How to Make the Best Body Lotion (Body Butter)

It’s the perfect time to share with you all a fabulous recipe for the best body lotion you will ever use! What makes it so great? Well, for one, when you make your own products, you know exactly what’s going into them and can ensure it’s safety. Many of you think it’s too much work to make your own body products….I used to think this too! I found a surprisingly easy recipe courtesy of one of my favorite green ladies, Tania Reuben a.k.a the Pure Natural Diva. Of course, I had to put my own spin on her recipe, but you can check out the original here.

This recipe has 5 simple ingredients and takes only a few minutes to make. When I found this recipe, I decided to make this as gifts for everyone! Another cool thing is that you can customize the scents with any combination of essential oils and make some really cool concoctions! In the video, I made a vanilla orange body lotion I like to call Orange Creamsicle. It smells absolutely heavenly! In the video, I also tell you where you can get all the ingredients (one of them is distilled water, which you can pick up at the local grocery store.) See below the video for written ingredients and directions.

 

Best body lotion

Don’t forget the distilled water (not pictured.)

Best Body Lotion (Body Butter)

 

2-3 Tbsp distilled water

1/2 cup grapeseed oil

2 Tbsp beeswax

Vitamin E oil or capsule

Essential oil(s)

 

Directions:

 

1. Combine grapeseed oil, Vitamin E oil, and beeswax. Melt over low heat on stove.

2. When beeswax is almost completely melted, remove from heat and place in glass bowl.

3. Add water, and beat with a hand mixer until it thickens a bit. If you want more of a lotion consistency, add water. I added 3 tablespoons and mine came out more like a lotion then a body butter.

4. Add essential oil or oils.

5. Let sit for 15-20 minutes to thicken some more then scoop into a glass jar (empty baby food jar or mason jar works well!)

 

Put some pretty ribbon (or use newspaper for curling ribbon to make this an extra eco-friendly gift.) Did you ever think it would be this easy to make the best body lotion (or body butter?) I had fun making this and I hope it showed through in the video. Now I have to go make some more!

Did you try this recipe out? What were the results? Do you have an even better body lotion or butter recipe? Share them in the comments section!

 

And don’t forget to Like, Tweet, Google+ and Stumble this post. You might just save someone from a trip to the mall!

12/16/11

UPDATE: Many of the lotions you buy in the store contain harmful preservatives- chemicals which increase the shelf life of the lotion yet carry harmful side effects. This homemade lotion is 100% natural and preservative free. That being said, I was recently made aware by Bubble & Bee Organic Owner Stephanie Greenwood that because this lotion lacks a preservative, it needs to be kept tightly closed and in the refrigerator to inhibit bacteria growth. I was under the impression that the Vitamin E served as a natural preservative, and it does keep the oil from turning rancid, however it doesn’t stop bacterial growth. I am now looking into adding a natural preservative to this mix, thanks to Stephanie for the feedback and tips! This is a learning process for me too and I’m so glad you are here with me on this journey.

 

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • http://radiant-brown-beauty.com Michelle

    What a great recipe for DIYers! I like the scent of orange too :-0)
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Survive Winter With This Anti-Dry Skin Checklist

  • http://www.exclusivelyglamm.com Kim

    What is the shelf life of this body butter?

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Hi Kim,
    This was my first go around making body lotion and I didn’t realize it needed a preservative! Check out the update below the post, but to answer your question, it’s good for 2 weeks if kept in the fridge. I left mine out and within a week, it was smelling sour. Fortunately, this recipe only made about 4 oz of lotion, so if you use it pretty religiously, it should last for the full 2 weeks. I am still perfecting a formula which will last longer with natural preservatives. Of course, I would never put anything toxic in a homemade lotion. Thanks for the question!
    Robin

  • http://www.wiseessentials.com Blood Sugar Balance

    I’d like to try this one. It’s good to try new things every new year. This might help my skin too.

  • http://gayleswishlist.blogspot.com G.

    This is great – I’ll defo try it!
    G.´s last blog post ..Saturday Nails

  • http://www.itchair.com/seo-los-angeles seo los angeles

    I’ve never been the type to make my own products, I always thought it would be too much trouble. But you make it seem so simple! And it’s hard to argue with your logic about preservatives. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ll definitely have to give it a try!

    ~Karen

  • Charlene Brower

    Hello,
    Thanks so much for the recipe!! I was just wondering if you ever found a natural preservative for this recipe? If so, what is it and how much do you put in to the above recipe? Thanks so much!
    Charlene

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Hi Charlene,

    Ye, I did get some info about adding preservatives to the homemade body lotion. I asked Stephanie Greenwood about it and forgot to update the post with her response! This is what she said you could add to make the lotion last longer: 15% alcohol, polyaminopropyl biguanide, radish root ferment, potassium sorbate, plus there’s other options you could do.

    I admit I haven’t tried this recipe again but I have plenty of beeswax and I will be giving it a go again soon. Let me know how your recipe comes out!

    -Robin

  • Loz

    There isn’t really such a thing as a natural preservative apart from Vit E which only protects the oils and butters from going rancid in this recipe.

    Polyaminopropyl biguanide is not a naturally occurring compound – it is a synthetic polymer. Potassium sorbate occurs naturally but has been known to irritate the skin. Alcohol can have a drying effect on the skin.

    If you want a truly natural product, you’ll just have to accept a shorter shelf life.

    Another nice twist – rather than using distilled water, try using a hydrosol instead and then you’ll also be able to incorporate some fantastic flower waters.

  • Stephanie

    I’d like to add that Vit E is not a preservative; rather, it is an antioxidant that stops the production of reactive oxygen species formed when fat (or oil) undergoes oxidation. I highly recommend using the natural preservative called Leucidal, which is radish root ferment, as opposed to 15% alcohol, polyaminopropyl biguanide, or potassium sorbate, Additionally, if you want to be gluten-free, make sure you are using a gluten-free Vit E or simply use an oil that contains gluten-free Vit E, like sunflower oil, which would be better than grapeseed oil, which has a shorter shelf life and is often solvent extracted, though it can be found processed more naturally.

  • Brunilde

    Hello Robin

    Congratulations for your blog, it´s very good.
    I do my own products for many years. For the ones that have water I use
    Grapefruit seed extract as a preservative and it works great. It´s a 100% natural and my creams last for months.

    Bye

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com/about?rel=author Natural Organics

    Hi Brunilde,

    Thanks for the tip! :)

    Robin

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com/about?rel=author Natural Organics

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for chiming in! It was mt first foray into lotion making and I thought I’d make a few missteps…however, with your tips, I think i can make a much better body lotion! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

    -Robin

  • Sandy

    Robin I’m anxious to try this. I’m a great believer in colloidal silver as I know it’s health benefits. I wonder since it is antiviral/bacterial if adding it instead of distilled water or in addition to, it might act as a natural preservative? I get my silver from Utopia Silver, they may be able to answer that question for me.