Making aromatherapy lotion lets you choose the specific essential oils you want in the lotion. You can also know you are buying and using high-quality oils. Unfortunately, many so-called aromatherapy products on the market use low-quality essential oils. They might smell good, but they have little or no beneficial effect.
Simple Aromatherapy Body Lotion
If you want to keep things simple, you can make your own aromatherapy body lotion without making lotion. Just add your choice of essential oils to any unscented high-quality lotion you can buy.
How do you know which essential oils to use? Choose oils that are good for your skin type or choose a scent you enjoy. The following essential oils can serve as a starting point:
For oily skin: cypress, lemon, tea tree
For dry skin: carrot seed, helichrysum, rose
For normal skin: geranium, lavender, myrtle
For sensitive skin: German chamomile, lavender, neroli
Note: Lemon and most other citrus oils increase your skin's sensitivity to sun. After applying these oils, avoid the sun for at least a few hours.
Place the carrier oil into the glass measuring cup. Add the beeswax.
Place the cup in a small saucepan of simmering water that reaches halfway up the cup.
Heat until the beeswax just melts, and then remove the cup from the saucepan.
Let mixture cool for a few minutes (until you can comfortably place your finger in the mixture) but not until the beeswax hardens.
Place the lid on the blender and remove the lid's center ring.
Pour the distilled water into the blender, optionally using the funnel to prevent splatter.
Turn the blender on high.
Slowly add the oil/beeswax mixture until the mixture becomes too stiff to make more oil or until all the water is incorporated (which doesn't always happen). If needed, as the mixture begins to harden, use a chopstick to stir it, making sure you keep the chopstick away from the blender's blades.
If the blender contains excess water, pour it off.
Add the essential oils, and turn on the blender just long enough to blend.
Pour the lotion into bottles or jars.
Store this lotion the refrigerator for longest shelf life, up to six months.
Melt beeswax, almond or grapeseed oil, and cocoa butter in a double boiler over low heat.
Pour the melted mixture into a blender and cool to room temperature. This step is vital to prevent separation.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, and essential oils.
When the melted mixture is cool, with the blender on low speed, slowly and continuously pour in aloe vera mixture. Blend until the mixture has the look and feel of lotion. Use a rubber spatula on the sides of the blender to incorporate all the ingredients.
Pour the lotion into sterilized jars.
Note: Instead of a blender, you could also use a mixing bowl and a handheld electric mixer.