How to Make Lotion Base

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Making lotion from scratch is an easy way to save money and have control over what you are putting on your body. Many store-bought lotions contain chemicals that may irritate sensitive skin or harm the environment. A lotion base is basically unscented, plain lotion that can later be changed by adding fragrances or colors. The amount of ingredients can vary depending on the consistency of lotion that you prefer, so you may need to experiment to find your preferred recipe.

Place 6 oz. of distilled water in a glass bowl and place in the microwave oven for four minutes. Remove water from the microwave and set aside.

Combine 1/2 oz. of body butter, 1/2 oz. of wax and 1 oz. of oil into another glass bowl. Microwave for five minutes until the butter and wax is melted. There are a variety of butters to choose from including cocoa, shea and coconut. Waxes help the oil and water to combine and are often described as emulsifying waxes. Oils used in lotion bases include grapeseed, avocado, coconut and jojoba oil.

Add the body butter and oil mixture to the hot water and whisk together carefully. Allow mixture to cool completely and whisk it together again.

Place the lotion base in a bottle and label appropriately. Use the lotion base as is or add fragrances and colors to it later.