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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.

Posted by Monika Gottindottir from Worthington, Minnesota, United States • Published See Monika Gottindottir's 255 projects »
  • Step 1

    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.)

  • Step 2

    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*

  • Step 3

    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.

  • Step 4

    Pour your lotion into the bottles or jars you have, and cap them.
    The lotion should still be warm.

  • Step 5

    Allow your lotion to cool. Shake periodically during the cooling process to keep the water and oils bonded.

  • Step 6

    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. :)

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Andrea · Austin, Texas, US · 45 projects
ahh okay, can you tell I'm not a cookHappy ? I bet it's down the baking isle at the grocery store. I've got lots of lotion now but favorited this so I can make it when I run out.
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Monika Gottindottir · Worthington, Minnesota, US · 319 projects
Lol, probably! Gulf Wax is a brand that should work. Craft stores sell beeswax, but usually only by the pound for $17 or so... and it takes a LONG time to go through a whole pound.
Seahopes · 4 projects
Is there something that can be used in place of coconut oil? I like this, but I'd want to give it to other people, and I know a surprising number of my friends are allergic to coconut.
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Monika Gottindottir · Worthington, Minnesota, US · 319 projects
Palm oil can be used in its place, though it can be difficult to find. You can use pretty much any hard oil that is solid at room temperature.
Andrea · Austin, Texas, US · 45 projects
Most of this stuff seems easy enough to find but where do you get bee or food wax? Also, where can you find shea butter without buying online? I thought whole foods would have it over here but they don't.
Monika Gottindottir
Monika Gottindottir · Worthington, Minnesota, US · 319 projects
I haven't been able to find shea butter anywhere but online. Beeswax can be purchased at stores that sell candle making supplies. Food wax is the kind of wax used in making chocolates and candies, so it should be available at craft places that sell candy-making supplies.