DIY Lotion Recipe | Easy Homemade Lotion

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With this DIY lotion recipe, it’s super fun to make your own easy homemade lotion.

DIY lotion recipe

Making things has always been a strong passion of mine. Ever since I was very young, I’ve loved creating. There’s just something about taking raw materials and ingredients, and putting them together to make something that wasn’t there before. It’s so much fun!

Something I found really exciting was making something that was similar to an item you could buy in the store, but so much better, since I made it myself. It’s true that you can go to the store, or shop online, and buy just about anything you can think of.

But in the fast paced, instant gratification filled lifestyle that is so common today, it’s easy overlook the pure joy and satisfaction that comes from creating.

When it comes to skincare, making it yourself is not only loads of fun, it also puts you in total control over the quality of ingredients you use. And you can keep it simple, safe, and totally natural. That’s something that’s hard to find, even among commercial, “natural” skincare lines!

This DIY lotion recipe is very simple and pure, and takes just a few ingredients. It’s a gorgeous, smooth, lightweight moisturizer that can be a nice alternative to deeper moisturizers, such as body butters and tallow balm. Sometimes you just want a light, non-greasy lotion, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

Customize it

For this easy homemade lotion, I’ve chosen to use jojoba oil as the moisturizing component. Although tallow will always come first for me as a skin moisturizer, jojoba oil is probably my favorite plant based moisturizer. It is very similar to our skin’s natural oil.

However, you could totally change this out to a different oil, or even a combination of oils, depending on what you like, and what you have on hand. Some other good choices would be olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil. It works best if you use an oil that is liquid at room temperature.

Another way you can customize it is by leaving it plain and unscented, or adding different essential oils. You can go with a single essential oil, such as lavender, use a premixed blend, or create your own unique blend. The possibilities are really endless, and it’s so much fun to experiment.

Easy homemade lotion

The method and process

Just like when I showed how to make magnesium lotion, this DIY lotion recipe is created using an emulsion. That just means that oil and water, two substances that normally avoid one another, are forced to combine. The water portion makes the lotion much lighter and non-greasy, compared to a pure oil or butter.

The emulsion process is just like the method used to make homemade mayonnaise. If you’ve ever done that before, you know that it’s important to pour VERY slowly as you’re adding one ingredient to the other. Same exact thing here: as you’re pouring in the water, you want to go very slowly, using the smallest stream possible.

The Water

It’s important to use very pure water when you’re making lotion. You can use a very thoroughly filtered water, or distilled water. I have a Berkey water filter in our kitchen, and I use water filtered through that when I make lotion.

A Preservative

Since this homemade lotion recipe uses water, it’s important to use a preservative. Otherwise, mold, bacteria, and all sorts of nasty things can grow in the lotion. I like to use a natural preservative that is free of parabens, called Optiphen Plus.

The emulsifying agent

In order to make the emulsion happen, we need something called an emulsifying agent. There are various waxes and emulsifiers available commercially. These are certain ingredients made specifically for emulsifying. I like to keep things as simple, pure, and natural as possible, so I like to use beeswax for an emulsifying agent. A high powered method, rather than just a had mixing method, is best when using beeswax as an emulsifier.

The equipment

You probably already have a blender or food processor in your kitchen. If so, you’re ready to make lotion! You can use either of these tools, but I find the food processor to be the best of the two. The blender works well most of the time, but every once in a while I have had an emulsion break when using a blender.

This just means that the oil and water refused to combine, no matter what. However, for me, the food processor consistently produces reliable results when emulsifying. If you don’t have a food processor, you can totally still give it a go with a blender, and most likely it will work fine.

Jojoba oil lotion recipe

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DIY Lotion Recipe Directions

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Put jojoba oil and beeswax in a heat safe container.
  2. Create a double boiler by putting the container with the jojoba oil and beeswax in a pan of water.
  3. Heat the water in the makeshift double boiler to a low boil.
  4. Keep heating the jojoba oil until the beeswax is completely melted and blended in.
  5. Have the filtered water measured out and nearby in a pitcher that can pour slowly.
  6. Carefully pour the hot jojoba oil and beeswax mixture into the blender or food processor.
  7. Turn food processor on, and very slowly pour water into food processor in a very thin stream.
  8. Once all of the water has been added, let the food processor run for another minute or so.
  9. Check temperature of lotion. Once it is under 176° F, add preservative while food processor is running.
  10. Add essential oils (if using) while food processor is running.
  11. Turn off food processor, and pour into glass jars to store.

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Do you love to create?

What are your favorite things to make? Are you going to give this DIY lotion recipe a try? What essential oils will you use? Let me know in the comments!

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DIY lotion recipe easy homemade lotion recipe

With this DIY lotion recipe, it's super fun to make your own easy homemade lotion.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jojoba oil, or another liquid oil
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1/2 tsp natural preservative

Instructions

  1. Put jojoba oil and beeswax in a heat safe container.
  2. Create a double boiler by putting the container with the jojoba oil and beeswax in a pan of water.
  3. Heat the water in the makeshift double boiler to a low boil.
  4. Keep heating the jojoba oil until the beeswax is completely melted and blended in.
  5. Have the filtered water measured out and nearby in a pitcher that can pour slowly.
  6. Carefully pour the hot jojoba oil and beeswax mixture into the blender or food processor.
  7. Turn food processor on, and very slowly pour water into food processor in a very thin stream.
  8. Once all of the water has been added, let the food processor run for another minute or so.
  9. Check temperature of lotion. Once it is under 176° F, add preservative while food processor is running. 
  10. Add essential oils (if using) while food processor is running.
  11. Turn off food processor, and pour into glass jars to store.

 

 

31 thoughts on “DIY Lotion Recipe | Easy Homemade Lotion”

  1. I realize this is an older post, but I am hoping I will still be able to get a few answer to help me out. I have attempted to make this and the shea butter lotion a few times and only once (the very first time) had success. I can’t figure out what I did differently the first time as opposed to every other time, so I have a couple questions.
    1. What size food processor do you use for a single small batch (as listed in the recipe), and at what speed do you use?
    2. Does the wax/oil have to be at a certain temperature, or just fully melted and mixed prior to adding the water?
    3. Do you heat the distilled water at all prior to pouring it into the wax/oil mixture?

    Sorry to ask so many questions, but the first batch came out so nice that I am frustrated that I can’t seem to make it again.

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    • I’m happy to help! I have a 14 cup food processor, and it just has one speed. I try to have the wax/oil mixture nice and hot before emulsifying, and that does seem to help. I just make sure it’s hot enough that everything is well melted. I don’t heat the water. I hope that helps! Hope your next batch turns out well!

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  2. i tried this recipe and it was a complete disaster. The processor, even on low speed “walled” the mixture leaving the water spatter about in the centre. Scraping down the sides and removing excess water, i tried again, and repeated again. it ended up being foamy and watery even after adding the preservative.

    To anyone else experiencing this, my solve is to use a stick blender in a smaller vessel, also allowing the oil/melted wax mixture to temper to an opaque appearance before introducing the water.

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    • Sorry you had trouble! I’ve had batches not work in the blender, but the food processer has never let me down. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hello, how are u, what is the preservative that you used for the lotion, because I’ve been looking to see what I can find, but i have come across anything yet.

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  3. Such a great article! Thank you so much for having put together this information. It’s exactly what I have been looking for. I will surely share this with my following. 5 stars!

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  4. Hi I’m expecting and was wondering what was the recipe for the baby lotion and perineal spray. I love using your products on my family. Thsnks so kindly

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  5. I think it’s the tallow I got from my butcher. They sell it in little bags and they’re like grains. I don’t think they properly render it. I used cheesecloth and a strainer before I put it in my jar. It’s not grainy when it melts, it’s just the initial feeling. I used olive oil as you directed in your recipe. I Just need to get my hands on some good fat and render it myself. Which around here where I live is proving a challenge.

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    • I’ve never tried it that way personally, but I have seen other recipes that use a stick blender. It might work! If you try it, let me know how it goes 😊

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    • I love making your products for my family. I’m expecting and was wondering what is the recipe for the baby lotion!!! And the perineal spray… I couldn’t find those. Thanks so kindly

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    • I love making your products for my family. I’m expecting and was wondering what is the recipe for the baby lotion!!! And the perineal spray… I couldn’t find those. Thanks so kindly

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      • Hello, I’m so glad! And congratulations!! For the baby lotion, I use the same recipe here, and I add a 0.25% dilution of “Calming the Child” essential oil blend from Plant Therapy. I don’t have the perineal spray recipe up quite yet, but it is on my list to put up very soon! I’m expecting baby #3 in two months, so I have to get some made for myself very soon also 🙂

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