Handmade Lotion RecipesHandmade lotion recipes can be used to make wonderful lotion for yourself, or given as gifts to loved ones.
Below you'll find handmade lotion recipes from our collection, many of which do not have an author. We have not made any of the lotions listed below, but will soon with a full report. Supplies and other resources for handmade lotion recipes can also be found below.
Regular Handmade Lotion RecipesDry Skin Lotion
Re-formulated original recipe by Melody Upham with changes made by Betty Depuydt
1/8 tsp Borax
1/4 c. Distilled water
1/2 c. Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 Tbs grated beeswax
1 tsp scent (You may want to add this slowly and adjust to suit you)
1/8 tsp lecithin
1/2 c. Aloe Vera Gel
Combine water and borax. Bring borax and water almost to boiling. In a seperate pan mix oil and beeswax and heat until wax is melted. Slowly add borax/water to oil/beeswax, stirring briskly, a small wire whisk works perfectly or you can use a handblender. Add essential oils during the whisking process. Let cool to room temp.
Once lotion is at room temp add the 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel and whisk to incorporate fully into the lotion. Bottle.
Lavender & Calendula Lotion
4 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon calendula petals
1 tablespoon apricot kernel oil
1 teaspoon beeswax
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1/2 tablespoon aloe vera jelly
1/2 cup distilled water
1/8 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
Heat the almond oil, apricot kernal oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera jelly, and beeswax until the beeswax is melted. Set aside and allow to cool. Dissolve the borax in the distilled water. Heat it to a slow simmer. Pour the oil mixture from earlier into a blender. Turn the blender on and slowly add the borax-water solution into the blender.
Add the lavender essential oil and calendula petals. Continue blending until well mixed and the lotion has thickened. Turn the blender off once the mixture has cooled to room temperature and pour into a container. Refridgerate, allowing the lotion to set before use.
Keep refridgerated until use since this recipe does not contain preservatives.
Beeswax-Almond Hand Cream
1/4 cup beeswax
1/2 cup almond oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup rosewater
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler. Add the remaining ingredients and heat until well mixed, several minutes. Pour into a container while still hot since it does harden as it cools. Makes about 1½ cups.
Citrus Cooler Lotion
4 T. glycerin
40 drops oil of orange
4 T. lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a clean glass bottle. Shake well and refrigerate.
1 tablespoon of powdered Irish Moss
1 cup of distilled water
1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
Mix together the Irish Moss and water and let sit for 20 min.
Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and boil for 20 min. Strain off the solids; You will gave a clear jelly.
Measure 1/4 cup of your seaweed jelly and mix with the aloe vera gel. Let the mixture cool completely.
Pour the seaweed mixture into the blender and blend on low speed; slowly add the oil in a thin stream until all is blended.
Pour into container.
Mint Body Lotion
1/2 cup mint water (see note below)
1/8 tsp. borax powder
1/2 c. sunflower oil
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. grated beeswax
3-4 drops peppermint oil (optional)
Mix together the mint water and the borax, stirring until well mixed. Set aside.
Mix together the sunflower oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a glass measuring cup. Place the cup with the oils/beeswax mixture in a pan of water (about 1 to 2 inches of water), making a water bath. Heat over medium heat until the beeswax is melted (8 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. When the wax is melted, bring the mint solution almost to boiling (put the glass cup with the mint water/borax in the microwave on High for 1 minute, or use a water bath on the stove top).
Remove the oils-beeswax mixture from the water bath. Slowly add mint water/borax to the mixture in the blender and whip).
Allow the lotion to cool completely. The consistentency may seem a bit thin, but it will thicken as it cools. The lotion will be pale green in color. You may add the peppermint oil now if you wish. Pour the lotion into a clean container with a lid. To use, massage a small amount into your skin.
Note: Mint water is made by boiling fresh or dried mint leaves in water and then letting the mixture cool. Strain off the mint leaves. I use 1 cup fresh mint (1/4 cup dried mint leaves) to 1 cup water.
Special Handmade Lotion RecipesEnergizing Foot Lotion
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Combine ingredients in a bottle, shake extremely well. To use just rub into the feet and heels. Store in a cool dry place.
Creamy Sun-Tan Lotion
3/4 cup water
3 tea bags (do not use instant tea)
1/4 cup lanolin
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon perfume (optional)
Heat the water to boiling, add tea bags. Leave them to brew for 20 minutes and squeeze them occasionally before removing. Put lanolin, sesame oil and 1/4 cup strong tea into blender. Cover and process at low speed. Remove cap immediately and pour in the remaining tea in a steady stream. Use a rubber spatula to keep ingredients arend the processing blades. Add perfume and give fragrance to the sun-tan lotion. This recipe makes about 1 cup of a soft, tan-colored cream which spreadssmoothly on the skin, and gives a sensation of moistness. It dries without feeling sticky. This cream actually repels water and will stay on though swimming. Creamy Sun-Tan Lotion will screen out about half of the burningsun rays while allowing a large percentage of the tanning rays to get through. However, if you burn after 5 minutes of exposure, do not rely on this cream to protect you.
Supplies for Handmade Lotion RecipesNot all of the handmade lotion recipes above have supplies which are easy to find. Luckily here online you can find just about anything if you have the time to search. Idea Queen has made it even easier by finding a great store with great prices for many of the ingredients you see above which can be used for the above homemade soap recipes, plus other bath products you make at home.
At Shamanshop.net, we were able to find the following products:
- Coconut Oil
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Almond Oil
- Olive Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Irish Moss
- Essential oil (very large list)
While shopping at Shamanshop.net, be sure to use their very handy search function for finding specifically what you are looking for. Idea Queen highly recommends this store based on our personal shopping experience. Easy check out, fast shipping, with a secure shopping cart. When we purchased our products, we had a wonderful experience with this company!
Mountain Rose Herbs
One option for buying natural supplies is from Mountain Rose Herbs. You'll find lots of essencial oils and other important ingredients for making your own natural products.
Another option for natural supplies is Mother Nature. A great source of bulk supplies and other natural products!
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