Homemade Lotion (Good enough to eat!)

With only edible ingredients, you could eat this lotion... but your hands will thank you if you just rub it on them. 

While this is usually a food blog, I wanted to share this with you because I am in love with this lotion and I know many people are looking for alternatives to store bought lotions. Besides, the recipe uses kitchen equipment and after washing dishes after dinner, you'll need some lotion anyways!

In the process of making this, I developed an infatuation with beeswax. Organic Colorado Beeswax is firm, just slightly sticky, and wafts of honey. As I grated it, my hands soaked up what they could, becoming soft and smooth (And trust me--that says a lot! A history of gymnastics and rock climbing doesn't do much for your hands.). They honey-scented beeswax is then melted with unrefined cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils, and whipped into this: 

It's luscious. It's creamy. It's what you need when you live in the middle of a dessert that's even drier in the middle of the winter. 

More "eating" recipes to come next week! I hope you'll enjoy this interlude. 

Homemade Lotion

6 ounces water, cold

2 ounces aloe gel

2.5 ounces liquid oil (I use a mix of almond, apricot, and avocado)

.75 ounce  coconut oil

.5 ounces shea butter

.35 ounces beeswax

.15 ounce cacao butter (unrefined)

.5 ounce arrowroot powder OR tapioca starch (optional - helps with binding)

30 drops of essential oils

Combinations I recommend:

  • Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
  • Gardenia, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavendar, Ginger
  • Lavender, Lemon
  • Cedar, Clove  


1. In a small bowl, whisk the water and arrowroot powder. 

2. Using a microplane, grate the beeswax and cocoa butter into the small bowl.  Add the honey, shea, coconut oil, apricot oil and almond oil. 

3. Place the small bowl inside of a small saucepan, pouring water into the sauce pan until it comes about 3/4 of the way up the sides of the small bowl. Heat over medium-low heat, or a slow simmer, until the mixture is fully melted. 

4. Pour the warm mixture into your food processor or blender. Add the essential oils at this time. While the mixture cools, use the food processor or blender to whip the mixture (use the pulse button, or run several 1-minute cycles). If the lotion is still semi transparent, allow it to cool a minute or two longer before whipping. Resulting lotion should be white and creamy.

5. Store in an airtight container. Good for 4-6 months.