There are all sorts of nasty chemicals and toxins in body lotions, so I decided to try to make my own. The recipe I used was from Organic Authority, and the lotion turned out to be thick and creamy. At first it seemed slightly oily, but it absorbed into my skin in the blink of an eye.
1 cup of green tea
3/4 cup of pure sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons of plain beeswax, shaved
35 drops of essential oil
Your lotion will last up to 6 months stored at room temperature or in the fridge. Just make sure you use pure beeswax otherwise it will contain petroleum by-products.
- Instead of green tea, you can use 1 cup of rose water.
- Instead of sweet almond oil, you can use coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, wheat germ, or avocado oil. Or, you can use various combinations of these oils together.
- Essential oils: I used lavender but you should choose a scent (or combination of scents) that fits your mood, heals an ailment, etc. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list.
I tried using coconut oil in place of the sweet almond oil and it REALLY changes the consistency. The lotion becomes more of a body butter because it starts to solidify like the coconut oil. When you rub the oil between your hands, it melts into an easily absorbed oil. Pros: No need for essential oils–the coconut smell is fantastic. Cons: When it heats up to an oil, it also drips. It’s kind of annoying.
Using grapeseed oil gives more of a lotion-like consistency, but it also has a weird smell. It’s subtle and no one else notices it, but it took a little getting used to. It was very moisturizing, however.
It’s not on the list but I subbed olive oil in for the almond oil and added a little coconut oil in too in an effort to make the consistency a little thicker. This would be a great winter mixture for me, but a little too heavy for the summer.
Safflower oil is not on the ingredients list but I was desperate and tried it anyway. I wish I hadn’t. It didn’t mix well at all and the results were gross.