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The Best Homemade Body Lotion

This lotion is wonderfully creamy and smells lovely. I use it every day. I even use it on my face as a moisturizing mask.

This lotion smells so good!

This lotion smells so good!

Ultra Moisturizing Homemade Lotion

I love trying homemade skin care recipes, and this is my most recent find. Since our skin is porous, what we put on it gets absorbed into our bloodstream. I think what goes on our bodies is just as important as what we put into them. Here is my homemade lotion recipe for you, so let's get right to it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp beeswax, grated
  • up to 6 drops essential oil, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a double boiler using a glass bowl. (Do not add the essential oil at this time.)
  2. Add the grated beeswax to the oil and mix until completely melted.
  3. Carefully remove the glass bowl from the double boiler, and let cool for about five minutes.
  4. Pour the water into a blender and turn it on.
  5. While it's whirling, slowly pour the melted oil and beeswax through the opening in the blender lid. It will immediately begin to emulsify.
  6. Blend for about 30 seconds, and then add the essential oil if using. You may have to stop and stir or loosen your lotion a couple of times, but that's normal, and it mostly depends on the strength of your blender.
Rich and creamy homemade lotion.

Rich and creamy homemade lotion.

Variations

I like to change up the recipe ingredients from time to time. I replaced 1/3 of the water with rose water. You can also use:

  • orange flower water,
  • peppermint tea,
  • chamomile tea,
  • or hibiscus tea, which will give the lotion a delicate pink color.

Instead of extra virgin olive oil, I used a mixture of organic coconut oil and organic avocado oil, and I added about six drops of tangerine essential oil.

Uses and Storage

This lotion is wonderfully creamy and smells lovely. I use it every day. I even use it on my face as a moisturizing mask. It's also a great makeup remover!

If there's a honey vendor at your local farmer's market, they probably sell beeswax. That's where I like to purchase mine.

This lotion is a whole food product and should last about three months at room temperature. I don't expect ours to last that long. But if you make it and aren't going to use it right away, be sure to refrigerate it.

You can store it in little mason jars like this one.

You can store it in little mason jars like this one.

Clean-Up Tips

Cleaning up can be a bit tricky, because this lotion is thick and very emollient. Boiling water works best to clean your blender, measuring cup(s), grater, etc. Just be uber careful not to burn yourself when cleaning with boiling water!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Fife on January 12, 2020:

I made it and yes it does make an amazing creamy texture.

I also had problems with not all the water incorporating at the end, so I sprinkled some lecithin powder that I had at home, and whisked that in. It made all the difference in emulsifying the product. I highly recommend that if you are having problems.

I used olive oil but feel that the cream might be a bit heavy - but it still absorbs reasonably well. Next time I think I'll try almond oil.

Yup it's a messy process but that doesn't bother me as I have to make most things at home anyway - not easily available where I live.

Christine Lucas on October 08, 2018:

I love this lotion. I have very dry skin and the lotion I used to use is $20/jar! I bought a bag of already "grated" beeswax at $15/lb and added only 3 tablespoons to the olive oil. The beeswax will go a long way and I buy the olive oil on sale. I love this lotion better than the expensive one I was using! Love the clean-up idea. I'll try the boiling water next time I make it.

Cheri Mehan on January 05, 2016:

I tried this recipe, and obviously missed something. The finished product looked fine, smooth, creamy. But later when came by and opened the container, it had taken a cottage chees look and when I looked again it is a hard lotion. Still usable, but a little difficult to get out of the container. Any suggestions?

Amanda on September 06, 2013:

Does it need to be refrigerated? or is it okay to keep in the bathroom

Luna on May 20, 2012:

This is a great lotion.....I've made this three times now, my skin feels so soft!!! Using it on my face too!

Annalea Magana (author) from California on July 30, 2011:

wow! i'm so happy that so many liked - and even tried - this lotion. thanks for the info on vitamin e. i didn't know it was a natural preservative so i'll be sure to add some going forward. and no, i don't sell this lotion but with this much enthusiasm...maybe i should start :-)

Latasha Woods from USA on July 07, 2011:

Great skin care recipe!! I love natural ingredients. This is definitely one of my favorites. Organic is the best, especially when it is home-made. It is much more delicate on the skin and smells deliciously wonderful. But don't eat it! Thank you for sharing.

betacom on July 06, 2011:

Wowww, this is really nice info. how about the durability?

CarrieMaye from Colorado on July 05, 2011:

Completely natural and so simple! Wonderful, thanks for sharing. Does the beeswax leave a sort of sticky film on your skin? Or is is absorbed right away?

Akia on July 04, 2011:

You are soo true about things absorbing in our skin.. I've been preaching that for a while now. That's why i use all natural/non toxic products made by Sisel. They have liquid nutritionals, weight loss, spa/body care, all natural makeup and more. I really love the opportunity they present to distribute them products as well. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will definitely try it. For more info on Sisel go to www.mysisel.com/agenterprise

BethanRose from South Wales on July 04, 2011:

I love homemade beauty products, it's really the best way to pamper and treat yourself! This is a really useful hub, well written and a fantastic idea! Voted up, useful and beautiful!

thoughtfulgirl2 on July 03, 2011:

Great quick hub. I am a huge fan of homemade beauty products. Kudos to you. p.s., do you sell these? If so, where?

Tiffany Regan from Colorado on July 03, 2011:

I made this yesterday and it is a wonderful recipe. I had to pour off some of the water because it didn't emulsify all of it, but I love the end result. I added vitamin E oil for the skin nourishing properties and because it is a natural preservative. Unfortunately I had to guess at the amount because I'm not sure how much to use for an effective preservative. Thank you so much for the recipe! I shared your link on my FB page. :)

Benisterben from Singapore on July 02, 2011:

wow! i'll need to find some beeswax!

fucsia on July 02, 2011:

Thank you!!! This recipe sounds very good and I want to try it soon!

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 02, 2011:

This looks like a really nice recipe. We have our own bees and so have our own beeswax. I'm going to add a link to my bee keeping hub so that I can have a go at making this. (PS Put in a link to your home-made deodorant hub!)

almasi on July 02, 2011:

Thanks for a simple and healthy recipe.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on July 02, 2011:

Wow. I am always searching for natural skin care products, so expensive. I am allergic to a lot. Great idea to try making my own.

Alli's Edge on July 02, 2011:

Great Hub! Thanks for the tip. I love the idea of making my own products. Especially skin care products. Thanks again :)

Jewels from Australia on July 02, 2011:

Fantastic, I've been wanting a non chemical moisturising cream. I had no idea it was so easy. Interestingly I already have the ingredients at home as I make ear candles using beeswax.

I have an orange tree at home also. Can you do a hub on how to make essential oils from the blossoms? Is that as easy?

Oh! And I want the homemade deodorant - I'll have to search your hubs now.

marellen on July 02, 2011:

Sounds great and I would love to make my own lotion. Thanks for sharing...

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 02, 2011:

Never occurred until now to make my own body lotion, but this sounds so easy - despite the clean up - that I'll have to try it. Locally produced honey abounds in my area, so I've no excuse for not getting the beeswax! Too many commercial lotions irritate my skin, which is counter-productive, right? The beauty of this recipe is that you know EXACTLY what's in it! Thanks! ;D

Night Magic from Canada on July 02, 2011:

Thanks, I love homemade remedies because you know what's in them. I'm definitely going to try this and also use Coconut Oil in it as Coconut Oil is a great inflammation fighter.

lavender3957 on July 02, 2011:

Wonderful, I am always looking for home made remedies. Beats the prices of other expensive items. Great Hub. Loved it.

heusser87 on July 02, 2011:

Thank you this is so cool. Great hub. really made me wanna try this out!

Madeline Madison from Anywhere and Everywhere. Home-base in CT on July 02, 2011:

I think I may have to jump on the homemade beauty products bandwagon! My sister is trying to get me into it. She's made a deodorant that she swears by!

Naomi's Banner from United States on July 02, 2011:

I can't wait to try this!! I love lotions that are safe and smell good. I appreciate your most informative Hub!

Rachael Fields from KC, MO on July 02, 2011:

I love making my own lotion from this very recipe. Good job making sure people aren't shocked by the hard clean-up, because I sure was when I started. :)

danfresnourban from Fresno, CA on July 02, 2011:

Great job, 12 days and you have a hub of the day. You deserve it, this is good information. I will make some and try it. Thanks

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on July 02, 2011:

I might give this a try. I'm totally and completely against the usury debt based system of hell and Israel (sorry - I can't help myself with the political stuff) that we endure. The best way to set up a barter system community is to have a great product that everyone wants, and refuse to take anything but lawful silver for it.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on July 02, 2011:

I use a lot of olive oil on my skin, but this body lotion with beeswax sounds lucious! I'll have to give it a try.

imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on July 02, 2011:

I like natural hair and skin products, and have considered making my own, but thought I needed a lot more than what you shared in this hub. I think I"m going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!

Joy Lindquist on July 02, 2011:

Great hub! I have just started experimenting with making my own body butters and have been looking for a good lotion recipe. I can't wait to try it! Very well written. Thank you!

FloraBreenRobison on July 02, 2011:

Congratulations on being the hub of the day. I've bookmarked this hub so I can read it later when I have time to try making the body lotion. i'll probably have to leave out the essential oil. My skin reacts.

daisyjae from Canada on July 02, 2011:

I am just getting into making my own beauty stuff and I will definitely be trying this. Its such a simple recipe.

RTalloni on July 02, 2011:

Thank you for sharing this super recipe! I'm looking forward to trying it out. Well done, voted up.

AlienWednesday on July 02, 2011:

Lovely! That lotion looks so creamy and delicious to put on skin. Thank you for sharing.

Natalie Essary from Austin, Texas on July 02, 2011:

Excellent! Vote up.

Yawapi from 1868 Treaty Territory on July 02, 2011:

Love it!

babblebreeder28 from The Midwest on July 02, 2011:

Very cool! I love making my own stuff when I can, and you're alterations are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

PETER LUMETTA from KENAI, ALAKSA on July 02, 2011:

Very interesting and fun Hub. Sounds great. Peter

angelina1607 on July 02, 2011:

i never think to make body lotion at home. Great hub, i will try it will surely use it as well!!

Christin Sander from Midwest on July 02, 2011:

I've made my own soaps and lotions for years and I love it. I actually got into it because commercial products were so hard on my skin - super sensitive. I also SO agree with you that the skin is so much more important than we give it credit for! If you can't pronounce it you shouldn't eat it or rub it onto your body in my opinion ;)

Great recipe! One other little tip that may help you preserve a little longer is adding some vitamin E oil to your oils. It's a natural preservative as is beeswax. Bonus is it's also needed by the skin for good health :)

Thanks for sharing your recipe - I'm feeling the need to go make some lavender lotion now :)

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on July 02, 2011:

Cool hub. I've never even thought of making my own body lotion but you've made it seem easy and fun. Congratulations on its Hub of the Day award.

b4murray from Massachusetts on July 02, 2011:

I saw a recipe for face lotion sounds weird but its steamed pureed carrots,sourcream,and plain yogurt all mixed together. Store in the fridge. I tried it and it really moisturizes well!

conradofontanilla from Philippines on July 02, 2011:

I like herbals. Both olive oil and beeswax are medicinal.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on July 02, 2011:

I love to try it myself. It is a great hub. Well done and welcome to HubPages, Annalea. Bookmark and thanks for sharing.

mkvealsh on July 02, 2011:

I love home made products and this one sounds very simple. Can't wait to try it! Voted up!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 22, 2011:

I've never even considered making body lotion before, but I'm totally going to try this. Hurrah!

Annalea Magana (author) from California on June 20, 2011:

A great place to find beeswax is at your local farmer's market. Usually the people there selling honey also sell the was and it's really fresh and affordable.

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on June 20, 2011:

Great hub! You have explained this so well. I will keep an eye out for the beeswax so I can try it.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on June 20, 2011:

This sounds like such a lovely cream and home-made as well. And as you rightly say it is important what you put on your skin as this will be absorbed into the blood stream. I'm really looking forward to trying this. Many thanks for sharing - and for the tip on cleaning up!