Day 8 – Homemade Lotion

I have successfully made my own lotion. Screw a pie shop, I’m going to start my own line of body products. But seriously, I feel really good about the scrub and this lotion. Really, really easy. Not time consuming at all. I have lots of ingredients left to make more batches, which will probably save me money. So good for my skin and body. So all-natural!

 

I think homemade body products are a lot like homemade cooking. People who don’t cook a lot think popping frozen vegetables or chicken in the microwave, heating up premade pasta or pizza, or eating out is so much easier than cooking a meal from scratch. And honestly, it sounds so much easier. I don’t blame those people at all. But turns out, with just a bit more effort and a little planning, you can make pretty tasty pasta or chicken or vegetables at home and on your own. You know exactly what’s in your meal that way, you get the satisfaction of having made it, and it’s probably cheaper in the longrun. (Noticed a money-saving trend right now? My pesky bank account isn’t looking so good.) Same thing with body products! I’ve never seen much point in making my own. It’d be hard, I’d have to buy weird ingredients, and it’s so convenient to buy a bottle of lotion at Target. NOT TRUE!

Moral of the paragraph? Give homemade a try! Start with the basics and once you’ve gotten the hang of how to make chicken or lotion or whatever, get creative.

Hello, summertime lotion! And thank you fancy Hipstimatic lens!

So here’s the lotion recipe. I loved watching the water, oil, and beeswax come together in the blender. The stuff starts out all watery and within minutes it’s blended up into a lotion consistency. How?! These are the times I wish I knew more about chemistry. Would this be chemistry? I’m clueless. If you worry about the oiliness of your lotion, I say take a deep breath. I was too, at first. My lotion looked quite oily when I first transfered it to the glass jar. I covered it up and let it reach room temperature overnight. This morning it looked much more…lotion-y? Either way, not bad. It soaks into the skin fairly well. But then I like lotion that I can still feel on my skin a few hours later. Makes me think it’s actually working. So no oily residue, but a smooth and moisturized feel left behind. If you’re worried about this, maybe dial down the olive oil a bit…? Also, I just discovered today that different essential oil scents have different medicinal properties and benefits. So do some research before you pick your scent!

Homemade Lotion
Found at Readymade 

Supply List
1 cup filtered water, cold brewed tea, orange blossom water, or rose water
¾ cup oil such as olive, almond, unrefined coconut, or avocado
3 tablespoons grated beeswax (I found this at a health food store in a very large block)
Optional: a few drops of essential oil of your choice, for fragrance (I used sandalwood)

1. Pour the water into a blender.

2. Measure the oil in a glass measuring cup and add in the beeswax. Set the measuring cup in a pot. Fill the pot up with water to about halfway up the measuring cup. Bring the water to a gentle boil on the stove. When the beeswax has melted (it’ll disappear into the oil), remove the measuring cup from the water and let it cool for 2 minutes.

3. Turn on the blender to a low speed and slowly pour the oil in. If you get separation of the water and oil at first (I did), turn the blender off and mix things around with a spatula. Turn the blender back on at a higher speed. You’ll be done blending when the water and oil have come together entirely. Now is the time to mix in any essential oil. Start with a few drops and slowly add more until you get the scent you want.

4. Scrape the lotion out of the blender and into a glass jar. Glass is OK to use here. Just keep the lotion out of the shower. Cover the jar with a cheesecloth or dish towel until the lotion reaches room temperature.

5. Store with the lid on tightly and at room temperature. The lotion will last for 3 months this way. If you anticipate not using it up in that time, store it in the fridge.

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