If you have ever been curious about how to make your own DIY body lotion then you’ve come to the right place. Making your own homemade body lotion sounds hard but with the right tools, ingredients, and instructions it can be a simple, fun process and empowering process. I’m going to basically walk you through how to make it step by step so you can see just how incredibly simple and rewarding the lotion-making process can be.
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If you are like me the first thing you reach for when you hop out of the show or bath is a nice tall bottle or jar of body lotion. And, because I’ve learned how to make my own DIY version of rich, creamy, and deliciously scented body lotion hopping out of the shower is just about as good as hopping into a nice hot shower.
No one should be stuck with having to rely on only getting body lotion from the store. I mean what happens if they run out, then what are we gonna do? If that did happen I wouldn’t be totally heartbroken because lucky for me and you I have a recipe that I’m going to share with you that is homemade and unbelievably easy to make.
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This babassu oil and peony-scented homemade body lotion is filled with all the natural butters, moisturization, and good smells you want in a body lotion. What I like most about this homemade body lotion is that it really contains the minimal ingredients needed to create a basic body lotion that feels like a lotion that you could buy at the store.
Honestly, this DIY body lotion is decadent and if you do decide to dive in and try your hand at making it, you might become hooked, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This post is about DIY body lotion made with babassu oil.
WHAT IS BABASSU OIL
Babassu oil comes from the babassu palm tree. It is packed with fatty acids and antioxidants and it’s great at relieving dry itchy skin. This oil is also great at softening rough skin such as the skin found on our heels and elbows.
Babassu oil has many other uses including being great at conditioning hair. Additionally, because it’s so easy to melt it can easily be used alone for scalp massages if you have dry itchy scalp. Basically, babassu oil has a ton of uses and I’m a huge fan of this oil.
Babassu Oil was used to make this Beeswax Lotion Bars Recipe. It is truly a very versatile and wonder carrier oil to add to both DIY skincare and haircare.
WHAT IS MANGO BUTTER
Mango butter has become extremely popular over the years for DIY skincare as well as store-bought skin and hair care. It comes from the seed of mango fruit. Similar to shea butter, mango butter is made by extracting its contents from the mango seed. It is then cold pressed to make the actual mango butter.
Mango butter comes in two forms, unrefined and refined. Unrefined mango butter contains all of its natural original nutrients and is considered RAW. Refined mango butter goes through a process to treat it and remove any impurities.
Mango butter doesn’t have much of a smell, it certainly does not smell like mangos although from its name one would think it would. The smell is very light and sweet but again it doesn’t smell like the actual mango fruit were all used to smelling at the grocery store.
WHAT IS VEGTEBEL GLYCERINE
Vegetable glycerine is a humectant that is found in many skin and hair products. Basically, it attracts moisture to the skin to help keep the skin hydrated.
WHAT IS BTMS 50
BTMS 50, also known as Behentrimonium Methosulfate, is an emulsifier and conditioner that is vegetable-derived. It’s used in many skincare and haircare products. It’s excellent at making the skin feel soft and supple.
WHAT IS CETYL ALCOHOL
Cetyl alcohol is a stabilizer and thickener that is plant derived. It helps to bind all of the ingredients together and it aids in moisturizing the skin.
TOOLS NEEDED FOR THIS DIY BODY LOTION RECIPE
Tools you’ll need to make this DIY body lotion
HOMEMADE BODY LOTION INGREDIENTS
Ingredients Needed to make this Babassu Oil and Peony Body Lotion
STEP BY STEP: HOW TO MAKE THIS BABASSU OIL AND PEONY SCENTED DIY BODY LOTION
1: Measure 204 grams of distilled water and place it in a heat-safe container.
2: Measure 9 grams of vegetable glycerin and combine it with the distilled water and stir.
3: In a separate heat-safe container measure 31 grams of babassu oil, 16 grams of mango butter, 11 grams of BTMS 50, and 6 grams of cetyl alcohol and combine them together.
4: Using a double boiler, prepare a water bath and place the two containers in the water bath over low heat. Allow both containers to heat up to around 160 degrees (the emollients and oils will have definitely melted by now).
5: Next, remove both the containers from the water bath and pour the distilled water into the container with the emollients and oils and stir.
6: Now use an immersion stick blender to blend the mixture together. Alternate between blending for a couple of minutes and letting the mixture sit for 5 minutes. As the mixture starts to cool it will start to thicken up between blending it and just allowing it to sit.
7: Once the mixture has thickened up and cooled down to below 122 degrees add 1 gram of preservative and blend it in very well.
8: Add 1 gram of vitamin E to the mixture and blend very well.
9: Add 3 grams of peony fragrance to the mixture and blend well.
10: Add 1 gram of pink mica and blend well.
11: Add the finished lotion product to an 8 oz lotion bottle or 8oz jar.
HOW TO USE THIS DIY BODY LOTION
Using this body lotion is simple. If you placed it in a bottle all you have to do is squeeze out a quarter size amount and apply it. If you used a jar to store it in then you can scoop a quarter size amount out of the jar with your fingertips or a small lotion spatula and apply it.
DIY BODY LOTION INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS
You can certainly substitute other butter and oils when making this recipe. But to get the feel of this particular lotion in this recipe. I would recommend sticking to the ingredients listed. For some reason you don’t have all these ingredients on hand and want to try different oils and butters these are my recommendations:
Babassu Oil: If for some reason you don’t want to use babassu oil or have a hard time finding it, a good alternative to try would be coconut oil.
Mango Butter: Mango butter is a heavenly butter but if you would like to use a different butter give shea butter a try. Be sure to use refined shea butter if you don’t want the shea butter to have its usual nutty scent. Refined shea butter is also ivory to whitish in color, which should make adding a colorant to it fairly easy.
Mica: Instead of using mica you can try using a water-soluble liquid colorant.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does mango butter smell like mangos? Mango butter does not smell like mangos. Its smell is very light and maybe even a little sweet but it doesn’t smell like the actual mango fruit were all used to smelling at the grocery store.
How to store this body lotion? Store the lotion at room temperature. I normally keep mine under my bathroom cabinet with the rest of my toiletries.
How long will this body lotion last before it expires? This lotion will last up to 12 months. Keep in mind that ingredients only last as long as their expiration date. So be mindful of the actual expiration date of each ingredient you use when making skin and hair DIYs.
Can I sell this body lotion? This recipe has not been tested for selling large batches. Any product that you plan to sell to the public should be tested for safety. Although, I make DIY lotions and creams for myself with pretty basic ingredients and research each ingredient to make sure that it is safe for me to use. I do not recommend selling any DIY skin or hair care unless it has been professionally tested by an expert.
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DIY BODY LOTION MADE WITH BABASSU OIL
- Immersion Blender
- Mixing Bowls
- Double Boiler
- Small Spatula
- 8 oz container
- Stirring Spoon
- 204 g Distilled Water
- 9 g Vegetable Glycerin
- 31 g Babassu Oil
- 16 g Mango Butter
- 11 g BTMS 50
- 6 g Cetyl Alcohol
- 1 g Vitamin E
- 1 g Preservative
- 3 g Fragrance
- 1 g Mica
- Measure 204 grams of distilled water and place in a heat safe container.
- Measure 9 grams of vegetable glycerin and combine it with the distilled water and stir.
- In a separate heat safe container measure 31 grams of babassu oil, 16 grams of mango butter, 11 grams of BTMS 50 and 6 grams of cetyl alcohol and combine them together.
- Prepare a water bath and place the two containers in the water bath over low heat allowing them both to heat up to around 160 degrees (the emolients and oils will have definitely melted by now).
- Remove both the containers from the water bath and pour the distilled water into the container with the emollients and oils and stir.
- Now use an immersion stick blender to blend the mixture together. Alternate between blending for a couple of minutes and letting the mixture sit for 5 minutes. As the mixture starts to cool it will start to thicken up between blending it and just allowing it to sit.
- Once the mixture has thicken up and cooled down to below 122 degrees add in 1 gram of preservative and blend it in very well.
- Add 1 gram of vitamin E to the mixture and blend very well.
- Add 3 grams of peony fragrance to the mixture and blend well.
- Add 1 gram of pink mica and blend well.
- Add finished lotion product to an 8 oz lotion bottle or 8oz jar.
This post is about DIY body lotion made with babassu oil.