This is my favorite all-purpose lotion! It’s a mid-weight lotion that works well throughout the seasons, and it really moisturizes my skin without being greasy! I’ve been using it for many years (at least 10!) since I first discovered that my skin hates almost any product I’ve ever purchased. Out of desperation I developed my own lotion recipe, which might sound crazy at first, but when you consider constant rashes from reactions to store bought products, it doesn’t seem quite so radical!
A little while ago I had a request for a lotion containing shea butter, but after all kinds of testing and several batches of homemade lotion, I scrapped the shea butter and went back to coconut oil in my old standby recipe. Every lotion I’ve made so far with shea butter has been really unstable. After a couple of days, it seems to start separating a bit, and little bits of shea butter create a gritty texture in the lotion. Even though if melts when it touches the heat of your skin, I decided to go with something a bit less fussy. That being said, you can replace the coconut oil in this recipe with shea butter for an ultra moisturizing lotion that’s perfect for the winter months!
There are 3 critical things you need to know to make it super easy to make your own lotion!
1. It’s really important to make sure you’ve completely melted the wax into the oil. If there are any bits of unmelted wax it will make you lotion gritty with bits of wax floating around in it.
2. It helps to have all the ingredients at room temperature before starting. After the oil and wax have melted together, you add the aloe vera gel, and if it’s cold it can cause your lotion to seize up. If this happens, just rewarm it until it liquefies again.
3. I like to place my lotion over an ice bath and whisk constantly for a couple of minutes until it solidifies which really helps the lotion stay completely emulsified!
In this picture, you can see the oil and the wax have been completely melted together and the liquid should be clear.
Here you can see what it looks like right after you whisk in the aloe vera gel, it’s a bit loose but it’s definitely emulsified.
As you whisk your lotion over an ice bath you will definitely notice a change in texture. It will become much thicker and you’ll notice it will start to leave ‘lines’ of lotion around the edges of the pan, where when it’s first made it’s so loose it just falls back down the sides. Once the lotion thickens, you’re ready to place it into a clean container.
I really like using some sort of pump dispenser which lengthens the life of any homemade product, I bought the one you see in the pictures at Target (where else right?). It’s important to keep your hands out of the lotion as much as possible because there are no preservatives in it.
Tip 1: Beeswax can be a pain to work with when you’re grating it! I’ve found the best way to clean your grater after is to pour a fair bit of boiling water right onto the surface where the wax is, it’s the only thing that cleans the wax away with ease!
Tip 2: You can also buy beeswax in little pellets now, and I’ve included both the ounces and grams in the recipe so that you can simply measure out the pellets and there won’t be any grating involved!
- ½ cup avocado oil (you could use a lighter oil like grape seed, jojoba, or almond oil as well)
- 3 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons grated beeswax - weighing ⅛ ounce or 7 grams
- 6 Tablespoon aloe vera gel, at room temperature
- Melt the avocado oil, coconut oil, and beeswax together in a small sauce pan. Make sure all of the beeswax is dissolved or there will be bits of wax in the final product.
- Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the aloe vera gel. At this point the mixture will be very loose.
- Next place the saucepan over an ice bath and whisk for 3-5 minutes until the lotion cools and starts to thicken. You'll notice that it will start to leave lines of lotion on the edges or the pan instead of being totally liquid.
- Pour the cooled lotion into a clean container and use within 2 months. A pump type of container is best for keeping homemade products so they don't get contaminated from our hands.
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