Hello! The other day I noticed that my body lotion was getting low. But instead of buying some from a store, I just whipped up another batch, using this recipe.
The three ingredients are water, a skin-friendly oil and grated beeswax. The original poster suggests which oils one can try and also includes a link for purchasing beeswax through Amazon. I used beeswax that I bought at an Amish grocery store, Beachy's Bulk Foods near Arcola, IL. (You can often find holistic body care supplies at such businesses).
One commenter mentioned that she tried the recipe with olive oil and it worked well. Since that's what I already had on hand, that's what I've always used. The recipe calls for filtered water; I used the distilled water that I already had as well.
One word of warning: since you're working with oil and melted beeswax, this mixture is going to be a pain to clean out of whatever piece of kitchen equipment you use. I used my food processor the first time I whipped up the lotion, which meant several greasy parts to clean. This time I opted for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and its wire whisk attachment. That meant only two parts to degrease!
Above, the line-up of ingredients and utensils: beeswax melted in olive oil, warmed distilled water, essential oil (optional, but I like adding it in), spatula for transferring the lotion out of the mixing bowl, and a white plastic container for storing the lotion (also from the holistic body care supply section of Beachy's).
It takes a few minutes to melt the beeswax and olive oil together, and then it takes a few minutes more to create the lotion. You have to add the water to the beeswax/olive oil mixture slowly; otherwise, the lotion won't emulsify.
Above, my lotion is finished and looks like a nice creamy frosting. I added a few drops of Nature's Truth "Happiness" blend towards the end of the emulsifying process, but you can leave the lotion unscented if you prefer.
In the container and ready to use! This lotion is really nice. It's a bit greasy when it first goes on, but that feeling goes away pretty fast. Then you're left with very soft skin. I typically take showers at night, and it seemed like my skin would be dry in the morning after using commercial body lotions. Not so with this stuff! I really like it.