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How to Make Hand Lotion in 10 Minutes?

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How to Make Hand Lotion in 10 Minutes - a person applying lotion on their arm Did you know that almost anything you put on your skin can get absorbed into your bloodstream? Yes, that includes harmful and toxic chemicals and preservatives found in many store-bought skin care products.

If you’ve never read your lotion ingredients list or don’t think it’s important, I highly recommend that you visit my “how to read lotion labels – 9 harmful ingredients to identify and avoid” article for more information.

Many commercially available lotions may not be as safe as they claim or advertise to be.

Often time they are loaded with chemicals and harmful synthetic fragrances that are potentially dangerous to your health.

Why buy these lotions when there are better and safer alternatives. 

Have you ever thought about making your own hand lotion? Making your own hand lotion is not only a great way to avoid harmful synthetic chemicals, but it’s also cost-effective and easy to make. 

In this article, I will share with you the following:

  • Benefits or purpose of each ingredient
  • Step by step instructions on how to make hand lotion using 4 ingredients

Nature Has Everything We Need 

Nature has provided us with an abundance of options when it comes to skin care products, so there is no excuse for using poor, unhealthy and harmful synthetic chemicals.

I’m passionate about using truly natural, pure, and organic products on the skin. I believe you don’t really need many ingredients to make an excellent, nourishing skin care products.

What you really need is quality ingredients.

High quality ingredients are of great importance because our skin is a semi-permeable barrier so the majority of what you put on your skin will be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Even though high quality ingredients can cost more up front but it will actually save us more money in the long run because they are so versatile and a little goes a long way.


Benefits/Purpose of Each Ingredient 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is not only excellent for cooking, but it’s also an excellent massage oil and a moisturizer for the skin.

Not only is using coconut oil on your skin an all-natural method to eliminate the harmful ingredients found in many skin care products, but it’s also a cost-effective way to care for your skin and body.

How to Make Hand Lotion - Easy Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe in 10 Minutes

Coconut oil has the ability to penetrate the skin on a deeper level than the average product because of its low molecular weight and the way it bonds with proteins.

I love coconut oil. In fact, it’s one of my favorite and the best natural moisturizers. Coconut oil’s saturated fat helps the skin stay moisturized, and the fat also prevents moisture loss through the skin’s pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone.

 

Emulsifying Wax

We all know that oil and water don’t mix well, so in order to get them to come together into a stable emulsion, you need some sort of emulsifier or emulsifying wax.

Emulsifying wax is an essential ingredient used for making lotions. It works wonderfully for combining oils and water into a stable emulsion. How to Make Hand Lotion - Easy Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe in 10 Minutes

Since lotions are created from a mixture of water and oil. Without emulsifying wax, the mixture simply won’t hold together. Think of emulsifying wax as a glue that holds your recipe together.

As an added bonus, because the oil remains mixed with the water, the wax actually helps the oil to better penetrate the skin, thereby replacing lost moisture.

 

Distilled Water

I strongly recommend that you to always use distilled water when making homemade skin care products.

Distilled water is when you remove the minerals, chemicals, contaminants like bacteria and virus and many other impurities from the water.

It is created through the process of distillation, which involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container. So when you use distilled water to create lotions, you have fewer opportunities for bacteria and virus and other impurities to ruin your homemade products.

 

What about tap water? 

I don’t recommend tap water. The reason for that is because the minerals and metals contained in tap water will interfere with your lotion ingredients and end up ruining your recipe.

Tap water also contains all sort of nasty stuff like chlorine, chemicals and other impurities which can increase the likelihood of mold and other microscopic organisms’ growth in the lotion.

How to Make Hand Lotion - Easy Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe in 10 Minutes

Stick with distilled water since it doesn’t contain the minerals and other nasty stuff found in regular tap water that can spoil your lotion.

If you don’t have distilled water, you could use regular tap water as long as you boil it.


How to Make Hand Lotion

I’ve made many kinds of oil-based body butter in the past. It’s a good moisturizer. However, it can be quite heavy and oily to some people. Personally, I don’t mind it.

If you are looking for something that’s not so greasy. This is the perfect recipe for you.

This homemade lotion is very light, creamy and fast absorbing. It will leave your hands feeling soft and smooth, not greasy.

This recipe yields about 2 oz of hand lotion.

Ingredients You Need: 

  1. Coconut oil 
  2. Emulsifying Wax
  3. Distilled Water
  4. Essential Oil (Any fragrance of your choice)

Tools You Need:

  1. Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Small Glass Bowl or Stainless Steel Bowl and a Pot to create a Double Boiler
  3. Large Bowl
  4. Stir Stick, Whisk, or Electric Hand Mixer
  5. Measuring Spoon
  6. Silicone Spatula
  7. Zip Lock Bag
  8. 100% BPA free food grade Silicone Container

Making Hand Lotion in 10 Minutes

1. Be sure to clean all your tools and working surfaces. My favorite cleaner is just the simple old rubbing alcohol. It has sterilizing and disinfecting properties, and best of all, it’s one of the cheapest options for safe cleaners.

2. Place the stainless steel bowl in a small pot of boiling water over medium heat. And then reduce the heat to a simmer.double boiler

3. Place 2 teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of emulsifying wax in the stainless steel bowl. Stir constantly until all ingredients are completely melted.

coconut oil and wax melting in a double boiler

4. Add 12 teaspoons of distilled water to the melt coconut oil and emulsifying wax.

Adding 12 teaspoons of distilled water to the melt coconut oil and emulsifying wax

5. Keep the mixture heated on the stove. You will see the mixture quickly emulsify into milk-like liquid like the image below. Keep stirring the mixture for one to two minutes to make sure everything is fully melted. Next, remove the stainless steel bowl from the pot and turn off the stove.

The mixture is like a milk consistency after adding water to the melted coconut and emulsifying wax

7. Don’t worry if the lotion thin at the moment. It takes time for the ingredients to emulsify. In the next few hours, the consistency of the lotion will become much like the store bought lotion.

8. After the mixture is cooled down, add any essential oil you like.

9. Blend the lotion with an electric hand mixer to make sure all ingredients are evenly mixed.

10. Use a spatula to transfer lotion to a ziplock bag. Cut off a corner of the bag and squeeze the lotion into a container you like. I personally store lotion in a silicone container

11. Label your lotion if you wish to do so. Apply, as needed, to hands and body.

Note:

  • The consistency of the lotion can be altered by increasing or decreasing the amount of distilled water used.
  • Thinner lotion = Use an extra 1 to 2 teaspoon of distilled water, so about 13 or 14 teaspoons.
  • Thicker lotion = Use 9 to 10 teaspoon of distilled water instead of 12 teaspoons.

Preservatives

Be sure to check out my article about the importance of using preservatives in homemade products that contain water, milk, hydrosols or other aqueous liquids.

I love the wonderful things water can do for homemade products. The problem is that once you add water, it also becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, yeast, molds, and fungi.

That is why lotion needs to be adequately preserved in order to prevent contamination and microbial growth. Since this lotion contains no preservative. Be sure to store it in the refrigerator and use it up within a week.


Conclusion

Now you know how easy it is to make your own hand lotion. This lotion will leave your hands feeling soft without the greasy feeling of the oil-based homemade products.

I hope you enjoyed this post. And if you did, don’t forget to share it with others.

Feel free to leave your thoughts, concerns, or questions in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Comments

  1. Wow, your website is so informative, I really enjoyed it. Your content is interesting and very comprehensive and brings real value for people.

    1. Author

      Hi Kim, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment. I am so glad to hear that you found my website informative and interesting. I hope to see you more on my website.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  2. I am going to have to try this. Do you know if this works well for people with severe allergies to nearly everything on the market? How about eczema? Does it irritate the skin at all?

    1. Author

      Hello Mandie, if you are not allergic to the ingredients in this recipe, you shouldn’t be allergic to this lotion. I believe this homemade lotion is a great alternative to store bought lotions for people with eczema since many store bought lotions are loaded with irritating and harmful ingredients. I have sensitive skin and I find many of these lotions very irritating.

      In my opinion, this homemade lotion very light, creamy and fast absorbing that leaves my hands moisturize and soft, not greasy. Since everyone’s skin is different and will react to different things. I recommend that you make a small amount of this lotion and give it a try. Let me know if you have any question.

  3. I honestly had no idea you could make hand lotion so easily at home, it had never really crossed my mind. I had always thought it was just something you had to go to the store for and choose from one of the 1000 different scents that were on the tester shelf. This is such an intriguing idea and given that Chicago winter is brutal my cuticles and hands are dried out like crazy. I am going to give this a shot!

    1. Author

      Hi Craig, I am glad you find the information useful. I would love to know how this lotion recipe turns out for you. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

    1. Author

      Hello Stacie, I am glad you learned something from my post. Let me know how your lotion turns out. If you have any question, feel free to email me or leave me a message.

  4. I was really surprised that you could make lotion from coconut oil. Your directions of how to accomplish this are so specific and easy to follow. I will be updating my comment here once I try this recipe. I am very thankful to have found your article today.

    1. Author

      Hi Nate Kidd, yes you can make lotion from coconut oil. I am glad you find the directions easy to follow. Let me know how this lotion turns out for you. Feel free to contact me if you have any question. I am happy to help.

  5. This is brilliant Hong. I don’t realize I can make such healthy hand lotion which will work well with my sensative skin.
    I already use Coconut oil for other skin conditions.
    Can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

    1. Author

      Hello Vince, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.
      Homemade lotions are so much healthier than commercial ones. You know exactly what ingredients goes into your lotion. Let me know how this recipe turns out for you.

    1. Author

      Hello William, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment. Let me know how this homemade lotion turns out for you.

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      Hi Rick, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment. I am glad you find the information helpful.

  6. This is a very interesting article. Well, I suspected that what we generally buy in store is not the best for our skin and this way looks really easy. I am glad you described it into such detail and I think this is gonna help a lot of people and our skin, too. It´s important to preserve the skin. 😉

    1. Author

      Hello Micheal, thank you for stopping by and for your comment.
      I am glad you find the article interesting and helpful. Skin is our largest organ and one of the first lines of defense, so it is very important that we take good care of it.

  7. Hi Hong,
    Thank you for this great article and your website. Tons of good and useful information, I will be visiting you frequently 🙂
    I am a big fan of coconut oil so, using it to make my own hand lotion will be very exciting especially if I know that I will be avoiding big brands that usually have harmful chemicals, additives, and preservatives.
    Have a nice day!

    1. Author

      Hi Martha, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment.
      I am glad you find my article useful. I will be posting articles on a regular basis. Feel free to check them out.
      Making your own lotion is not only fun but also a great way to avoid harmful chemicals and preservatives in many common commercial lotions.
      Let me know how this recipe turns out for you. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

      Hong

  8. What a cool idea! And so, so simple. I always love reading your articles. They are always so thorough and really educational. I learn something every time I click on your website!:)
    I love coconut oil and it has so many uses. I’ve used it several times as a moisturizer and it makes me smell like the beach-all natural and the beach? Sign me up!
    This is completely off the lotion subject but I know you discuss water a lot here. I’m always on the go and try to drink plenty of water. I really want to get out of the habit of purchasing plastic water bottles that end up in landfills. What do you recommend for bottled water drinkers trying to make the change to stop using so much plastic?

    1. Author

      Hello Jennifer, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment.

      I am so happy to hear you find my website educational and thorough. I am trying my best to bring informative articles and educate as many people as possible to help them achieve better health. I am so glad you learn new thing every time you visit my website.

      I love coconut oil as well, it is not only an excellent moisturizer, but also good for cooking. I use coconut oil for almost everything.

      I’ve done some research on bottled water, I learned that bottled water is actually not much better than tap water. Many popular brands are simply filtered tap water. Plastic water bottles are not only bad for the environment, but also hazardous to health. Chemicals from water bottles can leach to the water, and when consumed can be harmful to the body.

      It is great to that you are trying to make a change to use less plastic. I do recommend a couple of things. You can invest in a high-quality water filter and a BPA free plastic water bottle, stainless steel water bottle, or glass water bottle to fill the water with. This would help eliminate bottled water and also help to avoid the chemicals from the plastic.

      I understand investing in a high-quality water filter can be expensive. I currently don’t have one in my house. But I do plan to get one sometime this year.

      I used to drink a lot of bottled water, thought it was healthy. But not anymore. Now I make a few trips to my local grocery store a month to fill up my big container (4 gallons) at a time with reverse osmosis water, it’s 49 cents per gallon, pretty good deal in my humble opinion.

      Reverse osmosis systems do remove minerals from tap water. So I add Dr Willard’s Water to it. Dr, Willard’s Water contains trace minerals, helps with nutrient assimilation and increases the PH of the water. Fill free to check out my review on Dr. Willard’s Water.

      I normally fill up my large BPA free plastic water bottle from my big 4-gallon container. Four gallons last me about 9 to 10 days. As for right now, this is what I do to avoid using so much plastic and avoid harmful chemicals from the plastic. So, this would be my second recommendation.

      I will be looking into different water filters and share my findings in the next few weeks. Feel free to check out my website for updates. I hope I answered your question. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

      1. Love love love this! I didn’t even think about the reverse osmosis water from my local store! And I’ll check out Dr. Willard’s Water as well. I’m shopping for BPA free water bottles tonight! Thanks Hong:)

  9. Brilliant article! I’m also passionate about clean living and reducing toxic exposure. Your products look absolutely fantastic and I’m looking forward to giving your lotion recipe a go.
    Thank you for sharing

    1. Author

      Hello Lace Flowers-Ellis, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment.
      I am glad you find the information useful. Let me know how this recipe turns out for you.

      Feel free to contact me if you have any question.
      Hong

  10. This post is definitely for me, yeah. I always want to make my own lotion and finally a simple DIY to the rescue. I like making my own stuff, so I will be delving in this one. The good thing is that I know exactly what I am putting in this product, and they are all healthy. How do I get a thicker version of this lotion?

    1. Author

      Hi Carol, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment.

      I am glad you found this useful. Making your own skin care products is a great way to avoid many harmful ingredients in commercial products.

      If you like slightly thicker lotion, use 10 to 11 teaspoons of distilled water instead of 12 teaspoon. If you like extra thick consistency, just decrease the amount of distilled water, so around 8 or 9 teaspoons of distilled water.

      Feel free to play around with the ratio and see what works the best. I hope this helps.

      Let me know if you have any question.
      Hong

    1. Author

      Hi Kody, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment. I am glad you found the article useful.

  11. Wow! Your first paragraph is alarming. I never thought about chemicals being absorbed through the skin. I need to read labels more. Natural lotions seem easy enough to make. Thanks for the wonderful information.

    1. Author

      Hello Tony W, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.
      Reading ingredients list is a great way to avoid harmful synthetic chemicals and preservatives in skin care products.
      Let me know if you have any question.

  12. Wow, that was really interesting and helpful! I will definitely try it. I had an idea to make something like that, but wasn’t sure how, now everything is clear. Thank you very much for the informaton

    1. Author

      Hello Valerie, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.

      I am glad you found the article helpful and interesting. Let me know how this recipe turns out for you. Feel free to contact me if you need help.

      Hong

  13. This is a really great article. I have never heard of or even thought about making my own lotion. I didn’t know it was even possible. You make it seem so simple. I thank you for opening my eyes to this ideas because homemade items seem better for you. These are wonderful recipes, I really would like to try them one day. Thanks for this article!

    1. Author

      Hello Melissa, thank for you stopping by and for your comment.
      You are very welcome for the information. I am happy to hear you learned something you thought was impossible to make.

      Let me know how this recipe turns out for me.
      Hong

  14. Thanks for sharing this! I make my own face “creams” with beeswax and oil…and sometimes cocoa or shea butter. I’ve always stayed away from liquids in it. Do you need a preservative with distilled water?

    1. Author

      Hello Fen, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I’ve always made the skin care products with just oils in the past. Some people may find the body butter or products made with just oils too dense, heavy and greasy. So this lotion recipe works really well for those that like the commercial lotion consistency.

      This lotion will help to moisturize and promote healthy skin which is going to leave your hands and skin feeling soft and smooth, not greasy. The thing about using water in homemade products, preservatives are almost inevitable due to short shelve life. Without preservative, it must be refrigerated and used up within a week.

      In my next post, I will share the importance of preservatives and my favorite preservative. Stay tuned if you are interested.

  15. Hi Hong, How are you?

    Great article as always. I see these commercials on TV advertising major brand body and hand lotions and I ask myself, how many viewers who would purchase one of these products actually check the contents before doing so? Hopefully most, but i doubt it. The great thing about going DIY with lotions, lip balm ect…. is that you KNOW without question what is in it. Will share this on my google+ and site.
    By the Bye, I’ll have a new post up soon that i am looking to share with you on staying healthy in the winter months.

    Cheers and God Bless, Brad

    1. Author

      Hello Brad, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.

      I am doing well, busy writing articles and running my restaurant business. How are you doing?

      I think many people buy lotions or other skin care products don’t really carefully study the ingredients list. In fact, I was someone who never read ingredients list. Now, reading ingredients list is an absolute must habit for me.

      Like you said by making your lotions you know exactly what goes into the lotion and eventually in your body. I love making my own skin care products, they are not only healthier and safer, but also much more cost effective and you can avoid many harmful ingredients used in commercial lotions.

      Thank you for sharing my article. I really appreciate that. I am looking forward to your new post. Let me know when you have your new post up and I will share it too.

      All the best,
      Hong

  16. That is an awesome Article! Thank you I did not even think this could be possible I am glad I found this. It very easy to follow I am absolutely going to try and do it. Thanks again 😉

    1. Author

      Hello Joseph, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment. Let me know how this homemade lotion recipe turns out for you. If you need help or have any question. Fell free to reach put to me.

  17. Very good information. I love using as much natural things as I can. I have been putting some vasaline intensive care and believe it or not hairgrease. It does make my skin soft but you made me think about polluting my body. Thanks.

    1. Author

      Hi Ronnie Jordan, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.
      Many commercial lotions are loaded with harmful chemicals. Every since I started making my own lotion, I don’t buy store lotions anymore. Making your own lotion is the best way to avoid harmful ingredients, and best of all, you know exactly what goes into your lotion.

  18. These are some fantastic tips you’ve got here, I have quite sensitive skin and big brands such as Lynx causes my skin to crack and it’s very painful. Making my own, I know exactly what is in the ingredients and I can avoid anything that might not agree with my skin!

    1. Author

      Hello James, thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      Many big brand lotions have harmful chemicals and preservatives that are linked to some health problems and cause skin irritation. Making your lotion is the best way to avoid these harmful ingredients. If you have any question making this lotion. Feel free to contact me.

      Hong

  19. Thank you for these great recipes! I am always looking for lotions for my family. My wife and daughter are animal lovers and refuse to use anything that is tested on animals. I will be sure to pass these on. Do you have any shampoo recipes?

    1. Author

      Hello James, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.
      This would be a great homemade lotion recipe for your wife and daughter. I hope this recipe works out for them. Thank you for sharing it with them.
      Currently I don’t have shampoo recipes, but I will be experimenting them in the future.

  20. Love the step by step recipe on how to make natural lotion. I am always looking for natural products and I always buy natural lotions at craft fairs and farmers’s markets. Now I can make my own. Thanks for the informative blog you have here about organic sulfur product. I will be following your blog!

    1. Author

      Hello Delois, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment. I am glad you found my blog informative.

      If you decide to make your own lotion and have any question or need help, feel free to contact me. I am happy to help.

      Thank you for following my blog.
      Have a great day!
      Hong

  21. Hi
    Great post & very informative.
    I need to make some of this. My work makes my hands very dry & the lotions that keep them from cracking work out very expensive over the year.
    I will be giving your receipt a try, see if I can make my hardworking hands soft again ?
    Thank You
    Paul

    1. Author

      Hi Paul, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment. I am glad you found the post informative.

      Let me know how this lotion turns out for you. I will be writing an article in the future about body stick similar to lip balm but for body and extremely dry, cracked, itchy and irritated skin. It is also easy to make requiring 3 to 4 ingredients. Stay tuned if you are interested. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  22. You are such a wealth of valuable information! I give classes to teach people how to make DIY Chemical Free products, using essential oils. I love the idea of using Emulsifying Wax! I usually use organic bees wax, and getting it to emulsify is quite a process requiring great patience! Can you tell me how they emulsify the wax? Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

    1. Author

      Hello Shelli Thomas, thank you for viewing my article and for your kind comment.

      I love essential oil, I use them in my diy products. I probably can learn a lot from you about essential oil. Do you have a website about essential oil?

      I’ve tried beeswax as an emulsifier in the past and my lotion turned out really bad and gritty. I researched online and found that beeswax can not be use as emulsifier by itself. The only way beeswax functions as an emulsifier is in combination with borax. Here is an article that explain why beeswax is not an emulsifier. https://formulabotanica.com/beeswax-is-not-an-emulsifier/

      I use and love Milliard NON-GMO Emulsifying Wax. Emulsifying wax is an ingredient that has been especially formulated to make lotions and creams. It contains just the right amounts of wax and emulsifier to maintain a stable emulsion in most simple cream or lotion formulas. For beginners, I recommend this ingredient because it is very easy to use.

      I hope I answered your question. Let me know if you have any other question. I am happy to help.
      Hong

  23. Hi Hong. Thanks for this article. I did not know how bad over the counter lotions could be. I am all about natural remedies and organic foods and stuff so this post is just what I need. Can u add fragrances to the lotion that are natural as well? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Carl

    1. Author

      Hello Carl, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.

      You add 100% pure essential oil to your lotion. Essential oil comes with many different scent, such as lavender, peppermint, orange and lemon, just to name a few. You would want to avoid anything that says fragrance oil as it contains strong synthetic chemicals which are known to cause adverse health effects. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

      Hong

  24. I hd absolutely no idea that what we put on our skin ended up in our blood stream. That is very serious information people should know. I just never really thought about it.
    Your article was very informative and I learned quite a bit about my skin I didn’t know. Your receipe looks easy and your instructions are so good even I can’t screw it up. Good job. Have you used lavender in your lotions ?

    1. Author

      Hi Deborah, thank you for visiting and for your kind comment. I am glad you found the article informative and learned something you didn’t know.

      If you decide to make your own lotion and need help or have any question, feel free to contact me. I’ve used the lavender in my lotions and I still do, it smells wonderful, very calming and relaxing.

      Hong

  25. Once again , Hong, you give us really useful advice. I knew about the benefits of coconut oil (when used with measure, mind you, as they still contain a lot of saturated fat), but I never thought distilled water may be good. Then again, I can understand why this is a necessary ingredient, given the fact that, as you mention, tap water does contain all sorts of non-natural substances.
    Thank you ever so much for the recipe. But can you advice, Hong, whether this cream may be suited as moisturiser for babies? Thank you 🙂

    1. Author

      Hello GiuliaB, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment. I am glad you find the information useful.

      Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but it’s actually the good saturated fat. The plant-based saturated fat found in unrefined coconut is completely different than the saturated fat found in animal foods. In fact, not all saturated fats are not created equal. There is “good saturated fats” and “bad saturated fats”.

      Here is an article I found that explains the saturated fats in coconut oil in detail. https://cleancuisine.com/is-the-saturated-fat-in-coconut-harmful/

      This lotion is suitable and gentle for use on babies as it contains no synthetic chemicals. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  26. Once someone told me never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat. It gets absorbed into your skin! I’m so glad that you shared this! I personally don’t use products on my skin. I focus on drinking plenty of water and that seems to help my skin stay moisturized.

    1. Author

      Hi Melinda, thank you for viewing and for your comment.

      I’ve heard of that before. Since our skin can absorb pretty much anything into our bloodstream, reading ingredients list is important to avoid any potentially harmful ingredients. Drinking water definitely helps skin stay moisturized. I am glad it helps your skin.

  27. Wow, what an amazing and easy way, I didn’t know that we can make hand lotion at home very easily. Thank you for sharing this with us as we all need to use something herbal or organic as everything in market has harmful chemicals.

    1. Author

      Hello Sarah, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.
      I am glad you learned something from my article. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  28. Hello.
    Thank you for your great article.
    It’s funny because my girlfriend searched the internet to make her own lotions. Will definitely show her this article. Kep up the great work.
    Damien

    1. Author

      Hello Damien, thank you for viewing my article and for your kind comment.

      Thank you for showing my article with your girlfriend. I hope she finds it helpful. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  29. Hi Hong, great post! And interesting point you made about the ingredients in most commercial lotions being absorbed into the skin….it’s scary to think that they can include toxic substances in full knowledge they will be ingested via the skin. -All the more reason to make our own….thank you!

    1. Author

      Hi Dave, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      It’s scary to think that cosmetic companies can pretty much include anything they want in their products with few exceptions such as food additives, which is regulated by the FDA. Ever since I started making my own lotion I don’t buy store lotions anymore. I know exactly what goes into my lotion when I make them and I can avoid many harmful ingredients as well. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  30. Thanks for the advice. Loved this handmade lotion recipe. I had not learned about emulsifying wax to create this great lotion.

    Knowing that there will be no harmful chemicals in my lotion is a great reason to make this. Our skin can easily absorb all the bad stuff and with this recipe, that is not going to happen. I am used to using coconut oil for skin (apply it to my boys when they are sick and add a few essential oils).

    Thanks for sharing,
    Oscar

    1. Author

      Hello Oscar, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad you loved this handmade lotion recipe.

      With the natural and organic ingredients, you don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients getting absorbed into your skin. Coconut oil is one of my favorite moisturizers and my cooking oils. I used to use plain coconut oil with sweet orange essential oil, they work and smell great. I love to experiment with different ingredients and share with people what I find. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  31. As always thank you for the great recipe. Can’t wait to get my DIY on!
    In the lotions that you sell, is there a preservative? Or should those also be used within a week?

    1. Author

      Hello Kat, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      The lotions I sell have preservative in them. In my next post I will talk about the importance of preservatives and what preservatives to use in homemade skin care products. Stay tuned if you are interested. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

      Hong

  32. This is a great article and you really make a valid point about products we buy that contain harmful chemicals. Even when products say “All Natural”, I am still even skeptical as sometimes this slogan is used as a marketing ploy. And why take a chance of introducing harmful toxins into our bloodstream when we can just make the products on our own and save money in the process! Thank you for the guide on how to make your own lotion.

    1. Author

      Hi Christopher, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment. You are very welcome for the information.

      The products that say “all natural” or “even organic”, the ingredients in them are questionable sometime. You are so right that these slogans are used as marketing tactic to get people to buy. As consumers we have to study the ingredients list carefully to make sure we are buying the real thing.

      When you make your own lotion you know exactly what goes in it and you can avoid all the synthetic harmful chemicals in store bought lotions. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  33. Thanks for a great post, Hong! Great to see it’s not so expensive and intimidating to make your own lotion…and it’s so much healthier! I will definitely try this.

    1. Author

      Hello Terri, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment.

      Making lotion is very simple and easy. And once you make the lotion for few times, it will become second nature.

      Let me know how this recipe turns out for you. If you need help or have any question, please let me know.

      Hong

  34. Hi Hong, I love the hand lotion. I wonder if my wife is going to make some herself.
    The wax, can I make this by my self? What do you think of using Vaseline in the face?

    1. Author

      Hi Stefan Vogt, thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I am glad you love the hand lotion.

      You can either use the emulsifying wax as emulsifier or combination of beeswax, Liquid Lecithin, and Borax.

      Emulsifying wax is an ingredient that has been especially formulated to make lotions and creams. It contains just the right amounts of wax and emulsifier to maintain a stable emulsion in most simple cream or lotion formulas. For beginners, I recommend this ingredient because it is very easy to use.

      You can also create an emulsion with the help of natural ingredients. Natural emulsifiers must be used in conjunction with each other in order to work. The best combination to start with is beeswax, liquid lecithin, and borax. Together, these ingredients can help form a stable emulsion of oil and water.

      I know some people use Vaseline on their face. I’ve heard the good and the bad about Vaseline. I personally have never used it and I don’t think I will ever use it in the future since I make my own skin care products, which is definitely a lot natural and healthier. Even though Vaseline is considered non-comedogenic or it will not clog or block your pores, it’s best to avoid use on the face if you have acne prone skin.

      Let me know if you have any question.
      Hong

  35. I’ve learned so much from your posts and recipes for homemade beauty products! For instance, I didn’t know the precise function of an emulsifier before today. Looking forward to the post about preservatives and how to keep this stuff safe and alive!

    1. Author

      Hello Penelope, thank you for viewing my site and for your comment.
      I am glad you learned something new from my posts. I will be getting the preservative article up sometime this week.

      Let me know if you have any question.
      Hong

  36. Until I read this article, I had no idea that over the counter lotions had ingredients that are bad for us. My family goes through so much lotion, especially in the winter time. I am looking forward to trying your recipe. Thank you, you opened my eyes!

    1. Author

      Hello Keith, thank you for visiting my website and for your comment.
      Let me know how this recipe turns out for you. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

      Hong

  37. Thank you so much for this information. I have made my own lotion before, but I use already made lotions and mix them together. I am sure they are not as effective as this lotion you make. I am going to have to try it and see.

    1. Author

      Hello Eden, thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      I am not sure what ingredients are all contained in that lotion. Chances are unless you buy the USDA organic lotion, it is very likely that it contains many harmful chemicals and preservatives.One thing I can be certain of is this homemade lotion is 100% safe and free of synthetic chemicals. If you do decide to try this recipe and have any question or need hep, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can either email me or leave me a comment. I usually get back within a couple of days or sooner.

      Have fun making your lotion!
      Hong

  38. Hi Hong, Making my own body lotion is a good idea. I can put just the things I like in it. I am also a fan of coconut oil. There are lots of medicinal properties in it. I looked at the recipe for making Homemade Hand Lotion and decided to make a note of it. I will try to get the ingredients and try the lotion.
    It will be a challenge for me to make my own lotion and I am anticipating the end product.
    Thanks for the post.

    1. Author

      Hello Luna, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      Making your own lotion is one of the best ways to avoid many toxic chemicals and preservatives used in store bought lotions. And as you mentioned, you can customize your lotion by putting the things you like in it. If you decide to make this lotion and have any questions or need help, just email me or leave me a comment. I usually get back with a coupe of days or sooner.

      Have fun making your lotion!
      Hong

  39. Great article, I am always after such tips and methods to prepare skin product at home from natural things. Big brands and commercial skin lotions all have chemicals, additives and preservatives which could be harmful to skin. It’s really good to see homemade lotion that can be prepared within 10 mins at home..

    1. Author

      Hi Sarah, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      If you decide to make this hand lotion and encounter any problem and need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

      Hong

  40. Hi Hong,
    I had no idea making hand lotion just taking 10 minute and so easy to make it. With your proper step for making the hand lotion really helps a lot. That could save me a lot of money purchasing lotions for my girlfriend. I will keep your sites in my book mark and keep myself updated. Keep it up.

    1. Author

      Hello Jaden Ho, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I used to think it would be impossible to make your own skin care products. After I learned how easy it is to make lip balm, I started researching how to make other skin care products. In fact, making skin care products are actually a lot easier than I thought. The ingredients may cost more upfront but they can be used to make many other skin care products and a little goes a long way, which will save you money in the long run.

      If you decide to make you own lotion and have any question or need help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

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