Good Oils for Homemade Lotions

Tired of store lotions? Whip up your own custom moisturizer.

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If you’ve searched store after store for the perfect lotion with no luck, why not make your own custom moisturizer? Making lotion doesn’t have to be a monumental undertaking; it can be a relaxing craft that allows you to fully customize your lotion for your specific skin type. Oil is an essential base for most lotions, and a variety of oils can be selected for your custom creation.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a thin, lightly-scented oil that is similar to your body’s own natural oil. It absorbs well into the skin and doesn’t leave you feeling like a grease trap after application. Jojoba oil is also handy for blemishes, clearing up zits and leaving behind clear, healthy skin. Warm 2 tbsps. of jojoba oil with 4 tbsps. of beeswax in the microwave until melted, and pour into a small food processor. Add 1/8 tsp. of borax, 1/2 cup warm water and 5 drops of rose oil to the processor, and blend until the lotion turns thick and opaque. Pour into a squeeze bottle and apply as needed.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is slightly heavier than jojoba oil and has a sweet, nutty scent. This rich oil is best for dry skin, as it may leave a greasy sheen on oily skin types. Dissolve 1/8 tsp. pure borax powder in 1/3 cup water, and pour into a deep bowl. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of granulated beeswax and 1/3 cup almond oil over the borax mixture and get your blend on which a big wire whisk. Keep stirring until the mixture gets thick and pasty, and transfer to an empty lotion bottle.

Avocado Oil

Squeezed from the skin and pits of whole avocadoes, avocado oil is a medium weight oil with very little smell. Used for everything from psoriasis to eczema to wrinkles, avocado oil soaks in deep to soothe parched tissue. Add a cup of pure shea butter and 1/4 cup avocado oil to a pan and bring to a simmer. Let the mix cook away for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and pour in 10 drops of your fave essential oil. Stir to combine and pour into a lotion tub to cool.

Coconut Oil

Made from squeezed coconut meat and husks, this light oil is ideal for sensitive or combination skin. Coconut oil does smell slightly sweet and nourishes skin without leaving behind greasy streaks. Add 1/4 cup pure rose water, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup almond oil and 1/3 cup beeswax flakes to a glass bowl and set over a pan of boiling water. Stir the oils until the wax melts, then pour the mixture into a small makeup pot. It will thicken into a rich lotion as it cools.

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