Learning to make natural creams and body lotions that are safe for use at home or in professional spas can open the door for new business opportunities in your community or on a national level.
Starting out you may need to learn more about the art of cream and lotion-making before you can create signature products all your own. It’s also important to understand the differences between creams, lotions, and body butters, so you’ll know exactly what it takes to create these products for the general public.
The Basics of Lotions, Creams, and Body Butters
Emulsions are the term that includes most moisturizers, creams, and butters. The main difference between these different products is the amount of oil contained in the ingredients.
Less viscous lotions require less thickening agents and oils. Heavier creams contain more oils and often, a special ingredient known as actives.
Some of the thickest body lotion butters contain no water, making them much heavier, and possibly greasier, than other products.
Creating Your Emulsions
The first step in designing your own line of natural creams and body lotions requires the building of a proper emulsion. While the process is relatively simple, it does take some time to perfect your craft and you’ll likely need to experiment and learn from your mistakes along the way.
To make a natural emulsion, you need a few basic supplies, including:
- Liquid oil (almond or jojoba)
- Coconut oil
- Essential oils
- Container with lid
You also need a double-boiler, which involves placing water in a large pot and adding a smaller pot or glass inside the bigger one.
Using a double-boiler set up to prevent burning your lotion, you should add ¼ cup of both coconut oil and beeswax with ½ cup of your preferred liquid oil. Almond or jojoba oils are good choices for personal care items.
Carefully stir your oils as they begin to melt and combine together. When the ingredients are properly melted, you can begin adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils. The adding of the essential oils is a great way to create a signature lotion or cream blend.
When the mixture is ready, pour it into a durable 8-ounce jar or bottle that’s suitable for personal care products. Because this lotion will be thick, a pump-style lid isn’t recommended. Rather, opt for a tight-sealing lid to seal out air and bacteria that can reduce the shelf life of your product.
How Long A Natural Lotion Will Last
One of the reasons this basic lotion recipe makes a good starting point is because all of the ingredients ensure it will have a longer shelf life than other products.
Because you’re not adding water to the mixture, you don’t have to worry about a fast spoilage. You can expect this basic lotion to last for up to 6 months, providing high-quality moisturizing benefits to all types of skin.
Making It Your Own
As you learn more about the art of making lotions and creams, you can grow your options for the products you create.
If you’re interested in customizing your lotions with specific scents and aromatherapy benefits, you should consider the many options you have using essential oils.
Luckily, there are a large variety of essential oils that are safe for use in natural body lotions and creams. Many of them can’t be used directly on the skin and need to be diluted before use. Adding them to your ingredients takes care of that step for you.
Here are some ideas you can use to make great smelling lotions and creams of your own:
Lavender:great for improving skin health and calming the body to relieve stress and anxiety
Lemon:a refreshing oil to help boost energy and gently refresh the skin
Peppermint: helps to improve memory and focus and provides a fresh, exhilarating feeling
Tea tree:great for boosting the immune system and treating minor skin conditions
Many essential oils can be successfully combined to create brand-new scents for your lotions and creams. Some experimenting can help you uncover a product that customers are looking for to address specific skin issues or for the aromatherapy benefits.
At BottleStore.com, we offer a large selection of personal care-safe bottles and jars in a variety of styles and sizes that will protect your products and highlight their natural ingredients. Reach out to a packaging expert to learn more about the products you need to safely store your natural lotions and creams.