There is no question that properly moisturized skin looks and feels better, especially during the chilly winter months when it is prone to flaking and itchiness. The problem is that it can cost a fortune to keep a supply of body lotion on hand. From the price, it is easy to wonder if the secret ingredient in some moisturizers is gold dust.
What few people realize is that the basic recipe for any lotion is incredibly simple: Oil and water are combined and bonded together with an emulsifier. In fact, anyone can create a month’s supply of luxurious body lotion in his or her kitchen for around a dollar. Even more exciting is the fact that you can make a moisturizer that is perfectly suited to your skin type, fragrance preference, and budget.
If you want to keep your skin looking silky smooth and want to hold onto more of your hard-earned money, try this simple recipe.
How to Make Lotion
Items required to make lotion
- Emulsifying Wax
- Hand Blender
- Vitamin E Oil
- Plastic Bottles
- Microwave-safe Bowls
- Essential Oil (of your choice)
- Steric Acid
- Liquid Glycerin
Instructions on how to make lotion
Take a microwave-safe bowl and put Â¾ cup essential oil in it and then add 2 teaspoon Steric Acid, 1 teaspoon liquid glycerin and 1 teaspoon Emulsifying Wax to the oil. Keep the bowl in the microwave and heat it until the wax melts completely.
Take another microwave-safe bowl and put Â½ cup water in it, be it tap water, rainwater or any other plain water and then add Â½ teaspoon Borax (the Mule Team stuff) to the water. Then place the bowl in the microwave and heat until the mixture becomes boiling hot. Then take out the bowl and slowly whip the oil mixture into it, with the help of a hand blender.
Keep mixing both the mixtures, till they become fairly cool. If you want, you can add vitamin E oil during this time, along with a little color and some fragrance. After you feel that the lotion has been mixed well and is also pretty cool, pour it into plastic bottles.
Some Tips on how to make lotion
1. If you make a lotion that follows the instructions given above, use the lotion within a month. In case you plan to use it over more period of time, add some preservative to it.
2. Instead of water, one can also make use of green tea of water infused with herbs or rosewater.