I made a thing! A lotion thing! I was pretty excited and proud of it at first. But it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, and I can't tell from online sources if I did it wrong, if that's just the nature of home-made lotion, if I should try again another way. Does anyone have advice? :)
Today I finally found a cheap hand blender ($12 off of Kijiji, woohoo!) in my ongoing adventures trying to get the materials to start making soap (inspired by MisfitToy's posts about soap) but I happen to now be equipped to make lotion. Hooray! I stumbled across a recipe while looking for soap recipes, and it seemed so easy. I went to the health food stores and found the ingredients, and made lotion, because I have homework to do, so obviously I'm not doing it. Here is how I made it, from a website I can't seem to find at the moment:
1/2 cup of "pure" water (I used this herbal water because it has extra herbs in it!)
1 tablespoon of grated all-natural beeswax
3/8ths (lol, I cut 3/4 in half) oil
30 drops of essential oil (peppermint)
For the oil, the internet told me that hemp seed oil is really light, so I chose that one. I also saw jojoba oil recommended a lot, so I had about 4/5ths of the oil hemp seed oil, and the rest was jojoba.
Heat up the oil and beeswax in a glass measuring cup in hot water until the beeswax melts. In a blender (a real blender, but I used a hand blender) start blending your water. Slowly add your beeswax/oil mixture. When it's all blended and emulsified and lotion-y, add the essential oil and blend it in. Ta-da!
It's... interesting? The consistency is rather runny, which is fine, probably, because a little bit goes a long way.
But the problem is, it's pretty oily/greasy. I want to make a lotion that fully absorbs into your skin! Honestly, it feels (and smells, mm) great, and it's nice to know it's so simple and has no chemicals. It is really, really moisturizing, so it feels great on winterized hands. But I want to gift it to my sister and my mom, and I feel like people won't use it if they have to wash their hands after if they want to use their computers and phones and whatnot. At least I have it in a pretty bottle! I'll decorate it nicely if this actually works out for presents.
Does anyone have an alternative lotion recipe that isn't so oily? Or do you think I did something wrong? The internet has a vast array of proportions here - one I just found had half a cup of beeswax to 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of oil. The recipes are all over the place, and oil is expensive (it cost me $10 of oil just to make this) so I would love to try a recipe that someone has actually tried!
Oh, and another question - I love peppermint, but this smells like food. Like you want to eat it, which is fun for a bit, but that gets old fast. How do people make peppermint things not smell like mint food?!