All the goodness of natural ingredients without gross chemicals.
This is a simplified version of the lotion I make to sell in my shop.
Please don't use this recipe for your own monetary gain--it is intended to make products to give as gifts.
This particular recipe should fill an 8oz jelly jar most of the way full. I prefer using the 3oz travel bottles sold at Walmart. They might also be available at the dollar store but I haven't checked.
I use pretty expensive oils in what I make to sell--this is a cheaper version that will be easiest to make at home.
(I like to use sweet almond oil which is about $11 for 16oz, and shea butter which can be up to $20 a pound online. I also make my own emulsifier from natural, locally-purchased materials.)
Note: if you find that water is separating from the oil, turn your bottle or jar in such a way that the water is next to the cap or lid, and drain it off as it pools up. Don't add more oils or wax to try to balance it. Alternately, you can just reheat everything and blend it better.
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Measure your water, oils, and wax into a large (1qt or larger) Pyrex measuring cup or other microwave-safe container. It's a good idea to chop your wax into small bits before heating it.
(I use homemade oat milk made with spring water in mine--but I'm an oat nut.)
Microwave the mixture on high for 3 minutes. Take out and mix with a spoon until any remaining clumps of coconut oil or wax are gone. *This will be VERY HOT*
Using your stick blender's lowest setting, blend your oils and water until you have reached a consistency that's about as thick as a light cream. It's a good idea to blend for at least 3 minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes or so, then blend for another 2 minutes.
Pour your lotion into the bottles or jars you have, and cap them.
The lotion should still be warm.
Allow your lotion to cool. Shake periodically during the cooling process to keep the water and oils bonded.
Decorate your bottles with labels, markers, or paint. If you're giving it away as a gift, make an extra special label for everyone who'll be receiving it. :)