Kissably Soft Lotion Recipe

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:30-45 minutes
  • Yields:About 32 ounces

Get ready for a lotion that will change your life; well, as much as a lotion can change your life. I am totally in like with this recipe! And, I’m hoping you do too. This lotion glides on smooth, and a little goes a long way. Super luxe ingredients like BTMS-50 conditioning emulsifier and DL-Panthenol (also known as Pro-Vitamin B5) work in tandem with skin-loving oils and extracts to create a super soft skin without it feeling too greasy or slippery. I dare you to try it and not love it! Psst: the essential oil blend is the perfect compliment to this luxurious recipe. I have a bottle of this on my desk at work; that’s how much I love it.

Kissably Soft Lotion


1.6 oz Avocado Oil

1.28 oz Rice Bran Oil

1.28 oz BTMS-50

0.96 oz Liquid Glycerin

0.64 oz Stearic Acid

0.64 oz Oat Extract

0.16 oz Buckthorn Extract

3.2 oz Aloe Vera Liquid

21.6 oz Distilled Water

0.64 oz DL Panthenol

0.32 oz Optiphen

2.5 mL Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute

2.5 mL Sandalwood Essential Oil

1 mL Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

4 – 8 ounce Bottles with Pump Tops

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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.

FRAGRANCE PREP: Mix the Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute, Sandalwood and Lavender 40/42 Essential Oils to create the Kissably Soft Scent Blend. If you’d rather a more economical option for fragrancing your lotion, try 8 mL Jasmine Dreams Fragrance Oil, 4 mL Sensuous Sandalwood Fragrance Oil, and 2 mL Lavender Fragrance Oil.

ONE: In a heat-safe container, combine the Avocado Oil, Rice Bran Oil, BTMS-50, Liquid Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Oat Extract, and Buckthorn Extract. Heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring between bursts, until the BTMS-50 and Stearic Acid have completely melted.

Pouring Oils

TWO: In a second, larger heat safe container, mix the Aloe Vera Liquid and Distilled Water. Heat in the microwave until warm. Mix in the water-soluble DL-Panthenol and stir until fully dissolved.

Adding DL Panthenol

THREE: Ensure that both the oil and the water phase are above 140 degrees. Pour the oils into the water, pouring over the shaft of the stick blender to reduce bubbles. Stir the mixture, with the stick blender off, for a few rotations. With the head of the stick blender fully immersed in the liquid, turn on the stick blender and pulse until a steady emulsion is reached.

Adding Oils to Water

FOUR: Check your temperature of the mixture to ensure that the mixture is below 176 degrees. Optiphen loses its efficacy at temperatures above 176. Add the Optiphen and the Kissably Soft Essential Oil Blend (or the economical fragrance oil blend). Pulse the stick blender until well incorporated.

FIVE: Pour the lotion into the bottles while still warm. Allow to sit overnight without tops so that the lotion can fully cool without creating condensation. Screw on the pump tops and enjoy!

Poured Bottles

Kissably Soft Lotion

129 Responses to “Kissably Soft Lotion Recipe”

  1. Nicole says:

    This looks super luxurious!

  2. Rachelle says:

    I just have to try this, you convince me, can’t wait.

  3. Jessica says:

    Can you recommend a substitute for Rice Bran Oil?

  4. Rachel says:

    I’ve been wanting to try a lotion! My customers have been asking me for some. Maybe this is a good time! Thanks for the recipes always!

  5. Sly says:

    I don’t have any Oat or Buckthorn Extract right now. I do have some water soluble carrot extract. Could I use as a replacement? Is there something that I would be missing not using Oat and Buckthorn?
    Also, would emulsifier wax work in place of BTMS-50, or would I be missing out on the conditioning of the BTMS-50? I know it’s important in hair conditioner, what does it do for lotion?
    Thank you for the lovely recipe!

    • Hi Sly!

      You can actually use any skin-safe extract in this recipe. We used the Oat and Buckthorn Extracts in this particular recipe because they are known to have great skin-loving benefits. You can totally use the Carrot Extract.

      You can use emulsifying wax in place of the BTMS-50, but we found that the BTMS helped to give this lotion that kissably soft feel.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  6. Christian says:

    Is this recipe thick enough to be poured into 4 oz. jars?

  7. I can’t wait to try this. I have a quick question, what could you use in place of 2.5 mL Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute? I want to keep the price dwn a bit plus Jasmine makes me sneeze.

    Love your blog

  8. Karon says:

    Hi! I was wondering about the difference in skin feel between this recipe and your regular beeswax base. I’ve never made a lotion before and want something to add to our products. It would be much easier to use an existing base and just re-bottle but I really want something with a silky texture and good glide but not greasy. Would you describe your beeswax base like this???

    Love your blog – I’ve learned sooooo much!

    • Hi Karon!

      Both recipes are great, but I found this recipe to be so light and ‘kissable’ that I barely even noticed it. And, as a side note, we are actually debuting a brand new lotion base in the next little bit. So keep your eyes peeled! :)

      -Becky with Bramble

  9. Wendy Whittleton says:

    can you use a FO instead of the EO’s in this recipe?

  10. Mar says:

    Would this lotion be good for kids,are there ingredients better suited for kids skin?

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I would go with more simple essential oils – maybe a straight Orange or Lavender and use even less than the recipe calls for. Our wee ones do not need to have the scent of anything wafting in their wake. =)

      As for the preservative system, the current preservative du jour for children is Optiphen, which is the preservative system in this lotion (

      Let me know if you have any other questions – and how you like the recipe when you make it. I just used it today and it’s lovely!

  11. Mar says:

    Thanks Anne Marie,I just submitted an order with all the ingredients I will need, I’ll let you know how the lotion turns out.

  12. Karon says:

    Hi Becky,

    I’ve been watching for the new lotion base you mentioned on Feb. 27 and I see you have it! Looking at the ingredients it seems to be the same as the “Kissably Soft Lotion” above. Are they the same???

    I’ve been looking for a very silky, non-greasy lotion and this may be it! I can’t wait to find out if they are the same.


    • Hi Karon!

      The recipes are very similar, and I know you will just love the new Aloe Lotion base. It’s so skin-nourishing and great for anyone that has dry or cracked skin. I’ve been using it over the last month and I’ve found my skin has been feeling better than ever. =)

      Aloe Lotion Base:

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Karon says:

        Thanks for the quick reply. I’ll include it in my next order. Also, would this be a good facial lotion? For my customers I would want something light, moisturizing, good glide, soaks in fast but NOT at all greasy. Or would you say this is mainly a body lotion?

        Thanks so much!

        • Hi Karon!

          You can use this on this on the face and body, and isn’t greasy at all! Just to make sure you like the consistency of it, I would try a small test batch first. Keep us updated! We’d love to know how your lotion turns out. =)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  13. Heather says:

    Hi, looking forward to making this recipe. Just ordered the ingredients, then realized my scale does not work in 0.01 ounces. Is it possible to convert this to grams to get a more accurate reading? Or do I need a new scale?

    • Good morning, Heather! If you don’t have a scale that doesn’t do ounces in that small of an amount in ouces, you can totally convert any recipe to grams if that is how your scale works. I’ve actually converted the above recipe for you so that you can use it today!

      45.4 grams Avocado Oil
      36.3 grams Rice Bran Oil
      36.3 grams BTMS-50
      27.2 grams Liquid Glycerin
      18.1 grams Stearic Acid
      18.1 grams Oat Extract
      4.5 grams Buckthorn Extract
      90.7 grams Aloe Vera Liquid
      612.3 grams Distilled Water
      18.1 grams DL Panthenol
      9.1 grams Optiphen

      I hope this helps! =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  14. Christy says:

    Will this work for a facial moisturizer? Looking for something that rubs in cleanly and doesn’t feel greasy or heavy

    • Good morning, Christy! This is a great recipe for all-types of skin and I think it would work great for the face with all of its skin-loving ingredients. It’s super soft and light, and I just can’t get enough of it. I’d suggest making a small test batch and trying a bit on your face to see if it works for you. I hope this helps! =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  15. Michele says:


    Just wondering why you added the glycerin and oat extract to the oil phase? Should they not be heated with the water phase ingredients?

    Haven’t tried this yet but I’m looking forward to it!


    • Good morning, Michele!

      You will just love this recipe, it’s one of my new favorites and I can’t get over how light and moisturizing it is. =) When we made this recipe, we actually went through a couple different versions and we went with the way that worked the best for us in creating this kissably soft lotion! I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  16. LuAnn says:

    I was wondering if the heat affects the extracts? I always thought they were supposed to be added at the end, after the lotion has cooled a bit. But it’s okay to heat them up, without harming their beneficial properties? The recipe looks perfect, Thanks! :)

    • Hi LuAnn!

      Anne-Marie did a bit of research on this one and found that heating the extracts doesn’t actually make them lose any of their beneficial properties. You should totally try this recipe out, it’s one of my new favorites and I just can’t get over how smooth and light it is. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  17. Caroline King says:

    I tried the recipe today and am not sure what went wrong, but the lotion turned out too watery. Is there something I can do to salvage it? I will try again, but would not want to waste the ingredients if I don’t have to. Thanks much. Besides the consistency it did mix well…

    • Good morning, Caroline!

      I’m so sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out how you were expecting. This recipe is a bit thinner then most, but it shouldn’t be watery. If you could you tell me a bit more about your process, I would love to help you troubleshoot this issue. Did you happen to change anything in the recipe?

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  18. Karen says:

    You were out of stock on the buckthorn exract when I ordered, should I use more oat extract or leave it out entirely?

    • Good morning, Karen!

      We can’t wait for you to make this lotion and feel how soft your skin is going to feel afterwords. With the extracts, you can either leave out the Buckthorn Extract entirely or you could replace that amount for Oat Extract. So, in this recipe it would be .80 oz of Oat Extract. I hope this helps! Keep us updated on how your lotion turns out. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  19. Aromahead says:

    Great recipe! What is the shelf like for this cream?

    • Good morning!

      On this particular lotion, the shelf life is going to be as long as the ingredient with the shortest shelf-life. In this case, that would be the Avocado Oil which has a shelf-life of year. I absolutely adore this recipe and have used it for myself so many times. Let us know how it turns out for you, we’d love to hear your feedback. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  20. selina says:

    hello, this looks wonderful. i do not have btms-50. could you recommend an alternative? i have btms25 and naturemulse. thank you!

  21. I ordered all the supplies for this last week and just made my first batch of lotion! What a great recipe and it smells fantastic. I have it cooling right now and cannot wait to sample it!

  22. Veronica says:

    Hi, just a quick suggstion comment. I’m keen to try this recipe but it makes scaling so much more complicated when the measurement units are mixed. I’m in Australia and all our measurements and equipment are in ml, but that aside, to make a smaller batch, converting to ml, then scaling, it’s easy to muddle something up…alternatively it would be great if you can offer the recipes with a % breakdown. Also it would be great if there was an option for a printer friendly output. I’m grateful to have access to your products here and look forward to trying this recipe out, thank-you, Veronica

    • Hi Vernoica!

      Thank you so much for your comments and suggestions, we always appreciate it when our customers and readers let us know what would work the best for them, I will pass these onto our team. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  23. Marleny says:

    I amcurious,I’m really interested in making lotions is there a lotion calculator like the soap one by any chance. I am terrible at math and would prefer an easy way lol.

    • Good morning, Marleny!

      Currently, there is no lotion calculator, but there are some great resources that you can take advantage of to learn how to make your own lotion recipes. Here is a very basic recipe that you can go off of:

      70 – 80% Distilled Water
      3 – 5% Stearic Acid
      3 – 6% Emulsifying Wax

      Add the rest in of your choice of oils and butters

      To this add:
      .5 – 1% Preservative
      .5% Fragrance

      You can also check out this lotion booklet that Anne-Marie wrote that goes step-by-step on how to make a basic lotion recipe.

      Lotion Kit Booklet:

      I hope this helps!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  24. Marleny says:

    Thanks, Ill definitely be adding the book on my next order.One more question if I want to add liquid silk or an extract do I count it as a percent of the water?

    • Hi Marleny!

      If you are adding an extract or Liquid Silk to your lotions, you would actually count it as a percentage of your oils. In lotion formulation, we like to use up to 1% Liquid Silk to give it that special silky touch. I would suggest checking on the individual
      usage rates for each extract ( that you are using to make sure you are staying within the safe usage rate. Be sure to keep us updated on how yours turns out. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      Liquid Silk:

      • Marleny says:

        Thanks for recommending the book it’s been helpful but one thing I don’t still quiet get is,is there a limit as to how many extracts, liquid silk, glycerin,dl panthenol, milk powders, the “extras” that one adds to lotion? Can many be incorporated in one recipe? Like in the above recipe could I include coconut milk powder and liquid silk? Or would that just be too many ingredients?

        • Hi Marleny!

          As long as you stay within the safe usage rate for your lotions, there really isn’t a limit of how much you could add. That being said, adding extra ingredients to a base will change the consistency and final product, so if you haven’t made lotion before, I would start with a basic recipe and then add ingredient one-by-one until you’ve found that perfect recipe that works for you!

          You could also add the Coconut Milk Powder and Liquid Silk to the recipe above, but I would suggest doing it in a small batch to make sure you like how it feels. I hope this helps! Be sure to let us know how your lotion ends up turning out. :)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

          • Marleny says:

            I’ve made 3 small batches using the above recipe, but haven’t dared add extras ,ill give it a try by adding liquid silk and see how it goes. Thanks

        • Hi Marleny!

          We are excited for you to experiment and try new things out with our lotion recipe. Be sure to keep us updated.

          Happy Lotion Making!
          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  25. Lori says:

    Do you have to use the fragrances or can you do with out?

  26. Deborah says:

    I love this lotion. I have made three batches so far. The curious thing is that I am getting a different amount with each batch. The first batch was 4 – 8oz bottles. The second batch was 5 – 8oz bottles and the third batch was only 3 – 8oz bottles. Is there any reason for this? I have changed the fragrance each time but the original ingredients have stayed the same. I try to be careful with the measuring of the water but if I am measuring different each time it still turns out great.???

    • Hi Deborah!

      You should get around the same amount of bottles each time for this recipe. How long are you mixing your lotion for? We’ve found that the more air you mix into a batch, the bigger it is going to be. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  27. Missy says:

    This is the first time I have tried to make this recipe and I’m really excited to try it once it cools (I just finished). I have a question though, I’m wondering why mine is yellow and the picture on the recipe is white. I followed the directions and didn’t make any substitutions other than for the fragrance. Did I do something wrong? It seems to be setting up nicely and it isn’t separating or anything.

    • Good morning, Missy!

      We are so happy to hear that you’ve taken the plunge and made this fun lotion recipe. Which fragrance did you use? Some fragrances can discolor, so that might be why yours is a little yellow. If you could tell us a little bit more about it, we would be more than happy to help you troubleshoot. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  28. Janet says:

    I just made up this recipe yesterday and put the pumps on this morning. But WOW! My very first try at making lotion EVER, and I am an old gal! Very good instructions, with an awesome end product!! Absolutely lovely lotion, tried it this morning!! My jasmine had leaked away so just increased other two scents to add up to the total needed and still have a wonderful scented product! Just starting our little business but can’t wait to try something else!!
    Thank you so much!!

  29. Shelley Bartelink says:

    Hi Becky – I had a question and I didn’t see it asked in older blog posts. I have been making this lotion recipe for about 6 months now. I vary the emulsifier sometimes to get a different feel (e-wax, BTMS, Naturamulse), The problem I keep having is that there is something in the lotion recipe that is causing some burning when applied to the face. I thought it was just me but I have had one other person make a comment that they had some stinging. I was doing research on each additional ingredient and the only thing I can find that might cause a stinging reaction would be the aloe vera juice/gel? Do you know if that could be the case? I am trying to get down to the bottom of it but I am wasting so much product trying to figure it out. I am using chamomile, calendula and sea buckthorn extract from BB along with Panthenol and Oat extract. The only other variations are the essentional oils which I favor tea tree when I make them for the face
    (few drops). Optiphen Plus at 1%. Do you have any suggestions on what might cause some stinging on the face for sensitive skin?

    • Good morning, Shelley!

      We are so excited to hear that you have been making this recipe! It sounds like it might be the Tea Tree Oil that is stinging your customers faces, as fragrances/essential oils and extracts are the first thing that is going to react on someone with sensitive skin.

      I would suggest making a batch without the Tea Tree Essential Oil to see if that makes a difference. You might also want to look at the extracts you are using to see if that customer might have an irritation or allergy to them. I hope this helps! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Karen says:

        hi there…I sometimes find a sting with the cream too….I don’t use tea tree oil….any thoughts? could it be the stearic acid? or the dl panthenol?

  30. Stacy Donahue says:

    Hey Becky,

    I have several customers that are not lavender lovers. Do you have another scent that will go well with the jasmine? Or will replacing the lavender with that much more jasmine be too much?

    Lifetime Fan

  31. vontella says:

    I’m wanting to try this lotion, sounds great.Don’t have any extracts and trying to keep the cost down.
    Would I be able to leave out the extracts and add more oils like olive oil or more of the oil that are in the lotion.

    Thanks for your help,

    • Good morning, Vontella!

      We are so excited that you are going to be trying this lotion recipe out. You can leave the extracts out if you would like, they just add that extra skin-loving goodness to it.


      You would want to keep the fixed oils in the same amount (like the Avocado and Rice Bran Oil) because changing it would alter the final consistency and feel.

      I hope that this helps! Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  32. pippa says:


    is there a way to incorporate a type of butter into this recipe. i would like to make a soft body butter which glides easily on the skin just like a lotion, but slightly thicker.

  33. Deborah says:

    My customers love this lotion so much that I need to look at making it in bigger batches. I double the batch and it fills up my mixing bowl. To make it in larger batches, can I heat the ingredients in a stainless steel pot on the stove and would I have to use a double boiler? Thanks for your help. Your customer service is one of the many reasons I return again and again to your site for all my supplies. You guys are great!

    • Hi Deborah!

      We are so happy that your customers are loving this lotion so much. You can absolutely heat it in a stainless steel pot on the stove as long as you use a double-boiler. You will want to keep stirring and keep your temperatures down so you don’t burn off the preservative. Let us know how it goes. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  34. Deborah says:

    Thanks Becky,
    I will try that and let you know how it works out.

  35. Marleny says:

    Hi, I added a bit too much fragance to a batch of lotion. Can I make an unscented batch and mix in the scented batch to soften the fragance?

    • Hi Marleny!

      If you have already made your lotion and want to add more lotion to your batch, you will need to add more preservative as well as more of the particular emulsifier that you used.

      The biggest worry about adding an additional ingredients is that you will want to watch the temperatures for the particular preservative that you are using as if you go over the recommended max temps, it will render your preservative useless.

      I hope that this helps!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  36. Tara says:

    I have been looking for a lotion recipe for a first time go around, and I was curious if Bramble Berry offered a simpler recipe? Or maybe substitutions? I know that I need an emulsifiying wax, a preservative, and I plan on purchasing these from you, but I don’t have all what this recipe requires.
    Is there a way I can do this recipe with:
    Grapeseed oil
    Shea Butter
    Stearic Acid
    Liquid Glycerin
    Optiphen (or Optiphen II or plus?)

    Is the DL Panthenol used for the silky effect?

    Thanks so much!!

  37. Tara says:

    Thanks Becky!
    Awesome advice as usual!!
    I love that recipe, definitely will be great for my first try at it. I was wondering, can I replace the avocado oil with grapeseed oil and could I replace using the same measurements? Also, If I were to add in the DL-Panthenol-how much would I add?
    What are your experiences in coloring lotions? Can I add skin safe micas to tint the lotion? At what phase?

    Thanks again! I can’t wait to try it out!

  38. Happy Krafter !!! says:

    Hello Anne-Marie & Hello my fellow Crafters !!!
    I was just wondering what the shelf life is on this oh-so-delicious looking lotion? Thanks

  39. Michelle says:

    so with the total cost of products needed to make this recipe being $78 how man total 8 oz bottles can be made? I guess I’m trying to figure out cost per finished lotion bottle.

  40. Matthew says:

    Hey Soap Queen and friends,

    I have a question about lotions in general. Would adding arrowroot or tapioca power give the same powdery feel when added to lotions and if so what percentage is safe to use?

    I also may have a solution for the poster that was having issues about how many bottles she was able to get in three different batches. I have also encountered this issue trying to make my sellable product equal weights. For me I found that my issue was evaporation of the liquids (waters hydrosols etc) during the heating process. I found that by double checking the weight of the liquids before adding them (and topping up when necessary) corrected this .


  41. Linda says:

    I made this this past weekend and it is really nice. I love it. It was my first try at lotion & will definitely not be my last.

  42. Hailey says:

    Can goats milk or coconut milk be substituted for the water in this recipe or would you recommend half water/half milk?

  43. Diane says:

    Good morning all,

    Do I need to worry when substituting a FO or EO in lotion recipes about it causing a color change the same way it happens with CP soaps? This will be my first attempt at any lotion.


  44. Katie says:

    I’ve never made lotion before, only MP soap, but I still want to try this recipe so I can maybe put an item in my new Etsy shop. But when I calculated the cost of supplies (I even just put one $5.xx FO and excluded the ones recommended) plus expensive $20 shipping, the total came to $63.49 for 4 8oz. bottles! That’s $15.87 in supplies and shipping alone. That seems really high to pay for lotion, especially once I put in cost of time spent making it, which would be at least $6.

    For homemade lotions, does that sound like a high price for 8 oz? I’d like to attract customers with this light, kissably soft lotion BUT also a decent price. For people having never bought from me nor tried this product, that would be asking for an awful lot of confidence and trust that the lotion would be worth it.

    I was thinking of putting the lotion in 4 oz. jars so I wouldn’t be asking so much but then the problem becomes asking $13.94 for 4 oz. of lotion. I know you’re not sales experts but do you think I should take the loss and price lower since I’m just beginning and count it as pay-through-experience?

    One more thing I know you can answer since you’re the experts :) What ingredients could I possibly exclude to cut down on cost but get similar results? The aloe vera is adding more cost than anything else along with avocado oil.

    I suppose I might have to start with cheaper recipes and gain customer trust before I can add more expensive items. Thanks so much in advance!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Katie!

      This is a little bit of a more complex lotion recipe, and because of that, you’re right, the cost is a little higher. If you’ve never made lotion before, I would recommend starting with a simpler recipe. This way you aren’t spending too much upfront, you can get some experience, and still make an awesome lotion! You don’t have to use Aloe Vera Liquid, you could just replace this with water.

      You may find this blog post helpful, it has a lot of great information regarding making lotion :) It also has a basic formulation of what your lotion recipe should look like, so you can create your own.

      Talk it Out Tuesday: Lotion:

      Here is another recipe that is a little simpler. It used water instead of aloe vera liquid.

      Sometimes when trying a new craft, it can be a little spendy to get all the ingredients. But once you do, you can make quite a lot with it!

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  45. Marleny says:

    Hi! I was curious can I make a a large batch of this lotion recipe and leave it unscented and use it as a base to then scent it as I need?

  46. NiKolie says:

    I don’t usually leave comments on things I haven’t tried myself.

    I have made several very basic lotion recipes before.
    Oil, Water, Wax. I have learned that “lotions” are different from “creams” based on the amount of oil/water ratio that is in the recipe.

    I have also Learned that a very basic oil, water, wax recipe isn’t very “moisturizing”. The ingredients no matter how well made just sort of sit on the top of the skin.

    After Reading the Backs of TONS of “organic” store bought lotions, and researching ingredients, I have learned that technology is my friend, and that ingredients today help the lotion actually be absorbed by the skin better.

    I REALLY like this ingredient list on the recipe. I am gather supplies, and I look very much forward to making this recipe. So thank you!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi NiKolie!

      I’m so glad you like this recipe! I agree, sometimes lotion can have trouble absorbing, which is why I like this recipe so much :). I find that if I use a scrub first and remove some dead skin, my lotion absorbs so much better. Just a tip to try! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  47. Heather says:

    I made and have been using this lotion and I love it! I used optiphen plus because that is what I had on hand. I also used distiller water instead of aloe and silk protein instead of oat. Everything else was the same. (That eo blend is ah-mazing btw!) After a few months it seems to have a watered down feeling. It was thick and creamy up until 3 or so months after I made it. Any ideas?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Heather!

      I’m so glad you gave this recipe a try! Regarding the texture of your lotion, did you change the recipe in any way? Another thought, did the weather change drastically in your area? Sometimes if lotion gets really hot, the texture can change. I’d love to help you troubleshoot!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  48. Karen says:

    Hi, I’ve made this recipe a few times and I find I have to whip it for 15-20 minutes or its runny. Am I missing something? Thanks for your help

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Karen!

      This lotion should have a bit of a medium texture. Do you make any substitutions in this recipe? I would be happy to help troubleshoot :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  49. Robin says:

    Your recipes are wonderful but so many of them contain ingredients that are way too expensive for most people. Recommend you add alternatives to the recipe. That Jasmine absolute is wonderful but the average person can not affort to purchase such high end ingredients. Thanks.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Robin!

      You can certainly switch out the Jasmine Absolute with another fragrance, or omit any fragrance completely :) I hope you give this lotion a try! It feels great on the skin.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  50. Aggie says:

    My husband doesn’t like smelly soaps or lotions…. Is it possible to make this without the fragrance?

  51. Laura says:

    I just made some and followed the recipe exactly. I am concerned because it’s in the cooling process and the water and oils have separated. I made sure to watch the temps and mix completely. What did I do wrong? Can I still save the batch?


    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Laura!

      It sounds like it may not have been stick blended enough. Good news though, it can be fixed!

      We would recommend pouring your lotion back into a bowl and stick blending until it’s fully incorporated. We like to let it sit for five minutes to see if it is going to separate. If so, stick blend it some more.

      Then, you can pour that lotion back into bottles. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  52. mark says:

    HI, I have been reading about selling lotions commercially and want to know if I can add some vitamin E to the Kissably Soft recipe as an antioxidant to improve the shelf life. I really love the feel of your recipe and how it works.
    Thanks you for your comments.

  53. Emily says:

    I am a cold process goatmilk soap maker. I am starting to experiment with goatmilk lotion. Is there anyway I can use some goatmilk in this recipe as well? If so, what would the measurements be and does this change the preservative quantity? Any other changes to measurements if the goatmilk is added? Thank you!

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Emily!

      We have done some experimenting with goat milk lotion and just haven’t had the best results. If you do add it to your lotion, you may want to replace your water with it, or do some combination of goat milk and water.

      Also, the shelf life of that lotion will be a lot shorter because of the milk. You may want to store it in the refrigerator until it’s ready to use. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  54. Jessica says:


    Are you using a scale to measure these out? My scale won’t measure out 1.2 oz for example of something, it only goes up by 5′s until the weight gets heavier and then it will do 24,25,26.8 oz etc. I use Isopropyl alcohol to wipe down my utensils, is this good or should i use bleach? thanks!

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