Fresh Face Lavender & Aloe Lotion

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).

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  1. says

    Made the recipe exactly other than I used Oat extract because I had some on hand. Turned out very powdery smooth with the BTMS. A customer wanted baby safe with Lavender Essential Oil; she loves it. Kept a bottle for myself too. Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Is this recipe baby safe? I have a customer that asked me to make baby lotion with lavender EO which I know is baby safe. Not sure about Na lactate. I wish you had a baby safe dedicated recipe 😄

  3. says

    Can you tell me what the percentage of water. I’m too tired to do the math lol. Just trying to figure if it is thin enough to use in a spray bottle as a sprayable lotion. I can edit a bit if you know the percentage of water. I know the sodium lactate glycerin and Dl panthenol is part of the water phase. Thanks.

  4. Pam Hogan says

    Are these ingredients OK for use on the face?
    avocado butter
    avocado oil
    castor oil
    liquid silk
    bio-mulsion wax
    stearic acid
    Optiphen ND
    Dark, Rich Chocolate fragrance oil
    Rosemary & Mint Essential Oils
    Calendula extract

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Bronwyn!

      We added sodium lactate to this recipe to help thicken the lotion up. You can leave it out, but keep in mind your mixture will be a little thinner. You may want to make a small test batch to be sure. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Heidi!

      Oh no! Can you tell me a little more about your process, including the temperatures of your oils and water? Did you substitute any ingredients?

      Let me know and I’ll help you figure this out! :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  5. 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!!

    • 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. 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!

    • 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

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