There are lots of reasons to make your own lotions at home. One of the most obvious is cost savings, and the other is the simple fact that if you make the lotion yourself, you can control what goes into it. In other words, there won’t be a long list of strange ingredients or chemicals added to your lotion.
Experimentation Is the Key to the Perfect Recipe
One basic tip about making lotions is this: You should begin with a basic recipe and be willing to experiment. Always write down the measurements you use for each batch of lotion you make. You may find it necessary to increase or decrease the amounts of fragrance or other ingredients in order to create the ideal lotion. As you continue making lotions, you are sure to have favorite consistencies as well as favorite fragrances. And if you give lotions as gifts, you will probably find that other people have their own preferences. You will definitely appreciate having detailed records of your lotion recipes.
Hobby, Gifts, and More
You can use all-natural ingredients and your lotion can be made in your kitchen. The process is fun; in fact, many people consider it a relaxing hobby. Another advantage of learning to make lotions is that you can give them as gifts.
Of course, in that case, you will probably want to dress things up a bit. That is, you can purchase nicer bottles and add fragrances to the lotion base.
Keep reading for complete instructions.
Keeping it Simple
Getting started making lotion is easy. You probably already have the basic ingredients on hand. Below is a list of the things you will need:
• Olive or mineral oil (1 cup)
• Beeswax or honey (1 tablespoon)
• Fragrant essential oils – sweet pea, peppermint, rose, lemon, tea tree, chamomile, and sweet almond are suggested
Add the mineral or olive oil to a microwavable safe dish. Add the beeswax; heat until ingredients are melted. Remember, you may need to add more beeswax or honey to adjust the consistency.
Essential oils can be added for fragrance. Add just a few drops at a time. Vegetable-based food coloring can be added to give the lotion a more attractive appearance.
It is suggested that you add colors that coordinate with the fragrance. For instance, yellow with lemon essential oil, pink with rose essential oil, and green with sweet pea.
If the lotion is too thick, it can be thinned with a few drops of water. A capsule of grape seed extract can act as a preservative for your lotion. Crush the extract and pour it into the mixture; blend well before you pour the lotion into your bottles. This will give your lotion a shelf life of three months or more.
Lotion Makes a Great Gift
The Container Store sells a wide range of bottles and dispensers that are ideal for lotions. If you will be giving your lotion as a gift, you can tie a ribbon around the bottle. If you want to make your lotion really special, you might want to consider ordering peel-and-stick labels for your bottles.
Most dollar stores sell small wicker baskets that are perfect for use as gift baskets. Just line the basket with a pretty washcloth or even with some tissue paper and add the bottle of lotion. You could also add a loofah sponge and other bath accessory items. This makes a nice gift for almost any occasion.
Making your own lotion is a fun hobby, and it’s a great way to save money on something you can use every day. Plus, you can use the lotion to create great-looking gift baskets that friends and family members will appreciate. Why not experiment with a lotion recipe today?