Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Easy Homemade Vanilla Lotion
Making your my own beauty products is something I love doing. Given, I don’t use a lot of products anymore, for the ones I do I love knowing what’s in them and being able to tweak as necessary. This homemade vanilla lotion is a simple diy recipe (like my all time favorite chocolate peppermint lip chap) that I’ve been using for a while. It’s easy, hydrating and quick to whip up!
One aspect you fall in love with when making your own body butters is that they’re so creamy! They leave your skin feeling so soft and silky because you’re using real ingredients and not chemicals. You can check out a list of my favorite butter bases and what properties I use them for specifically here but the truth is, they all rock.
This homemade vanilla lotion uses a couple of my favorite ingredients, specifically jojoba oil. It’s been said that joboba oil has anti-inflammatory properties which may be true. I personally like how hydrating it is on skin and I find it helps keep skin hydrated and reduces dryness. Thus, I tend to use this oil most in the wintertime on my legs and feet!
The other ingredients are very basic, hydrating and great for your skin but basic. Coconut oil and shae butter are an easy go-to when it comes to making your own products (check out a list of ten ingredients to make tons of diy projects here).
One thing to note in this diy recipe though is the vanilla!
When I first started making my own homemade products I really wanted to re-create that “French vanilla” smell from store bought products (you know the one I mean!).
But you can’t.
Not really anyways.
When I looked more and more into vanilla essential oil it became harder to find a pure grade one. Eventually I wondered why and it’s because the vanilla can’t be outsourced into an oil like most other plants.
Meaning, most vanilla essential oils you see for sale are not pure grade oils. They have to use something artificial. For some reason this devastated me haha (#hippieproblems much??).
So instead, I went back to basics and just started infusing the lotions with the actual vanilla bean. Keep it simple and all that.
For this homemade vanilla lotion I simply boiled the vanilla bean into the mixture when melting the ingredients (this makes your house smell amazing fyi).
When I have the time in the summer months though, I like to infuse some jojoba oils with the vanilla bean for six ish weeks in the summer so I can keep some on hand. This makes the homemade vanilla lotion slightly more potent smelling.
That said, there is always the option to use a store bought vanilla essential oil too! It’s your call 🙂
Regardless, this homemade vanilla lotion is extremely easy to make, helps keep your skin hydrated and makes a pretty thoughtful gift if you have the time. I make some for friends around Valentine’s as a cut little thank you.
Keep some on hand to help your skin stay silky soft and enjoy the fact that you’re using real, whole food ingredients to help nourish your skin.
Ingredients In The Homemade Vanilla Lotion
- 1.5 tablespoons beeswax
- 1 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1-2 vanilla bean or 20 drops vanilla essential oil.
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be purchased through my favorite retailer Well.ca– and the best part is that they offer free shipping!
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How To Make Diy Body Butter
In a heat proof jar or double boiler, combine all ingredients except vanilla.
If using vanilla bean, slice the bean and scrape out the vanilla into the jar. The, slice the bean into smaller pieces and place in jar.
Place the jar into a small pot of water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir often until everything is melted and combined (about twelve minutes). Let sit in boiling water for another ten-fifteen minutes to infuse vanilla.
Remove from heat. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small glass jar. If using essential oils, add the oils now and stir to combine.
Let sit on the counter for twenty four hours to harden.
Makes one small jar.
Note: if using vanilla bean the vanilla smell will not be as “potent” as vanilla oil.
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Easy Homemade Vanilla Lotion
This homemade vanilla lotion helps keep your skin hydrated and soft in colder months. Thanks to the jojoba oil it helps prevent skin from drying out and it deal to use on your legs. This vanilla body butter is an easy diy project that makes for great, thoughtful gifts.