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It's been too long since I've posted a DIY tutorial. I've been wanting to make a new version of DIY lotion for a long time, but I kept getting tripped up by all the DIY recipes that called for beeswax. When making DIY beauty products, I really like to stick to recipes that only require basic ingredients that can easily be found at the store. Beeswax seemed to go beyond basic, so I kept looking for alternatives.
I finally stumbled across a few recipes that called for shea butter or cocoa butter and decided to try one of those instead. But then when I went to New Seasons, cruised the health and beauty aisle, and saw that not only did they sell beeswax, but that beeswax was significantly cheaper than both shea butter or cocoa butter. A big goal of mine when making my own products is to keep the costs low. So after all that time trying to avoid it, I ended up buying beeswax anyway.
I used this recipe from Wellness Mama to make my lotion. I love recipes like this that include optional ingredients because they can either be easily skipped or easily personalized. In my case, I skipped the vitamin E oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and essential oils. I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
If you skip the optional ingredients, this recipe only requires three ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, and almond or olive oil. I found beeswax at New Seasons and I think it would also be available at a store like Whole Foods or maybe a farmers market where honey is sold. I thought it was going to be much trickier to find than it actually was. Also, I recently made a trip to Costco and stocked up on bulk-size honey (not needed for this recipe) and a gallon-size bucket of coconut oil, which have both come in handy when making my own beauty products.
Here's the full list of ingredients needed for this recipe:
1/2 c almond or olive oil
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c beeswax
Optional: 1 t vitamin E oil
Optional: 2 T shea butter or cocoa butter
Optional: essential oils, vanilla extract or other natural extracts to your preference
Since the beeswax came in a big chunk, I cut it into small pieces before adding it to a mason jar. Then I added all the liquid ingredients to the same jar.
Add a few inches of water to a pot and turn it onto medium heat. Add the jar to the pot and let the water heat the oils. Shake the jar around from time to time until everything is melted.
Once melted, everything was completely liquified. I transferred the lotion to a small tupperware and let it set to room temperature.
Once it was all set, it had this perfect creamy consistency. I put a little on my skin and it felt smooth and soft. This three-ingredient recipe took all of about ten minutes to make and so far I'm loving the results. I definitely think this one is a keeper.