Lately, I've been thinking about community.
At various points in history, everyone's ancestors were a part of close knit communities or villages.
Each person had their role or offering in the community, and the people thrived and benefited from each other's skills and knowledge. Our life on Earth is clearly going through an upheaval full of change, so I'm spending more time fantasizing about the change I hope to see and the return to cooperative community life.
What's this have to do with making lotion?
Well, it's one of my skills that I feel called to share as my offering to the community. For one, because making skincare is a fun, creative process. And two, the more we know, the more we grow. Knowledge is power, and the more we can do for ourselves, the more empowered we are. This is why I grow food, make skincare, keep chickens and (soon) bees. I want to have valuable offerings to my community.
Lotion is possibly THE most satisfying thing to make. The whole process is a peaceful ritual. Oil and water aren't supposed to mix, but with the addition of one simple ingredient, the two combine in the most dreamy, creamy, luxurious way.
The inspiration for this lotion was my daydream about the concoctions that were once made in historical still rooms. A room that was once in every castle and manor in Europe, the lady of the house would gather all the herbs and flowers to bring back to the stillroom to make medicines, perfumes, cosmetics and cleaners.
In my daydream, I imagine gathering roses from the garden, and honey from my beehive, to bring back to the stillroom and make this beautiful lotion. We're taking a more simple approach here, but feel free to make your own rosewater and ask the local bees for honey!
I wrote this recipe with two things in mind:
1. I wanted it to be light but moisturizing.
2. I wanted simple, easy to find ingredients, and easy enough to make at home.
I have the recipe and instructions listed below. I've also linked (not affiliated) each ingredient to where you can purchase it online.
Click below to watch the tutorial video:
Rosewater + Honey Lotion Recipe
- 2 glass measuring cups
- Kitchen scale that measures in grams
- A small spatula or stirring utensil
- A large saute pan
- 8 oz container for final product (reuse a body scrub jar or jelly mason jar)
122 g Distilled Water
46 g Rosewater (link)
5 g Honey
32 g Jojoba Oil (link)
12 g Shea Butter (link)
13 g Emulsifying Wax NF (link)
Cool Down Phase:
2 g Phenoxyethanol (or preservative of choice at it's usage rate) (link)
To disinfect your equipment, boil the measuring cups, stirring utensil, and 8 oz jar in water for 10 minutes. Let cool and dry.
When measuring ingredients, place the measuring cup on the scale, then press UNIT to make sure it's measuring in grams, then TARE to zero out the scale.
In one measuring cup: Measure the ingredients in the water phase. The honey will dissolve once the phase is heated, so don't worry if it's a clump right now.
In the second measuring cup: measure the ingredients for the oil phase.
Fill a large saute pan with 1-2 inches of water, and place both measuring cups in the pan.
Place the pan on a burner set to medium for around 20 minutes or until all the waxes and butters are melted completely. Remove from heat.
Pour the water phase into the oil phase and remove the mixture from the water bath.
With an immersion (stick) blender, pulse the mixture for 2 minutes then hand stir for about a minute.
Leave the mixture to rest for about 20 minutes, then blend and stir again. Continue this process until the cream is cool and has thickened.
Once the outside of the measuring cup feels about room temp to the touch, add the cool down phase. This is a good time to add a few drops of essential oil if you'd like to scent the cream.
Pour the cream into the 8 oz jar and allow to set uncovered for 6-24 hours.
Enjoy! You just made a beautiful lotion!