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How to Make Body Lotion

  • Very easy to make

  • Soothing, regenerating, and healing for the skin

  • Less expensive than store bought lotions.


How do you make body lotion?

With pure, healing ingredients and ten minutes of your time. which includes clean up.

With home made body lotion you can use the best ingredients. You can use organic ingredients. Add in your favorite essential oils for fragrance or medicinal effect, or make it plain and mix in your hand whatever essential oil you want in the moment .

Your own homemede body lotion will give you a very high quality product for less than you'd pay for inferior products

Makes a great gift.

So here is how to make the body lotion:

Time to make:              3 minutes
Time to clean up:         7 minutes

Body lotion Ingredients:

NOTE: I usually double or triple the recipe, since it is almost no additional work to do so and you get so much more.  At holiday time and I am giving it as gifts, I make a couple of quadruple batches and gave it in 12 ounce mason jars.

4 oz oil
Many different oils are possible. Olive, grapeseed, sesame. You must make sure to use organic oil, or else you will absorb the pesticides in the oil through your skin. (This applies to store bought lotions as well).

2 oz lanolin

One of the ingredients in some lip balms, lanolin has a deep moisturizing effect on skin and hair.It seals the skin to prevent moisture from escaping and even absorbs moisture from the air. It helps rejuvinate dry skin and relieves the pain of skin cracking.

2 oz aloe vera gel
Use this in place of water. Although aloe is 99 percent water, aloe gel also contains substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation, while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair. These substances may also stimulate the immune system.

Essential Oil
You can add any that you want, but be certain first that it will not irritate the skin. For example, lemon grass oil will irritate, but lemon oil is fine.  You may want to add a particular oil for its medicinal value. You will absorb it right through your skin.

Popular oils are vanilla, lavender, rose, and lemon.

Optional ingredients:
Bees' wax
is used to harden the lotion for hands and face. Not needed for body lotion. But you need to warm and soften it before blending it in - a bit more complicated. 

Distilled water
A few teaspoons makes it thinner and more lotion-y, but so does adding more aloe vera. Use aloe instead. 


Where to get the ingredients:
Organic oils and aloe vera gel can be found in any health food store or Whole Foods, but lanolin might be harder to find.

Lanolin:
Consider buying lanolin online from Jeans Greens. The quality of their product is extremely high, and the prices are very reasonable.

Apparently no such thing as organic lanolin yet exists, despite claims on amazon.com and others.

Blending:
Use a blender.
Mix the oil and lanolin, then slowly add the aloe as you blend. 

Don't go wild with the blending. Just bring it to a nice even texture, fully blended. I've noticed you can blend it to the point that it gets watery.

Essential oils can be added anytime, and you can be liberal with them, since they loose their scent over time.


Storing:
Pour into a glass food jar with a tight fitting lid, a mason jar, or similiar. Color of the jar is not important.

Make sure to scrape down the sides of the blender to get the lotion that sticks there.

Clean up:
Lanolin is sticky.  I know of nothing to clean out the blender better than plain old soap and water.

If you are interested, click for a video on how to make body lotion that uses beeswax and is a bit more complex to make.
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