You know the old saying, that oil and water don’t mix? Well, they’re wrong. This silky smooth lotion is a combination of moisturizing oils and gentle floral hydrosols. And you can make it right in your blender!
Photos by Ana Stanciu
Cold weather and hand washing take their toll on hands during fall and winter months. So now is the time to switch up your hand soap to something more gentle. And then lotion, lotion, lotion. I use this lotion on my face (it’s an awesome face cream), legs, elbows, and anything else that feels dry.
First, pick your carrier oil. Light oils like sunflower, grapeseed or sweet almond work best. And if your hands need serious TLC infuse the oil with calendula and/or lavender first. Lavender soothes redness and inflammation while calendula “promotes wound healing and cell regeneration,” says Linda Shanahan, herbalist and owner of Barefoot Botanicals.
Next, choose your liquid. I used lavender hydrosol because it smells fabulous. Plus I like to apply lotion right before bed, and the scent is calming and relaxing. If you don’t have a hydrosol, distilled water works just fine. You can also combine different hydrosols (like rose or chamomile) or use half hydrosol and half water.
Just keep your amounts to a 1:1 ratio of oil to water.
Super simple hack for making lotion
The trickiest part of this recipe comes when you combine the oil and water. Beeswax is not a true emulsifier, according to Formula Botanica. You can add borax to the water to assist with the oil and water blending or buy an emulsifier like this one to use instead of beeswax.
I’m not a big fan of buying specialty ingredients, so I went the easiest route and just used beeswax and a lot of blending. The oil and water need to be roughly the same temperature for this to work and the ingredients to blend together.
So if your ingredients aren’t coming together into a creamy lotion, it’s probably because the temperature is off. Just let the mixture sit in the blender or bowl until everything reaches room temperature and then blend again.
How to Make Lotion in a Blender
- Double boiler
- Blender or food processor
- 6-ounce jar with lid
- Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a small sauce pan then reduce heat to low. Put a heat-safe bowl on top of the pan (not touching the water).
- Add carrier oil to the bowl. If infusing your carrier oil, simmer the oil and herbs for 30 to 60 minutes. Strain out the herbs and return the oil to the bowl.
- Add the beeswax. Heat on low until the beeswax has melted. Stir occasionally with a wooden skewer. Once the beeswax melts, remove the bowl from the heat.
- Let the oil and beeswax mixture cool to room temperature. Stir as needed to prevent it from hardening and keep the beeswax mixed in.
- Add water to a blender or food processor. You can also use a mixing bowl and an immersion blender. Blitz the water a few times to heat it up slightly. The closer the oil and liquid are to the same temperature, the better they will blend together.
- Slowly drizzle in the oil mixture. Continue blending until the oil and water are fully combined.
- Transfer to a sterile storage container. Before use, I like to spritz my containers with rubbing alcohol and then wipe it out. The lotion can be a bit runny so a pump bottle works best. Use within 6 months.