Aloe Vera Soothing Lotion
We nickname this lotion the ‘bum soother’. Yes, if you find you have an uncomfortable tan line from an afternoon at the beach you can get a bit of relief for mild sun redness with a nice light Aloe Vera lotion.
What you will need:
- Aloe Juice – This is a food grade product. You can often substitute aloe juice for any or all of your water content in a DIY hand made lotion. The results are a creamy smooth lotion that your skin will love.
- Avocado Oil – This is a must have for light weight lotions. Avocado oil is full of fat in the form of vitamin A & E.
- Shea Butter
- Finely ground aloe vera powder – You can easily get aloe vera powder at Amazon, and in my opinion is is more economical to get it this way, but if you want to dehydrate your own aloe leaves and make a powder you can see how I do this here.
- E-wax – This is emulsifying wax. It’s main purpose is to help bond the oils with the water solution or aloe juice. This way your product stays like lotion and less like oil and water in a jar.
- Steric Acid
- Cucumber & Aloe Fragrance Oil
- Germall Plus This is a safe to use preservative. It comes from an all natural derivative and will protect your product form microbes, yeast, and mold.
Instructions & Notes: You can always make this recipe with water instead of aloe juice. Even though we are removing the water from this recipe you must still use the same sanitary precautions that you would as if it were water.
This lotion will be a bit light and fluffy. Typically, use can fill six ounces of product in an 8 oz. Bottle and the lotion will fill to the shoulders of the bottle. This recipe will fill 4 bottles. Make your adjustments depending on how many bottles you would like to fill.
First, wash your bottles in hot soap and water. Spritz them, along with the bottle caps, with rubbing alcohol and allow them to air dry. Wipe your counters down with rubbing alcohol or bleach and give any of your mixing bowls and utensils a wipe with alcohol or bleach. Wear gloves, and take any precaution to prevent the introduction of bacteria on any of your utensils or bottles.
Melt your butters and waxes over a stove top. Add this to your aloe vera juice and blend well. Blend the aloe powder into the mixture. Blend this together with your stick blender for five minutes. Although the mixture may blend easily and look well mixed in just a quick moment, the emulsifying wax needs to be thoroughly mixed into the lotion to keep the aloe juice from separating from the oils after the product has been bottles. Take your time and allow the stick blender to mix the lotion for at east five minutes before the next step.
Allow the lotion to cool before you add your fragrance and preservative. Blend again with your stick blender. Finally, carefully pour into your bottles and label.