Recipe: Rose Face & Body Lotion

Silky Rose Face and Body Lotion

 

The first time I ever created a lotion or cream, I was dazzled by how incredibly easy it was. As an avid cook, I quickly realized it was quite similar to making mayonnaise or a sauce or dressing – and the results are nutrition for the skin! High quality and luxurious skin lotions can be incredibly expensive and we may not know if all the ingredients are safe and non-toxic. Fortunately, since it is so easy to make our own, we can choose the best ingredients for a fraction of the price and concoct soothing masterpieces!

I created this rose-infused lotion from ingredients I love and that work well with my skin: Grapeseed oil because I love the silky texture and it works well with other oils to help the skin absorb, Coconut oil because it helps to retain moisture and won’t irritate, Cocoa butter because of the creaminess and the deep cocoa aroma, and the Rosehip Seed and Vitamin E oils because my skin (like me) is a little, uh, seasoned and these oils add extra nourishment.

Aloe Vera gel is a so good for those of us who spend a fair amount of time in the outdoors. Since I garden so much, I believe it helps heal scratches and scrapes, as well as soothe after a bit too much sun.

This particular recipe is all about the skin rejuvenating properties of rose – utilizing our wonderfully floral Rose Hydrosol and Aphrodite aroma oil for an intoxicating and spirit-lifting aromatherapy, but you could easily try different scents like lavender or citrus or even a woodsy aroma might be more your style! This particular lotion works quite nicely as a face and body lotion since it absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves a soft, silky sensation.

Feel free to use this recipe as a guide and experiment or make substitutions to create a face and body lotion to suit your preferences and needs, or make it as-is for a silky, luxurious face and body lotion…

 

Silky Rose Face and Body Lotion

 

Silky Rose Face and Body Lotion

Ingredients

½ cup Grapeseed oil

½ cup organic Coconut oil, refined or unrefined

6 organic Cocoa Butter wafers or 1/2 ounce cocoa butter

1 Tablespoon organic Rosehip Seed oil

1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil

3 Tablespoons Beeswax pastilles or 1 ounce Beeswax*

¼ cup Aloe Vera gel

¼ cup organic Rose Hydrosol

1-2 teaspoons Aphrodite aroma oil

10 drops Peru Balsam essential oil

 

Directions

In a glass Pyrex bowl or large glass Pyrex measuring cup (at least 4 cup size), combine the Grapeseed oil, Coconut oil, Cocoa Butter wafers, Rosehip Seed oil, Vitamin E oil, and Beeswax pastilles. Heat over boiling water until melted and mixed together. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about a half hour. You may be able to speed up the cooling process by setting the bowl in the fridge or freezer for several minutes.

Meanwhile, measure the Aloe Vera gel and Rose Hydrosol and combine. Now that the oils have cooled a bit, it is time to mix! I have tried this using a hand mixer, an immersion blender, and a traditional blender and they all work just fine. It really depends on your preference and what you have. If you are using a traditional blender, pour the melted oils and beeswax into the blender pitcher and turn on medium, gradually add the Aloe Vera/Rose Hydrosol mix in a slow steady stream. If you are using a hand mixer or hand immersion blender, you will do the same thing only hold the mixer/blender with one hand and do the pouring with your other hand.

Depending on the temperature of your ingredients, the mixing until thick and creamy may take anywhere from a few minutes to 5 or 10 minutes. Don’t get discouraged. The texture will be like a medium thick pudding when it is ready. At the very last, add the Aphrodite aroma oil and the Peru Balsam essential oil. The Peru Balsam serves as a great base note and fixative for the rose scents. It combines well with the other scents and I think it brings out the softness of the rose. It also lends additional anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities to the lotion. You can, however, leave it out or make a substitution (Lavender essential oil would also be nice.)

Pour the finished lotion into containers and allow to cool completely before putting on the lids. This recipe makes enough for about 2-3 cups of lotion (we filled three 4-ounce jars). If kept in a cool place, out of direct sunlight, the lotion should last just fine for several months, although you will likely use it up long before then!

*If you would like to make a thinner lotion, use 1 Tablespoon of beeswax, melted with the oils in the first step.

 

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23 Responses to “Recipe: Rose Face & Body Lotion”

  1. avatar E.R. says:

    I only have an 8 oz container of cocoa butter-not the wafers. How much does 6 cocoa butter wafers come out to so I can measure out the right amount? I can’t wait to try the recipe out!

  2. avatar Erica says:

    I am allergic to coconut oil and grape seed oil, what could I use to replace them? I would really like to make this, it looks amazing.

  3. avatar Renee says:

    I love the recipes you guys offer. A good selling point would be to implement a bundle price for your recipe ingredients to try them out. Just an idea =)

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Renee! As you know, we don’t currently have the ability to bundle or group items together, but this is a great idea! I will send your request along to the rest of our team. We always appreciate hearing your suggestions and thanks so much for reading the blog! ~Kori

  4. avatar Renee says:

    Is a preservative needed since water will be added through the hydrosol?

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Renee~Thank you for your question! The essential oils and beeswax do help with shelf-life a bit. I did not use any sort of preservative and we have had the lotion sitting out at room temperature for a couple months (and we’ve been using it daily). If you were striving to make it last for several months, you might want to keep it in the refrigerator. I hope this answers your question and thank you so much for reading the blog! ~Kori

  5. avatar Cheryl says:

    IS there any substitute for the rose Hydrosol? I have all ingredients except for that– thanks for advising! :-)

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi there Cheryl, You could easily replace the hydrosol with distilled water and some essential oils of your choice, I would suggest rose but your favorite will do! I hope that helps! ~Alieta

  6. avatar Rhonda says:

    I have read recent findings that show bacterial growth after 12 hours in homemade lotions which incorporate purified/distilled water, hydrosols and/or Aloe Vera gel. Suggestions have been to use witch hazel extract in place of these ingredients. I’m just wondering if you have heard of these findings and if you agree bacterial contamination could occur in this particular recipe after 12 hours. Thank you!

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Rhonda~Thank you for your questions. While I have not read those particular articles or findings, it is always possible for bacteria to be introduced into lotions since they can be less shelf-stable than salves or alcohol infusions. Many folks choose to keep their lotions in the refrigerator to help prolong the shelf-life. I have found that homemade lotions with some essential oils last just fine for a few months if kept out of direct sunlight or temperature fluctuations and I have never had an issue. Good luck with your project! ~Kori

  7. avatar Paula says:

    Lovely recipe but I was curious about how one might incorporate your citric acids into similar recipes. Would that act as a preservative?

  8. avatar Aideen says:

    Hello! Wonderful recipe! I’m actually going to be gathering supplies so I can try it out. I’m wondering if the recipe has to be thinned out by adding less beeswax, to be used in a pump bottle? If I make it as is, with the 3 tbsp of beeswax, will it be too thick for a pump bottle?
    Thanks!

    :)

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Aideen~Thank you for checking in with us and for your interest in giving this recipe a try! Both the cocoa butter and the beeswax help to make this a thicker lotion. You could omit the cocoa butter or substitute with another oil (or a little more of one of the other oils in the recipe) and decreasing the amount of beeswax–maybe by a third? I do hope this helps a bit and be sure to let us know how it works out for you. Good luck! ~Kori

      • avatar Aideen says:

        Hi Kori, Thank you for the quick response and the advice! One more quick question, do you have any substitutions for the Aphrodite oil?

        • avatar Kori says:

          Hi Aideen~The Aphrodite Oil is what really gives it the rose scent, as well as adding extra oil goodness with Jajoba and Grapeseed oils. You could use Rose Aboslute essential oil for the rosy scent, but that is a bit more expensive. Of course, you could substitute one of the other aroma oil blends, or a combination of other essential oils that you might want to use. I do hope this answers your question. Thanks again! ~Kori

          • avatar Aideen says:

            Hello Kori,

            I tried the lotion recipe, it was my very first one and was (I would consider) mostly a success! I’m wondering if I can bend your ear for some thoughts on a few problems I had.
            I made a half recipe because I didn’t want to experiment with too much of the ingredients because some of them aren’t cheap. Because I made a half recipe I think my biggest rookie mistake was leaving the oil mixture to cool for half an hour, instead of a halved time period. I think as a result of the oil mixture being too cool the lotion didn’t ever thicken. I didn’t put the oil mixture into a cold bowl, I took the glass pyrex that I mixed in and put it off to the side. Here are my questions:

            -should I be mixing the aloe mix into the oil mixture while the oil mixture is still clear and warm? Or should the oil mixture have started to solidify at all?

            -Because the oil mixture was mostly cool by the time I got to it I don’t believe it was possible for it to thicken up. Is the heat a factor in its ability to thicken and become creamy?

            -I found that the aloe mixture was still quite thick so that it mostly dropped into the oil mix instead of being a steady stream, do you find that it’s usually a runny or thick mixture?

            -the Peru Balsam oil also did not mix into the lotion, at the end it was room temperature. Is this also a heat thing?
            -my lotion is quite yellow, where yours in the picture is quite white, what might cause this difference?

            I should mention that I don’t have an electric or hand blender of any kind, so I was doing this the old fashioned way with arm power. I thought that it might just take twice as long, but might this also have been a factor in my inability to achieve a thick lotion?

            All that being said, I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt. The lotion is definitely a bit more on the oily side than I’m used to, but I find already that my dry irritated hands are loving it. The rest of the skin on my body feels really lovely and moisturized. I haven’t tried it on my face yet, but it’s so gentle that I’m thinking it should work out well.

            I just wanted to say thank you for posting this recipe, it has been a great first step for me into the world of lotion making, and I’m already buzzing with lots of ideas for what I can do next.

            Thank you so much for any feedback you can provide!

            Aideen

          • avatar Kori says:

            Hi Aideen~Thank you for sharing your questions and for giving this recipe a try! First of all, I have never tried to make a lotion by hand, so I imagine it would take a VERY long time and I imagine it definitely affected the thickness of the lotion. Also, since you were working with smaller amounts, the measurements might have affected the outcomes and it would have cooled faster as well. When I mix this up, I allow the oils to cool down for a bit, but they are still warm when mixing commences. It is sort of like making a mayonnaise. Once you have the melted, but not at all solidified oils in your bowl or blender, you gradually add the aloe and hydrosol, a little at a time or in a slow stream, as it mixes. I’m thinking the challenges with getting the essential oil to fully incorporate probably had something to do with mixing it by hand as well. You might want to consider making a facial serum and/or a salve for your skin care since you won’t need a blender or mixer to achieve great results and it will be a lot less work :) http://mountainroseblog.com/indulgent-facials-home/ Thanks again and we so appreciate your interest and support! ~Kori

  9. avatar Rachael says:

    Hi- What a wonderful detailed recipe.
    What would you recommend in place of the cocoa butter wafers? I have mango butter, shea butter, shea nut oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernal oil and am looking for something that would add to the moisture. The cooler weather is chapping my hands.
    Thanks so much for such great ideas. Rachael

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Rachael~Thank you for reading the blog! You will want to use another butter of similar consistency for the cocoa butter, so mango or shea butter would be good substitutes. The consistency might be a bit different, however. Good luck! ~Kori

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