If you are still using store-bought lotion on yourself or your family, there are super easy natural alternatives that are fun to make! This homemade lotion recipe has three basic ingredients and takes only ten minutes to whip together.
The basic recipe is an ultra-moisturizing water-free version that lasts for years without preservatives.
NOTE: This is an improved recipe since many people were having trouble getting the temperatures exactly right to get the lotion to emulsify (as per the comments below). This recipe will not have any of those issues!
Making Custom Lotion Blends
Once you master the base recipe, have fun customizing your lotion to your skin type, skin conditions, and desired scent!
There are endless variations, but some of my favorites are:
- Baby Lotion – Infuse the oil with calendula and chamomile before making the lotion.
- Cooling Muscle Rub – Add peppermint, wintergreen, and ginger for sore muscles.
- Anti-aging Face Lotion – Use argan oil and add lavender and patchouli essential oils.
- Lavender and Vanilla Lotion – Add a few drops of lavender and a little natural vanilla extract.
Homemade Lotion Recipe
- ½ cup almond oil (or jojoba oil, or any other liquid oil)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup beeswax pellets
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
- 2 TBSP shea butter (or cocoa butter, optional)
- essential oils (optional)
- vanilla extract (optional)
- Combine the almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and shea or cocoa butter if using, in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a simmering pan of water.
- Stir occasionally as the ingredients melt.
- When all ingredients are completely melted, add the vitamin E oil if using and any essential oils or scents like vanilla.
- Pour into a glass jar or tin for storage. Small mason jars work perfectly for this. Note: This will not pump well in a lotion pump!
- Use as you would regular lotion. This lotion is ultra-moisturizing and more oily than water-based lotions so you won’t need to use as much. It also has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and no water is added. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.
Other Homemade Lotion Recipe Variations
There are lots of ways you can make your own lotion at home. Consider this easy men’s lotion with just a handful of ingredients, or see below for other ways to moisturize!
If you want an even easier solution, make these easy lotion bars! It only has three ingredients, takes less time to make, and lasts even longer.
Aloe-Based Homemade Lotion
If you’d prefer a lighter lotion recipe, this aloe-based version is much smoother and not as greasy. Unlike the version above, it does not have an indefinite shelf life and should be used within a month since it does not contain any preservatives.
This recipe is adapted from the recipe I’ve used for years from Frugally Sustainable.
Aloe Lotion Ingredients
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp + 1 TBSP beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 cup almond oil or jojoba oil (or any other liquid oil)
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
- 1 TBSP shea butter (optional)
- essential oils of choice – I like 10 drops of geranium and 5 drops of lime
Aloe Lotion Instructions
- Melt the beeswax, almond oil (or other liquid oil), and shea butter (if using) in a double boiler or glass bowl over a pan of water.
- Remove from heat and pour into a blender or mason jar (if using an immersion blender).
- Let cool to room temperature. You want it to be room temperature and just barely starting to harden around the edges. This will help make sure that the lotion emulsifies correctly.
- Add the vitamin E (if using) and any essential oils.
- Start blending on low using a blender or immersion blender. Very slowly, start adding the aloe vera gel until incorporated. Use a spatula to wipe down the sides and re-blend a few times until fully incorporated.
- Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to six weeks.
Best Pre-Made Natural Lotions
If reading all that just convinced you that you’d rather just buy a natural lotion than go through the trouble of making one, there are also some great pre-made options. (And no judgment… that’s how I felt the first few times I tried making lotion and toothpaste too!).
These are lotions that I’ve personally used and love and that have safe ingredients and a good rating with the Environmental Working Group:
- Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion – I’ve never found a product I didn’t like from this company
- Shea Moisture Head to Toe Ointment – Similar to the first recipe above- no liquid and very moisturizing
- Nourish Organic Body Lotion – Fragrance-free and very highly rated by EWG
- Shea Moisture Olive Oil and Marula – Smells amazing and works really well!
- Nature’s Baby Organic Unscented Lotion – Also very highly rated unscented lotion
Ever made your own lotion? How did it go? Let me know below!
Discussion (1324 Comments)
Can I use this on my face? I just went to the dermatologist today and he prescribed metrogel for my perioral dermatitis. Is there an herbal solution?
It doesn’t have sulfates or steroids, which would agitate the PD, but I’d probably still use plain coconut oil, or nothing, until you clear it up. A lot of times perioral dermatitis is caused by hormone fluctuation or an autoimmune allergy, so making sure your diet is really clean will help more than anything. I’ve also heard of using a sea salt and water mix to scrub or rinse to help it go away.
can i use organic beeswax (from farmer’s market) instead of beeswax pastilles? will the recipe become different?
That will work as well.
I made the body lotion but I am finding it difficult to spread…..it has little bits of solids and it’s quite hard to get enough on my hand to spread…..can I fix this? What did I do wrong?
The reason it’s too difficult to spread and has chunks in it is because you added too much beeswax in the ratio. The amount of beeswax is subjective and how hard it gets can also depend on the temp inside your home, so that doesn’t mean this recipe is wrong. You can fix that by melting it again and adding more of the oils until you get a texture you like.
The only thing that “cured” my perioral dermatitis (that the dermatologist attempted to treat for nearly a year with various prescription lotions, gels and pills) was cutting out fluoride … most of which I was getting from drinking a great deal of green tea! I now drink only herbal teas (Tulsi, made from Holy Basil is my favorite) and use Jason’s non fluoride toothpaste in combo with Oral Wellness drops.
I agree that plain coconut oil is great for those who suffer from any kind of dermatitis, eczema, or inflammation as coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial. Because of this it also has a shelf life of at least 2 years! Good stuff.
Refined coconut oil does have a long shelf-life. But if you are looking to get the best benefits from using the oil, it is better to use the “fresh” unrefined oil, which works much better on skin and tastes better for cooking, but could turn rancid if stored for too long. You could also make it at home, using coconut milk. Let me know if you need the recipe for making coconut oil at home, and I will be happy to post it here.
Yes please. Can I get the recipe for making coconut oil. I’m based in ireland.
How important is the bees wax? Can I skip that ingredient?
Will this lotion work in squeeze bottles?
Hello Indira, please that would be awesome.
Mine was pure liquid.
Not sure what I did wrong…
How many 8 ounce jars does this recipe make?
Mine made about 2 eight oz jars.
I am going to try this as Christmas gifts. Planning to use 8 oz. jars. I want to make 16 jars. How much of each ingredient will I need to successfully complete this?
She already has said this makes aprox two 8oz jars. Are you seriously asking her to do math for you? Get out a calculator and multiply your ingredients by 8.
I make this basic recipe regularly, it’s lovely. Just wondering if there is any way to customize it to be pumpable?
Just skip the beeswax…
Love your writeup so much. Thank you.
The Aloe based home cream what can I add to it for fairer complexion, since our weather here in Nigeria is so harsh. Thank you.
Hello! I had PD on my face, I used a zinc cream once a day and it cleared up in a couple of weeks, your face might get dry so once it clears up, start using the moisturizer that wellness mama recommends
How long will the lotion last if stored properly?
Thank your for the recipe, Here’s my question I have dry skin every where except my face. My hubby has combination skin. What oils can I use? I do realize that I will need to make 2 batches.
For dry skin almond, avocado or coconut would work, and for combination I’d stick with almond or olive. The herbs you use make a big difference too… chamomile is moisturizing for dry skin, calendula is more clarifying… together they balance well though.
My co-worker & I are really looking forward to trying this recipe. About how much does one batch make?? Thank you!!!
About 3/4 to 1 cup depending on how thick you make it and how much it emulsifies.
How can I make this lotion more like a liquid lotion than a butter? I would like to use it in a pump and prefer the less heavy/greasy types. I love rose water in general, is this something I could add and if so would it hurt the shelf life or allow for bacteria to grow?? Perhaps you have some other alternatives… Thanks for all the info, I’m changing out my personal and household products one natural recipe at a time! Loving this!!!
Pleas tell me how many drops of lavender essential oil to use? I mixed up two batches at once and added 15drops of the lavender essential oil, is that too much?
Katie - Wellness Mama
That should be fine 🙂
Dear wellness mama i am Naome. I intend to make a natural jelly from cow ghee coz my grandma used to use it on us when we were babies. I tried it on my son from birth it has really worked so well. So i would want to advance to a big production for sale. Please advise on how i can make it colourfully attractive naturally. Thanks. I am sorry i couldn’t get a comment box.
Yes! Lotions were the first personal care item I ventured to make, about 5-6 years ago now. Though I do use e-wax to make a more-easily spreadable lotion and butters when making more of a salve for extra-dry areas. I especially like to use avocado and jojoba oils in lotion…they absorb so well.
At the risk of sounding really dumb: e-wax?? What exactly is that??
e-wax – Emulsifying wax, look on amazon for it =D
I have a gluten allergy and have been told to stay from Vitamin E oil because it often comes from wheat. Do you have any thoughts on this, or can you suggest something to replace it? Thanks!
You could replace with about 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE) or just store in the fridge 🙂
There is no such thing as a gluten allergy.
Katie what do you mean by no such thing as Gluten Allergy ? is it an allergy to a certain ingredient such as wheat, and they are labeling as Gluten ?
Katie, you might consider reading about celiac disease. There are people who have horrendous reactions to it, even anaphylactic shock, while others don’t see reaction for an hour or even up to 24 hours. Gluten is a protein found not only in wheat, but in other things like soy, barley, rye, and a ton of other things. For someone with celiac disease, even having it on their skin can cause a reaction.
There is also gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance. Those are not true allergic reactions, but is the root cause for a very large number of autoimmune issues. Going gluten-free can make a huge difference in quality of life for a lot of people.
Hopefully you will take this with the kindness it is offered and you will view it as an opportunity to learn and grow, and to find a little more compassion for those who ask about gluten-free ingredients.
Thank you Edee, for your clarification. I have terrible reactions to a lot of grain products.
Not sure where you get your information, gluten allergies are very well documented I do think many people think they have an allergy when it is actually just an intolerance, but gluten allergies are definitely out there
I am gluten intolerant. Recently I learned that there is gluten intolerance, gluten allergy and coeliac. These are all well documented and medical as well as alternative practioners (ND, blood analysis, etc) recognize all three.
You’re right many Vitamin E products are derived from wheat but you can search for Sunflower Vitamin E. There are many brands that are made from sunflower oil.
I always make my own hand lotion, lip balm and even shaving lotion for hubby, Love the scent of the essential oils
I tried this recipe and like many others in the comments it did not emulsify and was a separated mess. However I added about a 1/2 of cup of shea butter and that made all the difference in the world. Note to others please add some type of ingredient like Shea butter or Cocoa butter. Once that’s done this is a great lotion
Sweet! I have been using straight coconut oil as moisturizer (and Hubby now, too!) But it’ll be nice to have something a little different!
Thanks for this recipe
I’ve never made my own lotion because I’ve just been using straight coconut oil. So thanks for the recipe!! I think that the fact that it’s not technically preserved (according to the previous commenter’s post) doesn’t bother me, since my family would go through lotion fairly quickly. If I were going to sell it, then yeah, I’d probably look into those issues, but for us and close family/friends, I am really excited to have an easy recipe to get around to making sometime soon!
When selling lotion I just tell buyers ,no preservatives so it is truly all natural. That’s what they are buying it for. lotions should last for 3 months safely.
Vitamin E is NOT a preservative it’s an antioxidant. An antioxidant will help the oils have a longer shelf life before they go rancid but it will do nothing to keep bacteria, mold and yeast from growing. To keep the user safe you need to use a preservative. A paraben free one I would suggest is liquid germall plus at the rate of 1% of the total weight added once the lotion has cooled down. Keep in mind mold grows and is present long before it’s visible to the eye, so that’s why it’s extremely important to keep the user safe while using your product. I would also suggest that you use a proper emulsifier such as emulsifying wax or BTMS instead of beeswax. This is thick and is more of a body butter or a cream rather than a lotion. I would suggest you join a forum (forms that are about learning to make soap also cover making lotions, there are many to pick from so pick one that works for you) to learn more about making these types of products. Not just for the ingredients used but also for the safety reason as well. Your users will appreciate you taking more time to learn how to do this right rather than copying many of the bad recipes on the net.
Good Luck and have fun.
I actually took a class on this a while back and was taught that Vitamin E at this percentage will give the lotion a much longer shelf life. As the goal here is a completely natural lotion, I definitely wouldn’t recommend Germall plus- as it contains propolyne glycol, which multiple studies have shown to be harmful. BTMS has some possible health concerns as well, and I wouldn’t recommend it either. I really appreciate your time and consideration in commenting, but with all respect, I actually run a natural products company and have some experience with all this…
Wow, the guest is worried about mold more then putting chemicals on their skin. Maybe it is they who should be doing the research on such things.
This recipe is exactly what I have been looking for. I have been using just plain coconut oil (a bit to thick for me) and almond oil (a bit to thin for me). I will make this, I think it will be a good compromise in thickness. Thanks for watching out for our health Wellness Mama
If you’re not concerned about molds and fungus then you need to learn a little more about them. These types of recipes with no preservatives ( Vit. E is not an all spectrum preservative) are fine if made in small batches and used fairly quickly. As far as “chemicals” go….everything is chemical, even water.
Everything is a chemical for sure. When we say “chemicals” we mean harmful chemicals and not air and water.
“These types of recipes with no preservatives ( Vit. E is not an all spectrum preservative) are fine if made in small batches and used fairly quickly.”
Recipe makes less than 8 ozs. Looks like there’s nothing to worry about here lol.
What about adding meadowfoam and helichrysum to the mix. Majority of therapeutic Essential oils are antimicrobial and last about a year if stored properly. Lavender can be used as 3%-5% dilution for babies, even 1% dilution works. Check the site Edens garden for great oils. Thx for the recipe!! I’m attempting to create a lotion this weekend. I use therapeutic essential oils and would rather use a carrier lotion, I found this post in my first search! Thank you. I’m searching for beeswax now. David
Mold IS a valid concern. I had mold once in a body butter I made after four months, BUT I solved this problem by making smaller jars and sharing with my mom. 4 oz is a lot easier to go through than 8, and we both get to enjoy healthy beautiful skin. 🙂 If you don’t have a buddy to share with, I think you could also solve the mold issue by using a clean tool to take the lotion out of the jar rather than just dip fingers in, which now I’m saying it, I’m going to do that anyway! 😀
No water no mo,d or fungus to worry about. The recipe is actually a cream. Lotions contain water. No water no preservative is needed.
Fungus(mold) and bacteria hardly thrive in a fatty environment. I think this cream/lotion if made is small batches is very safe to use if one does not have allergies to any of the ingredients.
Exactly. This whole “natural” thing can be quite misleading, everything comes from nature. Just like you decided to mix your oils the scientists decided to add some additional functional groups break bonds, create new bonds to improve on the initial material. Lets not demonize innovation.
everything may be chemicals even water, but, some are natural and some are synthetic, guess which ones cause the most harm, nature made or man made? and the processing and handling is another issue in many chemicals. if mold is an issue, wouldnt keeping it cold and only keeping small amounts for the week out be a good suggestion? it is what i do with deodorant.
I used the olive oil , bees wax, recipe. Did not have almond oil so used more olive oil in its place.
The mixture melted down nicely. When I bottle it into small bottles is became semi-hard. Can not get it out of the bottle; does not spread .
Can this “lotion” be saved ????
I make lotion (my own but slightly similar recipe) to use on my customers in my salon. I make smaller batches, keep it in a sanitized pump bottle, and store any extra in a sealed container in the fridge. Occasionally if the lotion gets cold sitting on the counter, it doesn’t want to pump out of the bottle. I warm it up by putting the bottle in warm water for several minutes. You could try warming your bottles of lotion up in a bowl of warm water, pouring it out, then adding more oil to the mix to make it pourable or put it in jars and use a clean spatula to remove the product from the jar. My lotion lasts for months with no mold this way. I would sterilize the bottle but the plastic won’t hold up. Am ordering a glass bottle to try.
No water no mo,d or fungus to worry about. The recipe is actually a cream. Lotions contain water. No water no preservative is needed.
Yes. Heat at a very low temp in the microwave short bursts then pour
It into jars. Add a bit more body butter and whip it up prior to putting in a jar. Or a hot water bath to melt it down to make it pourable.
This recipe is NOT a lotion. It is a very lovely cream- some what solid. I like this recipe very much; but am disappointed she labeled it incorrectly. This will not work in a pump style container as a lotion will. Put it on jars.
remelt it and put it in a small mason jar
You posted this a long time ago so you may have figured this out already or the recipe might have changed but it says olive oil OR almond oil.
The bees wax hardens as it cools try warming the bottles in hot water pour it out and try to reformulate it by adding more Shea and maybe even whipping it with a hand mixer put it in a wide.mouth container so it doesn’t get stuck. Hope that helps.
You can remelt by putting the jars in boiling water. It will melt and allow you to pour them all into a bowl and adjust your ratios. Beeswax = hardness.
Breggie de Villiers
I want to know if I can add Lanolin to this mixture and if I have to warm it up as it is quite hard to squeeze out od the tube.
Also, I use NEEM! This is the MOST INCREDIBLE natural product and really helps for eczema, dry skin and even acne!!! The smell is horrible, but onse you mix it with all the other oils and a few drops of rose or geranium it is all good to go.
Please would you reply.
Just whip it with a hand mixer, the consistency will be lighter.
Yes melt it again and whip it with a hand mixer. Also, I add a little more oil or a little less beeswax for a softer consistency.
Don’t throw it out! It can be saved!
I made this recipe exactly as it says, but added a step at the end after it completely cooled. I simply got out my immersion blender and “whipped” it up. This made it much creamier and easy to squeeze out of a squeeze bottle. It is also light enough to go through a pump bottle after doing this step. So, it doesn’t have to stay semi-hard at all.
I had this issue too! I am wondering if a person could “whip” it prior to bottling?
What did u do? Did u try to save the jar at least? Or did u just set the whole thing up on the shelf make alittle face and very quarterly back away hoping no one saw u make the face
Lisa G, did the oils you used offer different lotion consistencies? I am looking for a lotion recipe that will work well in a squirt bottle so I can toss it in my bag and have it on the go and that won’t need to be refrigerated. The thick consistency wouldn’t be very practical for me. I found a recipe for a thinner consistency that called for water, but I have concerns about the water being a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
Wellness Mama, Thanks for the tips!! Going to try this out over the weekend and see if I can make some holiday stocking stuffers!
To add calendula and chamomile should it be powder or flower base. I am making this for my baby boy who suffers from extreme dry skin. Any other suggestion please help thanks it’s my first time making anything.
I think she means adding those in essential oil form to the lotion recipe as stated above.
I should hope not EO’s. Essential Oils are not recommended to use topically on a child until two years of age!
There are alot of EO’s which are perfectly fine as long as they are diluted properly, such as lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, tea tree, grapefruit seed, and even peppermint. Obviously the last 3 EO’s I mentioned need to be a lot more diluted than the previously mentioned EO’s. but many oils such as grapefruit seed oil and tea tree oil are very good at curing ailments such as diaper rashes caused by thrush. No you should not ever but pure essential oils directly on a baby or toddlers skin, but if they are diluted properly with a carrier oil or a moisturizer, they can be very useful. I don’t understand why people get so upset about essential oils, but they are completely okay with putting products like Johnsons Baby Wash on their child which contains ethanol, along with many other fuel based chemicals. Heck, I’ve even heard of people putting petroleum around their baby’s mouth to help with rashes caused by slobber, do people not realize that is a fuel based product? or do they just not care? Not saying you would ever do that, but it makes me upset that there are people who do.
I made a modification of this recipe and steeped dried, organic calendula leaves in the the warm olive oil for a while. I also added a mixture of bees wax and emsulifying wax and the resulting lotion is very smooth.
where do you get emulsifying wax? I am very new to all of this and I want to try it out but have no idea where to even get some of this stuff such as beeswax. And the mold thing isn’t a factor? That kind of freaked me out! haha
What is in the emulsifying wax?
I would suggest 100% pure organic coconut oil. Really good to use instead of lotion as well.
My baby boy now 7 months has sensitive skin and I noticed baby wipes are the biggest problem. I now use coconut oil resolved in warm water and wipe with a cloth, problem solved he hardly ever has problems, I wish I used it with my other 6 children. Also in his bathwater I put 1 tbsp. of coconut oil instead of bath products.
I went thru HepC treatment and due to the interferon, now have psoriasis, a know side-effect. I’ve tried home-made lotions, and soaps. My new go to is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil applied directly to my skin. My all over body rashes are disappearing and the itching is significantly lessened. I use it directly on psoriasis, and it helps to lessen those patches as well. I can use essential oils with no problems, but the fragrance oils cause skin irritation big time no matter what the fragrance. So if you decide to add oils for pleasant smell, try just the essential. They are more expensive, but I’ve found much more agreeable with my skin.
i can’t find where to do an individual comment, so i hijacked someone else’s. I just made my first batch of coconut oil moisturizer using 16oz of Trader Joes’s extra i whipped it in my kitchen aid stand mixer on the highest speed for the 6-7 minutes and all i got was a very thin liquid, i went ahead & added 1tsp of vitamin oil & melted beeswax i got online & put about 2 tbls & mixed it by hand, but the wax solidified & i had to fish out pieces of solid wax. Where did i go wrong? Thanks
I have been told that NEEM oil is good for dry skin
Heat it up (pot warm water .change container?
Neem oil works great but it stinks to high heaven lol
You can Infuse calendula and chamomile flowers in the liquid oil on warm in your crock pot over night or in a quart jar in the sun for six weeks. Make sure the flowers are dry before infusing. Strain the oil after infusing and then incorporate it into the recipe part for part for the liquid oil. I make a calendula, plantain, and comfrey leaf infusion in avocado oil for my skin healing butters and soaps. An olive oil blend with lavender and chamomile is really good for dry baby skin and soothes a cranky disposition as well!
Depending on how quickly you want to make it, you can “steep” calendula and chammomile in whatever liquid oil you’re using (olive, grape seed, almond, sesame, etc…), strain the bits and pieces out, then use like normal in the recipe. You can steep the botanicals in one of two ways: 1) time (put your herbs in a jar, fill with oil, and let set for 4-6 weeks) or 2) heat (steep the botanicals and oil over heat, much like you would make tea). Hope this helps!
everything may be chemicals even water, but, some are natural and some are synthetic, guess which ones cause the most harm, nature made or man made? and the processing and handling is another issue in many chemicals. if mold is an issue, wouldnt keeping it cold and only keeping small amounts for the week out be a good suggestion? it is what i do with deodorant.
I put calendula flowers in a jar with olive oil and let them infuse the oil for couple months then strained the flowers out to use them in this recipe.
You said you “took a class on this a while back”.
Do you have any other education or qualifications?
I think asking for the qualifications of a person or efficacy of any product homemade or otherwise on the internet is moot. It is up to the individual to be diligent and seek out what is right for them. Just like any store bought product, there are those that will not react as intended with EVERY individual. You are the one putting the ingredients together and no one is forcing you to change from your regular regime. If you want to use chemicals you can not even spell or pronounce because the FDA says it is safe and you trust them then that is your prerogative. I was raised with my Great Grandmother making homemade everything (a practice passed down the generations). Bottom line, if you don’t think these recipes are for you then don’t use them……simple. Thank you for sharing your recipes with me Wellness Mama. Nice to see there are still some healers left within the younger generation. I have even re-written some of mine based on your posts.
Natural is best and it’s fine if you don’t want the product to have a long and reliable shelf life. I, for one, don’t want my products to go rancid, especially hair care products.
Cassandra, do you share your grandmothers recipes? I’m very interested in ‘all things homemade’ especially ones that have been around for generations 🙂
Well said! btw, to anyone who does a little reading on herbs and essential oils knows that many of these have their own antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Even beeswax has antimicrobial properties. SO, if someone is worried about microbes and fungi, they can always be sure to add the herbs and essential oils known to deter those terrible things! Of course, since these are small batch recipes, they won’t last long when used regularly. On one DIY site I use it is recommended that the majority of the lotion (or other body care item) be kept in the refrigerator to prolong shelf life, taking out only enough to use for a week or month at a time, as needed. If it’s still in the fridge after a year, throw it out and start fresh! easy-peasy.
Well said. There are always going to be skeptics. Everyone needs to make their own choices. Information such as this is given with the understanding that it may not work for everyone, nor is it a miracle cure. If you don’t like the recipe, don’t use it. Go to the store and buy a bottle of petroleum instead.
As an alternative to spending 100.00+ for creams to control my psoriasis, I have tried several home remedies with great success, I have tried this cream and love it. I also use a salve made especially for psoriasis that contains honey as well as beeswax, and also neem oil. The honey helps with the mold issue, as honey has a very long shelf life. Thanks, Wellness Mama! There will always be doubters, but know that there are many more of us that you have helped, and we are grateful that you have shared with us!
I love this. I agree. <3
Hello, I made a batch last night using jojoba oil, coconut oil , beesawx and some essential oils. I I’ve let it cool over night and there’s a hard layer on top and the rest seems really hard too. My conclusion is that I messed up the ratio of oils to beeswax. Now I suppose what I m asking is can I melt it back down to add more oils or did I waste these ingredients. Sorry I had to reply to another post I couldn’t find the individual comment box. Thanks I hope to hear back from you soon!!
Katie - Wellness Mama
You can definitely remelt and add more liquid oils
Help, I made this over the weekend. It is more like the lotion bars but just sits on top of the skin and doesn’t seem to soak in at all. What did I do wrong?
I have a question for you. I made the lotion bars. I used equal parts of coconut oil, beeswax and coco butter, and of course lavender essential oil. I really don’t like this in bars. I was thinking I would melt it back down and make more of a body butter to put in small jars as gifts. Could I just add more oil to the recipe when it melts? How much would I use? In my first recipe, I used 1 cup of each of the 3 ingredients. And I have a huge bottle of grapeseed oil that I don’t use for anything. Can I use that? Have you ever used it? Or would it be better to use almond or olive oil? Thanks!
Thank you for this! I just made it last night and I had the same issue… I think I added too much beeswax. It came in little bars so it was hard for me to measure.
Happy to know I can remelt and add more oils! 🙂
I did rub some on anyway though and I loved it!! Thank you for posting this easy recipe!
is it possible to make a natural lotion without beeswax because beeswax are raw here in our country..
Sorry to reply on a reply but I can’t find where to post my own comment. Is this lotion meant to be creamy? I’m trying it tonight and am hoping for creamy. Thanks!
Hi there! I made a batch of your lotion (my first time) & love how it feels on my face however it is hard as a rock:( not sure what I did wrong. If I melt it down again, what can I add to make it easier to spread? Would shea butter work? If so how much would you recommend? Thanks so much!! My husband loves it too!!
Lisa L Lawlor
This was my question as well. So after I melt down my cream (lotion), how do you suggest that I solve the problem of how much oil to add back in? I followed your recipe, however I know I added too much beeswax. I was thinking of adding a tablespoon of coconut oil. What are your suggestions! For future reference, where do I find the comment box?
It would depend on how much extra beeswax you added. You might want to try adding a tablespoon of a liquid oil like almond or avocado to help create a smoother texture.
Hi! I made this for the first time and it came out as a vaseline consistency. Did I do something wrong? This is exactly the ingredients I used:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
2 tbsp Shea butter
You can try adding more of one of the oils, it can help thin it out until you get the consistency you desire 🙂
I also will try this recipe today, so if I go wrong now I to know I can remelt and try again, thanks Wellness Mama, love everything you do…all Natural, My kind of life.
Thank yoi for your generosity in knowledge. I have learnt a lot from your blog.
God bless you and yours
I had the same problem just last week. I just warmed it a little in hot water so it could be worked, and whipped it with my hand mixer while I added more jojoba oil into it a little at a time – so I could see when it was the right consistency. I also tried adding cornstarch to it to give it a silky finish on the skin it makes it feel less greasy. I had a very hard time finding any recipe that helped with amounts per lotion, so I just added it and mixed it until I liked it. I ended up with a ration of 2 cups lotion base to 1 of cornstarch and it was like yogurt in consistency. It feels wonderful. Good luck , and dont throw that good stuff out! 🙂
Is it 2 c lotion to 1 tbsp. corn starch?
Hi Blu, does it not feel gritty with the corn starch? And how would arrowroot work? I prefer arrowroot to corn starch.
I have made chap stick (some use for dry skin) for the last few years, same ingredients just different amounts, if you cant melt it down and adjust you can use it as a thick cream for your hands or chap stick. Hope this helps.
I made a batch of the lotion and poured equal parts into two little mason jars. One jar has a consitency slightly thinner than lotion, the other is more like a shampoo/conditioner consistency. They both came from the smae batch though. What did I do wrong or what can I do to thicken it up a little?
I used Katie’s recipe but I substituted 1/2 Jojoba and half sesame oils for the almond and olive oils. I also used equal parts beeswax and shea butter. Once my coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter were melted I transfered the into a tall emersion blender jar and slowly poured my other oils with vit E and essential ols combined. I also added a tablespoon of arrowroot (next time I’ll use a bit more). I whipped it up and came out with a very smooth non greasy cream. I shared it with my mom and daughter in law and we all love it. Thanks for the base recipe! I couldn’t have done it without you, Katie!
Yolanda, is this the correct recipe that you used?
1/4 c. jojoba oil
1/4 c. sesame oil
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. beeswax
1/4 c. shea butter
melt all, then blend in:
1 tsp. Vitamin E
1 TB or more arrowroot powder
I’d love to try your version but wanted to verify I understood you right.
Actually I meant I used equal parts of beeswax and shea better and coconut oil, not all equal parts. So it was 1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, combined them in a jar and melted them over low heat. Once they were all melted and combined I poured them into a tall emerrsion blender jar, allowed them to cool but not harden. Mean while I combined the coId oils in a measuring cup.
1/2 cup sesame
1/2 cup Jajoba
I measured my arrowroot powder and chose and measured out my EO’s. When hot oils were cooled I poured in cold oils and blended well till fluffy and creamy. Then I added the vitamin E and EO’s and mixed again. Lastly, I added the arrowroot, (just under 1/4 cup has worked best so far. This really does make a super silky, mostly non greasy cream.
Yes, I also made this as a hand lotion, which is what I was looking for to carry in my purse in a squeeze bottle….. this is a cream, and not a hand lotion. Now I have fairly solid cream in my squeeze bottles and now what? I don’t want to melt it down because it has essential oils in it. I realize I should have read the comments BEFORE making it, lol, but too late for me. What can/should I add to the bottle to fix this. Btw, LOVE your page. Thank you so much! I come here for just about everything.
An oil.of antioxidants,.,warm it up
Blend the oil n blender 2 soften them?
I was taught the same thing about Vitamin E in my esthetics class when I became an Esthetician. It is used to keep it from going rancid. This is such a small batch that you’re going to use it before anything grows. I have a thing about making sure my hands are clean before I dip down in my lotion if I have to use my hands or get a tongue depressor to get it out with. Thanks WM for all your good info!
Doesn’t coconut oil have antibacterial properties itself?
Yes, coconut oil has antimicrobial properties; I would think that it is the perfect ingredient for a lotion!
Thank you Wellness Mama. I really appreciate your all natural recipes .
Wellness Mama, what can I use instead of vitamin E oil and GSE? I ask because I live in a small country far away from USA and I can’t find the oil and GSE.
Actually those ingredients are optional, so you can make it without… or experiment!
Do you have a recipe for a lotion without using coconut oil?
An oil.of antioxidants
I’m making this right & I don’t know how much calendula should be used & what essential oils would be good if I’m using as a face lotion? Help!
Generally you use 1 oz of dry herb to 8 oz oil. Don’t use fresh herbs . the water in the herb will cause it to spoil. Calendula is nice for a face lotion as well as rose hips and wild carrot seed ( which is queen Anne’s lace seed, yes the weed!)
All I have to say is Good for you!!! What the awakening of humanity needs is the most natural products available, that can be made from the plants of the earth and locally sourced materials with none of the chemicals used by the Elite in their products that poison us every day.
Thank God you are smarter then the average bear. I approve!
When giving this as a gift, is there a time frame that you would recommend that I tell my family to use the lotion within? Thanks for a great site!
I made this recipe and I love it but I keep finding that it gets chunky once it cools down. Is this normal or should I be doing something else? Please let me know.
Vitamin E would be a good preservative in this case because there are only oils. If there was water, then yes, you would need a preservative, but in this recipe Vitamin E is a good preservative 🙂
I am getting ready to make this lotion and I want to know if I am supposed to whip it at the end? I just don’t want to mess it up and this is the first time I have ever made lotion.
could you please tell me what course i can do to make my own scrubs and moisturisers.. I am from Melbourne make my own scrub at home but clearly only get 7 days out of it as i dont no how to preserve it longer…can you suggest
I wouldn’t worry too much, vitamin e is most def. a natural preservative. Can’t wait to try this lotion! I’m thinking I’m going to try “whipping” it w/ a mixer
Hello Wellness Mama,
Thank you for all of your sharing! I’m in France and I took a class on transforming medicinal plants into tinctures, lotions, etc. with an herbalist who prepared phytotherapy preparations for pharmacies for years. He had us use “vitamin E” or “grapefruit seed extract” as a preservative for our preparations.
I’ve never had a problem with mold or fungus in my balms or creams. I keep them in the fridge. I’ve even forgotten little pots that somehow got lost and 6 months later they had no mold, no fungus and no rancidity. 🙂
Hello! I was just wondering if you use the solid almond and coconut oil, or if one or the other is in liquid form. not sure if that made sense, thanks in advance.
We just made this and it is pretty solid…more like lip balm texture than lotion..did we do something wrong…?
I have a Question. What would i have to do to make it pumpable?
Hi! Can you convert this to a weights recipe please? There are like 50 or more comments asking ‘What is half a cup in weight?’. Converting this to weight instead of volume will help so many people I think. However, it is interesting reading the comments about how to convert it in to a cream or lotion or for what type of problem, etc.
When I’ve made hard soaps – and I’ve made a few now for the last 2 years – I always write down the weight of the oils and butters, etc, and the date I made it. That way I always have a record I can refer to for ease and knowledge/understanding. 🙂
I’ve made this a few times, changing the EOs for personal preference. I love it. And so have the people I’ve given it to. Never had any problems with it. Keep up the good work, Mama!
Thank you for teaching us this. I’ve recently decided the best thing for me to do will be to make my own lotion. Will this be good for a face lotion? Would it make sense to refrigerate it?
How much EO should I add in order to get scent? I am using calendula and chamomile and lavender. Thank you!
This was the biggest greasiest messiest job to produce so little and item that basically seems just like melted beeswax only slimier. A total waste of my time.
No worries! 🙂 I have made this recipe more than once. Place in small pots and/or mini jars and STORE IN FRIDGE. Take out one container at a time for use. My batches last up to a year. Make sure your process is very clean. No rancidity. No issues whatsoever. 🙂
Information is one thing, being rude is quite another. Good luck and have fun.
I quite agree! The solution to the problem of mold (or bacteria or any other spoilage) is to simply mess LESS product… some amount that you can us up quickly. This way, you don’t have to add harmful ingredients to your product. 8-]
Thank you for taking the time to post this recipe. I never even thought one could make lotion. I Will try it!!
I am going to do this!!! I think its a fantastic idea to go natural.. too many chemicals in our lives. My granddaughter has eczema and I heard coconut oil is great for that.. soooo.. this is how I got to this page. LOL. Thank you so much for the information.
Susan, I am wondering how the lotion worked on your granddaughter’s eczema. I just received all the ingredients to make the lotion. My 7 months grandchild is suffering from the same problem. I will appreciate any one comments.
Coconut oil was note enough for my son. It, and most other oils, were too thin. We started using just shea butter. He is almost completely clear within a week of starting it. A lot of times eczema is a sign of an underlying sensitivity or allergy.
My daughter has eczema and she is allergic to coconut. Make sure coconut oil would be safe for your granddaughter.
My granddaughter had eczema badly. When she was about 12 my daughter put her on vitamin D3, and the eczema cleared up. They had tried everything, both from the doctor and from friends. She hated having it, and now is doing fine. Most people are deficient in vitamin D, so I’m sure this was good for her body in general, too, not just for the eczema.
Calendula works wonders on eczema. It’s a type of marigold flower. You can steep the flowers in the oil before making the lotion or add ground calendula seeds. I’ve been using it on my daughter for 6 months… clears it in 2-3 days.
My mix is shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, calendula infused oil, lavender eo, and vitamin e.
Vitamin E is a preservative; perhaps you meant to say it is not an antimicrobial? For that, you can use grapefruit essential oil at 0.5-1%. To use vitamin E as an antioxidant, and thus, a preservative, the best thing to use is T-50 Vitamin E at 0.04%. One can also use rosemary essential oil at 0.15-0.5% to preserve. Happy lotion making!
Vitamin E is not a preservative, it is an *antioxidant* which means it will not prevent mold, bacteria, or fungus, but will keep the oils from going rancid. Essential oils are also not preservatives on their own, even if they have some preservative properties. And most importantly, grapeseed extract is not a preservative! The only studies that showed that it worked as a preservative used grapeseed extract contaminated with parabens. Using grapeseed extract will preserve a lotion about as well as prayer, unless it is contaminated (it often is), and in that case you may as well just use normal parabens.
However, like someone said above, you don’t need a preservative in this recipe because it doesn’t have any water in it. I promise I know what I’m talking about, I formulate natural cosmetics for a living.
Can you please recommend a preservative and an antioxidant for homemade soap? Thanks.
handmade soap does not need a preservative.
These comments were made when the recipe *did* include water, she had since changed the recipe probably so people would stop arguing about it.
She said grapefruit extract not grapeseed. I think grapeseed is from grapes not grapefruit so they’re different.
I meant grapefruit seed extract, I made a typo. Regardless, you should treat a lotion like this recipe like unpreserved food; it should be kept in the refrigerator and if it is older than 5 days you shouldn’t use it. Otherwise you are endangering your health.
Katie - Wellness Mama
All of the ingredients are oil based and have a shelf life of several years… there is nothing to preserve.
do you have any recipe’s for making lotions suitable for people that want to use Halal Products
Hi Lesley! Vegan lotions without alcohol should be suitable for those looking for Halal products 🙂 So most of these should be good. Good luck!
Actually, I said vegan, but I meant vegetarian without alcohol. Beeswax is fine 🙂
Actually I just did a little bit of research and found this link saying it is a preservative: https://botaniesoap.com/soapmaking-supplies/preservatives/vitamin-e-oil.html
Anyway, Love it, I just made some up. Thanks for the recipe!! I will make it again after I run out. lol
I am interested in a discussion on natural preservatives and organic ingredients for a thick lotion cream base
I’m interested in your opinion on a few things. I’m just getting started with this. Could you please post where I can contact you?
Also, Thank you wellness mama for your wonderful recipes& knowledge!!!pammy
Thanks for this amazing info. y’all! I just made a body butter and it smells to shea-buttery. has anyone tried this recipe? It is less shea butter than I just used and am wondering if the smell is more mild.
I have the same issue, the coconut smell is too strong. Maybe because I was using extra virgin coconut oil which preserved the most scent of coconut oil. I want to know should I change it to refined coconut oil, is it gonna fix the smelly issue?
Yes, refined coconut oil has no smell and in my opinion, the exact same consistency as virgin coconut oil. However, many people believe there is a loss of nutrients and beneficial properties once the oil gets refined. Hope this helps :-)0
I didn’t like the smell of shea butter either, so I switched to mango butter. Much nicer.
Can this recipe be whipped? Thanks!!
I also agree that there needs to be another preservative in this. I also own a natural lotion company and have had my products tested in a lab to determine shelf life. Vitamin E will extend shelf life slightly, but what you will want to do is add Grapeseed Extract to incorporate a proper preservative to prevent bacteria growth. For home use, this is not required, but if you intend to sell the products, you will want to check with your local department of health to determine what the law is. Shelf life on my products is actually 6 to 18 months depending on the product.
I would however like to say that the person who commented first needs to learn proper manners. There is a proper way to portray information and they did not achieve this. Thanks for the recipe, and I wish all of the people that visit your site the best of luck with this endeavor.
Yes I agree. The poster was unnecessarily rude.
Products like this one in the recipe, made with oil and beeswax (no water) are quite self-preserving and certainly don’t need chemical preservatives. I’ve been making products like this for years with out using any preservative.
Yeah I’m not sure why people are freaking out. I don’t need a preservative.
I’m a pharmacist and I do a decent amount of compounding lotions and such. Wellness Mama is right here, since the product is not made with water, an antimicrobial preservative is not necessary. Now I would never sell a product without such a preservative, simply because of liability, but the chances of having microbial growth in this product (if maintained in a tightly sealed container) is minimal, and I consider an acceptable risk for my personal use.
Grape seed extract, parabens, and Diazolidinyl Urea are all good preservatives, but each come with there risks and are only necessary if needed for your peace of mind.
BTW, thanks for this recipe Wellness Mama!
Thanks for posting Annie! I appreciate a pharmacist is reading this blog! 🙂
There may be this answer in the comments here but there are SOOO many comments! Wow! I read for a while. 🙂
How many drops of essential oil or tsp of vanilla should be used to be safe for my face and baby skin? Thank you Wellness Mama!
Essential oils are not recommended to use topically on a child under two years of age.
Some essential oils are safe for babies. I know the brand that I use certainly is safe. I make 3 oz. batches and use 10-20 drops.
Mold does not easily grow in products that have no water in them. If someone wants to add Germall to their products, they may as well buy commercially made ones. Germall is not good for you. Also, if you don’t add water, you don’t have to use emulsifiers in this. I don’t think you have a lot of experience with natural products so you should hold your comments on people’s posts so others don’t get confused and be harmed by your bad advice. Just sayin’…
This guest needs to realize the information they are putting out there. Many of the things they said are clearly proven wrong and I must agree with what Wellness Mama has to say. I wish Wellness Mama was my actual Mama.
Ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs are TOO EXPENSIVE! Any other suggestions?
Try Vitacost.com they have herbs and other natural stuff I get most of my stuff from them 🙂
I use Bulk Apothecary for my oils and butters in large quantity. They also have all the essential oils and containers you would need for lotions or lip balms. Very reasonable prices! Shipping gets me sometimes but considering I’m buying 40 lbs of coconut oil at a time I guess it does cost a bit to ship! LOL. If you watch closely, they do run free shipping and 20% off sales frequently.
I’m late to the party, and maybe no one will even see this, but regarding the cost of oils, I would be afraid of buying oils that were cheap! I purchase quality, therapeutic grade oils that are third party tested, direct from the company to ensure that I am buying pure, unadulterated essential oils.
One wants to think that there are “not nice” people out there, but the sad fact remains… 🙁 I am even nervous when I have to go to my local natural food co-op for certain oils such as Jojoba or Almond oil because the company I buy from does not sell them. I look for EOs that can even be ingested and are backed by a guarantee. If the company is willing to stand behind their product, I believe that the product is probably safer in the first place.
Just my two cents 😉 Happy experimenting toward life using what nature is happy to provide for us!
Is there a way to make it not so thick for a pump bottle? And is there something else you can use for a sub for the coconut oil if someone is allergic to it?
does it go on the hands?
You are right about one thing, this is a lotion stick, or balm or body butter since it is not an emulsification of oil and water, it is not a true lotion. That being said… since there is no water she doesn’t need ewax. That’s what is good about body butter is you can use beeswax with all of it’s healing properties.
This website is about staying away from toxins and your germall suggestion is not suited for a safe, non toxic recipe. It is also unnecessary since this recipe, again, doesn’t have water, the vit E is enough for the oils. It will have a long shelf life, I would throw away what I haven’t used after a few months and make more. That’s why at home creations should be in small batches. I would rather deal with germs anyway, even mold, even yeast, than put germall on me. Here is what lotionsecrets.com says:
“Again, watch out for these: Germall Plus, Germall II and Germal 115 (preservatives), when making your lotion. I constantly find claims that they are safe in homemade lotions all over the place. They are the main cause of eczema and contact dermatitis in skin care products (according to the American Academy of Dermatology). According to this very informative web site again cosmeticsdatabase.com<<<, this product has the ingredient DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, sometimes just called Urea (as well as others not quite as bad), which has been linked to cancer and a LIST OF EFFECTS AND HAZARDS TOO LONG for me to list here in the areas of- cancer, neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin irritant, penetration enhancer, and cosmetic restrictions in other countries. This ingredient contains government warnings that it is hazardous, yet time and time again I find web sites selling this product as- safe for homemade and natural creations, so the people selling them who don't do their homework think they are doing the world a service with their homemade lotions and soaps and they are not."
germall is NOT natural and NOT safe.
Can I use vitamin E capsules instead of vitamin E oil?
Thanks! I had the same question.
Re- Liquid Germall Plus – NO NO NO.
I couldn’t read this first post however 2 years old without posting also the MSDS on that product mentioned as preservative.
Please do not take this person advice and put that product into your clean lotion or creme.
Hello – I made this balm a couple of weeks ago, I added lavender oil – however the scent is not so strong. Please could you advise as to how many drops of lavender and rose geranium oil I should add?
Great balm!! Thank you!
If you are concerned with bacteria there are perfectly good natural antibacterial oils available that can be added to the lotion … Lemon and lavender are the top 2 that come to mind… But I’m sure there are several more… I agree with the post that this is ment to be a natural product for those of us who don’t have much ( if any ) faith in the FDA and their health standards ( if they are doing such a great job why are so many of us sick?)and we are looking for alternitives
Research is nessicary … So everyone… Do your research … Look to multiple sources … Then make an informed call
Mold is more of a concern to some than others… I have never had a problem personally… Just use within the allotted time and add some lemon oil (not juice) or lavender problem solved
Thanks for the recipe… 🙂
Some people who sell lotions and shampoos use that method. I saw one lotion company who used only that. The only problem is those oils like honey work on themselves without a problem but once it’s contaiminated(especially with water) it can grow bacteria & mold. [Bacteria can even grow in salty conditions or in a vaccum.]
However glycerin is a natural preservative. I’d like to pass this idea along we should all work together create a glycerin preservative method that works:
We need 60-70% of it to work as a preservative. I was thinking we add an anti-humectant(joboba oil, beeswax, etc.) to cancel the humectant each time if that is possible. We can also use solid rain(the stuff from Mexico that collects water in soil for farming) to collect the glycerin each time we use a lotion or product with 60-70% glycerin. Without touching that much glycerin. This is useful for dry powders. I’m not sure if we could separate glycerin from lotion.
If we could get something to work we could have our natural, effective, safe preservative:
How much quantity does this recipe make please?
Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a preservative as listed by the FDA. It is s used as a preservative for fats (usually chicken fat) in pet food, and when tocopherol-preserved chicken fat is used it must be specified in the list of ingredients.
“Preservative”, “antimicrobial”, and “anti-oxidant” are not mutually exclusive chemical properties. That is to say that just because something is an antioxidant, doesn’t mean it is not also a preservative (and vice versa). In fact, many antioxidants are good preservatives because they bind free oxygen radicals that would otherwise interact with less stable components. “Preservative” can have many different meanings depending on what you are trying to preserve and against what.
No preservative necessary due to the fact she is not adding water to this anhydrous recipe.
I also add GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) oil or Rosemary oil to my foot balms, as a boost to protect from microbes….
As Veronica also mentioned, this recipe does not contain water. Preservatives are generally only required for water-containing recipes since bacteria, yeast, etc. need that to grow. Vitamin E will delay the onset of rancidity in oils, and that should be good enough for this recipe (but be warned if it’s stored in a jar or something where water is likely to be introduced–then you’ll need a preservative).
That being said, your priorities are messed up if you are more concerned about the propylene glycol than the diazolidinyl urea (a formaldehyde releaser; I’d rather have the parablens, who I think have a worse reputation than they deserve; phenoxyethanol, as found in Optiphen, for example, is another one you may want to consider).
I would suggest you relax…..seriously
I love the recipe. I am an all natural gal and have been looking for how to make all natural lotion. But what if your allergic to coconut or almond oil? What do you suggest?
Wow!! I am really taken aback by your rather rude (IMO) comment . Not that what you had to say was not valid however it comes off as very hostile and bossy. Katie aka WelssnessMama has been for myself and my family a lifechanger. Her website has been a go to for anything DIY, NON GMO , etc etc for me and a lot of other people. And she is sharing her experiences and what has worked for her. Her experience and knowledge is invaluable and very appreciated.
You should consider maybe softening your very bossy attitude. And double check your info because unless you have a degree in chemistry I (and I am sure I am not alone) am not interested in what you have to say when its said in such a condescending manner ..
have a great day!!!!
Nice thanku lotsssssss
You don’t need a preservative as there is no water in the product.
If using pure essential oils, mold won’t grow!! I think you need to do your research, yourself. Best Regards
My vitamin E oil has mostly soy bean oil. Do you think that is bad to add to this?
Dear Faithy, Your remark towards Wellness Mamma and her wonderful recipe sounded pretty snotty!! I have made my own creams for myself and others with Vitamin E as a preservative which is told to do by many “experts” that make them for sale from what they were taught. I have been using my own creams for years with no side effects and no apparent mold, so I don’t consider it harmful in any way to preserve the shelf life by using it. I also use beeswax and all is great!! I also don’t refrigerate any of it and don’t need to. I use mine up to a year with smell, texture and appearance the same. Thanks you wellness mama for all the life-goodness you share!! 🙂
Though I am a fan of many of these recipes, I have to point out that this person IS right. This recipe does not contain water therefore PROBABLY doesn’t need one, but we really shouldn’t spread misinformation either by saying vitamin E is technically a preservative; because it isn’t. To all the people who say they know what they’re talking about because they run cosmetic companies, are in the medical field, create natural products for a living, etc..that doesn’t mean you know 100 percent what you are talking about. Chemistry does not lie. We are here to grow and learn from each other, not talk about who knows more than who.