Making natural cosmetics like my latest non-greasy body lotion requires endless testing and learning. Will it turn up as you imagined? Is it going to be good for your skin type? Will it be pleasant to use?
This latest attempt to make a natural lotion, is very nice and I use it very often but next time I will try adding some natural fragrance. For now I sprinkled it with home-grown lavender to add a bit of a nice smell when I open my container. There are many other considerations worth noting when making cosmetics at home.
Natural cosmetics – getting started
Keep it clean
Start by cleaning hands and all the tools and containers you will use. Lately, I have been sterilising jars with hot water just to make sure that I don’t add any bacteria or dirt to my cosmetics.
I also carefully clean my tools afterwards (my mini whisk and spatula). I do it by:
- Soaking them in hot water.
- Adding some washing liquid.
- Sometimes even vinegar and baking soda.
The key difference between shop bought and natural cosmetics like my non-greasy body lotion is that they don’t contain chemical preservatives. That’s why many of them have to be kept in a fridge or use fast. And it’s important to label them correctly. So go on – apply as generously as you can to avoid wasting your lovingly made concoctions.
Careful with ingredients
Always check what kind of reactions might certain products bring. I am not at all expert in essential oils, but started learning basics. Always triple check and consult. Simple rules to follow are:
- Check that you’re using oils without anything added to them.
- Apparently any oils 3 years and older can be spoiled because of exposure to oxygen.
- Big lesson – citrus oils are not good when applying on the skin and going to the sun.
- Don’t use on damaged skin.
- Stop if you get any reactions – I haven’t had any yet but make sure you check and consider for your skin type.
Ingredients to make non-greasy body lotion
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax
- 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons of vitamin E oil
- 2 Tablespoons of cocoa butter
- 3/4 cup of water
- Start by preparing beeswax, almond oil, and cocoa butter in a double broiler and then mix well and melt.
- Add vitamin E oil when the oily mixture cools down a bit.
- Prepare your water and start mixing it (I use a hand mini whisk). Very slowly start pouring the oils and continue mixing vigorously.
- You will see how lotion is beginning to shape. Continue until it is smooth and well combined.
- Pour into your clean container.
- Your greasy body lotion is ready!
All the recipes included in this blog have been made and tested at home. Please note that I am not a cosmetics or food professional. Always consult your doctor in case of any allergies or reactions.