Fresh Face Oil Free Lavender Lotion

For oily skin, keeping the face hydrated can be difficult. While additional oil can lead to break outs, a lack of moisture can cause dry patches, tightness and flaking. This Fresh Face Oil-Free Lavender Lotion was created with oily skin types in mind. This lotion delivers light-weight hydration that leaves skin feeling refreshed without excess oil.

Made with conditioning BTMS-50, and oil-absorbing Tapioca Powder, this lotion keeps skin comfortable throughout the day. While it does contain a very small amount of oil via the Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, you can omit the essential oil if you’d like. If your skin is dry, you may prefer the Lavender and Aloe Lotion Tutorial.

What You’ll Need:

18.6 oz. Distilled Water

.75 oz Sodium Lactate

1.2 oz. BTMS-50

.5 oz Isopropyl Myristate

2.4 oz Cyclomethicone

.3 oz Optiphen

.3 oz Tapioca Powder

3 mL 40/42 Lavender Essential Oil

8 oz. Bottles with White Disk Cap (3 bottles)

Click here to add everything you need for this project to your Bramble Berry shopping cart!

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, microbes as possible, so be safe and bleach water all your utensils.
ONE: In a heat safe container, combine distilled water and sodium lactate. Set aside. 

TWO: In a separate container, combine BTMS-50 and Isopropyl Myristate. Set aside. 

THREE: Heat both containers with the distilled water and BTMS-50 in the microwave on 1 minute bursts until both reach between 150 – 160°F. Once both containers have reached 150-160°F, pour the BTMS-50 mixture into the distilled water mixture and stick blend for 1-2 minutes. 

FOUR: In a separate container, combine the Tapioca Powder, Optiphen and Cyclomethicone. Stir mixture until fully incorporated.

FIVE: Continue to stick blend the emulsified mixture until it reaches 120°F. Pour the Tapioca Powder and Optiphen mixture into the emulsified container, and stick blend for 3-4 minutes.

SIX: Add the Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil and stick blend to fully combine.
SEVEN: 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).

If you have oily skin, how do you combat the excess oil and shine?

Like it? Share it!

Become an email subscriber

Enter your email address below and you will receive all our new posts directly in your email inbox.


  1. Deb says

    I would like to know if the ingredient Cyclomethicone can be replaced with liquid silk? Silicone ingredients do not sit well with my skin, tending to block my pores. I have large pores and oily acne prone skin.

    Thanks, deb

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Deb!

      We love cyclomethicone in this recipe because it helps the lotion glide smoothly onto your skin. It’s also very lightweight and evaporates off the skin. While liquid silk would add some silkiness, it wouldn’t add the same slip.

      You can leave the cyclomethicone out of the recipe and increase the amount of water. You could also try increasing the water by 1.2 ounces and adding 1.2 ounces of liquid glycerin.

      Liquid glycerin:

      Another option is to add more tapioca powder to help absorb oil off the skin. Keep in mind the substitutions will change the consistency of the lotion, so a small test batch may be helpful for you. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  2. Nik Fauzi says


    I agree with Dee. I always work with percentage so that it’s easier to make any amount required.
    My suggestion is maybe Soap Queen can include percentage in future recipes as well.

    Please please please.


  3. Tammy Lindsey says

    I made this lotion last night and LOVE it! I may have misunderstood the blending directions though because I thought my stick blender was going to catch on fire it was so hot! :( When you say stick blend for 3 to 4 minutes, do you mean constant? Or like we do with CP soaping where you pulse, swirl, swirl, pulse? My poor stick blender, lol. If you could clarify that part I would appreciate it. :)

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Tammy!

      We stick blended for 3-4 minutes straight. You want your lotion nice and emulsified!

      To give your stick blender a break, you can stick blend for a couple of minutes, then swirl. Just make sure there is 3-4 minutes of stick blending total. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  4. Dee says


    I work in grams and I change this recipe to percentage, but it seems that the silicone amount is high. im not sure if this is correct. so can you please let me know if I did this right. thank you.

    77% water
    3% sodium lact.
    5% btms-50
    2% ipm
    1% tapioca
    1% optiphen
    10% cyclomethicone

    thank you so much

  5. Becky H. says

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial. I have oily skin and found silicones to be a bad idea. I will not be trying this, but I appreciate the idea. I understand the type of silicone you use is important, and all skins are different. So I would love to know if anyone has tried this recipe and how it worked for them. I myself have not yet mastered a great moisturiser, but I will keep on trying.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *