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With warmer weather coming, I like to trade in my heavier body butter for more of a lightweight, non-greasy homemade lotion. Because, let’s face it, when you’re spending more time outside, you need a lighter lotion that moisturizes without leaving you feeling greasy.
For those with sensitive skin (like myself) using heavier lotions and body butters in hot weather can cause clogged pores and breakouts.
You will find that most body butter and lotion bar recipes call for shea butter or cocoa butter. I find that these butters are too heavy to use when creating a lightweight lotion or lotion bar.
Fractionated Coconut Oil:
- Is easily absorbed into the skin
- Is a light, penetrating oil
- Has a long shelf life
- Is non-greasy
- Is similar to our natural oils and won’t clog pores
- Is a great moisturizer
- Is non-greasy
If you don’t have fractionated coconut oil, feel free to use virgin or refined coconut oil.
Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil can be substituted for the Jojoba oil.
Non-greasy Homemade Lotion can be achieved several different ways. I am going to share 2 of those ways:
- Homemade Lotion Recipe – Uses emulsification to create a creamy, lightweight lotion.
- Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe – Super easy process that creates lightweight lotion bars that can be applied by rubbing on your skin.
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Non-Greasy Homemade Lotion Recipe
1/2 cup Distilled Water
1/2 cup pure Aloe Vera Gel
1/2 cup Grated Beeswax or Beeswax Pastilles
1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil (can sub virgin coconut oil or refined coconut oil)
1/4 cup Jojoba (Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil)
1 tsp Vitamin E oil or Rosemary Extract
16 drops Essential oils (your choice)
- Combine water and aloe vera gel in a separate bowl or measuring cup.
- Place beeswax and oil in a double boiler and heat water on medium until beeswax is melted.
- Bring water mixture to around the same temperature as beeswax mixture. (Either in a double boiler or in the microwave)
- Add beeswax and oil to a blender and let cool for a few minutes (not too long or it will start to harden)
- Turn on blender and VERY slowly pour water/aloe mixture into blender. (A good food processor or Vitamix will help with this process)
- Continue slowly pouring as mixture starts to emulsify. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of blender.
- Continue blending and pouring for up to 15 minutes or until you are happy with the consistency of your lotion.
- Add vitamin E oil or Rosemary extract and essential oils and mix well.
- Place finished lotion in containers and use within 3 months.
If you are short on time or a little intimidated by the creamy lotion recipe, then a homemade lotion bar is a quick and easy alternative. Start to finish, it takes let than 15 minutes and it’s really fun to choose different shapes for your lotion bars.
How to Make a Lotion Bar:
1/3 cup Grated Beeswax or Beeswax Pastilles
1/3 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil (can sub virgin coconut oil or refined coconut oil)
1/3 cup Jojoba (Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil)
8-10 drops Essential oils (your choice)
- Combine beeswax and oil in a double boiler (or glass or bowl in a pan of 1-2 inches of water)
- Heat water on medium heat until beeswax is melted, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.
- Pour into molds immediately as essential oils tend to want to separate.
- Let cool and enjoy!
Essential Oils for your Lotion Recipes:
Both of these lotion recipes can be left unscented or you can have some fun adding essential oils and fun scents to your lotion or bars.
If you are looking for some fun essential oil combinations, you can check out this post that includes 15 Essential Oil Perfume Recipes. You will need to adjust the amounts of essential oils since you are creating a lotion, not a perfume, but it’s a great place to get some ideas!
For my lotion I used Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Vanilla for a creamy orange vanilla scent. Smells Yummy!
I’m not going to lie. Making your own lotion can be quite messy and clean up can be tricky. Believe me, I learned from experience. 🙂
So here are a few tips:
- Wipe out bowls & measuring cups immediately with paper towels before beeswax and oils cool.
- Then wash with REALLY hot soapy water.