How to make homemade lotion: easy lotion recipe



Water Phase142g Distilled Water4g GlycerineOil Phase30g Fractionated Coconut Oil10g Mango Butter10g Emulsifying Wax NF4g Cetearyl AlcoholCool Down2g Optiphen (Preservative)2g vitamin E Oil (Antioxidant)2g Essential Oil (Optional Fragrance)


Measure out your water phase ingredients: Distilled Water and Glycerine, as well as your oil phase ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Emulsifying Wax NF and Cetearyl Alcohol.Gently melt both phases in separate heatproof containers over low heat, using either a bain-marie or double boiler method, stirring occasionally.When both phases are completely liquid, pour the molten oil phase into the water phase. Immediately blend with an immersion blender until the mixture turns opaque & homogenous. As the emulsion cools it will continue to lớn thicken until it starts to resemble a cream.Once the cream has cooled to room temperature, và has a thick cream consistency, measure out your cool down ingredients: Optiphen, vitamin E Oil & any optional Essential Oils for fragrance.Mix thoroughly khổng lồ ensure the cool down ingredients are fully incorporated into your toàn thân cream.Transfer your cream to lớn a tub-style container & store away from direct sunlight.

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This recipe makes 200g of homemade toàn thân cream & will last approximately 3 months. See the interactive formula to lớn customise this recipe.
If you’re looking for an easy homemade cream recipe or perhaps you want khổng lồ try making a lotion from memory (more power to you!), then this is a perfect simple and foolproof cream formula lớn try! We’re back to lớn basics here, so no fancy active ingredients or weird emulsifiers - just the basic core elements of a lotion: water, oil, emulsifier, stabiliser, and preservatives và antioxidants.For a more detailed breakdown of the lotion making process, including a glossary of all the ingredients, please see my beginner’s guide lớn making lotion.

Creams vs lotions

At this point the line between skincare products has become so blurred it’s almost unnecessary to sweat the small stuff like whether you’re making a cream or a lotion. Essentially they’re the same hàng hóa - both lotions and creams are emulsified moisturisers that consist largely of water.

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Traditionally creams were thicker, và more intensive moisturisers that were usually contained in pots and tub-style containers. Lotions, however, were considered lighter, runnier moisturisers that worked best in pump or squeeze bottles. Due lớn this clear distinction, it was safe to lớn assume creams were more moisturising due khổng lồ their thicker texture.

But an interesting fact that you learn when you’re making your own cosmetics is that a lotion’s consistency is largely determined by the emulsifying wax rather than the oil or butter content. It’s more than possible to make a cream that simply appears thicker but has the same amount of moisturising elements as a looser lotion.

So for this recipe, I’ve kept the oil nội dung to around 20% which is fairly light for a cream, but makes for a much easier emulsification process!

Why you should make your own cream

Making your first homemade cream is one of the most rewarding things you can do! It’s lượt thích unlocking a secret life gian lận that only you and a small amount of people even know about. But there are signifcant advantages to making your own cream, a few of which I’ve listed below.

Benefits of homemade cream

You know EXACTLY what goes into itGreat for sensitive or specialist skin conditionsEasier lớn avoid irritants và skin-sensitising ingredientsMakes the most of natural ingredients: butters, oils và botanical extractsEndless customisation, got a favourite butter or oil? Well now you can include it in all your creams


This homemade toàn thân cream recipe is easy lớn customise and alter depending on what you have available. Please see below for a menu of common substitutions:

Fractionated coconut oil: any light khổng lồ medium-bodied oil will work (e.g. Almond, sunflower, jojoba, grapeseed etc.)Optiphen: can only be substituted with another broad-spectrum preservative (e.g. Preservative eco, geogard, optiphen plus). Use at the recommended usage rate.