Fresh Face Lavender & Aloe Lotion

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:30 minutes
  • Yields:Three 8 oz bottles

Light-weight and moisturizing, this Lavender and Aloe Lotion is great for dry facial skin. Made with skin loving ingredients such as DL-Panthenol and Sweet Almond Oil, this lotion helps skin feel soft and hydrated. It can also be used on the rest of the body to give additional moisture and smooth rough skin. If your skin is more on the oily side, you may prefer the Oil-Free Lavender Lotion Tutorial.

What You’ll Need:

16.5 oz. Distilled Water

2.7 oz. Sweet Almond Oil

1.35 oz. Rice Bran Oil

1.2 oz. BTMS-50

.2 oz. Sodium Lactate

.3 oz. Aloe Extract

.9 oz. Glycerin

.4 oz. DL Panthenol

.2 oz Otiphen

3 mL Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

Three 8 oz. Bottles (White Disk Cap)

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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 as free of germs, bacteria, and microbes as possible so be safe and bleach water all your utensils.

Combine the distilled water, Sodium Lactate and Glycerin in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir to combine and then set aside.

TWO: Add DL Panthenol, and whisk until fully dissolved.
THREE: In a second container, combine the Sweet Almond Oil and Rice Bran Oil with the BTMS-50. Don’t worry about melting the BTMS-50 beforehand. Stir to combine and then set aside.
FOUR: Heat the containers with the oils and the distilled water in the microwave on 1 minute bursts until both reach between 150 – 160°F.
FIVE: When the oil and distilled water containers have reached the correct temperature and the BTMS-50 is dissolved, add the oils to the water and stir continually. Blend the mixture for 60 – 90 seconds, making sure the oil and water phases are fully emulsified. Be careful to “burp” your stick blender by tamping it on the bottom of the container to release bubbles — you don’t want bubbles trapped in your lotion! Continue to mix until the lotion drops below 120°F.
SIX: Once the lotion is below 120°F, add the Lavender Essential Oil, Aloe Extract and Optiphen. Using the stick blender, mix for an additional 60 seconds until the mixture is fully incorporated.

SEVEN: Because this is not a very thick lotion, it is easy to pour. When the lotion drops below 110°F, pour it into bottles. Let the bottles sit overnight without a cap (otherwise condensation can form inside the bottle).

What is your favorite way to hydrate dry skin?

17 Responses to “Fresh Face Lavender & Aloe Lotion”

  1. Megan says:

    Is it possible to sterilize with 90% rubbing alcohol instead of a bleach solution?

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Megan!

      We’ve always had the best luck using bleach, so I’m not entirely sure if alcohol would work. If you do use it, I would recommend using 99% so you have a better chance of killing microbes and bacteria. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  2. Marleny says:

    This recipe looks so good I’m going to try it soon. I was wondering how can it be modified for oily/ combination skin? Or will there be another tutorial for oily skin lotion?

  3. LuAnn says:

    @Megan, I only use rubbing alcohol to sanitize my containers, equipment and counters. Always the 90% or even 99% if you can find it! The less water you introduce into your containers the better, even if it has bleach in it. I’ve found it’s really hard to get all of the bleach water back out, and the bottle still smells of bleach even when dry. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting bleach on your clothes! I hope that helps!

  4. n says:

    Do you need to disinfect your lotion bottles and cap also or are the fin to use as is?

  5. Angie says:

    What if I choose not to use the BTMS-50

    .2 oz. Sodium Lactate and the DL Panthenol? Will the lotion come out to the same consistency? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Angie!

      BTMS-50 is used to emulsify the water and oils together. DL Panthenol helps add moisturizing properties to your recipes, but it won’t emulsify.

      If you don’t add the BTMS-50, your lotion will separate, so I would recommend keeping it in this recipe!

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  6. Judy bunch says:

    I forgot to order aloe extract when I ordered my ingredients. Can it be omitted or is there a substitute and still have great results? thank you!

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Judy!

      Aloe Extract is great for soothing and moisturizing irritated skin. However, you can add other extracts to this recipe.

      For instance, Avocado Extract is great for moisturizing dry skin. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Avocado Extract:

      • Judy Bunch says:

        Kelsey, this is my first try at making lotions so I have nothing. I do have an aloe plant. Would fresh aloe gel be an option?

        • Kelsey says:

          Hi Judy!

          Aloe Extract is an oil extracted from the Aloe Plant, so it’s different than aloe gel.

          We haven’t used fresh aloe gel in this recipe, so I’m not sure how it would react. You may want to make a small test batch to be sure. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  7. Sarah says:

    I made this lotion but modified it for mature skin by substituting Carrot Extract for the Aloe Extract and Carrot Seed EO (i love the earthy scent) for the Lavender EO.
    Best.face.lotion.ever. My skin hasn’t been this smooth and soft in a long time.
    Thanks for the great recipe!!

  8. Amber says:

    Could you substitute emulsifying wax for the BTMS-50?

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