My skin gets so dry in the Montana winters thanks to our wood stove that seems to really dry out the air in the house. I’ve been using our homemade body butter to moisturize and soften my skin but it is so thick and nourishing that sometimes I just want something lighter. Like a quick, soft lotion to rub into my dry hands that get so dried out after doing chores on the homestead. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE our homemade body butter. It does amazing things to deeply nourish my skin, especially on the dry, calloused skin on my feet. Once I figured out how to make lotion, I tweaked a couple recipes and came up with a simple, easy recipe I love. This homemade lotion is moisturizing and nourishing to my skin, but not as thick as the body butter.
The main ingredient in our homemade body butter is shea butter. This isn’t something I can grow or harvest here on the the homestead or in the mountains around us. Instead I always have to buy it since it is imported to the US. The shea butter I buy is a great deal but I also wanted to make a nourishing skin moisturizer that had ingredients we could source more locally. Like beeswax! We have a couple pounds of beeswax I rendered from our bee hives that I love to use when crafting and creating on the homestead. That’s what I really love about this homemade lotion, the fact that it has just three ingredients and two of them come from our homestead: the water and beeswax! The only product I have to buy is the oil, but even that is infused with herbs we grew or wild harvested in the mountains around us.
How to make lotion:
This recipe makes about 1 pint of lotion. The lotion does not have added preservatives so it will not last as long as store bought lotion. This lotion is best if used in less than a couple months. During the dry winter months, our family can use up a batch of this lotion before it goes bad. If you don’t think you can use a pint of lotion that fast then I suggest cutting the recipe in half.
*For a thinner lotion that will flow nicely through a soap pump (like these mason jar soap and lotion dispensers we sell in our Etsy shop!), use only 1 ounce of beeswax. For a slightly thicker lotion, use up to 1.5 ounces of beeswax. I prefer to keep our lotion in a glass canning jar that Little A can easily scoop out of so tend to use a little extra beeswax.
-1- 1.5 ounces beeswax* (before I rendered our own beeswax, I bought this beeswax since it was a great price and they’re easy to shred)
-3/4 cup herb infused olive oil (here’s our tutorial on how to make your own herb infused oil)
-3/4 cup warm water
Directions for how to make lotion:
- Grate or chop the beeswax into small pieces. Place the beeswax and oil in a glass jar or measuring cup. Place the glass in a metal pot and fill the pot about half full of water to make a double boiler. Heat the pot on low/medium heat until the beeswax has all melted into the oil.
- When the beeswax is all melted, turn the heat off on the pot. Pour the 3/4 cup warm water into a tall glass jar (I use a wide mouth quart size canning jar that my immersion blender easily fits down inside).
- With one hand, hold the immersion blender (this is the one we’ve had for several years and love it!) in the water in the jar and turn it on high. With your other hand, veeerrrryyyy slowly pour the oil/beeswax mixture into the water. The oil, wax and water will start to emulsify and form a creamy lotion. Blend until all the ingredients are emulsified and the lotion is mixed well.
- Your lotion is now finished! Scoop the lotion out of the glass jar into a smaller pint size jar. Once the lotion cools off it will firm up a bit more but still be soft and smooth to rub in. To store it, place a lid on it and keep it at room temperature out of direct sunlight or heat.
Now that you learned how to make lotion, you can start experimenting with different herbal infused oils to create lotions with specific medicinal properties. Next up on my list to make is a calendula infused lotion to use on our baby homesteader’s sensitive baby skin.
What types of herb infused lotion do you plan to make?