Body Lotion Recipe

Homemade lotions can save you lots of money and help you avoid toxic chemicals. If you love using lotion instead of oils to moisturize your skin, here are a few simple steps to make your own supply.

The basic recipe for lotion making is just about combining oils and water with an emulsifier. Depending on your needs, you can make the lotion creamier, heavier or lighter by adjusting the ratio of oil to water.

Although most emulsifiers are chemical-based or chemically modified natural products, we recommend using emulsifiers that are not derived from mineral oils or animals, and do not contain borax or triethanolamine.


  • Spatula
  • Measuring spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Empty bottle or container
  • 95% alcohol spray (to disinfect and clean utensils)



  1. Wipe clean all the utensils with alcohol.
  2. Add the rosehip seed oil into the mixing bowl.     
  3. Add the emulsifier into the rosehip seed oil in the mixing bowl and mix well.
  4. As you stir, slowly add in 25 ml rose floral water.
  5. Stir mixture continuously until it becomes creamy (see side picture).
  6. Slowly add in more floral water for a lighter consistency and stir continuously. Stop adding in floral water when you have achieved your desired texture.
  7. Add in 2 drops of essential oil and stir until it combines well.
  8. Store the lotion in an airtight container.


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