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I made homemade lotion on Sunday. I really like this recipe, however, I used Grapeseed Oil and next time I will use Coconut Oil. It's a tad greasy which is fine by me, but my husband is anti-greasy hands. Plus, to be honest, it gets my Iphone a tad greasy and I don't care for that ;-)
Here's the recipe I followed: Homemade Body Lotion. It hails from the blog: Ready Made. I love this blog and if I ever found time to dive into it deeper, I most definitely would.
Here's what we did:
First get your beeswax.
Then grate it:
Take your grapeseed oil:
Place your grated beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup with the grapeseed oil (works best if you have a little helper):
Place Pyrex cup mixture in a pan and then fill the pan with water. The water should come half way up the Pyrex cup, then boil:
Boil until the beeswax has melted. It will all be melted once the beeswax has dissolved:
Add to blender on medium speed. You will also add your distilled water to the mixture. It will look like this:
Blend until it is no longer watery. My husband prefers lotion in a pump vs glass jar. I used a funnel to get it through the tiny pump hole:
Once that is done, you have your lotion. It's really great and a fantastic project to do with toddlers.
Here are the directions from ReadyMade
Handmade Body Moisturizer Recipe
Like fresh food, this will go bad after a certain period of time. If you don’t think you’ll use it within three months, store it in the refrigerator. Makes approximately 2 cups
1 cup filtered water, cold brewed tea, orange blossom water, or rose water
¾ cup oil such as olive, almond, unrefined coconut, or avocado
3 tablespoons grated beeswax
Optional: a few drops of essential oil of your choice, for fragrance
1. Set up a blender and pour in the water. Prepare clean, dry glass jars for packaging and have them nearby.
2. Put the oil and the beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place the cup in a pan or small pot and pour in water to reach about halfway up the cup. Bring the water to a gentle boil, and heat the oil and beeswax until the beeswax melts. You’ll know when the wax is melted because you won’t see it anymore. As soon as the wax is melted, remove the cup from the water and let the oil cool for 2 minutes.
3. Turn on the blender and start blending the water at medium speed. Remove the stopper in the blender lid so you can pour the oil through the top while blending. Slowly pour in the oil and the mixture will begin to emulsify. If there is still some water on the surface, turn up the blender and blend the mixture 30 seconds to a minute longer. If you’re using essential oil, blend it in now.
4. With a clean rubber spatula, transfer the cream to the glass jars. Cover the jars with cheesecloth for an hour, or until they’ve reached room temperature. Placing the lid on the jar when this is warm will cause condensation to form under the lid, which will water down the lotion and form bacteria. When the lotion is cool, screw on the jar lids. Store at room temperature for up to 3 months, or in the refrigerator for 6 months.