A body lotion is useful when you want to moisturize and hydrate your skin. Changes in weather can influence your skin health and winters can leave it flaky and dry. A good body lotion can nourish and protect your skin. Here’s an easy DIY Lotion recipe you can try.
Carrier Oil – 24 Tsps.
Aloe Vera Gel – 12 Tsps.
Lanolin – 12 Tsps.
Essential Oil – 5 – 10 drops
Add lanolin and oil to your blender, followed by Aloe Vera gel.
Blend till the ingredients combine fully and the texture is that of a lotion.
Add in the essential oil and give a quick whisk.
Transfer to a sterilized container and use as needed.
Why These Ingredients?
You can pick a carrier oil of your choice. Choose oils that are known for their moisturizing and nourishing properties. It ensures your skin remains soft, supple and smooth.
Lanolin is a fatty secreted by sheep and is obtained by sheep’s wool. It is a yellowish and viscous mixture made of esters and is deployed as a base for lotions and ointments. It nourishes and moisturizes flaky or dry skin and promotes skin rejuvenation and repair. It is an efficient emollient that is considered ideal for dry and flaky skin.
Essential oil adds a nice fragrance and depending on the oil you choose offers skin-friendly benefits and is anti-bacterial.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel boasts considerable polysaccharides and glycoprotein and hence, used instead of water. Besides, it rejuvenates, repairs, moisturizes and restores skin health.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can use any carrier oil of your choice or preference. A few options include Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, etc. It is a good idea to pick an oil that suits your skin type and requirement – lighter oils for acne-prone or oily skin, richer oils for dry, flaky or mature skin, etc.
Depending on your skin type and requirement, you can pick an essential oil that you like. Depending on the essential oil you choose, it imparts a nice fragrance to the lotion.
For Vegan alternative, you can substitute Lanolin with Capaucu butter. Though the texture doesn’t match Lanolin it is a close match.
You can add Zinc Oxide for sun protection.
You can add Vitamin E Oil since we add Aloe Vera (water-based) ingredient. You can add 10 – 15 drops for this recipe.
This is a quick and easy lotion with few ingredients and an even simpler process. You can try this if you are getting started with DIY recipes and don’t have to worry about doing something wrong – the process is entirely simple and straightforward. We would be adding more alternatives according to skin type soon. Alternatively, you can buy high quality skin care and beauty products manufactured from organic ingredients. I always use Aya Naturals Skin Care products when I don’t have time for DIY recipes.