Honey Butter Lotion- new recipes!

(New “results” note edited at the bottom on 3/12/2012)

I invented two new lotion recipes to experiment with this week. I wanted the first one to be especially for the face… you know, wrinkle-decreasing etc (I am approaching 40 after all, and yes I am vain enough to want a lotion that keeps me looking as young as I feel {grin}).

I started making lotion using my friend Renee’s recipe. She has a great photo tutorial here. I would never have tried making things like lip balm and lotion and soap without her inspiration and blog- if you have any interest in making these kind of things, you should totally check out her blog. (She also takes beauteous photos, another good reason to visit) :)

For facial lotion (which I also use all over) I used:

2.8 oz combined oils (shea, cocoa butter, apricot, almond and olive)

I can’t tell you exactly how much of each, but it was over 1.5 oz of cocoa/shea equal parts, then apricot, then almond, and just a drizzle of olive oil

1.5 oz coconut oil

.5 oz beeswax

.7 oz of raw honey

I melted it on low.

I then mixed just under 1/2 teaspoon of Borox into 5 oz of distilled water.

When the oils were melted I mixed them together in the pot, using my stick blender, and then pour the lotion into jars.

This lotion is unscented, meaning I didn’t add any essential oils for scent. But I called it Honey Butter because I tried adding honey this time (it helps your skin hold in moisture) and then it has shea and cocoa butters (shea is very softening, and cocoa is moisturizing). I have so far used it for one day, but I absolutely loved it!

I then made a more basic lotion to be more runny, to keep in a squirt bottle for heavy duty hand use. This one has more olive oil in it, because it is seems to penetrate more deeply. For this basic hand lotion I used:

1.1 oz coconut oil

.4 oz shea butter

.5 oz olive oil

.5 oz cocoa butter

Then after it was melted, I added 4 oz of water combined with 1/4 tsp of borax, and then added several drops of lavender essential oil.

Altogether I ended up with this much lotion:

The yellow bottle was one I saved when we used up some Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey lotion. That bottle contains the all purpose hand lotion. The glass jars are the extra-special-facial-or-wherever-you-might-need-something-special-lotion.

Mission accomplished!

Note from 3/12/2012: After using this lotion for 2-3 days, I thought I was really noticing improvement in the eye area and under my chin. A couple more days later, when talking about homemade soap/lotion etc, I told my friend I had made a new lotion. She said that 2 days before, she had seen me and thought “Wow! Her eyes are looking really good, bright, healthy etc” I was excited for the unsolicited feedback because I did not take a “before” picture to test out my lotion results! :)

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29 thoughts on “Honey Butter Lotion- new recipes!

  1. Fun! We’ve amost gone through one batch (six jars, I think) of our first try homemade lotion. And soon we’ll try a new batch and change it up a bit; I never actually follow recipes anyways so everytime is sure to be somewhat different:) I was definitely inspired by Renee, too.

  2. No two batches of mine have ever been the same either, but this latest “special” one has made such a difference in my eye area, I will definitely be making this version more than once! hmm.. I should post a blog update about that! :) Thanks for visiting!

  3. I’d love to do this, but I’m curious about the purpose of the borax in the lotion. Thanks! : )

  4. The borax (and beeswax) helps the oil and water to blend. Oil and water separate naturally, so you need some kind of emulsifier to force them to combine. Most recipes I have found use a borax/beeswax emulsifier. I did see one sight that used some other kind synthetic wax, but I have never tried it. Hope that helps!

  5. I do the same thing, but leave our the water and wax.

    This makes it a moisturizer vs a lotion (it’s a lotion if there’s water and it will have a shorter shelf life with water).

    60% solid oils & 40% liquid oils

    I eyeball the measurements, but use Shea Butter, Mango Butter & Coconut Oil.
    Melt on med. low heat until all are dissolved. Cool on counter to room temp.

    Infused Olive oil (vanilla, coffee, calendula, etc), Vit E oil (about 4 capsules worth) and add honey.

    Blend all together until frothy like whipped cream. I use it in my hair, on my face as well as all over. I have a neighbor that uses it as well. And, many tell me how great my skin is looking!

  6. Thanks for sharing! I was thinking of trying this as a conditioner! (I have just started using my homemade soap to wash my hair, too. I want to try making it into a liquid, too!)

  7. I buy them at a local health food store, but they are all available online as well. A lot of the ones I use are NOW FOOD brand, available on amazon often at a good price.

  8. My batch seperated when it was cooling (water on the bottom). Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong? Does the water the borax goes in have to be super hot? Do you use an electric mixer (I used a fork)?

  9. I do use very hot water for the borax, but I usually only use a fork to mix it in. Sometimes if I am not exact in my measurements enough (a little shy on oil) that has happened. Sometimes, if I get any water beading after it cools, I just let it sit with the cover off a few days, and the extra little bit of water evaporates out.

  10. Yes I do. It is my go-too facial lotion. The last time I made it, I had some water beading after a week or so in it, so I leave the cover off and it can evaporate.
    Not sure if I got my amounts off or what, but still works beautifully!

  11. How long does it last without going bad, and does it need to be washed off like if you dont wont it make your clothes sticky or something so if you do how long are you supposed to keep it on.

  12. I use grapeseed extract as a preservative and it lasts a long time. I think it might also keep indefinitely in the fridge. (It is just oils). However, with hands dipping in and out of the jar, without the preservative, you can end up with mold-like discoloration in it. We go through ours so fast, that has only happened twice to me. I scraped it out, and stored it in the fridge! :)

  13. Just to be sure – is the Borax the same Borax that is used in laundry. Where can I find Shea Butter Grapeseed Extract? Just want to make sure I do it right. Thanks!

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  15. Just made this for the first time. I used aloe instead of water. Turned out great! I like the feel of this cream so much better than the one I used to make. This one is creamier and not so greasy. Also added lavender, lemon, and frankinsence essential oils. These are great oils for the skin. Looking forward to using this and seeing the results on my skin. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing the tweaks you made- I haven’t added any essential oils to this one yet. I have reduced the water and increased the oils the last 2 times and I am getting a consistency I like better. Maybe I’ll try leaving the water out all together! :)

  17. Dear Spring, I tried the face cream recipe and put in grapeseed oil, but not borax. Is that why I’m not getting it to whip into a cream after mixing? It is staying a liquid. Thank you.

  18. Hi Eileen- Yes the boraz is what allows the water and oils to blend/combine. Without it, it won’t work. You could try leaving out the water and just whipping the oils (a couple people have commented they have done it that way.) Also, I have found that the water used to dissolve the borax needs to be HOT, for it to combine well.

  19. Hi Spring, thank you. After I whipped it for a few minutes and let the mixture sit in the pan to cool, it did thicken up pretty well except the honey tends to separate a bit leading to some color blotching. I left out aloe, water and the borax, but put in grapeseed oil. It looks pretty good, mostly clear. Is there a length of time you whip it? Thanks again.

  20. Sometimes I’ll whip it like crazy in my kitchenaid, if I am doing a water-free lotion. I have not tried that with this recipe though, so I”m not sure!

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