Make Lotion from Scratch on Soap Queen TV

In this special throwback episode of Soap Queen TV filmed in 2010, I show you how to create lotion from scratch. After watching this video, you will have all the tools you need to make luxurious, moisturizing, and perfect lotion every time!

First, lotion ingredient uses and benefits are reviewed. Then I show you how to make lotion from start to finish. Labeling requirements are also covered if you plan on selling your product. A note on semantics: I use the term sterilize which is technically incorrect. I should be using the term disinfect when talking about cleaning my tools for lotion making.

As an extra bonus, the label template used in the video with the correct INCI names is available for download. Just download the PDF template, print it on label stock, cut out the labels and write in the fragrance you used and your contact information.

Want to make your very own lotion from scratch? Our Lotion Kit includes everything you need to make 48 oz. of handmade lotion!

Kit Includes:

8 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
8 oz. Avocado Oil
8 oz. Shea Butter
1 oz. Phenonip
1 lb. Stearic Acid
1 lb. Emulsifying Wax or Ceteryl Alcohol
12 – 4 oz. Clear Reverse Tapered Ovals w/White Caps
1 oz. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
1 oz. Cucumber Melon Fragrance Oil
Lotion Making Booklet

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  1. Tracy says

    I have been making goat milk lotion for a few months and I use germaben ll
    as my preservative. So far, everything has gone well with my recipe. My question is, what is the shelf life of gm lotion with a preservative added?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Tracy!

      Typically, soap with a preservative added should last about a year or so. However, because it has goat milk in it, that shelf life will be shorter. We typically don’t add goat milk to lotion, so I’m not exactly sure what the shelf life will be! I imagine it will last a couple of months, longer if it’s stored in the refrigerator before using or giving away. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  2. klairi says

    Hi, Im starting a business at school with some friends and one friend really wants to do lotions (which I agree with)so do you have any advice for us? I know carrier oils are good for the skin (not olive oil though) but I really need advice. We’re really excited to order from BrambleBerry once we have enough money to pay for the stuff. I’m new in soap making (really new, haven’t made anything yet) but I love your videos and I have watched a LOT of them. Any advice for me on that? Im saving water bottles for soap molds until we can afford some.

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Donetra!

      Emulsifying wax ensures that the oils and water mix together to form lotion. Beeswax does not do that, meaning your lotion will separate.

      I would recommend trying that recipe again with emulsifying wax. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  3. april says

    I have BUBBLES from the stick blender. I followed the recipe to make 4 6-oz bottles…and I probably have 2x that amount. It is probably all air and will be gone tomorrow….but what if it isn’t? Do I need to switch to a handheld mixer? IF the air leaves tomorrow, and my bottles will then be 1/2 full, can I heat it up to fill up the rest of the bottle?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi April!

      It sounds like there is some extra air in that recipe. You may try pouring your lotion back into a container and gently folding it. That may help get rid of some of those air bubbles.

      To prevent extra air in the future, make sure your stick blender is fully immersed in your lotion. Also, tap that stick blender on the bottom of your bowl to get rid of the air trapped underneath. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  4. Paula says

    I have read in a lotion making book, that the water and oils should be heated and held for 20 minutes. Do you find this to be true? I have not been brave enough yet to make lotion for fear that something will grow in it. And the book I read turned me off from making lotions because of all the many steps involved. This seems way easier than the book I read. Also do we have to challenge test before selling any type of water based lotions?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Paula!

      The heat and hold technique is an extra, optional step to really ensure that there are no icky things in your ingredients. You can do it with this recipe if you’d like, or you can just disinfect with the bleach water.

      What you do is you heat your water and your oils (separately) to 160F and hold them at that temperature for 20 minutes (do not include your preservative or fragrance in this process). You will need a double boiler or a water jacket tureen. Then, make your lotion like normal.

      Also, we have done the testing to make sure that our lotion is protected from bacteria if you follow the recipe in the video. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry


  5. Cindi Sweet says

    Hi All,

    I used this recipe but used optiphen plus as the preservative. I waited until it was 120 degrees to add it. The lotion was well blended and thick until I added the preservative. Now it’s a watery consistency and has not thickened again. I saw in a different post that optiphen plus needs to have all the oils etc under 100 degrees to work. My question is this: can I still use the concoction like this or do I need to throw it out?

    Thanks so much, Cindi

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Cindi!

      You can definitely still use it. It sounds like it just needs to be stick blended a little longer. It can take up to 15 minutes of stick blending to get your mixture thick and creamy. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  6. says

    Thanks Ann-Marie…I haven’t made this recipe but I did the kissably soft one and love it. Although I find I have to mix it for 10-15 min to make sure it stays together. When I’ve only just mixed it, I find its runny. Is it maybe that I’m heating the oils too high?

    Thanks, Karen

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Karen!

      Lotion can definitely take awhile to emulsify, even if your oils are cooler. It sounds like you’re doing it just right, it’s just a little bit of a wait. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

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