Are you concerned that your lotion contains harmful ingredients like parabens or sulfates? Or maybe it is just full of synthetic ingredients and you would like something all natural. I began making homemade lotion about 5 years ago and haven't bought lotion at the store since. This is a creamy moisturizing recipe that requires shea butter and natural oils.
All of the ingredients required can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs or www.lotioncrafter.com. You can also find many of these ingredients on Amazon or Ebay.
1/4 cup emulsifying wax (unmelted pellets)
2 TBS cup stearic acid (unmelted flakes)
1 tsp citric acid
1 cup shea butter or other butters
¾ cup oils (almond, coconut, jojoba, sunflower etc)
3 TBS glycerin
1 1/4 cup water
½ tsp rosemary oil extract
½ tsp Vitamin E
As much essential oil as you want for scent. If you are using citrus oils you would have to use a lot more compared to peppermint and lavender oils. Too much peppermint or lemongrass might burn the skin so be careful with those oils.
The butter will need to be melted first to measure correctly. I put the butter in pyrex glass jar and then put it in a pan of water on low heat. After you melt 1 cup of butter, add wax, stearic acid and oils. It may take awhile to melt. Blend the above ingredients in a blender. Heat the water and glycerin to 140 degrees and then slowly pour the water mixture into the blender mixture while the blender is moving. Next add the rosemary oil extract and vitamin E. Then add the essential oils until the scent is right. You may also add 1 tsp citric acid as a preservative.
Blend several times over about thirty minutes or until the mixture resembles lotion. Pour the mixture into your containers. You can put it in the fridge to make sure it sets up. If it cools and the butter and water has separated simply pour everything back into the blender and mix it again. I store my lotion in the fridge until I am ready to use it. It should be fine for a couple of months out of the fridge as long as your hands are clean when you use it.
This recipe makes 4-5 4 oz jars.
I recently received an email about things that can grow on the lotion. This was my reply.
"For the current lotion I would scrape off whatever looks like it is growing and then stir in a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide to kill anything that might be in the lotion. For a future batch your sister will want to sanitize all measuring cups, pans, spoons, blender, etc with hydrogen peroxide before making the lotion. She should probably add some stronger preservative such as 1 tsp citric acid, 1 TBS vitamin E and/or 15 drops of clove essential oil.
You will definitely want to store anything that you are not using in the fridge. Also for the jar you have out, make sure the lid is always on. There are all kinds of yeasts and fungi in the air that can end up in the lotion."