Easy Peasy Chemical-freesy Lotion: How to Make Homemade Lotion

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I was watching the documentary Hungry for Change (recommended by Stephy) and there was one little blurb in there about how many chemicals are in lotions.  Knowing this already, and on Day 2 of my juice fast I decided to check out the ingredients in my Aveeno Active Naturals, fragrance free lotion that I have used for years.  I didn’t see anything in there resembling “naturals” so I googled how to make my own.  It was surprisingly easy and I had made my own by dinner time.  Here goes…

Ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

3/4 C  Sweet Almond Oil (or oil of your choice)

2 T   Plain Beeswax (not w/ byproducts)

1 C  Water

Optional: 15 – 30 drops of an essential oil of your choice (I used 20 drops of sweet orange)

Glass jar for keeping the goods in

Directions:
NOTE:  You may want to keep a separate blender and spatula just for making lotion, it was noted that the beeswax can leave a film.  I have a glass blender and did not have that problem.

Oil & Beeswax

Oil & Beeswax

Place a Pyrex measuring cup filled with the Almond Oil and Beeswax into a pot of water (water should reach about half way up the cup) and heat until the beeswax just melts.  Remove from pot and let sit for 1 – 2 minutes.

Pour the water into the blender and begin blending it on high.  Slowly pour the beeswax-oil mixture into the water.  Add the drops of essential oils.  DO NOT be afraid to over mix!  Continue blending until all the liquid is emulsified (1-2 minutes).  Pour and scrape the lotion into a glass jar for storage. Let completely cool before tightening lid.

The lotion lasts up to 6 months.  You can keep it in the fridge to help it keep.  That’s it!!

Kristin

pouring

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Elle
    May 20, 2013 @ 07:52:25

    I love this alternative to chemical lotion. This lets you know EXACTLY what you are putting on and inside your body. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’d be afraid of trying to bite myself all day for smelling so good 😛 LOL!

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  3. Monica Platz
    May 20, 2013 @ 07:55:16

    I love this idea — I would love to give it a try and it looks easy enough! Thanks for the great idea!

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  4. Brittany C.
    May 20, 2013 @ 07:58:24

    It’s scary to know how many chemicals are in lotions—and I use lotion daily. Thanks for this tip!

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  5. Alisha Kostiuk
    May 20, 2013 @ 08:04:19

    Would love to give this a try, I love lotions.

    Reply

  6. Angela Christopher
    May 20, 2013 @ 08:13:12

    I love that idea! Looks simple enough and I am sure much better for your skin! Thanks for the post!

    Reply

  7. Nicole (@onepunkymama)
    May 20, 2013 @ 09:06:29

    Oooh, that’s awesome! I love homemade things like this. I have such sensitive skin it’s always a crapshoot what will make me break out. I know I’m safe with almond oil!

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  8. Couponing Away Debt (@CouponAwayDebt)
    May 20, 2013 @ 10:09:01

    This looks amazing…I love how you can add whatever fragrance you want some lotions out there are way to powerful for my taste.

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  9. Amy
    May 28, 2013 @ 16:03:34

    Just finished making my first batch of homemade lotion! I used coconut oil and instead of essential oil I added pina colada food grade oil drops (normally used for lip balm). It turned out a little thin, but next time I’ll just use less water, because this stuff is awesome and there will be a next time. Thank you for sharing!

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