Over the last year, I have been on a big natural bath and beauty kick. I haven't shared much about it because I am the kind gal who likes to try stuff out and do some research before I start running my mouth about things. I realize this may seem funny to some of you because, I run my mouth a lot. But, I do promise there is a method to my madness. Anyway, my internet searching and book reading has finally got me a couple of good recipes that I would like to share.
Now it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why someone would want to make their own health and beauty products. The biggest reason is ingredients. For the last few years I have been working to cut back preservatives in our diet. It is only natural to start applying the same scrutiny to our bath and body products. I love having control over what I am putting on my body. I actually started looking into making soaps and such because Jason gets crazy dry skin in the winter. Nothing was working for him. In attempt to
Now on to the lotion . . .
Disclaimer #1: I made these before the baby came. I just didn't want anyone to think that I am spending my first week with a toddler and a new born making lotion. This last week I considered the day a success if I got dressed and washed a load of laundry.
Disclaimer #2: These were gifts. I don't decorate the jar I use at home, I am far too lazy.
I found this recipe on A Sonoma Garden, which is great blog with some lovely natural living information on it. I only made one small change. I added a little tea tree oil for it's anti-fungal properties (more on that below). This recipe is a great jumping off place for whipping up your own creations. You could easily add different scents and/or oils to create all kinds of unique and awesome lotion. I just happen to really love the lavender and tee tree oil scent. I am getting ready to make up a 1/2 batch with no sent for Alex, he has some crazy dry skin. But for now, the basic recipe adapted from A Sonoma Garden:
How to Make Homemade Hand Lotion
1 1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup emulsifying wax* (NOT beeswax)
1/4 cup olive oil
24-36 drops lavender essential oil
1/8 teaspoon of tea tree oil (vitamin E oil could also be used)
*I had to order this online, I couldn't find it anywhere locally. It has to be emulsifying wax for the lotion to . . . well . . emulsify : ).
In a glass bowl (I used my trusty pyrex measuring glass) combine the olive oil and emulsifying wax and microwave for 1 minute until it is all melted. The temperature on this reads about 155 degrees.
Heat 1 1/4 cup of water in the microwave for 1 minute or until about 120 degrees. While that is heating up, add the essential oil and tea tree oil into melted wax/olive oil mixture and whisk together.
Pour the hot water into the wax/olive oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. Then pour the hot lotion into wide mouth pint size jars and let cool overnight. I like to put the lid on it while they cool to keep it free of germs. I always have to stir mine once it is cool, the top tends to be thicker than the bottom. A few good stirs (I use a chop stick) and the lotion is good to go (it won't have to be stirred again).
Disclaimer #3: This is lotion doesn't contain preservatives. That means, if not used in a timely fashion, it will get moldy. If you use sterile jars, very clean measuring cups and utensils it should last around 3-4 months. I use mine pretty quick, so I haven't had it spoil. It is important to put it in a clear container, that way you will know if it is going bad. I've read that storing it in a place that get light will help it last as well. While tea tree oil isn't a preservative, it has anti-fungal qualities which I why I added it. I keep mine on my night stand and try to remember to use it each night before bed. I find it a very relaxing scent.
Happy lotion making!
PS. If you make this recipe or have any other homemade bath product recipes I would love to hear from you!