Ingredients for basic lotion:
1 cup calendula infused oil (see the recipe in the previous blog post)
¾ ounce of beeswax
2/3- to 1 cup of distilled water
1. Combine distilled water, essential oil and vitamins in a glass measuring cup. (you can use tap water, but it might introduce bacteria and encourage mold growth). Here we are just using distilled water so we will just measure it out in the measuring cup.
2. In a double boiler over low heat, combine the oil and beeswax (here we are using calendula infused almond oil). I didn’t have a double boiler so I created one by using a glass measuring cup in a pot of water. I read online to use a piece of fabric in the bottom pot. I tried this and it made the glass measuring cup much quieter rather then rattling around in the pot. Only, I used a dish towel and dyes from it came out in the double boiler, so don’t use a towel with dyes that could come out.
3. Pour oils into a blender and let cool to room temperature. The mixture should become thick, creamy, semisolid and cream colored. This cooling process can be hastened in the refrigerator, but keep an eye on it so it doesn't get too hard.
4. When cooled, turn blender on the highest speed. In a slow, thin drizzle pour the water mixture into the center vortex; note: make sure the water mixture is room temperature before blending with the oils.
5. When most of the water mixture has been added to the oils, listen to the blender and watch the cream. When the blender coughs and chokes, and the cream looks thick and white like butter cream frosting, turn off the blender. You can slowly add more water, beating it in by hand with a fork, but don't over beat! The cream will thicken as it sets.
6. Pour into cream or lotion jars. Store in the refrigerator (it will be thicker when you first pull it out of the frig, it will thin out as it warms to room temperature) or any dark, cool place.
Notes: Here are the basic ingredients for lotion making you could also add. I just simplified my recipe to make it accessible.
A water (i.e. pure distilled water, floral hydrosols, tincture or herbal infusions)
An oil (i.e. olive, sweet almond, apricot, grapeseed, jojoba, coconut)
An emulsifier (I’ve always used beeswax)
Natural preservatives (i.e. , vitamin E oil or grapefruit seed), optional
Natural additives (essential oils), optional