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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Homemade Lotion Recipe

Yes, Winter is coming to an end, but who doesn't need a great lotion year round.  Here in Colorado the air is very dry and lotion is a must on a daily basis.  Sherrie, fellow One Small Changer, has been so kind as to share her homemade lotion recipe with us.

Winter Skin Lotion

4 tbsp beeswax pastilles*
8 oz olive oil (or other oil, depending on your skin type - grapeseed oil is a lighter option; sweet almond also works well)
4 tsp coconut oil
8 tbsp water
essential oils, if desired

Melt beeswax in a double boiler. A glass measuring cup in an enamel or stainless steel pot works perfectly. Add coconut oil when the beeswax is almost entirely melted. Warm olive oil briefly in microwave or on stove top, just so it's slightly warm and not cold (cold oil will cause the beeswax to re-harden). Add the olive oil to beeswax and coconut oil, and whisk until everything's liquefied.

Remove from heat. Use a stick blender and blend the oils while slowly drizzling in the water. Continue blending for another minute or so. The lotion will be quite hot and runny at this point, but will thicken as it cools. Blend it a bit every now and then as it's cooling. After it's cooled, you can add essential oils, if you like. Scoop into jars or bottles.** This is a perfect lotion for babies and kids with sensitive skin.

Makes approximately 2 cups. Recipe can be doubled, halved, tripled, etc.

*This amount of beeswax pastilles makes a thick, butter-consistency lotion; the same volume of grated beeswax would make the finished lotion a little bit thinner.  You can control the thickness by adjusting the amount, and should also be able to substitute candelilla wax, if you're looking to make a vegan lotion.

**I prefer a wide mouth jar for the original recipe, since it's a firm lotion and doesn't work well in pump jars.

***Because there are no preservatives in this recipe, I wouldn't recommend storing it for long periods.


Please visit Sherrie at her blog Twenty-Two Pleasant


  1. I mentioned in the comments yesterday that homemade lotion was my change for March - and this was the recipe I used! I didn't see the request for my recipe until today, so I'm very glad you found it. So far, I've been quite happy with my lotion, though next time I'll use olive oil instead of the grapeseed I tried for this batch, since my skin tends to be quite dry.

  2. Very nice, thank you. Great blog.

  3. I just made this with my daughter even though it is summer. We need to test it for this fall an winter as her skin gets very dry. We used lavender oil in it, it smells wonderful!

  4. Thank you for sharing this! This is my first time to make my own lotion and this is a great recipe. It is still a little too greasy for my taste, but I'm thinking it may be something I can get used to. I used olive oil instead of the grapeseed oil. I love the texture of it.

  5. Hello! We tried this recipe and absolutely love it!! However, we had a problem with the essential oils. The oil absorbed into the lotion, but the fragrance separated out! What did we do wrong???

  6. would it be possible to substitute Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter for the beeswax in this recipe?

    1. Here's a recipe using cocoa butter: http://www.holisticsquid.com/whipped-body-butter-homemade-lotion/

  7. this is lovely i am going to try this this week coming. i love the recipe.

  8. So I made this tonight and I let it set for a few hours now all the water is separating from the oil. I don't know why this is happening???

  9. if I substituted Ewax for the Beeswax would it be the same amount?