My favorite part about making lotions and creams is picking the oils to use. There are so many oils that are excellent for the skin. I wanted this cream to be thick (because I do dishes two thousand times a day) and easily absorbed. Jojoba Oil is very close to your skins own sebum, so it really does the trick. You can mix and match any oils that you wish in this recipe. Make small batches, in case you don’t like the oil you picked.
Homemade Hippie Hand Lotion
1 1/3 c hot water
1/3 cup emulsifying wax
1/8 cup Olive Oil
1/8 cup Jojoba Oil
12 drops essential oil (I’m on a rose oil kick right now)
In glass jelly jar mix oil and wax. Set jar in a pan of warm water on a low flame until melted.
In a separate cup heat the water, it doesn’t have to be boiling.
Pour the hot water into the wax mixture. Let it cool a little bit and then stir in essential oil.
You can use any oil that you wish. I have made it with 1/4 cup of coconut oil before. I have used half coconut and half jojoba. The mixture is totally up to you. I love this with a few drops of rose-water. I make it in the jar that I plan to keep it in, so its even easier! And emulsifying oil is cheap, you can get it at Mountain Rose Herbs for only $7.00 a pound. I bought mine 2 years ago and I’m still using it. My only suggestion is to make your lotion in small batches. It has a shelf life of about a month, unless you keep it in the fridge. Mine has never spoiled, because I use it up too fast. The fun part about small jars, is you get to experiment with different oils and scents that much sooner. If you’re looking for a lotion to make in large batches, that has a long shelf life, try the Simple Body Lotion recipe below.