I love lotion. At least, I love making lotion. I don’t use it a whole lot, mostly because I forget.
I first tried making lotion, oh, a year and a half ago. And it didn’t quite work – the water and oils separated.
Then I thought about whipping it. I had heard someone talking about whipping it while it cooled. I thought, “Well, maybe that will keep the oils and water together.”
So right before our trip I whipped up a batch, using the same recipe that failed last time. And I whipped it while it cooled. At least, most of the time.
And it worked! It made a lovely lotion with a gorgeous consistency.
When we got back, I made another batch of lotion, but this time I altered the recipe slightly to use some herbs and and essential oil that I knew where good for eczema. The lotion came together as expected, and I think it does help with the itching, although my eczema patches seems to be growing (possibly), but this may have nothing to do with the cream.
On Monday I made this magnesium lotion for my mom (I’m using it too!). I was amazed how it thickened so quickly with the stick blender. I could see the color changing as I blended it. As a side note, I think I used 3 parts sweet almond/olive oil, and 1 part shea butter/coconut oil with a little cocoa butter mixed in.
Then yesterday I made Tangerine Chocolate Hand Lotion for a friend’s birthday. I was really happy with how it turned out – it smelled good enough to eat!
Here is the recipe, adapted from the one given to me by a friend.
Try making lotion. It’s not hard at all.
Tangerine Chocolate Lotion
1/4 c. water
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. sweet almond oil (or other liquid oil, see note)
1/8 c. cocoa butter (I used the wafers)
1/8 c. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. grated beeswax (pellets would probably work)
11-12 drops tangerine essential oil (or whatever scent you want)
(Note: You can use any liquid oil(s) that you want in place of the almond oil (1/4 c.) and any firm oils in place of the other firm oils (1/4 c. total). Just know that the color of the oils will affect the finished product’s color. I wanted a whiter lotion, so I picked clearer oils.)
Melt the oils and beeswax together in a pot. Meanwhile, combine the water and baking soda together in a pot. As soon as it boils, combine it with the oil mixture, whisking all the while. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool for a little while (I can’t remember – 15-20 minutes, maybe 1/2 hour?). Add the essential oils. Using a stick blender, blend for a few moments. Let rest awhile, and smell. How does it smell? Does it need more tangerine oil? Add and mix until it smells good. If it smells good initially, just beat it once more. Pour into a jar or other clean container.
Alternately, pour the warm oil/water mixture into the bowl of a standing mixer, and beat with that until desired consistency is reached, stopping to smell occasionally and add essential oils accordingly.
Making the eczema lotion – the herbs I used, chamomile and violet leaf
The essential oils I used (glad I took a picture, otherwise I wouldn’t have remembered!)