How To Make Creamy Lotion

Store bought lotions are full of chemical additives and preservatives, but it is easy to make a simple creamy lotion at home. The following recipe is safe to store at room temperature and has a shelf life of 6 months. It is a heavier, creamy lotion best suited to after bath or nighttime moisturizing.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 oz beeswax
  • 1 oz lanolin
  • 3 oz jojoba or almond oil
  • 2/3 cup mineral oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp borax
  • optional essential oils or scents

*beeswax, lanolin, jojoba oil, and almond oil are measured by weight, not volume

Supplies

  • Stock pot or sauce pan
  • Kitchen scale
  • Container for measuring
  • Container for pouring
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups
  • Thermometer
  • Immersion blender
  • Labels for jars
Organize your supplies before you begin
Organize your supplies before you begin

Directions

Weigh your oils and wax

Melt to 150 degrees

Melt your beeswax in a pot of water
Melting beeswax
Heat oils to 150 degrees F
Heat oils to 150 degrees F

Boil water and pour into a measuring cup, add borax until dissolved

Boiling water and borax
Boiling water and borax

Pour borax mixture into melted oil/wax and stir with an immersion blender until thick

Mixing lotion with an immersion blender
Mixing lotion with an immersion blender

Remove from heat

Add optional essential oils or scents

Allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a container you can pour from

Pour lotion into jars, allow to cool before sealing with lid

triple recipe's worth of lotion
triple recipe’s worth of lotion

Label your jars with type of lotion, amount, and ingredients.

Finished product
Finished product

I get my oil supplies from Soaper’s Choice, my containers from Specialty Bottle, and borax is available in the laundry detergent aisle of any supermarket.