving me a hard time and instead of dropping into the lotion, the bead of oil just slid down the side of the bottle. So I’m not really sure how much of each actually made it into the mixture. I also realized that I couldn’t tell what my lotion smelled like because my hands were so scented from handling all the oil bottles. Just remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out. Start small and subtle.

I’ve been pleased with the result of this recipe. If you want a thicker lotion, use more of the base. My last batch was a little too oily for facial use, but was great for super dry skin elsewhere (I had used almost twice as much of the oils). I think this is a great base which is awesome as is or can be altered to suit various skin types. For the record, I have rather standard skin- generally not overly oily or dry. I do suffer from dry skin in the cold months.

On a final note, making homemade lotion is kind of fun. I feel like an apothecary or a hedge witch mixing up potions!

Homemade Lotion/ Body Butter

  • 1/4 cup mango butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons argon oil
  • 2 tablespoons vitamin E
  • 12 oz bottle of 99% aloe vera
  • essential oils of choice

Gather together all of your ingredients.

In a double boiler or in a metal bowl on top of a small pot, heat the water over low heat. Put the mango butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil in the top bowl (not in the water) and allow it to melt. Stir occasionally. It took about 5 minutes for mine to liquify.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. You just want to make sure it’s not super hot, you don’t want it to reharden.

Mix in the argon oil, vitamin E, and aloe. Once you begin to stir in the aloe, you’ll see the mixture whiten and turn into lotion before your eyes.

Stir in essential oils of your choice.

Pour lotion into clean, dry containers.

Preparing to melt
Ready to be removed from the heat.
All ingredients mixed in.
Finished product.
24 hours later

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