Try this recipe if you like Bath & Body Works lotion!
I’m telling you what. This body lotion recipe blew me away. I didn’t know it was possible to make such an effective, silky feeling body lotion from my own house. Like I said already, it’s comparable to Bath & Body Works body lotions & that is no joke. It’s thinner than other DIY body lotions & can even be used in a pump container instead of a jar if preferred.
Body Lotion Benefits
- Natural ingredients
- Protection against UV radiation
- Non-greasy consistency
- Doesn’t go bad as fast as other body lotions
When I first made this recipe, I was expecting it to be similar to my soothing foot cream, but it’s actually very different. The biggest difference between them is the overall feeling of the lotion when it’s rubbed into the skin. That means this DIY body lotion uses different ingredients, and here’s why.
All Natural Ingredients
Tap water contains bacteria, which can grow to become something smelly, gross, & definitely not something you’d want in your DIY body lotion. Using distilled water reduces the risk of bacteria contaminating your recipe & gives your body lotion a longer shelf life. If you store it in the refrigerator, the shelf life is even a little longer.
If you’re looking for a moisturizing DIY body lotion, make sure it has glycerin in the ingredients. Glycerin attracts water from deep skin & even the humidity in the air to the outer layer of the skin so you don’t feel dry. This means that when you use a body lotion with glycerin, your skin is absorbing moisture out of the air & from deeper layers of skin underneath the exposed skin.
Jojoba oil forms an oily (but non-greasy) layer on the outer skin that keeps moisture in the skin. This property helps the moisture from escaping your skin so that you don’t feel dry. It’s an emollient & doesn’t cause irritations because it’s completely natural.
Sweet Almond Oil
A mild, hypoallergenic oil that can be used on sensitive skin because it is completely natural. It protects the skin against UV radiation to help your skin stay soft & keep moisture in.
Emulsifying wax allows water & oil molecules to sit next to each other, blending them together. This allows the lotion to stay blended & doesn’t separate. It creates a non-greasy consistency that moisturizes the skin. This ingredient is a must-have in this DIY body lotion recipe. Do NOT skip this ingredient or your body lotion will not turn out well.
Derived from fermented radishes, leucidal liquid is used as a natural preservative & has antimicrobial properties. Since there are no artificial preservatives in this lotion (it’s all natural), you’ll need some kind of ingredient that will give it a little bit longer of a shelf life. The antimicrobial properties also contribute to the longer shelf life.
Because, who doesn’t use essential oils in their DIY body lotion recipes? There are thousands of benefits to using essential oils & there are thousands of different combinations that have all kinds of uses. For purposes of this lotion & being festive, I used a snickerdoodle fragrance oil instead of essential oils. Believe me, it still smells amazing & has therapuetic properties even though it’s not an essential oil.
Overall, I believe this recipe is an improvement over my soothing foot cream or body butter. It should last longer & it leaves my skin feeling softer & less greasy. I was amazed at the outcome of this product because my previous lotions were not like this. They got hard when the temperature was colder, they were slightly greasy, & didn’t leave my skin feeling as nice. After I felt this lotion on my skin, I was instantly hooked.
I believe the biggest difference would be the emulsifying wax, which holds the oils & water together so that it doesn’t separate and is smooth. This body lotion is also less heavy than other handmade lotions. If I’m going to recommend any DIY body lotion recipes, it’s going to be this one through & through.
Silky Snickerdoodle Body Lotion
- 1 cup distilled water
- 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup emulsifying wax
- 2 teaspoons leucidal liquid
- 10-40 drops essential oil or frangrance
- 2-16 oz mason jars
- 1 large pot for boiling
- hand mixer or stand mixer
- candy thermometer
Mix distilled water & vegetable glycerin in one of the jars.
Mix your oils & emulsifying wax in a separate jar. Do not add essential oil or fragrance oil yet.
Put both jars in a saucepan filled with water. The water should come halfway up the jars.
Heat both containers until they reach 160 degrees F. You can use a candy thermometer to measure this. Then hold the jars at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
Combine both jars into mixing bowl & turn on the mixer for 30-60 seconds.
Add leucidal liquid when the mixture has cooled down to 110 degrees F. Add desired amount of essential oil or fragrance oil.
Turn on the mixer again for 30-60 seconds. Transfer the lotion to airtight containers, such as mason jars.
- For a thinner lotion or if you have oily skin, use light vegetable oils like apricot, macadamia, almond, or olive oil.
- For a thicker lotion, replace vegetable oils with shea butter, coconut oil or mango butter.
- For eczema or psoriasis, use rose or calendula infused olive oil & replace jojoba oil with shea butter.
- To add therapeutic benefit or scent, add 10-60 drops of essential oil, but use less essential oil for sensitive skin.
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