I’ve been making beeswax lotions for quite some time now.
I absolutely LOVE how they feel and how easy they are to customize. However, every once in a while I’ll have a customer tell me that they think my lotions are too “oily”.
I take that as a compliment. In order to create a natural lotion (one WITHOUT preservatives), you can NOT add water.
Anytime water is added to a lotion it must be preserved because if left unpreserved, it will mold. Either that, or you must store it in the refrigerator and use within a week or two.
That’s why I make beeswax lotions and salves. I refuse to add in preservatives, even ones with “natural” claims, because preservatives are by nature, unnatural.
So this week, I decided to change things up from normal to create a lotion unlike anything I ever had. I wanted a great skin care lotion that would repair and protect my hands after gardening, cooking, and all the thousands of other things I seem to be doing lately.
I’ve had some Shea Butter waiting to be used up, so I decided to work with that. Shea Butter has so many skin nourishing benefits! It helps boost collagen production, reduces inflammation, and has lots of Vitamin A to help skin repair itself.
In addition, I’ve added some vegetable glycerin to this recipe to help cut down the “oily” feeling and to add an extra layer of protection for skin. Because I’ve added glycerin, I had to whip the lotion as it cooled to prevent the glycerin from separating from the rest of the lotion. (I learned the hard way on my first batch… the oils hardened at the top and the glycerin stayed liquid on the bottom. No fun!)
I wasn’t so sure this lotion would work, but it turned out wonderfully! It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite lotions to use.
- 1 oz Shea Butter (Find it here)
- 1 oz Olive Oil (Find it here)
- 1 oz Sweet Almond Oil (Find it here)
- 2 oz Beeswax (Find it here)
- .5 oz Vegetable Glycerin (Find it here)
- 1-2 drops Essential Oils (optional, but I used Jasmine Essential Oil)
- Melt Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Beeswax on a double boiler
- (I always use a regular quart sauce pan with a glass Pyrex measuring bowl inside)
- Once oils are melted, turn off heat and add vegetable glycerin
- Transfer lotion to a standing mixer and mix with whisk attachment until lotion begins to turn white and the consistency of thick pudding.
- **If you don’t mix this lotion, the glycerin and oils will separate.
- Transfer to jar and stir in any essential oils.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
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