Ever since I posted a recipe for a light, non-greasy moisturizing spray, I’ve had countless requests for a heavier, creamy homemade lotion recipe. Today I’ll finally share my absolute favorite recipe for an all-natural hand and body cream that is light, fluffy, yet extremely moisturizing. The best part, it doesn’t leave your skin greasy like all the popular body butter recipes you may be finding all over the Internet!
This creamy moisturizer will repair your dry skin after a long winter, but it’s light enough to carry you all the way through a hot summer.
My Non-Greasy Homemade Lotion Recipe
(recipe yields about 2 cups of cream)
- 1 cup pure aloe vera gel, distilled water, or strong-brewed herbal tea (we used aloe vera gel - where to find pure aloe vera gel)
- ½ cup grated beeswax, (where to find beeswax)
- ½ cup sweet almond, grapeseed, or jojoba oil (where to find these oils)
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil (where to find pure Vitamin E oil)
- 15 drops essential oil (where to find 100% pure essential oils)
Directions for Making Lotion:
- In a medium-sized bowl combine aloe vera gel, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Set aside for later, allowing it to come to room temp. (Sometimes it even helps to set this in a warm water bath to bring it closer to the temperature of the oil/wax mixture you’ll be adding it to. This helps it emulsify.)
- Add grated beeswax and oil to a glass measuring cup. Place measuring cup in a small pot of water and bring water to a gentle boil. Heat, stirring occasionally, until beeswax is completely melted then carefully remove measuring cup from pot.
- Pour beeswax/oil mixture into blender and allow to cool. (Move on to step 4 when it has cooled down, but is still soft.)
- Once cooled, turn blender on LOW. Remove top of blender and pour aloe vera mixture in a SLOW, continuous stream.
- Stop blender as often as needed to run a spatula around sides to incorporate ingredients. If liquid is pooling at the top, stop frequently to push it around with spatula. (This step may take as long as 10-15 minutes, and patience is key!) Continue blending until desired consistency is reached. (We use and highly recommend a Vitamix blender.)
- Transfer moisturizer to clean jars and refrigerate any portion that will not be used up within a few weeks.
Notes for Homemade Lotion Success
- While Vitamin E oil acts as a natural preservative in this moisturizer, it doesn’t keep indefinitely, and should be used up within 2-3 months. I keep a small container of it in the bathroom, and refill it from the large jar in the refrigerator. (Although I will say – I conducted an experiment with this cream, and found that it did not change in smell, consistency, or color for almost eight months when kept at room temperature. However, I don’t recommend keeping it around this long, as bacteria can begin to grow in homemade products containing water.)
- I love to experiment with different essential oil blends in this cream, depending on my mood or the seasons. My current favorite is a mixture of lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus.
- It bears repeating that patience is key while blending and waiting for this cream to emulsify. Do not leave your blender unattended, and be sure to continuously push any separated liquid around so it reaches the blades. You can add a pinch of borax to the mixture if you’re really having trouble getting it to emulsify. (Find cosmetic grade sodium borate here.)
- This moisturizer can also be made with a stick blender or hand mixer.
Tips for Cleanup
- Once moisturizer is completed, scrape as much as possible off blender, spatula, and other utensils before cleaning your equipment. Rub this excess into your hands.
- After transferring cream to jars, I wipe out my blender thoroughly with old rags that can be tossed (paper towel can also be used). This prevents oils and beeswax from going down the sink and clogging drains.
- You can fill your blender half way with water, add several drops of liquid dish soap, and blend on high for a few minutes. Add a little sea salt to blender for scrubbing if needed.
- Blender and utensils can be cleaned in hot soapy water.
We hope you enjoy this natural recipe, it has become a favorite in our house.
Let us know what you think about this homemade lotion!