Kissably Soft Lotion Recipe

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

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  1. Siobhan says

    Hi, I made this lotion for Christmas Gifts and everyone absolutely loves it! I wanted to try another batch but would like the consistency just a little bit thicker! Please let me know what you suggest! Thank you so much

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Siobhan!

      So glad you like the lotion! If you’re looking for a thicker product, you can decrease the water in this recipe. I would recommend decreasing the water amount by about 1-2 ounces. If you want it a little thicker, you can add less to the next batch.

      You’ll want to make sure to decrease the preservative amount as well. You want the Optiphen to be .5-1.5% of your recipe. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  2. Kristy says

    Do you guys have any lotions, or body butter recipes that have arnica in them to help with pain/bruises? I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have been looking for a lotion recipe that is not greasy but still moisturizes. I do pole dance fitness and we cannot use lotion the day of going to class, because we slip right off if our legs have too much of a lotion product on. For those who workout several days a week, we can never moisturize our poor legs. So I hope this recipe will help with this. Do you have any other suggestions of recipes for this?


  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

    • 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

  8. 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?

    • 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.


  12. 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 .


  13. 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!

  14. 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!!

    • says

      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

  15. 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!

    • says

      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

  16. 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,

    • says

      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

  17. 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

  18. 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?

    • says

      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

  19. 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!!

  20. 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.

    • says

      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

  21. 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.???

    • says

      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?

        • says

          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

    • says

      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

  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

    • says

      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

  23. 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…

    • says

      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

  24. 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! :)

    • says

      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

  25. 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!


    • says

      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

          • says

            My 17 yo daughter wants me to make a thin facial lotion. I think I would like to try this recipe. Her skin is dry, however often suffers acne breakouts. I don’t have oat and buckthorn extract. Do you think I can use green tea extract and zinc oxide? maybe some ginkgo biloba powder also? Thank you.

    • says

      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

  26. 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?

    • says

      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

  27. 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.


  28. 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!

  29. 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!

    • says

      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


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