Sunday, October 25, 2015

3 Ingredient Vegan Body Lotion

This simple recipe makes a creamy yet lightweight all purpose lotion. I'm calling it a body lotion, since it has a lighter consistency than your usual homemade balm or cream but I've been using it as a daily facial moisturizer with excellent results. The floral-infused oil gives it a light scent as well as the soothing benefits of rose. The main ingredient is just water, which makes the lotion wonderfully hydrating and quick to sink into the skin without a lingering greasy film.

The oil and water blends together beautifully (and stays that way) thanks to the power of vegetable based emulsifying wax. I bought a sizable bag that will certainly last me a few years at Mountain Rose Herbs. It comes in a flaked form, which makes it really simple to measure and is quick to melt into your oil blend. You might notice that this recipe is similar to my Kukui Rose Moisturizing Cream, and it is the same general idea. However, I wanted to offer a vegan moisturizer for those of you who abstain from using animal byproducts as well as folks who are sensitive or allergic to beeswax. The emulsifying wax creates a thinner, lighter moisturizer than one with beeswax does so I recommend storing this in a squeezable plastic bottle or a glass bottle with a pump dispenser. I took the classy option and repurposed a plastic squeeze bottle that once contained my favorite Lebanese garlic sauce... well washed of course!
If you don't want to wait around for your rose petal oil to infuse, you can use plain old carrier oils and add a few drops of rose essential oil during the emulsion process. Or you can keep it at truly just 3 ingredients and go fragrance free.

3/4 cup rose petal infused oil*
1 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons vegetable based emulsifying wax

*Use one or more of the following oils to create your own personalized blend: avocado, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, kukui, and/or macadamia nut.

Combine the oil and wax in a double boiler over medium low heat until the wax melts. Meanwhile, pour water in the blender. Put the cap on the blender, but leave the little hole open so that you can pour in the oil with minimal splattering. Turn the blender on high and slowly pour the oil/wax mixture in and continue blending until the lotion turns an opaque white and is uniformly thickened. Using a funnel, pour into a lotion bottle and you're good to go.

Ruby photo bombing my lotion


  1. It's always such a treat to see a post from you <3 I've been experimenting with lotions myself, and any inspiration in that front is great right now. <3

  2. Does this product need a preservative? What is the shelf life on it without a preservative? With? If a preservative is a good idea, what kind do you recommend?

    1. Hi there! Since this lotion combines oils and water, you might need a preservative if you don't use it up very quickly. That being said, I have a batch from about 6 months ago that is still fine! Be sure to use a very clean container to store the finished lotion in and keep an airtight lid on it. You can always store the finished product in a large bottle in the fridge and refill a smaller bottle to keep in the bathroom, car, backpack, or where ever. Using distilled water helps the final lotion from spoiling, and adding vitamin E oil can help preserve it as well. I've heard good things about Grapefruit Seed Extract and Citric Acid as natural preservatives but haven't used them in lotions yet. Also, many essential oils have natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities too!