Lotions should be applied after a shower when the skin is damp, as it allows better absorption.
Lotions should be applied all over the body – including areas that rub together, such as the inner thighs and underarms. This prevents rashes from developing in these delicate places where creams may not absorb well enough to provide relief.
Many people have combination skin, which means their face is dry while other parts of the body are oily. If you have this type of skin, it’s best to use a cream on your whole body, with the exception of your face.
If you get lotion in any cuts or scrapes that may develop from shaving, apply antibiotic ointment over the area.
Lotions that contain SPF (sun protection factor) are best for people who like to spend their time in the sun, as they will protect your skin from harmful UV rays. If you’re not a big fan of outdoor activities and rarely find yourself under direct sunlight, it’s okay to use a lotion without an SPF on most parts of the body.
DIY Organic Lotion Recipes
We’ve got you covered with some easy-to-make organic lotion recipes.
1. Almond Rose Night Lotion
Almond is one of the most nourishing oils, and rose water is great for dry skin.
- 1/4 cup Almond Oil
- 1⁄2 Teaspoon Vitamin E oil or Vitamin E powder 1⁄2 cup Rose Water
- 1 Tablespoon Beeswax
- 1⁄4 cup Coconut Oil
Expert Tip: Add honey to the mixture for a nice smell and a binding effect
- Mix almond oil and vitamin E in a mixing bowl until well combined.
- Put rose water, beeswax, and coconut oil into a saucepan or a double boiler over low heat just until the wax is melted. Remove from the heat immediately to avoid burning it. Let it cool for about 30 seconds before adding to the oil mixture, then stir quickly so as not to cool too much.
- Warm the rose water a little before pouring it into the mixture to blend well.
- Store in a clean, airtight jar.
2. Shea Butter and Honey Lotion
Shea butter is widely used to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, scars, and stretch marks. It absorbs well into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling behind. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties too!
- 1⁄4th cup Shea Butter (melted)
- 1⁄4th cup Cocoa Butter (melted)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil or Vitamin E powder
- 1⁄2 – 3⁄4th cup Almond Oil (Use more for dry skin, less for normal/oily skin types)
- Melt Shea and cocoa butter in a double boiler.
- Remove from heat and add Vitamin E oil or powder, almond oil, and honey to the mixture while it’s still warm. Stir well until ingredients are well blended. Pour into a jar or container with an airtight lid for storage.
3. Shea Butter and Olive Oil Lotion
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that can lead to skin damage. It’s also great for preventing dryness of the skin.
- 1⁄2 cup Shea Butter (melted)
- 1⁄4 cup Olive Oil
- Melt Shea Butter in a double boiler.
- Remove from heat and add Olive oil to the mixture while it’s still warm; stir well until ingredients are blended thoroughly.
- Pour into an airtight container for storage.
4. Lotion for Oily Skin
Oily skin types can go for a lighter lotion such as the ones above. It’ll help to absorb oil and leave your skin feeling fresh all day long!
- 1 cup Rose Water/distilled water/aloe vera juice 1⁄4th cup Jojoba Oil or Almond Oil
- 1⁄2 cup Beeswax
- Few drops of Vitamin E
- Mix water, oil, and beeswax in a double boiler or glass bowl placed over simmering water.
- Remove from heat when the wax is melted.
- Add Vitamin E, and essential oils of your choice (optional), and stir well until all ingredients are blended thoroughly.
- Pour into an airtight jar for storage with a lid to prevent evaporation.
Shelf Life of Homemade Lotions
Since these are natural, chemical-free lotions with no added preservatives to extend shelf life, you may find that the mixture starts smelling rancid after a certain period of time.
Every homemade lotion will have its own specific shelf life depending on how quickly it absorbs into your skin and what ingredients were used to make it.
Water-based lotions will generally expire faster than oil-based ones.
Storage of lotion in a dark, cool place such as your bathroom cabinet or dresser drawer may help to extend the shelf life, but do not store them under direct sunlight and never refrigerate them!
If you refrigerate a lotion, it will last longer and stay fresh.