There are many benefits when it comes to making your own lotions, creams, and body bars. First of all, you get to choose what goes in them! Say goodbye to the toxic chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients found in commercial lotions; your homemade lotions and bars can contain natural ingredients that are proven to sink into your skin for ultimate nourishment, rather than sitting on the surface as a slimy layer. An added bonus – you can customize the lotions to your skin’s needs and your scent preferences.
Handmade lotions consist, at their basic level, of three simple ingredients: oil, water (distilled or purified), and an emulsifier (usually a type of wax). Of course, this is a VERY simplified recipe. The endless choices you have are what make homemade lotions specific to what you want for your skin. Do you want a non-greasy, quickly absorbable product? Sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil is the way to go. Need something to help soothe dry, scaly skin? Add aloe vera gel, shea or cocoa butter, or lemon essential oil. The possibilities are endless when you DIY! There are even recipes for natural bronzing lotions (using cocoa powder – who knew!), anti-aging lotions (green tea powder is your friend here), or de-stressing lotions (slip in some lavender or jojoba oil). And the best part is these ingredients are ALL NATURAL!
There are several things to keep in mind when making your own lotions and bars:
- Sterilize, sterilize, sterilize. Keeping your product in a sterilized container is a must, as homemade lotions are prone to bacteria and mold. It is also a good idea to add some type of preservative if you can, since this will slow bacteria and mold growth.
- Since you are using natural ingredients, the shelf life of your product will be different than commercial lotions. Generally, for a lotion that has a preservative and is in a sterilized container, this will be a shelf-life of about 6 months, but it will also depend on the type of oils used (some oils start smelly funky quicker than other oils). If you chose to fore-go the preservative, the lotion should be kept refrigerated for no more than a week. Keep an eye out for mold!
Through the class Body Lotions, Potions and Creams offered by the Denver Estheticians School, you can learn to create your own natural lotions, creams, and body bars for all seasons and skin types. You will leave with knowledge of many homemade recipes and a selection of lotions made in class to try out at home. Beat that harsh Colorado winter or dehydrating summer! The class is offered for $25 from 6:30 – 9:30 Thursday, April 17 or Friday, October 24.