Step 1. Combine the old fashioned oats and distilled water. Cover, and let soak for 12 hours (starting this the night before works great!). Distilled water is needed to inhibit mold growth. If you don't have distilled water, you can use regular tap water as long as you boil it and allow it to cool before mixing it with the oats.
Step 2. After the oats have soaked for 12 hours, use a spatula to strain out the oatmeal water. This liquid should appear a little cloudy. If needed, use the spatula to squeeze the liquid from the oats. Set aside 1/4 cup of the oatmeal water. Discard or eat the oats.
Step 3. Combine the jojoba oil, coconut oil, beeswax pellets, vitamin E oil, and honey in a glass bowl.
Step 4. Melt the oils in the microwave or on the stovetop in a pan filled with an inch of simmering water (creating a double boiler). Heat until completely melted. The beeswax will take the longest, so make sure to use pellets or grate finely.
Step 5. Once completely melted, pull the glass dish out of the pan with a hot pad. Grab a towel, and fold it around the bottom of the glass dish. Place towel and glass dish in the refrigerator to cool off for 10 minutes before placing in the freezer (towel and all), or just leave in the refrigerator for another 35 minutes until mixture is soft and cool.
Note: Some glass dishes can break if the temperature change is too drastic, so use caution. Wrap a towel around and under the dish; then let it cool first in the fridge before placing it in the freezer. The towel keeps the glass from touching anything really cold.
(This is what it should look like after it has finished cooling.)
Step 6. Mix together the cooled oil mixture, 1/4 cup of oatmeal water, and 4–6 drops of essential oil with a handheld or stand electric mixer. Whip for a few minutes until thickened and lotion-looking.
(This is the consistency of the lotion when finished.)
Step 7. Pour the lotion into a plastic bag. With scissors, cut off a corner of the bag just a tiny bit, and squeeze the lotion into an empty lotion bottle.
Store this lotion at room temperature (75 degrees Fahrenheit) or less. If you know it will be hotter than 75 degrees, you can store it in the fridge to keep the oil and water from separating. However, if stored in the fridge, it may need to be brought back to room temperature before using in a pump bottle.
This recipe makes about a cup (8 oz.) of lotion. If you use the
30ml Acrylic Lotion Pump Bottles, this recipe will fill 5 bottles. If you use the 50ml Acrylic Lotion Pump Bottles, this recipe will fill 4 bottles. Any other lotion pump bottle will also work.