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How To Make Lotion


Learning how to make lotion is a fun, creative endeavor that is so satisfying!  Just a few simple ingredients mixing...(emulsifying if you want to use the scientific word) to create a creamy, luscious, natural homemade skin product that you'll be happy to use on yourself and your loved ones!  

Learn How To Make Lotion

When making lotion, you can use a variety of carrier oils for your specified skin-type.  For example, for an anti-aging body lotion, I would use hazelnut or grape seed oil.  As a natural pain remedy, I would add a mix of lavender, lemon & marjoram essential oils.  And, don't forget the natural benefits of coconut oil if you decide to learn how to make lotion. 

Below I've put together lotion recipes that I've used in several classes that I've taught. The formula is simple and the results are impressive! You can gather your ingredients from your favorite supplier, click on each ingredient to see my favorite supplier, or you can simply purchase all of the ingredients needed in a Lotion Making Kit as a one stop shopping convenience!


Ingredients That You'll Need

  • .6 oz Shea Butter
  • .85 oz Sweet Almond Oil
  • .5 oz Avocado Oil
  • .5 oz Stearic Acid
  • .6 oz Emulsifying Wax
  • .1oz Phenonip (preservative)
  • Sterilized Bottles for 12 ounces of finished product

Additional Tools You'll Need

  • Digital Scale
  • Stick Blender or Hand Mixer
  • 1-16oz Glass Measuring Cup
  • 1-32oz Glass Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Candy Thermometer
  • 9 oz. of Distilled Water
  • Essential or Fragrance Oils

You can buy these ingredients here!

Shea butter     Sweet Almond Oil    Avocado Oil  

Stearic Acid      Emulsifying Wax      Phenonip


Why These Ingredients?

Shea butter is filled with antioxidants, especially vitamin E.  It has a long shelf life and is quickly absorbed in the skin.

Sweet almond oil is good for all skin types.  It is beneficial for dry skin & helps relieve itching, soreness and dryness.  It is rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins.

Avocado oil is known for its healing and moisturizing properties.  It is very nutritious for the skin, penetrates quickly, and contains vitamins A, B and E as well as beta carotene.

We’re also using some ingredients that may not sound familiar: stearic acid & emulsifying wax.  

Stearic Acid is really not an acid at all.  It is derived from Palm oil and is used to thicken the lotion.  

Emulsifying wax is melted and used to mix the oil & water together.

— Warning: a bit of chemistry here— under normal circumstances, water & oil don’t mix; water is polar and oil is non-polar so the oil will naturally float on the top of the water.  When we add the emulsifier, an ingredient that is both hydrophilic & lipophilic (water & oil loving) the two ingredients mix nicely!

Phenonip-This is a preservative that must be used to keep your lotions from growing green, fuzzy stuff.  If you prefer no preservatives in your lotions, you may omit them, store the lotion in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks.

How To Make Lotion

  • The first and most important step in lotion making is cleanliness.  Lotions are 80% water and the rest are some oils and thickeners.  You must keep everything sterilized-you don’t want any germs to grow. 
  • Begin with new, sterilized bottles and sterilized equipment.  This can be done by spritzing your equipment with alcohol or soaking them in a bleach/water mixture.
  • In the 32 oz  measuring cup, add the sweet almond oil, avocado oil, stearic acid and emulsifying wax.  Melt slowly in a double-broiler until all of your waxes are melted.  (Note: you can also use a microwave to melt your ingredients, just do it in 30 second spurts, stirring each time.)
  • Remove from heat and stir in the Shea butter until it’s melted.  Shea butter can get grainy if it’s heated too quickly, and that’s why we just stir it in.
  • Measure 9 oz of distilled water into your 16 oz measuring cup.  Now heat, either on the stovetop or in the microwave for one minute and add it to the oil mixture. We’re using distilled water to keep the environment germ free and we’ll heat it so the oils don’t solidify when the water hits it. 
  • As you’re pouring the water into the oil mixture-stir-first with your rubber spatula and then with the blender as it turns creamy and thickens.  The chemistry of the water and oil emulsifying happens almost immediately. If you’re using a hand mixer instead of a stick blender, try using just one of the beaters when mixing.
  • After 2 or 3 minutes of stirring, your lotion should be fully emulsified.  When the lotion is below 140 degrees you can add your phenonip  and your essential oils if desired.  Stir in thoroughly. 
  • Now it is time to pour into your prepared bottles while your lotion is still warm.  If it cools down you can always re-heat it.  (During reheating, if the lotion’s temp rises above 140 you will have to add more preservative.) HINT: An easy way to fill your lotion bottles is to scoop it all into a plastic baggie then snip off one corner.

  • Allow your lotions to cool.  I usually leave them out on a counter overnight with a paper towel covering the tops.  Overnight the condensation will evaporate and, voila!  You’ve just learned how to make lotion.


Feeling a little overwhelmed by all of these ingredients?  Now you can get everything you need to create 3 bottles of natural lotion just the way you like it!  In this kit you'll receive all of the pure ingredients and detailed instructions to make 3-4oz bottles of lotion. The detailed instructions provided, will walk you step by step through this process and you will be proud to use your own, handmade, body products.

Do It Yourself Lotion Making Kit

This lotion making kit is just $30.  It's perfect for girl's night, party favors or a snowy day at home.  

$22.50 plus $7.50 for shipping, careful handling and beautiful packaging.  It's perfect for me to ship as a gift.

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