You may have gathered that I like things simple, but that doesn’t always translate to easy. Take for example my homemade lavender lemongrass lotion. It isn’t hard to make, but it’s not as easy as buying lotion off the store shelf. However, there’s satisfaction in making my own products, there’s relief in knowing each ingredient, and in this case there’s an absolute love for the product. This lotion is creamy, super moisturizing, fast absorbing, and smells heavenly.
Before landing on this recipe for lavender lemongrass lotion I tried other products for moisturizing. Oils, like coconut and almond, left my skin too dry. Body butters, which are really easy to make, were too greasy and didn’t absorb well. The only ready-made product that I trusted and liked was so darn expensive and the company wouldn’t take the containers back for reuse. Besides being economical, my moisturizing cream is made with “clean” ingredients, and is poured into glass jars that I use over and over again.
Things to Note
If you’re buying all the ingredients for the first time it will be expensive, however, you won’t necessarily use up everything in the first batch making subsequent batches far less expensive. The recipe makes a lot of lotion! You’ll be happy because you’ll want to give it as gifts or make sure you have a big supply so you don’t run out anytime soon. All the ingredients, except for Borax, can be found at natural food stores. Borax can be found in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. If you want to order everything online, including the Borax, I’ve been particularly happy with Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you’re curious about the purpose of Borax, it acts as an emulsifier and gives the lotion a creamy consistency. Don’t leave it out. If you’re concerned about the safety of using it, this article put me at ease.
I love this recipes exactly as is, but I’m certain you could play with substitutes for some of the ingredients, such as the oils, butter, and essential oils. Just do your research ahead of time to make sure you’re choosing good substitutes.
The hardest part of making this lotion is cleaning the blender, which I’ll admit is a real pain. After I’ve poured the lotion into jars, using a rubber spatula I scrape out any remaining product. I then use paper towels, which I keep on hand only for this task, and wipe out the blender jar as best I can. I pour in maybe two cups of very hot (almost boiling) water, secure the lid tightly, and blend carefully on low. I dump that and add clean hot water and dish soap and run for a final clean.
Recipe and Pictures
The recipe is below, but I wanted to share a few pictures of the process.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try, because this lotion is amazing!
- 1 1/4 cups apricot kernel oil
- 1/2 cup jojoba oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup (2.6 oz) beeswax
- 1/4 cup cocoa or Shea butter
- 4 tsp lanolin
- 2 1/4 cups filtered or distilled water
- 8 tsp vegetable glycerin
- 2 tsp Borax
- 80 drops lavender essential oil
- 80 drops lemongrass essential oil