All-Natural Moisturizing Lotion with Essential Oils

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All-Natural Moisturizing Lotion with Essential Oils
All-Natural Moisturizing Lotion

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Product Code: THIN-LOTION


All-Natural Moisturizing Lotion with Essential Oils

Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1/8 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil, almond oil, or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. beeswax pellets (or more for a thicker product)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vitamin E oil or the contents of 4–5 vitamin E capsules (for skin benefits and as a preservative)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 4–6 drops essential oils
  • Lotion Bottle(s): We recommend a bottle with a lotion pump, such as the Acrylic Lotion Pump Bottles, since this recipe makes a thinner lotion.


soak oatmeal

Step 1. Combine rolled oats and distilled water. Cover, and let soak for 12 hours. Distilled water is needed to inhibit mold growth. If you don't have distilled water, you can use regular tap water, so long as you boil it and allow it to cool before mixing it with the oats.

strain out oatmeal water

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.

mix the oils in glass bowl

Step 3. Combine the jojoba (almond, or olive) oil, coconut oil, beeswax pellets, vitamin E oil, and honey in a glass bowl.

melt the oils

Step 4. Melt the oils in the microwave or on the stovetop in a pan filled with 1" of simmering water (creating a double boiler). Heat until completely melted. The beeswax will take longest to melt, so make sure to use pellets or grate finely.

done when completely melted

Step 5. Once everything is 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.

consistency after cooling

This is what the mixture should look like after it has finished cooling.

whisk lotion together

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 the color lightens.

Lotion Consistency

This is the consistency of the lotion when finished.

pour into lotion containers

Step 7. Using a funnel, pour the lotion into an empty lotion bottle.

Store this lotion at room temperature (75 degrees Fahrenheit) or cooler. You can store it in the fridge to keep the oil and water from separating. However, if stored in the fridge, bring back to room temperature before using in a pump bottle.

This recipe makes about 1 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.

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