Ever shop around for a certain type of lotion and couldn’t find it? Then again you might have found what you were looking for, but the cost was more than you were willing to pay. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you create your own “Do It Yourself” scented body lotion.
Start with an unscented lotion base. You can buy inexpensive, unscented lotions at stores like Walmart, General Dollar, Walgreens, or the Dollar Tree. If you want to purchase larger quantities of unscented lotion base directly from wholesale distributors online, online distributors like essentialsbycatalina.com can send the lotion base to your home.
Next select the desired fragrance. Essential oils, like lemon-grass, lilac, rose, tea tree, lavender and many others are great selections for lotion. These are inexpensive compared to buying actual scents and adding them to lotion. Some places which carry essential oil on-line are: Essential Wholesale or Eden Botanicals. Whole Foods, Health Food Stores, and most Bath and Body Stores carry them. Keep in mind when using essential oils it requires only a few drops, so over a long span of time they’ll pay for themselves.
If you’re adding extra textures such as Cocoa butter, Vitamin E, and Olive Oil, these products can be found at most retail shops, such as Walmart, Drug stores, Beauty Supply Stores and don’t forget to shop those Dollar Stores which carry a lot of these items too.
Mixing The Ingredients:
Start by blending the essential oils with the lotion base. This needs to be mixed thoroughly. If the lotion base is too thick, try heating it up for a few seconds in the microwave, then add in the essential oil. Depending on what other textures are added to the lotion, such as the cocoa butter or shea butter, these might need to be slightly heated up as well. The point of doing this is to make sure the lotion is completely blended with all the added ingredients. Once this is done, let the lotion cool and become thick again.
Once satisfied with the lotion’s scent, selecting a container to keep it in is the final step. You might opt to use the bottle the unscented lotion base came in or you might want something fancier to house the new scented lotion.
Any container store carries a variety of shapes and sizes of bottles to choose from. Don’t forget to shop around before bottling the lotion. Dollar stores carry containers as well, which would work just as good as purchasing containers from expensive container stores.
Making lotion after the initial investment is far cheaper than purchasing lotion monthly or every few months. Also a perk in making your own unscented or scented lotion is, you control what ingredients go into it. So if you’re the type who wants to save money on body lotion, make it yourself.