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Homemade Lotion Recipes
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Homemade Lotion Recipes
I have spent hours in the kitchen creating my own homemade lotion recipes, experimenting; trying different ways to get that perfect touch and feel, with just the right amount of moisturizing.
What makes a good natural skin care lotion?
Well the first step in having a good lotion is to buy good quality products.
You'll need some type of butter - and no I do not mean the kind that comes from cows.
When I say butter I mean almond butter, cocoa butter, mango butter or shea butter
You'll also need a carrier oil
, the most popular oil to use is
WHEN MAKING BODY BUTTERS
- you don't need a wax, though I like to use just a little beeswax to cut down on greasiness.
WHEN MAKING LOTIONS
- with homemade lotion recipes it's necessary to use emulsifying wax so that the oil and water bond together.
Basic Lotion Recipe
1 cup of water
1oz of a carrier oil (sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, olive oil etc.)
1/2oz of cocoa butter OR
shea butter OR mango butter OR almond butter
1/2oz emulsifying wax
5 drops of Grapefruit seed extract ( a natural preservative)
Lotion bottle or container to keep the finished product in.
Heat the oils, butters and wax together.
Add the water and Grapefruit Seed Extract.
You can create variations of the recipe by adding a few drops of your favorite
essential oils or adding a little bit of emu oil for even more benefits.
You can even add 1/2 tsp of honey to the lotion for extra moisture.
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF HONEY
A few simple reasons why you might want to
It helps heal very dry skin.
It evens out skin tone and can help reduce dark spots on skin almost like a natural skin bleaching agent.
It reduces wrinkles naturally
It smells delicious!
TRY THIS WONDERFUL HONEY FACE MASK RECIPE
LOTION BAR RECIPES
If you've ever wanted a nice lotion bar that moisturizes the skin, melts like butter. It can be used in the shower or on its own.
Basic Lotion Bar
3oz of a
shea butter / cocoa butter
A suitable mold to pour the warm liquid in to allow to set.
Gently melt the ingredients together.
Pour the liquid into the mold before it sets.
CHECK OUT MORE LOTION BAR RECIPES HERE!
What To Buy
When choosing your ingredients for homemade lotion recipes you will be considering a number of factors and how important they are to you.
Often the cost of an ingredient is weighed up against whether it is organic or not. Personally I will try to buy the best I can for my budget, avoiding anything that doesn't fit my natural criteria altogether.
The size of the container is a factor for shelf life.
If you are trialling a recipe then it may be better to buy less the first time around.
Buying in bulk can save you money and cut down on packaging but you need space to store the ingredients. Plus if you are not going to use it all soon it will loose its freshness and some of its benefits for the skin.
Below are some ingredients that I am happy to buy when making these recipes.
Ready To Go (still all natural skin care products)
If you love the idea of the natural lotions but really don't think you will ever get around to making them... here are some ready made (still natural) alternatives.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LIP GLOSS!
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Check out the list of Carrier Oils