Do It Yourself Lotion
A lotion is an emulsion of oil and water. An emulsifier is needed to cause the two to mix. There are several things that can be used as emulsifiers.

  • Beeswax
  • Lecithin
  • Corn Starch (Corn Flour)
  • Borax
  • Egg yolk

To make the lotion, combine the emulsifier with the oils. (Warm if necessary). Then very slowly add the water stirring vigerously constantly. Add any essential oils or fragrance oils that you desire.

Things that may be used in Lotions are:
  • Essential Oils
  • Fragrance Oils
  • Flower Waters
  • Infused Oils
  • Glycerin
  • Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Honey
  • Lanolin
  • Herbs
  • Vitamins
  • Alcohol
Linda Coffin

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Ginnie's Method:
When making lotions I measure my oil phase ingredients into a pyrex measure cup and place that inside a larger pyrex container to which I have added just enough water so that when I place the smaller container inside, the water level rises to encircle the oil phase amount level. Heat on the lowest flame possible just till the oil phase ingredients are melted thoroughly. If you add too much water to surround the smaller oil phase container and/or too high of heat you risk water spattering into the oils.
I really should get a double boiler ;-)

While the oil phase is melting, I also have the water phase on a very low flame. In Susan Miller Cavitch's Soapmaker's Companion, she says to heat both to 165 deg. F., monitering temps to avoid overheating.

When both phases are at the correct temp, I pour the oils into my Kitchen Aid turn it on the lowest possible setting to avoid spattering and slowly drizzle/pour in the water phase as to give it time to blend in properly. After all the water is added and the mixture begins to thicken, shut off the mixer, spatula down the sides of the bowl from time to time and increasing the speed as it thickens. Once the mixture is uniform in texture and has started cooling you can add your EO's and continue to beat on fast setting 3-4 to insure a perfect creamy blend.

I have seen recipes that add all ingredients (except the scent and preservative) and melt together in the microwave but have not tried them. I read that the microwave destroys any healing properties the oils (herb infused oils etc, may have. I have also tried my Stick Blender for mixing the water and oil phase and it works fine...I just kind of like using the Kitchen Aid I guess. Besides, both Stick Blenders I have are already Soap dedicated...and I will have to get another one just for lotions ;-)
Ginnie 6/20/98

Lotion Recipes

Coconut Ice Lotion

5g (1%) citric acid
25g (5%) glycerin
15g (3%) stearic acid (maybe a bit more, say 4% would also be nice)
20g (4%) e.wax
70g (14%) Olive Oil (or your choice) (kept this at low % because of the fat in the milk)
125g Tinned Coconut Milk and 125g (together, 70%) Distilled Water
5g (1%) Benzoic Acid (or other preservative)
1 Vit.E capsule
1tsp (level) cornstarch
3ml coconut fo
3 drops spearmint eo

Yield: 5 x 100g jars

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Francelle's Rich lotion
1/4 cup mango butter
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 squirts emu oil
2 squirts calendula oil
2 capsules vit E oil
1/4 cup emulsifying wax
1/2 cup distilled water
eo's of your choice

Melt all oils and butters. then add wax (cool) then add eo's
Fran Vallette 3/29/99

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Crystal's Lotion
1 cup Aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon lanolin
1 teaspoon pure Vit E oil
1/3 cup oil (any plant oil will do)
3/4 oz. bees wax or less but at least 1/2 oz
You can add scent but I perfer it without.

Blend aloe, lanolin and vit E together, set aside. In water bath melt wax, and oil. Add oil in slow stream to aloe mix while blending on medium or slow (depending on mixer). Once all oil is add blend for about two more seconds. You should end up with a cream that looks exactly like pistachio pudding!
Crystal 12/18/98

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Freida's Base Lotion
8.5 oz coconut oil
2.5 oz emulsifying wax
1 oz beeswax
1 oz tocopherol
3 oz glycerine
3 oz GSE
10 oz almond oil
1 oz sesame oil
.25 oz borax
20 oz water
Freida 11/24/98

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Joyce's Hand Lotion
12.5 grams Lanolin
12.5 grams Sodium Laurel Sulfate
160 ml Glycerin
100 grams Cetyl Alcohol
4-6 cups water (4 cups thick, 6 cups thinner)I use distilled water
Optional: a small bottle of Vit E oil

 1 Mix the ingredients 1 to 4 together with the water.
 2 Microwave, stirring occasionally, until the lanolin is dissolved
 3 Beat with electric mixer for approx 1 min
 4 Add your scent of choice, and Vit E (if used) and mix in well
 5 Pour into containers.
Joyce 11/17/98

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Mermaid Lotion
1 tablespoon of powdered Irish Moss
1 cup of distilled water
1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil (the recipe calls for sweet almond oil, so use what you like :)
Will make 4 ozs.

Mix together the Irish Moss and water and let sit for 20 min.

Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and boil for 20 min. Strain off the solids; You will gave a clear jelly.

Measure 1/4 cup of your seaweed jelly and mix with the aloe vera gel. Let the mixture cool completely.

* Pour the seaweed mixture into the blender and blend on low speed; slowly add the oil in a thin stream until all is blended.

Pour into container.

* I also add some tea tree oil. I have been using this as a face lotion for a awhile and my skin loves me for it!
From Janice Cox, Natural Beauty at Home
Billy 11/11/98

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Connie's Lotion
2oz. Cocoa butter for the solid fat
5oz. Olive Oil(Cold Pressed Extra Virgin) that I had infused the herbs Comfrey, Calendula, and Camomile.
(If I had a problem with itchiness, rashes, exema etc. I would have added chickweed, plantain, cranesbill.)
2 oz Peppermint Tea (because I wanted the finished cream to smell like a peppermint patty)
1 tsp. beeswax
3-5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. aloe vera gel
1 TBSP. liquid lecithin

This recipe will get moldy if not kept in the fridge. You might try making it with distilled water, or note to keep it in the fridge and use quickly. I'm sure that it is the peppermint tea that caused the problem.
Connie Henrie

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Cleanser/Facial Wash Lotion
Half a cup emulsifying wax (125ml)
3 tablespons beeswax (45 ml)
melt waxes over boiling water

1.5 litres decoction:
steep in boiling water for about half an hour:
4 tablespoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
2 tablespoons dried mallow stems
You could omit the lavender and mallow and step up the rosemary a little if you wanted to, but they all have their special properties.
Add to decoction and stir:
100 ml glycerin(e)
2 teaspoons fruit acids (this can be citric acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid if you can't get mixed fruit acids) some natural preservative (I now use dehydroacetic acid, but have used benzoin tincture, about 1 teaspoon and half a teaspoon of myrrh) strain (better yet, filter, this decoction) before adding the waxes.

Add waxes with both the waxes and the aqueous mixture at about 70-80 deg. C stir vigourously till well emulsified. An electric hand-held food processor works well for this phase. Continue stirring slowly till it reaches room temperature, to allow for full emulsification and to remove bubbles from electric agitation.

When it has reached room temperature (not before), add 20-25 drops Rosemary essential oil and 10 drops lavender essential oil. Continue stirring till completely cooled down.

For fair hair you could substitute chamomile flowers for rosemary and chamomile essential oil for rosemary essential oil, although chamomile essential oil is more expensive. You could use half chamomile essential oil and half lavender essential oil.
(Dr)Moyra Evans

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Body Lotion
Found a great body lotion recipe in Winter 97 issue of Handcraft Illustrated magazine. Article is by Amy Jenner. Absorbs well and leaves no residure on skin. yield: 2 cups
1 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon lanolin
1 teaspoon pure Vit E oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 to 3/4 ounce beeswax
3/4 cup almond oil
up to 1and 1/2 teaspoons essential oil or more to prolong scent ( I used a combination of lavender EO and rose geranium EO - scent is lovely and is great for skin)
Place aloe vera gel, lanolin, & vit E oil in blender or food processor. Place coconut oil & beeswax in 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup, microwave on high 30 seconds, and stir with chopstick. Repeat heating in 10-second blocks until fully melted. Stir in almond oil, reheating if necessary. Run blender or processor at low to medium speed, then pour in melted oils in thin stream as if making mayonnaise. As oil is blended in, cream will turn white and blender's motor will start to grind. As soon as melted oils are added and you've achieved mayonnaise-like consistency, stop motor, add essential oil(s) and pulse-blend. Do not overblend. Transfer cream to glass jars while still warm, as it thickens quickly.
Iris Emily

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Cucumber Lotion
Peel 1 or 2 large Cucumbers, cut them into slices, and place them in a double boiler, which should be closely covered. Cook them slowly until they are soft. Then put the pieces into a fine linen bag and squeeze them until all the juice has been extracted. Add to the extracted juice one-fourth of rectified spirits of wine (or whisky) and one-third of Elder-flower water. Shake the mixture well and pour into small bottles ready for use.

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Cucumber Sunburn Lotion
Chop up a Cucumber and squeeze out the juice with a lemon-squeezer. Mix this with a quantity of glycerine and rose-water mixed together in equal parts.

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Dry Skin Lotion
Re-formulated original recipe by Melody Upham with changes made by Betty Depuydt
1/8 tsp Borax
1/4 c. Distilled water
1/2 c. Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 Tbs grated beeswax
1 tsp scent (You may want to add this slowly and adjust to suit you)
1/8 tsp lecithin
1/2 c. Aloe Vera Gel Combine water and borax. Bring borax and water almost to boiling.
In a seperate pan mix oil and beeswax and heat until wax is melted.
Slowly add borax/water to oil/beeswax, stirring briskly, a small wire whisk works perfectly or you can use a handblender. Add essential oils during the whisking process. Let cool to room temp.
Once lotion is at room temp add the 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel and whisk to incorporate fully into the lotion. Bottle.

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Magic Lotion
In small pan over water melt
3 tabs. safflower oil
1 tabs. lanolin
1 tabs cocoa butter
1/3 cup light mineral oil
1tsp. almond extract or add eos of you like

Let cool

In a pint jar place
2 tabs. water
1 tabs glycerine
1/4 cup plus 2 tabs. 70% ethanol alcohol
1 drop food or other color

When the oils are cool add to the pint jar and shake. Divide into (2) 6 oz jars.

In about half an hour the lotion will separate into 3 different layers. Each one a different color. Shake and it becomes an emulsion, let stand and it separates again. This is really pretty and feels so good.
Contributed by Sandra Good

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Mint Body Lotion
1/2 cup mint water (see note below)
1/8 tsp. borax powder
1/2 c. sunflower oil
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. grated beeswax
3-4 drops peppermint oil (optional)

Mix together the mint water and the borax, stirring until well mixed. Set aside.

Mix together the sunflower oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a glass measuring cup. Place the cup with the oils--beeswax mixture in a pan of water (about 1 to 2 inches of water), making a water bath. Heat over medium heat until the beeswax is melted (8 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

When the wax is melted, bring the mint solution almost to boiling (put the glass cup with the mint water/borax in the microwave on High for 1 minute, or use a water bath on the stove top).

Remove the oils-beeswax mixture from the water bath. Slowly add mint water/borax to the mixture in the blender and whip).

Allow the lotion to cool completely. The consistentency may seem a bit thin, but it will thicken as it cools. The lotion will be pale green in color. You may add the peppermint oil now if you wish.

Pour the lotion into a clean container with a lid. To use, massage a small amount into your skin.

Note: Mint water is made by boiling fresh or dried mint leaves in water and then letting the mixture cool. Strain off the mint leaves. I use 1 cup fresh mint (1/4 cup dried mint leaves) to 1 cup water.

This lotion is very refreshing after a shower. (this recipe was taken out of "Natural Beauty at Home, by Janice Cox."
Suzette Noti

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Mint Body Lotion Variation
I made this lotion with 1/2 lavender water and 1/2 calendula water instead of the mint water, then used lavender eo and rose attar instead of the mint eo, substituted grapeseed oil for sunflower, almond oil for the coconut oil - it came out great! Not greasy at all.
Jennifer Wilson

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Protective Lotion
2 tsp. castor oil
1 tsp. lanolin
1 1/2 tsp. cocoa butter
800 IU Vitamin E
5 drops lavender EO
3 drops tea tree EO

Melt the castor oil, lanolin, and cocoa butter over boiling water.
When melted, remove from heat. Whisk the Vit. E into the mixture. When cool add the EOs, mixing well. Store in a bottle or jar.

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Dalene's Body Lotion
1/8 tsp. borax powder
1/2 c. almond oil
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. grated beeswax
2 tbsp honey.
3-4 drops essential orange oil
Make as for Mint Body Lotion
Dalene Hokanson

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Mint Hand and Body Lotion
2 TB + 2 tsp. stearic acid
1 cup safflower oil
1/2 cup coconut oil

Melt stearic acid over medium low heat and add remaining oil. Stir occasionally, until clear and well mixed. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to thicken and goes cloudy.

Stir in:

1/4 tsp. Lorann Peppermint Oil
3,000 I.U. Vitamin E Oil (I used three 1,000 I.U. capsules)

Meanwhile, heat in microwave, to almost boiling:

2/3 cup distilled water

Dissolve in water:

1/2 tsp. borax powder

Stir into water mixture:

2/3 cup aloe vera gel (I used the green tinted kind to give the lotion a pale green color)

Heat mixture in microwave so that it is hot to the touch (not burning!). Gradually mix in oil mixture with a stick blender. Continue

Blending until it looks creamy and thoroughly mixed. As it cools, blend occasionally for a minute or two (I don't know if this is strictly necessary, but I didn't want to chance having it separate!). When it is warm to the touch, blend in an additional:

2/3 cup distilled water

Continue occasionally beating it until it is room temperature. Thats all there is to it!
Susan Hancoc 11/11/98

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Melody's Light Moisturizer Lotion
1/4 c. Safflower oil (Jojoba, almond, etc. can be substituted)
1/4 c. Stearic Acid
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 c.. Glycerin
1 heaping tsp Lecithin
1/2 c. Distilled Water
1 Tbs. scent

1. Combine oil and stearic acid and heat just until stearic is melted. Do not overheat or the lotion will curdle.
2. Combine baking soda, glycerin, lecithin and water and heat but do not boil.
3. Slowly add water solution to the oil solution while stirring with a small wire whisk. This will foam up so make sure your container is large enough.
4. Use a handblender (or blender) and blend for several minutes. If the lotion separates and curdles, it is too hot. Stick the container in another container full of ice water and let it cool down. Beat again.
5. Add scent and bottle.
Note: Oils and water solution should be hot, but you should still be able to stick your finger in it without getting burned.
copyright 1997 Rainbow Meadow Soap

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Skin Healer Moisturizer Lotion
1 tsp. sodium alginate
1 cup water
Make the base first by heating these together in a covered, non-metal pan until completely dissolved. Use low heat-it will take over an hour. Use a wooden spoon handle to stir. Set aside.

Then make the following mixture:
1/4 tsp. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) (You may crush tablets)
1/4 tsp. lysine (crush tablets)
2 tbs. pure vegetable glycerin
2 vitamin E capsules (400 units or more, each)
1 tsp. apricot kernel oil (olive oil will do)
1 tbs. lemon juice from a lemon or 1/4 tsp citric acid (this is optional)
1 cup water

Heat the water to steaming in a non-metal pan. Add vitamin C and lysine first and then everything else. Pour into a pint jar and shake to mix. Then add the sodium alginate base to the desired thickness (about equal amounts) and shake. Pour some into a small bottle to use as lip soother. Pour some into a larger bottle to dispense on skin. Store remainder in refrigerator. Sodium alginate is available in capsule form at some health food stores.)
Elaya Tsosie

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Winter Moisturizer
2 T. apricot kernal Oil ( I used almond oil)
1/4 c. walnut oil ( I used grapeseed oil)
1/4 c. stearic acid powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 T. aloa vera gel (I used the clear gel from wally world)
1 cup water ( I used commercial rose water)

Combine the oils and stearic acid powder and heat over low heat until stearic acid powder is melted.

Combine baking soda, aloe vera gel and water in microwave safe container. Microwave until just boiling (1 to 2 min)

Slowly add 1/3 of the water solution to the oil mixture and stir. Then using a blender (either stick or regular) slowly add the rest of the water to the oil mixture and blend on high. The mixture will be a white fluffy cream. Spoon into a clean container and allow to cool completely. Massage a small amount of the cream on your face and neck. Store in a cool dry place. Yield - 12 oz.

The changes I made in the recipe are in parenthesis.
From Natural Beauty for All Seasons by Janice Cox
Contributed by Jane

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Creamy Sun-Tan Lotion
3/4 cup (180 ml.) water
3 tea bags (do not use instant tea)
1/4 cup (60 ml.) lanolin
1/4 cup (60 ml.) sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml.) perfume (optional)

Heat the water to boiling, add tea bags. Leave them to brew for 20 minutes and squeeze them occasionally before removing. Put lanolin, sesame oil and 1/4 cup strong tea into blender. Cover and process at low speed. Remove cap immediately and pour in the remaining tea in a steady stream. Use a rubber spatula to keep ingredients arend the processing blades. Add perfume and give fragrance to the sun-tan lotion.

This recipe makes about 1 cup of a soft, tan-colored cream which spreads smoothly on the skin, and gives a sensation of moistness. It dries without feeling sticky. This cream actually repels water and will stay on though swimming. Creamy Sun-Tan Lotion will screen out about half of the burning sun rays while allowing a large percentage of the tanning rays to get through. However, if you burn after 5 minutes of exposure, do not rely on this cream to protect you.

This recipe from "Beauty Recipes from Natural Foods" by Anne Marsh. ISBN 0-8069-5278-4, copyright 1974.
Christina Long

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Rosewater & Glycerin Lotion
2 tablespoons glycerine
2 tablespoons corn flower (cornstarch)
1/2 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons rosewater
Mix together all ingredients in an ovenproof glass bowl or pitcher. Heat until just boiling and thick, 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave on High (stirring every 30 seconds), or on the stove top in a water bath. The lotion will be clear and jellylike; stir thoroughly and cool completely. When the lotion is cool, pour into a clean, airtight container.

Note: If your lotion becomes too thick, you can thin it by adding water, one tablespoon at a time and stirring thoroughly.
from Natural Beauty at Home by Janice Cox.

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Edible Lotions
Use your standard lotion recipe, only make sure everything that goes into it can be consumed, like, peppermint EO instead of the highly toxic, but wonderfully relaxing wintergreen EO. I particularly like a simple blend of sweet almond, beeswax and cocoa butter. Use a couple capsules of lecithin to emulcify and have fun!!
Bea Hall

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Stypic Lotion

To stop bleeding from small nicks and cuts, such as after shaving.

1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp alum powder
1/8 tsp glycerine

Jude's Herbal Home Remedies by Jude C Williams, MH

Erin Williams 11/9/02

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