Archive for January 29, 2010

A fun crafting project… making your own hand lotion…

Yeah thats right, its done easily. Its something that is fun and highly satisfying to make your own lotion. Something you use everyday, tailored exactly to your needs.

You will need a measuring scale that weighs in grams. Here are the ingredients.

350 grams distilled water

1 Tablespoon liquid glycerin

30 grams aloe butter

60 grams coffee butter

26 grams emulsifying wax

8.0 grams stearic acid

11 grams hemp oil

Various essential oil to scent

Vitamin E (can add if you like, I love it)

liquid germall (this is necessary if you make a large batch. I only make enough to last 6 weeks or so so no chance of it spoiling. You can make lotion without it, just increases the likelyhood it will spoil.)

Add distilled water, hemp oil, glycerin, aloe butter, coffee butter, emulsifying wax, and stearic acid in a large bowl.  Cook for around 2 to 3 minutes until all ingredients are melting. Then take an immersion blender and mix together until its like a gravy, around 30 seconds to one minute on a low speed. Let the mixture cool now. After a couple of hours take notice, if you would like the lotion thicker add more water, thinner add more emulsifying wax. Also you may add essential oils for scents at this time and add some germaben or other preservative at this time if you like.

I heat the mixture again just until it melts so its easier for me to pour into an 8 ounce container. This makes around 8 ounces I believe, enough to last me in a dry climate for a little longer than one month. Its not necessary to heat again after you found the right consistency, I do it so its easier to get from the bowl to my storage container with only a funnel.

Its easy to find all items on or . Good deals for all of your supplies here. Its easy and simple, it took me around 8 minutes to weigh, cook, and mix the lotion last night. Come this morning I had a brand new batch of lotion to use.

This lotion may be different for you than what you are used to. Realize that what you are used to contains more than likely petroleum refuse. When a barrel of oil is processed they take some of what is left and make soap and lotions with it. It dries out the skin, then you need more of their product. 8 ounces of your own homemade lotion will last a little longer and you won’t notice your hands drying out. Plus no medicinal hospital smell.

Look on the internet for recipes, go to the library and borrow some books. I had started a personal products company making lotions, soaps, and lip balms but the insurance just got to be too expensive.

I hope to have given you  some easy tips and a good recipe for making your own lotion. TRY IT! Have fun with it! Break thru your plateau in creativity to make some personal products you can use everyday.

Keep learning! Enjoy the process not just the end result.