How to Make Lotion

Lotion Making 101: How to Make Your Own Organic Skincare

Lotion Making is an excellent way to make custom organic skin care products. We offer a simple lotion making recipe that you can make in your kitchen. You can use simple to find organic ingredients. As you learn about the lotion making process, you can start to experiment with more advanced ingredients and formulas. Be creative and try hydrosols, Aloe Vera or tea tinctures instead of water. You can also add anti-aging peptides, powders, extracts, and natural botanicals.
It is easy to find most ingredients that you will need to make lotion. Try the health food section of your local grocery store. You can usually find organic oils, organic aloe, vegetable glycerin and many other items. Your local health food store may also carry the ingredients you need.  You may need to order stearic acid and emulsifying wax online just make sure you are purchasing emulsifying wax made from vegetable sources.  Airless bottles, anti-aging Ingredients, and essential oils can be located in the DIY section of our shop at Skin Perfection. Lotion Making

Lotion Making Supplies:

    Double Boiler – 2
    Stainless steel or glass measuring cups and spoons
    Spatula
    Pyrex or any glass bowl
    Handheld Mixer
    Candy Thermometer – 2
    Plastic Gloves
    Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka to sanitize utensils
    Funnel
    Airless Bottles

Lotion Making Ingredients:

  • Organic Oils for this recipe we prefer Jojoba and Coconut Oil. (For more information on which oils to choose, check out our blog on how to make Anti-Aging Oil Serums)
  • Organic Aloe Juice
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Emulsifying Wax
  • Stearic Acid
  • Organic Essential Oils

This formula for making lotion is super simple! As you become familiar with the lotion making process, you can use more advanced methods.
  • 1 oz. Organic Jojoba Oil
  • 1 oz. Organic Coconut Oil
  • 3 oz. Organic Aloe Juice
  • 1 oz. Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1 oz. Emulsifying Wax (from vegetable origin)
  • 1 oz. Stearic Acid
  • 15 drops Organic Essential Oils

Now the fun part, making the lotion! First prep your workstation by wiping down the area with a disinfectant. Place all supplies that you will be using at the workstation. Remember always to wash your hands and put on your gloves. You will need to sterilize all utensils by wiping them down with Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka.

Heat all oils and emulsifying wax in a double boiler. Place a candy thermometer on the side and bring the temperature to 150 degrees F. While the emulsifying wax is melting, in another double boiler, you will heat the aloe. When both the oil and aloe reach 150 degrees F, remove both oil and aloe from heat and begin incorporating the water into the oil. Place a stick blender into the oil and start blending, slowly disperse the liquid aloe into the oil. Soon an emulsion will form. After about 2 minutes or when the mixture is thoroughly blended, add the essential oils and blend until incorporated. Place a funnel inside an airless bottle and fill. Repeat until all of the product is bottled. Set them aside to cool. Once cool, put the lid on your lotion and place in the fridge. To extend the lotions shelf life, you will need to add a preservative during the appropriate phase.