I have been making my own homemade lotion recipe on my baby’s and 4 year old daughter’s skin for after their evening bath. I want to share this wonderful recipe to everyone I know who have babies and young children. It makes me super excited to talk about because their skin has never felt better and it goes on so silky smooth with no fuss.
You know that feeling of silky newborn skin?
Well, I want to keep my babies feeling this way so I had to find natures best moisturizers. After many hours researching and several trial and error batches of lotions, I finally came up with the best homemade lotion recipe yet! This is one that I absolutely love and I know you will too. It leaves skin so soft and silky and not greasy at all. I combined ingredients that are a mix of the best for being ultra moisturizing and beneficial to the skin. I added enough water in the recipe that the lotion spreads like half melted butter. The texture is similar to homemade whipped butter, the kind you get in restaurants with your pancakes! I wanted it as easy to spread as possible because kids have very little patience and want it on fast! But do take your time putting in on if you can because it is so luxurious that your babies will love an evening massage with it!
Shea Butter is derived from the seed of a Shea tree. The butter is extracted from the seed preferably by cold press method to keep the butter in tact for it’s most beneficial properties. Ideally, the use of chemical extraction will be avoided and there will be no use of a preservative. It is strongly recommended to buy 100% pure and natural organic cold pressed Shea Butter. Some of the benefits of Shea Butter include:
- Shea Butter is a natural moisturizer which is known to absorb easily into the skin and make it soft and smooth.
- has ant-inflammatory properties resulting from the high concentration of Vitamin A; most useful for irritated skin such as dry chapped skin or lips, diaper rash or eczema. This is why I use it in my favorite diaper rash ointment recipe and in my winter lips recipe.
- is a healing agent on conditions such as skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, small skin wounds, and a number of other skin conditions.
- UV protector from the Vitamin E component which helps to prevent sun and environmental exposure. Find how I use it in my natural sunscreen recipe to strengthen the effects of sun exposure on my children.
Cocoa Butter or Cacao Butter is the creamy white fat that has been extracted from cocoa beans and is known to be one of the most moisturizing natural products available. Some of the benefits of Cocoa Butter include:
- Has been known to be the ultimate moisturizer, locking in moisture and creating a barrier between the skin and the environment.
- A healing substance that can treat conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
- a natural immune system builder
- high in antioxidants which help to block irritation or damage to the skin.
- Cocoa Butter has a rich blend of fatty acids which helps to reduce inflammation to the skin.
Argan Oil comes from the kernels of the Argan fruit, which comes from a tree that grows in the Mediterranean region, particularly in Morocco. This oil is harvested from the fruits by extracting the oil from the seeds in a very long and labor intensive process. This “beauty oil” or “liquid gold” has been used for centuries by Middle Eastern woman but is only now making a big name in North America. Much like some of the advantages of using Shea and Cocoa Butter, Argan Oil benefits the skin by preventing eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Argan Oil is also used for the treatment of cradle cap which is why I use it in my cradle cap recipe. It is also great as a massage oil and hair conditioner.
Vitamin E rich almond oil comes from the almond kernel on almond trees. Just as there are many health benefits of eating almonds, the oil is also very beneficial and has been used by the people of India for centuries. Known to be the best massage oil for babies, sweet almond oil is considered to be highly nourishing, containing vitamin A, E, B1, B2 and B6 which is extremely beneficial to babies health and skin. Sweet almond oil soothes the skin and is very calming, promoting a good night’s rest:)
Pure Beeswax is a natural emulsifier and assists as a thickening agent when combining ingredients in lotions and creams. Also a natural emollient, pure Beeswax adds anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial benefits and creates a waterproof barrier on the skin, locking in moisture.
I buy all of my ingredients online at Mountain Rose Herbs. I find the prices to be much cheaper than shopping locally at natural markets. I have paid double the prices that Mountain Rose Herbs charges when I have had to buy in a pinch.
1 Tbsp. pure Beeswax
2 Tbsp. Shea Butter
1 Tbsp. Cocoa Butter
1 tsp. Argan Oil (optional)
2/3 Cup Sweet Almond Oil***
3/4 Cup water, boiled
- Begin by boiling a Cup of water in a separate pot so that it will be cooled enough to add to your recipe. (you will only use 3/4 cup but extra in the pot for loss while boiling).
- While the water is heating up, use a double boiler (or a pot with a couple inches of water and a big glass bowl over top) and get the burner started.
- Grate 1 full packed tablespoon of beeswax into the bowl along with Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, melt together.
- After above ingredients are melted, add Argan Oil (optional) and Sweet Almond Oil and mix.
- Once mixed, turn heat off but keep oil in bowl over the heated water until you are ready to mix.
- Once your Cup of boiled water is slightly cooled, but still hot, add it to the bowl of oil and begin blending. If you used a double boiler instead, use a rubber spatula to add all ingredients to a separate bowl for blending. To blend, you can use an immersion blender. You could also blend in a large glass canning jar.
- Blend for a few minutes until you can see that everything is mixed and ingredients are emulsifying. Stop blending and rest for 2 minutes. Blend again, rest, blend again. Repeat until the lotion is cooled to room temperature.
- Optional: Add a few drops of essential oil of choice and mix.
- Pour into small glass mason jars or old baby food jars. This recipe should fill three 4 oz. jars.
*over time you may notice water slightly separating in the jar. This is because we used a lot of water! I use a lot because it makes spreading the lotion on very easy and fast and more water is great for penetrating the skin. If you prefer, use less water, 1/2 Cup should work better and should not separate. But it is pure preference.
Shelf life will be as quick as you can use it (which will be everyday since you will be an addict – seriously!) But, because there is water in the recipe and we have left it all natural with no preservative, it is best to use within the first month.
Enjoy! As always, I would love to hear your comments and how the recipe turned out for you.
***Sweet Almond Oil can be substituted for oil of choice. Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, are some suggestions. These are also all available at Mountain Rose Herbs for a better price than buying local. I do not recommend Coconut Oil as it tends to solidify at cooler temperatures.