Friday, 13 June 2014

Homemade Aloe Vera Lotion

This non-greasy lotion is divine, I love it! I got the recipe from Frugally Sustainable blog. I think next time I would leave out the cocoa/shea butter because it just ended up being small chunks in my lotion.
Also I recommend using a hand blender and not a blender. It didn't work well in the blender and it was a BITCH to clean afterwards! Just use boiling water to remove any dried wax mixture.
I really love this lotion and it has become my everyday body moisturiser!



Homemade Aloe Vera Lotion

Ingredients

1 cup aloe vera gel*
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
3/4 ounce Candelilla wax (soy wax might also work)
1/2 cup almond or grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon cocoa butter (I added this for a slightly more luxurious lotion during the winter, but this is optional.)
10 drops essential oils of choice (optional)


Method

With a makeshift double boiler, over low heat, melt wax and oils.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, and essential oils.
Pour the melted oils into a bowl and allow them to cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, with a hand blender on low speed, slowly and continuously pour in aloe vera mixture. Run a rubber spatula aganist the sides of the bowl to incorporate all ingredients.
Blend until the mixture has the look and feel of lotion.
Pour the lotion into sterilized jars.
The lotion will keep for up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.


*I ran out of aloe vera during one batch and ended up doing 1/2 cup aloe vera & 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin.

3 comments:

  1. Love this! I've been wanting to make my own lotion. Thanks
    checkout my site www.theveganwithin.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Do you have to keep this lotion in the fridge??

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great question! I didn't and mine was fine but I guess it would depend how fast you use it. This recipe only makes a smallish batch so I would use it within a month.
    I'm sure it can't hurt to keep it in the fridge though! :)

    ReplyDelete