With hundreds of sweet-smelling commercial body lotions vying for your attention, it’s hard to believe you can create just as much olfactory variety at home. Your secret weapon for tickling the senses is a simple bottle of safe and skin-friendly essential oil in the scent of your choice. To whip up an at-home body lotion, your journey starts in the kitchen.

Things You'll Need

Add about ¾ cup of pure vegetable-based oil, such as moisturizing almond or olive oil, to a heat-resistant measuring cup. With a sturdy cheese grater, shave about 2 tablespoons of beeswax into the cup.

Pour clean water into a deep saucepan and place the measuring cup in the pan, so that the water reaches about halfway up the side of the cup. Set the stove to low heat, watching the cup until the oil liquefies.

Remove the saucepan and cup from the heat and pour the water into your blender. Remove the blender’s lid insert and place the lid on the blender, then set the blender to low. Carefully pour the beeswax-oil combo through the hole and continue to blend until the mixture takes on a thick, creamy texture.

Use a dropper to add about 30 drops of the essential oil of your choice to the lotion. Go with ylang ylang for a strong floral scent; lavender for a more subdued sweetness; bergamot, lemon, orange or grapefruit for a citrus vibe; or neroli, patchouli or sandalwood for an earthier tone. You can even combine oils for more complex, layered scents. Blend for a few more seconds to work the oil in thoroughly.

Tips

  • You can track down solid beeswax at brick-and-mortar and online health food stores.

  • Use an old blender and utensils for making DIY beauty products, as beeswax may leave a residue. Scrape the blender with a spatula and wash it in warm, soapy water immediately after preparing the lotion to make for easier cleaning.