The best part of living an eco-friendly life isn’t the fame or the glory, nor the never-ending parades and accolades — no, it’s the chance to actually create things for yourself instead of buying them. One of my favorite creations of the past few years has been this body lotion.

I started looking at making my own lotion after getting exhausted at reading labels, trying to wade through paragraph-long ingredient lists in an attempt to decipher if the lotion was safe to put on my skin. What’s the big deal? Well, much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies — doesn’t it make sense that we should know what these ingredients are? In many commercially produced lotions, you’ll find harmful ingredients like diethyl phthalate, propylene glycol, synthetic colors and fragrances, and parabens.

Instead of slathering yourself in all of that, how about whipping up a batch of your own creamy, rich, luxurious lotion with just three simple ingredients?


Homemade Lotion


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated beeswax

1. Gently warm the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the grated beeswax and stir until it dissolves. Once dissolved, remove from heat.

2. Add water to a blender, food processor or a bowl (if you’re using a hand mixer). Start mixing the water and slowly add the oil and beeswax mixture. The key is to add it slowly enough that the mixture can emulsify, so don’t rush it!

As you continue to add the oil to the water, you’ll see lotion starting to form! When you’re all done pouring the oil, blend for a few more minutes and then use a spatula to decant the lotion into sterile glass jars.

You can add a few drops of essential oils if you prefer scented lotion, but the natural scent is quite delicious.

This lotion has been my savior since moving to an incredibly dry climate. I massage it into my skin after a hot bath, and I stay moisturized and soft instead of scaly.

Give it a try!

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By Madeleine Somerville

Madeleine Somerville is the author of All You Need Is Less: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity. She is a writer, wannabe hippie and lover of soft cheeses. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her daughter. You can also find Madeleine at her blog, Sweet Madeleine.