How to Make a Basic DIY Lotion (from scratch!)

How to Make a Basic DIY Lotion (from scratch!)

Making your own lotion is super easy! You can use the recipe in the video or another one from —the process is the same 🙂

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THE RECIPE IN THE VIDEO

73g | 2.5oz water (at one point I say both 73g and 75g—it’s 73g!)
2g | 0.07oz honey or vegetable glycerin

5g | 0.17oz shea butter
14g | 0.49oz sunflower oil
6g | 0.21oz complete emulsifying wax (emulsimulse/ritamulse, polawax, BTMS-50, or emulsifying wax NF)

Broad spectrum preservative, as required (learn more at

8 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops peru balsam essential oil
(You can use different essential oils if you want, have fun with it!)

EMULSIFYING WAXES YOU CAN USE

Emulsimulse INCI: Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
Polawax INCI: Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-150 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, and Steareth-20
BTMS-50 INCI: Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol
E-Wax NF INCI: Cetostearyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 60

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU USE BEESWAX/SOY WAX/CANDELILLA WAX/CARNAUBA WAX INSTEAD OF EMULSIFYING WAX IN THIS RECIPE

PRODUCTS USED

Glass Prep Bowls

NorPro Jar/Icing Spatula

2-cup Pyrex Measuring Cups

Milk frother (it looks like the one I used is discontinued)

120mL/4oz Pump-Top Bottle

120mL/4oz Mason Jars

HumanGear GoToob

(you can fill two 2oz tubes or have a bit of leftover lotion if you use a 3oz)

For ingredients, check out for a list of places to shop all over the world, or:

Shea butter

Sunflower oil

Emulsifying Wax NF

ON PRESERVATIVES

What preservative should I use? How much of it should I add?

Some common myths & misconceptions about preservatives

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