Many different oils can be combined in varying percentages to create an endless variety of lotion blends, each with their own qualities benefiting your sking in different ways.
To read about the oils we commonly use and their beneficial qualities, read Ingredient and Oil Properties for Soap, Lotion, Serums, Bath and Body.
For our basic lotion recipe, we generally follow these percentages:
74% liquids of choice
Chose liquids based on the qualities you wish to add to your lotion. Lotions can be made using distilled water, milk, hydrosols or teas.
12% oils of choice
Oils should be chosen for their qualities. To help chose, spread a little oil on your own skin. If it feels good, try it. Try one oil, or a blend of oils to create the perfect blend for your skin needs.
5% glycerin (a humectant)
5% emulsifer (blends the oils and water)
3% stearic acid (thickener)
1% fragrance of choice (optional)
Unscented, qualitity fragrance oils, essential oils, or let your hydrosols scent it naturally.
Preservative used in recommended percentage, usually .1%-1% (chose one specifically for water-based products)
Simple instructions for making lotion:
- Combine all ingredients, except fragrance and preservative, heat to melting.
- Blend with mixer or stick blender until cooled.
- At approximately 120 degrees or so, add fragrance and preservative.
- Pour into sterilized containers.
Soft & Silky Handmade Lotion Recipe provides specific ingredients and amounts.