Handcrafted Hand and Body Lotion

Last night, I began a coconut oil lotion experiment that I wasn’t altogether satisfied with the result of.

I began the experiment with the basic recipe found here: wellness mamma’s lotion. It consisted of:

  • 1/2 cup olive or sweet almond oil (I had olive)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax

The product was sort of more like a balm (think chapstick) and it wasn’t what I was looking for in a lotion. But, I knew that by varying the recipe a bit, and whipping, I could change the whole consistency of it. So, I melted it all down again (in the pyrex and pan double-boiler), and added at least another 1/4 cup of coconut oil. The best way to gauge its finished consistency is to drip a little on a cool counter or plate and then test it when it cools completely. Too oily, add a little beeswax. Too stiff, add more oil.

When I had it the way I wanted it, I removed it from the heat. It looked like this:

melted, blended lotion ingredients

melted, blended lotion ingredients

As it began to cool, I whipped it. As I whipped it, air was forced into the mixture, and it helped to cool it faster.

still very hot liquid

still very hot liquid

When it was the consistency of hummus, I poured/scooped it, with a spatula, into the tubs and allowed them to cool before sealing the tops.

starting to cool and whip

starting to cool and whip

pots of finished lotion, cooling fully

pots of finished lotion, cooling fully

The lotion is wonderful!!! I had every intention of scenting it with lavender oil, but, again, didn’t, because the scent of the coconut oil mingled with the beeswax was so delightful, I left it.

It is a little bit messy to make, but a clean-up tip~ emulsify the lotion with soap BEFORE adding the hot water. It will suds up a bit and then rinse right off. Easy peasy.


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