Unlike whipped body butters and creams, this lotion is liquid-like and absorbs quickly into the skin. Simple to make with long shelf life, its a personal favorite! Forage or grow your own plants for custom oil infusions (see posting: How to Infuse Oil), then use it in this recipe. By doing so, you’ll have a healthier and cheaper lotion than the store-bought counterpart. And nothing is so rewarding as using what you already have to make something useful and beneficial!
Infused Herbal Lotion
- 1 C infused carrier oil of choice
- 2 1/2 Tbs beeswax (approximately)
- 1/4 C chlorine-free water
- (optional) a few drops of essential in oils are not infused
Directions: set up a double boiler. If you don’t have one, place small-mouth canning rings across the bottom of a pot. Add 2-3 inches of water and balance a wide mouth, pint jar on the rings. The jar must be held up off the bottom of pot, or direct heat will crack it and you’ll lose the contents of the jar. Place goods that must be melted or heated in the jar.
If you purchased beeswax in bricks, grate and measure off approximately 3 Tbs of wax. If you have pellets, pop the measured amount into the jar. Add carrier oil. Warm under low heat until everything has melted. It may take a while, but heat will kill the good so keep it low as possible. When melted into a warm liquid, pour into a blender. Turn on low making certain the lid is firmly in place and slowly add the 1/4 C of water, bit by bit. When finished, turn the blender up to high speed and let it run for a minute. Pour into a pump bottle and leave the lid off until lotion has cooled completely. Add pump lid and store away for future use.
Why leave the lid off? Because the lotion is warm it will condensate if sealed up and in the end, water will be sitting on top of the lotion. If left untouched for several weeks, water may open to doorway to mold and your lotion will be spoiled.
This recipe is so simple, so easy, so fun.