Lotion Recipe
plus Cream and Lotion Bars

Would you like to make your own lotion or creams? Use the following lotion recipe to learn to make your own.
How about bars, they are great to carry in your pocket or purse. They look like soap but are used to moisturize.

Creams and lotions are basically water, oil, and wax mixed together. With the lotion recipe using a blender makes mixing everything together really easy. Just make sure you make a sufficient amount so that there is enough liquid for the blender blades to work so you creation will thicken. You can also just mix with a wire whisk but it is harder to get the thickness.

Try some variations to help you come up with your own creation that meets your own specific need. Do some research on carrier oils, essential oils, fragrance oils, floral waters, etc. Then you can use which you want in your lotion recipe for their benefits or the fragrance.

For the carrier oils in your lotion recipe sweet almond oil is good oil to start out with but you can use whatever oil you want or use a combination of different oils to come up with your own mixture. You could use one of your infused oils. If you use more of the saturated or solid oil like coconut or cocoa butter your finished product when cooled will be firmer but will still melt when in contact with your skin. Learn about different carrier oils to decide which you would like to use by clicking here.

For the water in your lotion recipe you can just use distilled or spring water. Or for example if you use aloe vera juice you are incorporating the benefits of it into your cream or lotion. I like to use floral waters like rose water, orange flower water or other floral water in mine. A good selection of floral water can be purchased here.

You can also make your own rosewater, here is one easy way to do it:
*Pick your roses after the morning dew has dried but before the sun is too hot.
* Mix together 1/8 cup vodka with 1 quart distilled water.
* Bruise your fresh rose petals slightly and stuff as many as you can into a quart clear glass jar. (you can use a bigger jar and mix up a larger amount of water if you want)
*Then pour in your water mixture to completely cover the petals, (check often to make sure the petal stay under the water).
* Put the lid on and let it set in the sun to heat the water, depending on the amount of sun your rosewater could be done at the end of one day or you may have to let it set out in the sun for a couple of days.

Without preservatives your homemade creations will have to be used up quickly, but if made in small batches it is not a problem. Do you need to add a preservative to the lotion recipe? If you want to keep them longer or give as gifts you can add preservatives.

Some suggests are:
*You can add some vitamin e oil, just squeeze a few vitamin e capsules into it with the essential or fragrance oil.

* Click here if you would rather buy a vitamin e preservative instead of using vitamin e capsules

*You can add rosemary oil extract, available here.
*You can add grapefruit seed extract, available here.
You can also get a sample pack of different perservatives here.

Remember it is your own creation, you know yourself better than anyone else.
*Do you like one kind of oil better than another?
*Do you want your lotion for a certain type of skin – dry, oily, mature, etc?
*Are you allergic to some of them?
* Do you just want a nice smell or do you want something to help a certain condition?
* What fragrance do you like?
*Do you want to add preservatives?

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Basic Directions for making Lotion

Here are a couple basic recipes to get your started and then you can adjust them as you like.

Lotion Recipe 1
1 ½ oz (3 TBSP) carrier oil of your choice
½ oz (1 TBSP) cocoa butter
½ oz (1 TBSP) vegetable glycerin
1 ½ TBSP emulsifying wax
8 oz room temperature water (distilled, floral, etc.)
30-80 drops of essential oils or fragrance oils

Lotion Recipe 2
1/2 cup carrier oil of your choice
2 tsp cocoa butter
2 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp beeswax pellets
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
1/2 cup room temperature water (distilled, floral, etc.)
10-30 drops essential or fragrance oils

Directions: To use a stove burner use a double boiler or for a microwave use a heat safe glass measuring cup. Pour the water into the blender (or deep bowl if using a wire whisk).
Turn the blender on low (or start whisking vigorously by hand) and very slowly drizzle the melted oil mixture into the water until all the oil mixture is in the water and the complete mixture is thick (it won’t be completely thick as it still has to cool some more).
Add the essential or fragrance oils, blending just enough to incorporate into the mixture abut being careful not to over blend.
Pour into clean jars or containers while still warm, as it will thicken more as it cools.
Do not cap until completely cooled.
Be sure to label your containers (what it is, what ingredients you used, date made).
You can store any extra jars in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.

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Basic Directions for making Creams

You will notice that the cream recipe is almost like the lotion recipe and that you make them the same way that you make lotions except the percentages of the ingredients are a little different to make it thicker.

Cream Recipe 1
1 ½ oz (3 TBSP) carrier oil of your choice
½ oz (1 TBSP) cocoa butter
½ oz (1 TBSP) vegetable glycerin
3 TBSP emulsifying wax
8 oz room temperature water (distilled, floral, etc.)
30 – 50 drops of essential or fragrance oils

Cream Recipe 2
½ cup solid oil (like coconut oil or cocoa butter)
Almost 1 cup carrier oil of your choice
½ cup room temperature water (distilled or floral)
2 tsp beeswax pellets
10-20 drops essential or fragrance oil

Directions: To use a stove burner use a double boiler or for a microwave use a heat safe glass measuring cup. Pour the water into the blender (or deep bowl if using a wire whisk).
Turn the blender on low (or start whisking vigorously by hand) and very slowly drizzle the melted oil mixture into the water until all the oil mixture is in the water and the complete mixture is thick (it won’t be completely thick as it still has to cool some more).
Add the essential or fragrance oils, blending just enough to incorporate into the mixture abut being careful not to over blend.
Pour into clean jars or containers while still warm, as it will thicken more as it cools.
Do not cap until completely cooled.
Be sure to label your containers (what it is, what ingredients you used, date made).
You can store any extra jars in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.

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Basic Direction for making Lotion Bars
Lotion bars are kind of like making melt and pour soap.

Lotion Bar Recipe 1
½ cup beeswax pellets
½ cup cocoa butter
½ cup coconut oil
50-60 drops essential or fragrance oil

Lotion Bar Recipe 2
5 oz soy wax or beeswax
2 oz cocoa butter
3 oz carrier oil (like olive, almond, or avocado)
50-60 drops essential or fragrance oil

Directions:
In a double boiler on the stove top or in a heat safe glass measuring cup in the microwave melt together the wax, butter, and oil. (Be careful and do not over heat – just melt them.)
Take off the heat and add the essential or fragrance oils.
Pour into mold, you can use soap molds, plastic soap containers you use for travel, or a silverware drawer insert works great, or small paper cups.
Cool completely and remove from molds.
Depending on your mold, (for example: if it is large like the silverware drawer inserts you will want to slice them into small bars.

I like to use the really small paper cups they have for bathrooms, and make the bars about 1 oz each. Then I get small round tins a little bigger then the cups to put the bar in so I can keep them in my pocket.

I hope you enjoy using the basic lotion recipe as a starting point to make your own lotion. With that down you will enjoy going on and experimenting with the many variations available.

If you would rather not have to make your lotion, but really like nice smelling lotions?
Instead of using a lotion recipe to make your own you can just buy a lotion base.
Then just add essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice.
There are lots of different fragrances to choose from.
Check out this Aloe and Shea lotion base and then add essential oils or fragrance oils.

You have almost limitless possibilities for you lotion scents, you could have a different scent for each of your moods, how fun!

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Make Your Own
Hand and Body
Cream and Lotion!





















Basic Directions For Making
Your Own Lotion and Cream.


Here is the water, floral water,
or witch hazel in the blender.
(add aloe vera gel, etc. is want)
And in the measuring cup is the
oils, butters, and wax, melted.
Add glycerine and vitamin e
if using.

Turn on blender and
slowly pour oil into
water in blender
in a small steady stream
until all oils are
mixed into water.

All the oil and water
is mixed together,
now you can add the
essential oils or
fragrance oils or
leave unscented.

Your lotion is still
warm and thin.

Pour into your jars
and leave uncovered
to cool and thicken.

Your lotion,
thick and creamy,
and ready to enjoy!