RECIPE DIY Hand & Body Lotion
*It's important in this recipe to measure your ingredients with a measuring scale so that the lotion comes out at the right consistency and to have all your measuring bowls and spoons thoroughly cleaned beforehand.
1 oz. beeswax pellets
1 oz. cocoa butter or mango butter (I used cocoa butter)
3/4 cup (6 oz) almond oil or avocado oil
2 oz. vanilla extract
10-12 drops of Wild Orange essential oil (you can add more or less depending on how strong you like your lotion)
In a double boiler, melt your beeswax pellets on low or medium heat.
Add your cocoa butter, and almond oil and heat just enough until it is all melted together. (Do not bring your mixture to a boil. It will take forever to cool down. I even turned the heat off before everything was completely melted and gently stirred it until it was all melted.) Heat your oils slowly so that your mixture won't become grainy later, and stir occasionally.
Pour your melted oils into a pour-able glass bowl and let it cool until it is at room temperature.
Once at room temperature mix in vanilla extract slowly, then add your essential oils
When everything seems mixed together I'd recommend scraping the sides of your bowl with a rubber spatula, and then blending one more time to make sure mixture is completely blended.
Mixture should be thick and creamy when finished. It will also firm up more in the fridge
Scoop mixture into small glass jars, and store until ready for use. It should fill 2 (4 oz jars)
*I love the smell of this lotion, but also feel free to mix and match different essential oils with this recipe.
*Store the extra lotions that you aren't using in the fridge for long term use
*It's really important that you use organic ingredients in this recipe to avoid harmful toxins that could be absorbed into your skin.
**This recipe has been adapted from Maria Noel Groves' book, Body into Balance. Her book is amazing and I would highly recommend it!