This rich, creamy homemade lotion recipe soothes, hydrates and heals dry, suffering skin.
Its spicy, exotic scent is perfect for warming winter-chapped hands, feet and every part in between! Plus it's not too girly, so it's a great moisturizer for men.
Here's a quick rundown of the benefits of the essential oils in this body lotion recipe: Frankincense, patchouli and sandalwood are great for rejuvenating skin so it glows with health.
They're good for problem skin conditions, and for reducing the appearance of imperfections like blemishes, minor skin irritations and scarring.
And frankincense is famous for helping to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, which gives you smooth, even skin.
1 to 2 tablespoons (3 to 8g) Emulsifying wax
(depending on how thick you want it)
1/3 cup (75ml) Jojoba or Apricot Kernel oil
2 tablespoons (25ml) Vegetable Glycerin
1/2 cup (125ml) distilled Water
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E
10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
20 drops Sandalwood essential oil
5 drops Patchouli essential oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
Optional: 1 drop Ylang Ylang OR Jasmine essential oil
This homemade lotion recipe makes approximately 8oz (250ml) body lotion.
For a thicker consistency, (more like a cream) add a little more emulsifying wax (up to a half a teaspoon more.) For a thinner consistency, add just a little less.
You can also reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Do not increase the essential oils, however, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total recipe.
Instead of using water, power up the healing properties of your homemade lotion recipe by replacing it with sandalwood hydrosol.
Hydrosols are made when plants are steam distilled to create essential oils. They contain the same properties as the essential oil, in a more dilute (and often less expensive) form.
Experiment with the homemade lotion recipe. Try it one way the first time, then try something else the next. (Handy hint: Take notes - I always forget what I wanted to change by the time I'm ready to make more.)
Check out some more sweet homemade lotion recipes. Why not make your own sunscreen for this summer? Or try making lotion bars this winter - they're super moisturizing!Peppermint Body Lotion
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