Homemade Lotion Recipes

Nature is the best way to go if you are tired of buying expensive lotions. Natural remedies for skin care have been passed down from ancient times when Lubriderm and Suave did not exist. Beautiful skin has always been popular and what better way to maintain beautiful skin than by using nature’s products?

Have you ever considered making your own silky smooth lotions? Making your own lotions can be a healthy solution for your skin not to mention a rewarding hobby. Check out these simple tropical recipes that I have researched and start on your way to having beautiful and healthy skin from the comfort of your own home.

Just a brief note about homemade lotions: after the mixture is complete you must use quickly and store properly. It is best to make mixtures in small amounts because of the limited shelf life. If the lotions are stored away from the sun and kept cool than there is a chance that they may last up to 3 weeks. However, there are products out there that can add preservation to your products. For example: A mild preservative such as Liquipar Optima may be recommended to prevent growth of harmful bacteria and to protect against a wide range of microorganisms.

Note: If any of the ingredients in these recipes causes an allergic reaction, please discontinue use or do not use at all.

Coconut Milk Skin Soother

1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp fine oatmeal

Heat the coconut milk on stove or microwave until lukewarm. Add to the oatmeal and mix well. Apply to rough (perhaps your face, elbows, knees and heels). Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly.

Smooth Body Lotion

This is a quick, easy, very smooth lotion that absorbs nicely into the skin. A plant based emulsifying wax is used. This mixture makes approximately 2 of the 4 oz size bottles. This lotion thickens quickly.

Melt together until barely melted:

* 8 – 10 grams Emulsifying wax (approx. 2.5 tablespoons)
* 70 ml Vegetable oil (try jojoba, apricot, sunflower, avocado)
* 20 ml Vegetable glycerine

Add and blend with hand mixer for under 1 minute:

* 130 ml Room temperature or warmed distilled water (or combine aloe vera, floral water, witch hazel, etc as part of all of liquid)
*1 pinch Citric acid (helps to reduce bacteria growth and acts as ph balancer)
* 10 – 30 drops essential oil


5 ml Grapefruit Seed Extract or Benzoin (preservative)
5 ml Shea butter
Replacing part of the liquid with Floral waters, witch hazel, aloe vera

2-4 ml Liquipar Optima (full spectrum preservative)
Pour into sterilized containers, keep cool and enjoy! If you like a thinner lotion, try diluting with a bit of floral water or use slightly less emulsifying wax next time around.

Milk and Honey Lotion

1/4 cup milk or cream
1/4 cup honey

Mix milk (or cream) and honey in a small glass or bowl. Warm the mixture until the honey is melted, then remove from the heat. When it is cool enough to tolerate, apply to face and neck (or your entire body if you have time). Let it stand for 15 minutes, then rinse or shower off with warm water. The mix can be made in larger quantities, and it will keep for a week if refrigerated properly.

Cocoa Butter Soothing Lotion

1/4 cup grated cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
11 tablespoons grated beeswax

Combine all ingredients, then melt in a glass container in the microwave. Stir well, and continue stirring until the mixture cools. Allow to cool completely, then stir a little more. Spoon into small jars with lids.

My Cocoa Butter Hand Cream

2 cups warm water
1 1/2 cup glycerin
1/2 ounce spirits of ammonia
1/2 ounce cocoa butter
1/2 teaspoon boric acid
1 cup stearic acid

Combine in a glass or enamel pan the cocoa butter, glycerin and stearic acid. Melt over low heat. Remove to mixing bowl and add ammonia. Stir until milky. Add boric acid to warm water. Add to first mixture. Mix with beater for 10 minutes at high speed. Perfume and color as desired. Age for 2 weeks before using.
Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Sensual Seaweed Lotion

1 tablespoon powdered Irish moss (seaweed)
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons almond oil
Mix well; store in tightly covered jar in refrigerator. This is especially soothing during the hot summer months.

Rose Oil Body Lotion

3/4 cup unscented body lotion
10 drops rose essential oil
Decorative screw-top bottle

Mix the body lotion and rose oil together thoroughly and pour into a decorative bottle.

Geranium Oil Body Lotion

3/4 cup unscented body lotion
15 drops geranium essential oil
Decorative screw-top bottle

Mix the body lotion and geranium oil together thoroughly and pour into a decorative bottle.

I hope that God-Willing these recipes will be beneficial to you. Please use products at your own discretion.

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