How to Make a Homemade Body Lotion
Making a homemade body lotion is a great way to save money and provide your body with natural, quality ingredients. If you put in a little bit of time and effort, you can make lotion that’s as good as—or even better than—store-bought varieties. Here are the necessary steps:
Gather Your Ingredients
The two main ingredients for homemade body lotion are:
- Oil: Olive, sunflower, jojoba, coconut, and almond are some examples.
- Butter: Shea, cocoa, mango, and coconut are some common choices.
Beeswax and emulsifying wax are also typically used. These are used to help the lotion stay mixed together, as well as provide a thicker consistency. For fragrance, you have the option of using essential oils or other scents.
Mix the Ingredients
Start by melting the butter and wax in a double boiler, then add in the oil. Heat the mixture until everything is melted, then add in the essential oil. This mixture should be allowed to cool and thicken a bit before you move to the next step.
The emulsifier is an important step for a successful homemade body lotion. It helps the oil mix with the water, creating a creamy consistency. Simply add a few teaspoons of the emulsifier to the cooled mixture from the last step and blend it in a blender until everything is mixed together.
Pour the mixture into a container and let it cool completely. Once the lotion has cooled to room temperature, it’s ready to be used. Consider adding some vitamin E oil to extend the shelf life and make your homemade body lotion even healthier.
You now have your own homemade body lotion that can be used just like store-bought varieties. Enjoy it, give it as gifts, or even sell it!