Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Sonoma Garden has a how to make Handmade Handlotion and even had label that can be downloaded put put on jars.

She indicates she makes several jars in less than 5 minutes with only 4 ingredients the cost is less than $1 a jar.

Recipe from her site:

In a pyrex measuring glass I combine the olive oil and emusifying wax and microwave for 1 minute until it is all melted.

I have found that our coffee mugs hold almost exactly 1 1/4 cup of water, so I fill is up and microwave that for 1 minute. While that is heating up, I add the essential oil into my melted wax/olive oil mixture.

Then pour the hot water into the wax/olive oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. I then pour the hot lotion into wide mouth pint size jars and let cool overnight. The next morning you’ll have a fresh jar of homemade natural hand lotion!

A site that is suggested that ingredients be purchased from:


There is also another recipe at Montisorri by Hand

Here is that receipe from that blog:
  • 6 oz. liquid oil (such as canola or olive oil)
  • 3 oz. solid oil (coconut oil, shea butter, etc.)
  • 1 oz. beeswax (find it here, along with other organic products)
  • 9 oz. of water
  • 20 drops of orange essential oil
  • 30 drops of vanilla essential oil

Pour the 6 oz. of liquid oil into a 16 oz. heat-proof measuring cup. Add pieces of solid oil to the liquid oil until the total volume reaches the 9 oz. mark, then add the 1 oz. of beeswax. Put the measuring cup into a pot filled with water and place it over medium heat on the stove top. Stir until the all of the solids melt. This can take a little while.

Remove the measuring cup from the water and let it cool to body temperature. It will become more thick and opaque - keep stirring it as it cools. Briefly place the 9 oz. of water in its own container into the pot (still filled with hot water) to bring it up to body temperature.

Pour the 9 oz. of water into a larger mixing bowl. Get out your hand mixer and turn it on high speed. Slowly begin pouring the oil mixture into the water. Continue processing until the mixture reaches a thick, creamy consistency. Turn off the mixer and add the drops of essential oil, then mix it up a bit more.

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