Argan & Shea Lotion

Little extras often make a good lotion a fantastic lotion, and this Argan & Shea Lotion has no shortage of extras. The recipe is highly customizable, and you can choose between three different scent, color and extract options. All three options contain powerful and unique skin-loving antioxidants and vitamins. Bonus, this tutorial comes with free PDF labels to give this lotion a professional touch.

What You’ll Need:

6.3 oz Aloe Vera Liquid
0.9 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.5 oz. Argan Oil
0.5 oz Shea Butter
0.5 oz BTMS 50 Conditioning Emulsifier
0.3 oz Stearic Acid
0.1 oz Liquid Glycerin
0.2 oz. Sodium Lactate
4 mL Optiphen
4 mL Green Tea, Buckthorn or Dulse Extract (pick one)
2 mL Lemongrass Essential Oil, Rain Cybilla, or Herbal Essence Fragrance Oil (pick one)
1 mL diluted Emerald or diluted Sapphire LabColor (equal split if blending)
8 oz Bottle with Pump Top
Label Stock
Free Label Template

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LABCOLOR PREP: Be sure to dilute the LabColors before using them in this recipe. If you’ve never diluted LabColors before, check out this blog post to learn how.

EQUIPMENT PREP: Disinfect your utensils by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing to dry. This includes mixing containers, your stick blender, and any spoons or spatulas that may come in contact with your lotion. Your products must be absolutely 100% free of germs, bacteria, microbes or anything so be safe and bleach water all your utensils.

The recipe above makes one bottle of lotion, but you can customize it with any of these scent, extract and color combination ideas:
1. Lemongrass Lotion: Green Tea Extract, Lemongrass Essential Oil, and diluted Emerald LabColor.

2. Rain lotion: Buckthorn Extract, Rain Cybilla Essential Oil, and diluted Sapphire LabColor.

3. Herbal Essence Lotion: Dulse Extract, Herbal Essence Fragrance Oil, diluted Sapphire and diluted Emerald LabColor Blend.

Lotion Instructions:

ONE: Combine Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, BTMS-50, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lactate and Liquid Glycerin. Heat until Shea Butter, BTMS-50 and Stearic Acid have fully melted and the mixture is measuring about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

TWO: In a separate container, heat the Aloe Vera Liquid to match (or come close to matching) the temperature of the oils.

THREE: Pour the Aloe Vera Liquid into the melted oils and pulse with a stick blender until emulsified. Check the temperature of the mixture to ensure that it is not above 176 degrees Fahrenheit, and add the Optiphen. Mix in well.

FOUR: Add the extract, fragrance or essential oil, and diluted LabColor of choice and mix until incorporated.

FIVE: Pour the mixture into your bottle and allow to fully cool before twisting on the cap.

TIP: This lotion has a thick consistency and may be difficult to pump, so you may want to package it in a jar.

This lovely lotion is ready to use right away!


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  1. Bea says

    I’m very new at this. I still haven’t tried making any lotions, I’m a little confused about the preservatives, Optiphen and Phenonip, I’ve noticed in a lot of your lotion tutorial it shows that you use Optiphen but in the tutorial on how to make lotion from scratch it says to use Phenonip. Can you please explain?

    Thank you,

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Amanda!

      Thanks so much for your suggestion, we’ll definitely keep that in mind for future posts! To convert to grams, you can use a search engine. Simply type “6.3 ounces in grams” and it will do the converting for you. For instance, 6.3 ounces is 178.6 grams. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Angy!

      It sounds like that lotion may need a bit more stick blending! I would recommend popping that lotion back into a bowl and stick blending it for another couple of minutes. It can also help to leave it in the bowl for five minutes after stick blending. If it’s still liquidy, stick blend it for a couple more minutes. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  2. Dawn says

    If I add a little more aloe vera liquid to make a thinner lotion, how much would you suggest to start off with. I’m sorry, but I just have no idea if a little goes a long way or not. Thanks!

  3. Nicki says

    Hi, just wondering I can only get aloe Vera gel in Australia instead of the liquid. Can this be used instead of the aloe liquid? Is there any other substitute. Also I can only source btms 25 is this ok instead of 50???


    • Kelsey says

      Hi Connie!

      We haven’t actually tested this recipe with aloe vera juice, so I’m not 100% sure. Sometimes, those juices can have additives like sugar which can affect your recipe.

      I’d recommend making a small test batch with the juice to see if it does anything weird. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Gina!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

      We always have the best luck with our LabColors, but I believe the La Bomb colorants would work! You may want to make a small test batch to be sure.

      A little bit goes a long way in lotion, so I’d recommend starting out with a couple drops of color and go from there.

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Penny!

      I’m so sorry this recipe is giving you trouble!

      Can you tell me a little more about your recipe? Did you substitute any ingredients, or add any extra ingredients?

      I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot! :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  4. Usman says

    بسم الله الحرمن الرحيم

    Hello. Thanks for this post. I have faced a filling lotions in bottles – When I fill the lotion, it tends to foam up. Sometimes, it fills nicely (free of foam) kind of like pouring full cream milk but when it cools down, it foams up in the bottle.

    Could you please comment on why this happens and how I can avoid it.

    It would be great if you could reply sometime soon as I will be doing some major filling over the weekend (filling about 100 bottles).


    • Kelsey says

      Hi Usman!

      When you whip this recipe with a stick blender, it can definitely foam up a little. The good news is that’s totally fine!

      Just let it sit overnight and that foaming will go down. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  5. Sly says

    I really love this recipe and have made it several times now.
    1) I have a customer that says she only uses lotions that have SPF and Vitamin C in them. I’m not going to even attempt the SPF, but what amount would you recommend for adding some liquid Vitamin C? Do you think it really helps your skin?
    2) I’ve also thought of adding some zinc, for a little sun protection, but don’t want to turn this wonderful lotion into something chalky. Do you have any experience with zinc in lotions?
    Thank you for your help!!

    • says

      Hi Sly!

      You can add zinc oxide into your lotion, I would recommend adding a small amount 1/2 tsp. per pound, and going up from there. For Vitamin C, I have heard of soapers using Vitamin C powder in their lotions, although we have never tested this.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Lori says

    I mistakenly used tea tree oil instead of green tea and it turned out great, best lotion ever. I like the smell of tea tree and it made my skin have a cool feeling- I loved it. Just wanted to share.

  7. sadara says

    I just have 3oz aloe vera liquid, can I replace the lack of it by water, does it change the quality of this lotion

    I love shea oil,rice bran oil,medowfoam oil, hope you will make the recipe using it on future
    and my friend give me some optiphen plus, can I use it like optiphen

    many thanks

  8. Lori says

    If I wanted to make this recipe a bit thinner could I just simply leave out the sodium lactate? Would I need to adjust the other ingredients if I left that out? Or, is there a better way to make this lotion thinner so that a pump bottle could be used easier?

  9. Angie kherr says

    Hi Greetings
    I bought the kit, and my surprise was that it did not come sodium lactate, return to the pag enter my order and ohh surprise not included, thought it was my mistake but aparace within the shopping cart: how can I replace sodium lactate or I get here in Mexico
    thank you very much

    • says

      Hi Angie!

      Oh no, I’m so sorry about that. I will look into getting that fixed, thanks for letting us know. If you could contact our customer service department, we can help you with this. You can send them an email via the Support tab on the very left hand side of the Bramble Berry homepage. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.


  10. Breanna says

    Quick question, I had bought a kit somewhere and made a great lotion, I’ve been trying to remake it without the kit but it doesn’t seem to have the “staying power” on skin. Every time I’ve used it through out the day its still there even through washing my hands. Ive used pretty much all the same ingredients but it never lasts like from the kit.

    What can I use to give my lotions that lasting power.

  11. Michael says

    I actually have a question about a posting that was on the site for Easy Whipped Shea Butter, I can’t seem to find it again. This may be a dumb question but are you supposed to melt the shea butter and coconut oil before you whip it? Or do I need to heat up my coconut oil so I can get it out of the bag, measure it out and let it solidify again, then mix it? Thanks – it sounds great and I want to try it.

      • says

        Hi Michael,
        Yes, all of the oils should be melted and combined before adding the Aloe Vera Liquid and emulsifying. Take a look at step 3 for reference :) Sometimes it’s easy to melt the coconut oil and then pour it over the shea butter to melt it on contact. We recommend melting shea that way because it can form little grains if it’s heated too quickly!

        • Michael says

          Hi Kirsten – thanks – however I was referring to a post that I saw and printed and then later it was gone, called Easy Whipped Shea Butter. I printed it yesterday when I saw it, but the instructions didn’t describe what to do with the oil in the recipe. So I was asking about that, and not the lotion recipe that this post is all about. Sorry for the confusion, but I would like to know how to use the oils in the whipped recipe – wherever that went to.

  12. Patricia says

    Sounds lovely, but you don’t have to hold your temp for 20 minutes, or is that just when using water? So far, I’ve not attempted any lotions since I have an electric stove, which I think is not as easy to control at a certain temp as a gas stove would be. With 5 buttons, I get 5 temps and no in-betweens. I should probably figure out what temps each one maintains.

  13. says

    Thanks for what looks like a great recipe! One question–can I replace the aloe vera liquid with aloe vera gel (that I extract myself)? If so, should I up the amount of optiphen. Thanks, in advance, for your help. :)

  14. Mariselys says

    Great recipe. Thank you for the different combination ideas and the fact that it only makes 8 oz. I am new to lotions and creams and I currently have a big bag of E Wax (Traditional). If I use it instead of the BTMS do I need to modify the amount of the other ingredients? I know the consistency will be different, but could just substitute one for the other? Thanks.


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