I’m absolutely in love with my recipe for Winter Lotion!
But there are those times I’d like to shake it up a bit by using essential oils for a variety of purposes.
Today I whipped up a batch of this unscented lotion to keep on my bathroom counter for use with essential oils. This lotion is super great! Instead of making several different batches of lotion — more lotion than I could ever use in a reasonable amount of time — each containing different essential oils…I now have a all-purpose lotion that I can customize with each use!
Unscented Carrier Lotion
*Choose only organic ingredients. I have linked directly to the ingredients I personally use and recommend.
- 4 ounces plant-based oil, your choice (I like to use any one of these: organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic grapeseed oil, or this calendula herbal oil)
- 6 fluid ounces liquid, your choice (i.e. filtered/distilled water, aloe vera juice, calendula hydrosol, or a strong infusion of green tea)
- 1/2 ounce organic vegetable glycerin OR raw, organic honey
- 1/2 ounce emulsifying wax
- 1/2 ounce stearic acid
- 0.1 ounce citric acid
- 0.1 ounce rosemary antioxidant (extract)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon non-GMO vitamin E oil, optional
- Using a kitchen scale, weigh all ingredients.
- In a small sauce pan, combine the oil, liquid of choice, glycerin (or honey), emulsifying wax, stearic acid, and citric acid.
- Heat mixture on the stove over low heat, until the mixture is well combined and completely melted. Stir frequently.
- Remove from stove.
- Using an immersion blender (or a wire whisk), stir intermittently until cool, creamy, and thick.
- Add in rosemary antioxidant (extract), and vitamin E oil if using.
- Stir well.
- Pour into storage jars (I use these).
Scoop lotion into your hand, use as is (this is a wonderful lotion for sensitive skin) or add a few drops (2-3) of desired essential oils, apply to skin.
Please remember :: Making lotion at home in your kitchen requires the utmost in cleanliness in order to inhibit bacterial growth and prevent mold. This is why it is very important to use aloe vera gel, hydrosols, or filtered/distilled water in the recipe. Likewise, please be sure to use thoroughly cleaned utensils, pans, bowls, and counter surfaces throughout the process.
This lotion should last 4-6 month on the counter. There is no need for refrigeration. However, if you see mold growing, toss it out. Tip :: If you use more than one jar/container feel free to store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. And just so you know, I’ve never had any mold grow in mine — ever.
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