I came across a homemade lotion recipe today and amazingly enough had all of the ingredients to try it out! It is really easy to make and the finished product (without essential oils added) has the most wonderfully natural smell of honey and cocoa butter. I also yielded a good half cup, but if you want more be sure to double it.
I couldn’t measure everything in ounces, but the below ingredients were approximately what I used:
- 2 Tbsp beeswax (sliced as thin as I could- about 1/4″)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp cocoa butter
- 2 Tbsp tap water
- 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
- 3 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
Looking back at the original recipe, I probably should have decreased the amount of beeswax and cocoa butter (adding a little more coconut oil), but I’m really happy with the creamy consistency (like a very soft body butter) so it just depends on how creamy you want it to be.
I added all ingredients but the water to a small stainless steel pan. Stirring constantly on the very lowest heat setting, I waited for everything to melt (the beeswax definitely takes the longest, but no more than 5-10 minutes). Once all of the oils were blended, I grabbed a whisk and vigorously stirred in the water.
Once the water was well blended, I removed the mixture from heat and continued stirring with a spoon as it cooled. To move the cooling process along, I poured it into a glass bowl. Once mostly cooled, I stirred in the 3 drops of GSE as a preservative. I have had great luck with preserving both my homemade flax hair gel and homemade honey lip balm with it so I’m thinking it will work just fine for this lotion, too.
At this time, I also could have added some essential oils to enhance the smell, but the honey smell was just too darn good for me to cover it up in this manner. Again, it just depends on what you like! Overall, I’m really happy with this moisturizing lotion and hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.