Originally Posted by jackie75
Does anyone here know how to make their own lotion? I can't find a simple lotion, so I decided to try to make my own. I plan on getting some vegetable glycerine & other things from mountainroseherbs.com
. Any help would be greatly
Yes, it is pretty easy to make your own lotion. It is basically an oil/water emulsion, like making mayonnaise, if you have ever made that.
A basic formula for cream comes from the book "Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair" by Dina Falconi: 6 oz. liquid oil, 3 oz solid oil, 1 oz beeswax and 9 oz distilled water. Heat the oils plus beeswax in a pan on the stove until melted. Have the water in a blender with the center of the lid removed (if possible). Once the oil is melted, take off the stove and let cool slightly-if you start to see anything congeal, go to the next step immediately. Turn on the blender and slowly-in a stream-pour the oil into the water while it is blending. You will see the liquids turn into cream! Store the lotion in the refrig. and take out small amounts as you need every few days. For clean up, wipe utensils w/ a rag then wash in hot soapy water.
If you want the lotion to be thinner, use less beeswax. Also, you can try using a little grapefruit seed extract in the water mixture or add Vit E oil (from capsules) near the end of blending to act as preservatives... but I still find if you leave all the lotion out at room temp it will start to go bad before you can use it all up. Some liquid may separate out of the lotion as it is stored.
You can find almond oil in the food section of a grocery store, as well as other oils like apricot kernel oil. For solids I like shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. You can use aloe vera gel for part of the water potion. Every time I make mine I vary the recipe slightly and I have yet to find a favorite combination of things!