|1.5 cups lotion in a shorter wide-mouth Ball jar.|
Following up on my summer post, Making Infused Oils, I made homemade moisturizing lotion with my infused oil and have been using it for a few weeks now. The recipe, from Root Simple (link to full instructions here), is easy to make, uses only 4 ingredients (3 if you omit the essential oil), and costs hardly anything! Plus, it's all natural – no weird chemicals.
1/2 c olive oil – herbal infused or plain
.5 oz or 2 Tlbsp beeswax, in bead form or grated and packed in the spoon
1 c tepid water, filtered, bottled or distilled is best
10 drops Essential oil of choice (optional)
|Grated beeswax just added to oil.|
My improvised double boiler is simply a thrift store glass bowl with handles that sits on a medium-sized saucepan. I added my oil, but strayed from the recipe a bit by including a heaping tablespoon of warmed coconut oil to the olive oil – still keeping 1/2 cup. Beeswax was grated, and I used Rose Geranium essential oil. With the lemon balm infused oil, the lotion had a scent that was earthy and different (good different)... It reminds me of the garden!
Following the tips, I added hot water to my mixing bowl to warm it before mixing. The whole process takes only a few minutes – the wax melts quickly, and mixing into a whip took only a minute or two. And I used the baking soda in the bowl and on my beaters before washing with hot soapy water. Clean-up was no problem.
My review of this lotion: it's great as a body lotion, and the moisturizing effect lasts! I slather it on after a shower, and it feels wonderful. The thing about this lotion though is that it's heavy and feels somewhat greasy on the skin. I do like using it on my face, but your face will shine after putting it on, and it takes a little while to absorb into the skin (on my face at least). Blotting with a tissue helps with the shine. Mostly I've been using it on my face at night before bed, but use it in daytime too when I'm home.
One thing I did with it since I caught a cold a week ago – in a separate small jar I mixed together some homemade herbal salve (slightly warmed), some of the lotion, and a drop or two of eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils. It made a mentholatum rub of sorts!
I still want to make a light non-greasy facial moisturizer, so will be experimenting further using combos of different base oils, essential oils, and homemade herbal extracts.