A body lotion is basically a mixture of equal parts of water and oil. The chemistry of how these can form a stable lotion is described in a previous post.
The following tutorial is for a body lotion that doesn’t have a colour or fragrance but you could add about 10 drops of rose or lavender oil or any fragrance you fancy, just make sure you stir the volatile oil(s) in very gently after the vigorous mixing of oil and water.
Oil: 20g beeswax, 40g cocoa butter, 60g coconut oil (make up to a total volume of 1 cup with sweet almond oil)
Water: 1 cup mineral water
Sterilised glass jars
Pans for sterilising and melting oils
Jug for mixing oils
Bowl and whisk/stick blender for mixing lotion
1.Sterilise glass jars by submerging glass jars and lids in water. Bring to the boil for 15-30 minutes. Stand jars upside down to dry.
2. Put beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil into a jug or other suitable heatproof container and place inside/on top of a pan of water on a low heat (double boiler/bain marie) and stir occasionally until everything has melted.
3. Add the melted oils to a 1 cup measuring cup and add sweet almond oil up to 1 cup in total (it looks quite yellow at this point but once you add the water and start to mix it turns white easily).
4. Now add the 1 cup oil to a bowl and slowly add the water mixing vigorously with a whisk (or a stick blender if you have one) until all the water has been incorporated.
5. It’s a lot easier using a stick blender and whisking by hand takes a lot of work but keep mixing until the consistency of the lotion becomes thicker, more cream like, and stands in peaks in the bowl.
6. Once mixed you can add it directly into clean, sterilised and dry containers or you can add 10 drops of fragrance oil mixing very gently and then transfer to jars. Label the jars and include the date. This recipe makes about 6 x 60ml jars.
7. Store the lotion in the fridge for an extended shelf life of about 4 weeks.
Hope you enjoy making this body cream, it leaves your body feeling really smooth and moisturised.
Check back next week for a delicious smelling lavender soap with home-grown lavender!