A wonderful lavender body lotion recipe to make at home, simple, moisturizing – and cheap! Using oils you probably already have at home and a homemade lavender water infusion. You won’t believe how easy it is to make – and how wonderful the final product is.
I was really surprised to know that most lotions and skincare products you use/purchase have a water content of 70% to 80%. So, it’s hard to acknowledge you have been giving your hard-won money for something that mostly is…. water. That is why a homemade lotion makes a lot of sense – you are truly paying only for what you get.
In my lotions, I usually use a rose water infusion I make according to this recipe. This rose water infusion is, at once, hydrating and cleansing, and very good for mature skin.
But a lavender lotion asks for a water infusion made with lavender. The recipe is just the same, simply replace the rose petals with dried lavender buds. The resulting water is wonderfully fragrant!
Ideally, you want to make this lavender water infusion right before making the lotion, as you won’t need to reheat the water neither you will need to had a preservative.
You may also use a lavender or rose hydrolat if you prefer, but no need to purchase it on purpose: if you are on a budget, you can still make this recipe with simple distilled water, or boiled tap water.
I’ve chosen to use sweet almond oil and sunflower oil for this body lotion. They make for a really good and hydrating, and at same time, cheap lotion. It’s a really good quality/price relation. But if you want to indulge yourself in a more expensive products, you can use jojoba oil (replace any of the oils by jojoba oil).
Any of these oils can be lavender-infused, to impart your oils with lavender properties.
Sweet Almond Oil: probably the most well known vegetable oil for skincare. Filled with several nutrients, vitamins, fatty acids, lightweight and easily absorbed by skin, this oil is very complete, suited for all skin types, great for skin care. Also relatively cheap. The only con is if you have nut alergy, you might not be able to use this oil.
Sunflower Oil: This oil helps soften skin, moisturize skin, and soothe irritation. High in oleic or linoleic fatty acids (depending in the oil type), rich in vitamins A, D and E, it is probably the cheapest from this list, and for that has a great quality/price relation. It’s a low comedogenic oil, so its good for most skin types, oily skin included.
Jojoba oil: it’s a very mild and moisturizing oil (actually, a waxy substance more than an oil), very similar to human sebum. It has a regulating effect as the body recognizes jojoba oil as sebum and reduces the natural sebum production. It has powerful moisturizing properties, contains vitamin E and several minerals. Great for all skin types, especially oily skin.
Polawax NF is a very common emulsifying wax for homemade cosmetics produced by Croda. Any emulsifying wax NF, however, is a good replacement and you don’t need to worry about having to be Polawax.
The ingredients used in emulsifying wax NF are cetearyl alcohol and a polysorbate. Along the preservative, this will be the most processed ingredient used in this lotion, and contributes for less than 10% of the total lotion.
I wanted a relatively thick lotion, and used 5g for a 50 ml lotion. It made for a thick cream… You might want to start with 4g, and lower to 3g if it’s still too thick for you. Don’t use less, or the lotion might separate: you will see the oils floating.
Other Ingredients – Lavender
This lotion uses lavender essential oil, providing it with its wonderful scent. Besides that, lavender essential oil helps with migraines, enhances mood, reduces anxiety and aids with sleep, so you may benefit from a relaxing effect when using this lotion.
Vitamin E oil, used in most of my skincare recipes, is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps preserve the oils and nourishes your skin.
And a preservative, which is mandatory as long as your skincare recipe uses water in it. If you want to skip the preservative (which I don’t advise to), you need to use your lotion within a week, while keeping it in the fridge.
This lotion is lavander-scented and for me that is enough to be a winner. I really like the aroma of this lotion on my skin. It also felt quite moisturizing, soft and fragrant, although a bit thick. made only with natural ingredients.
You can make this recipe with simple ingredients: distilled or boiled water, sweet almond and sunflower oils, lavender essential oil and the preservative, which is mandatory.
You can enrich it with a lavender-infused water, a lavender hydrolat, lavender infused oils, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil. But it’s all up to you, your budget and what you already have at home. I use lavender, spearmint and rosemary quite often as I have all those plants in my backyard.
Find Where to Buy Lavender Body Lotion
If you’re not yet ready to try to make this recipe at home, but you fell in love for a lavender body lotion, you can find some at the following links:
- Organic Lavender Body Lotion (Etsy)
- Coconut Milk and Lavender Body Lotion (Etsy)
- Organic Relaxing Body Lotion (Essentially Nature)
- Learn: How To Make An Emulsion For Skincare
- More about Vegetable Oils: Natural Oils For Skin
- More about Essential Oils: Essential Oil Chart
- More Skincare Recipes: Lotions Creams Recipes Category
Watch This Video Before Starting Your Recipe
- 35 g lavender water infusion lavender water or rose water
- Disinfect all your equipment before starting. You can boil some of your equipment (like the double boiler, glass cups, spoons), and use a solution of 1 liter of water with 1/2 cup of bleach, for items that are not heat-resistant (like the milk frother, plastic cups or the lotion containers)
- Make a lavender infused water at home in advance. Learn how in: Homemade Natural Face Toner with Rose Petals. Simply replace the rose petals with lavender buds.
- Measure all the water phase ingredients (rose water and horse chestnut extract) into a cup
- Heat the water ingredients in low heat to around 60ºC. You can use the microwave but the best is to heat in bagne-marie. Do not let the water boil.
- Measure all oil ingredients (rosehip seed oil and pomegranate seed oil) into the double boiler
- Place the double boiler over a pan with water (bagne-marie) and heat the oils and emulsifying wax in low heat until the wax melts. Mix to incorporate the coenzime Q10 powder.
- Measure all cooling phase ingredients into a small cup.
- The essential oil is optional, and you can use any of your liking (lavender or frankincense are good options). Vitamin E will enrich your lotion with an anti-oxidant, and is also optional. The preservative is not optional. Use the quantities as per manufacturer instructions. I use Euxyl k940 at 1% (0,5 ml).
Making your Lotion
- Measure the temperature of both the water and the oils. Make sure the rose-infused water is at a higher temperature than the oils.
- Pour the water into the oils. The mixture will immediately turn milky.
- Blend the mixture well with a milk frother. If you find lumps in the mixture, heat it a little more (on low heat), and use the milk frother to dissolve the lumps.
- The mixture will become creamy but runny.
- Wait till the mixture is around 50ºC or a little lower (122ºF). Then pour the cooling phase ingredients and mix well with a spoon or the milk frother.
Finishing your Lotion
- It's time to measure your lotion pH. It should be around 5.5 (5-6). Add one teaspoon of citric acid dissolved in water (you can also use lemon juice) if pH is too high, or a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water if pH is too low. Add as many teaspoon as needed but one or two should be enough.
- Pour your lotion into an airless pump bottle or tin container. The pump bottle protects your lotion against oxidation, dirt contamination or getting in contact with your fingers, and it's always the best option, but this lotion got quite thick (you can reduce the emulsifying wax to make it more liquid), and I preffered to use a tin can.