Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

DIY Bath & Beauty: Foolproof Rose-Scented Homemade Lotion

devon No Comments

This post contains affiliate links meaning that I may make a small commission based off of your purchase at no additional cost to you.

Make this rich homemade lotion with a pump-able consistency & luxurious rose aroma with use of a few specific ingredients to ensure a perfect texture!

DIY Bath & Beauty: Foolproof Rose-Scented Homemade Lotion

Devon No Comments

Make this rich homemade lotion with a pump-able consistency & luxurious rose aroma with use of a few specific ingredients to ensure a perfect texture! In partnership with Mountain Rose Herbs, learn how to make a pumpable lotion at home!

This is a sponsored post. This means I received product and/or monetary compensation from the company or organization mentioned in this post. This helps to support my blogging efforts and my family. I only partner with brands that I value and respect, and all thoughts and opinions share herein are my own.

There comes a time in every “crunchy mama’s” (or papa’s) life where she or he attempts to make a pump-able homemade lotion from some recipe found on Pinterest.  And I will suggest that about 90% of these homemade lotion attempts likely resulted in total failure.  Knowing what I know now, after more than a handful of failures,  I can say but a few things confidently.  Perhaps the most pertinent is that emulsions are hard.  Getting oil and water to blend seamlessly and stay that way, while also not becoming a microbial junk drawer of germs takes a few specialized ingredients and technique.

homemade lotion ingredients

Making a pump-able homemade lotion takes a little bit of skill and planning, but the results can be every bit as lovely as a commercially produced lotion.  AND you will have complete control over the ingredients.  I set about making a batch of homemade lotion to give as gifts this holiday season with some of my favorite Moutain Rose Herbs ingredients.

Rose-Scented Homemade Lotion Ingredients

To make this rose-scented, rich, nourishing, yet lightweight and non-greasy homemade lotion with a pump-able consistency, you will need:

Distilled Water
It is vital to have a sterile water source with a neutral pH, free of contaminants.

Rose Hydrosol 
This is a beautiful way to deliver subtle rose scent to your resulting lotion.

Sweet Almond Oil 
This highly nourishing oil makes an excellent base for a handmade lotion.  I personally like to infuse the sweet almond oil with some rose petals before making this lotion but that is a completely optional step.

Rosehip Seed Oil 
Known for its wonderful absorption, this an exceptionally nourishing oil that offers an abundance of benefits for the skin.

Cocoa Butter 
Super rich and chocolatey scented cocoa butter adds some richness and deep moisturizing qualities to the handmade lotion.

Glycerin 
A natural humectants, glycerin draws moisture to the skin.

Aloe Vera 
Cooling aloe contributes soothing qualities to the homemade lotion.

Emulsifying Wax 
Use of this wax is imperative to achieving the right texture in your homemade lotion so that it remains pump-able and consistent.  Although I love using beeswax in my salves and balms, beeswax is not a proper emulsifier and will result in a lotion that hardens and separates over time.

Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin is an antioxidant that helps to prevent the degradation of oil over time.

A preservative of your choice (optional; please make note of explanation)
Due to the presence of water in this recipe, it is highly recommended that you consider a preservative of some sort to prevent or reduce microbial growth.  There are a variety of synthetic and some natural options (here is a great post on the subject from my friend Jan of the Nerdy Farm Wife) that have varying degrees of efficacy on certain microbes.  I personally like to use bee propolis – while not a scientifically proven preservative, I have had good personal results – your results may vary.   Please do some research on the subject and make an informed decision.  If you chose not to use a preservative, you will probably want to refrigerate your unused portions and dose out that which you can use in 7-10 days.

Geranium Essential Oil (optional; you can always increase the hydrosol to distilled water to increase the aroma)
Geranium offers subtle rose scent without the staggering rose essential oil price tag, make this a much more reasonable project for making for yourself and gifts.

4-8 oz Pump Bottles
The consistency of this lotion is perfect for pumping, and bottle with a pump dispenser serves a very important role in the shelf life of your lotion.  By using pump bottles you will not be dipping microbially laden fingers into your lotion reducing the chances of spoilage greatly.

Make this rich homemade lotion with a pump-able consistency & luxurious rose aroma with use of a few specific ingredients to ensure a perfect texture!

A few notes to ensure your homemade lotion success…  Always use clean and sterilized equipment and clean hands to reduce the introduction of microbes in your homemade lotion.  Using a digital kitchen scale will measure out your ingredients will increase precision and success.  A stick blender or standard blender will make quick work of the emulsification process.  When combining your oil and water phases, they combine best when approximately the same temperatures. Lastly, make sure that your lotion is fully cooled and room temperature before bottling.  With those few considerations in mind, you should have a beautifully crafted, rose-scented homemade lotion to share!

Make this rich homemade lotion with a pump-able consistency & luxurious rose aroma with use of a few specific ingredients to ensure a perfect texture!

Want more herbal-ly inspired recipe to treat yourself and give as gifts? Check out this soap, this buttermilk bath, and this incredible facial mask!

Rose-Scented Homemade Lotion Recipe

Perfectly Foolproof Rose-Scented Homemade Lotion {Pump-able}

Make this rich homemade lotion with a pump-able consistency & luxurious rose aroma with use of a few specific ingredients to ensure a perfect texture! Makes 32 ounces of lotion (enough for several gifts and self).  Always use sterilized equipment when making lotion.

Ingredients

  • 11.5 ounces distilled water
  • 9.5 ounces rose hydrosol
  • .75 ounces aloe vera gel
  • .75 ounces vegetable glycerin
  • 4.75 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 2.25 ounces rosehip seed oil
  • 1 ounce cocoa butter
  • 1.1 ounces emulsifying wax
  • .15 ounces vitamin E oil
  • .15 ounces geranium essential oil optional
  • .15 ounces preservative of your choice optional; see explanation in post

Instructions

  • Combine sweet almond oil, rosehip seed oil, cocoa butter and emulsifying wax in a heat-proof medium-sized bowl.  Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water, and melt the cocoa butter and emulsifying wax.  Set aside and cool to slightly above room temperature.
  • Combine distilled water, hydrosol, aloe, and glycerin into a separate container.  While blending in a regular blender or using a stick blender, slowly pour the water mixture into the oil mixture until perfectly emulsified.  
  • Add vitamin E oil, optional essential oils, and preservative, blending again to combine.  
  • Before bottling, make sure that your lotion is completely cooled.  Using a funnel and some patience, slowly pour into sterilized bottles and top with a pump.  You may find that it is necessary to gently tap the funnel to encourage the lotion into the bottle.

Rose-Scented Homemade Lotion

 

Devon

Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of NittyGrittyLife.com can be seen at LearningHerbs.com, GrowForageCookFerment.com, AttainableSustainable.net, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

About Me

About Me

Meet the Nitty Gritty Mama, Devon!

I am an herbalist, farmer, cook, and forager. I get my hands dirty and am not afraid to do things the "hard way". Sharing my Nitty Gritty Life with you! Read More

Devon

Connect

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Popular Links

Instagram

  • 💕Still finding my footing after losing the best friend anybody could ever ask for.
My dear beloved grandmother passed from this world last Friday.  I had the great honor to be at her bedside, to feel the last hummingbird-like flutter of her pulse, to observe her final wishes as she flew from this world to the next - undoubtedly with the same compassion, dignity and boundless optimism that she blessed our world with.
This picture of hers, mine, and my youngest daughter’s hands was taken a couple weeks ago now... a treasure of time spent together before renal failure claimed her ability to speak, while she could still nibble on a cookie and enjoy her beloved black coffee.  After this picture, we entered the strange yet surprising dignified “hospice time.” For those of you who have taken part in the hospice care of a loved one - you know this indescribable separation of hospice time and “real time.” There is a fixed end point, yet nobody knows when it is - and so you live each moment, hoping that it is, in fact, not your last, while also wishing that your loved one would pass peacefully and painlessly from these earthly bounds.
I do not post this looking for an outpouring of sympathy - those that know me well know that I rather bristle at the attention.  I write this post to thank all of the dedicated hospice care workers and as a knowing hug to all those loved ones left behind who have felt the mixed emotions that this time of great grief.
Sending love out into the world tonight. 💕
#grief #hospice #hospicecare
  • During these early fall days when the first freeze is never far off, I scurry to put up the last bits of the garden. This fermented hot sauce two ways are a perfect pair of recipes for the last remaining peppers and the nasturtiums that are usually abundant at this time.
Tap link in bio for link to recipe.
#hotsauce #peppers #nasturtiums #fermentation #lactofermentation #preservation #foodpreservation #edibleflowers 
https://nittygrittylife.com/lacto-fermented-hot-sauce-nasturtiums/
  • Now well into October, I am observing the ruby glow of hawthorn berries and rose hips.
Right now is this time to make this delicious mead.  It will ferment and age just perfectly for holiday toasts and herbal libations.
Tap link in bio for link to recipe.
#mead #hawthorn #rosehips #homemead #meadmaking #makingmead #herbs #herbalist #herbalism #medicinalherbs #fermentation
https://nittygrittylife.com/spiced-hawthorn-rose-hip-mead/
  • I LOVE baking bread.  I love the tactile nature of kneading and forming the dough, and, most of all, I love the aroma that fills my home as loaves bake in the oven. 
Here is a savory sourdough recipe speckled with sauteed greens, garlic and smoked cheddar.  It is unbelievably good.  Baked in a dutch oven it develops a irresistible crust and the scent is to die for.
Tap link in bio for link to recipe.
#breadbaking #bread #sourdough #homestead #homesteading #homesteader #baking #cookingfromscratch 
https://nittygrittylife.com/dutch-oven-homemade-sourdough-bread/
  • It hardly feels real.
A year ago, I had just sent the manuscript for my first book off to the printer when my publisher offered me a contract on a second book.  It didn't seem such a crazy, far out, thing to do at the time -- this committing to write and photograph two entire books in one year.
It was.
Crazy and far out, for sure.
The last year has been a flurry of publishing activity, but I am so happy to announce that my second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen is almost ready to make its debut! 
The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen is dedicated to the concept of food as medicine, and is my guide to rethinking everyday foods and culinary herbs to cook our way to better health!
"Kitchen" officially publishes October 29th, but you can reserve your copy from me or any one of the major book sellers in the link below.  ANDDDD, as  thank you for pre-ordering, I would love to send you my Companion Guide to Culinary Herbs ebook as my gift to you!
Tap link in bio to head to my book page!

#author #newbook #book #naturalliving #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #healthyliving #foodenergetics #flavorprofiles #pagestreetpublishing #theherbalistshealingkitchen #kitchenapothecary 
https://nittygrittylife.com/introducing-the-herbalists-healing-kitchen/
  • Pears and apples are the fruits of fall. 
One of my favorite flavors from my youth was my grandmother's spiced apple butter.  I've replicated that flavor and punched up the acidity with a recipe that calls for apple cider vinegar (as opposed to lemon juice) -- giving this fruit butter an amazing depth of flavor.
Tap link in bio for link to recipe.
#apples #pears #applebutter #pearbutter #canning #canningseason #homestead #homesteading #homesteader #homesteadlife #homesteadlifestyle
https://nittygrittylife.com/slow-cooker-spiced-apple-pear-butter/
  • Absolutely amazing weekend with some even more amazing women that I am positively HONORED to call colleagues - and even more importantly friends.
A weekend spent about Salt Lake City, speaking at #gardencomm2019, touring @melonmonologues gardens and being led on a tour of her favorite mountain places, a walking tour of some gorgeous botanical gardens, and a sight see at the temple - cuz when in SLC...
So... @attainablesustainable @melonmonologues @the_happy_herban @tenthacrefarm @homestead_honey and  @brownthumbmama  you are AMAZING LADIES!
#utah #getoutside #garden #mountains #nature
  • With the weather finally cooling, it is great time to think about planting trees and shrubs in your landscape.  The long cool months ahead are great for establishing a healthy root system!
#herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #holisticgardening #medicinegarden #herbgarden #medicinaltrees #medicinalshrubs
https://nittygrittylife.com/10-medicinal-trees-and-shrubs/
  • Sweet pickled figs are an amazingly delicious treat.  Believe me whenI tell you this. 
I crafted this recipe around my father's nostalgic recollections of his Scottish grandmother making the most of the bountiful fruits at her Southern Californian home.  While I never tasted Nana's pickled figs, my father thought this recipe did them great justice!
Tap link in bio for link to recipe.
#figs #pickledfigs #foodpreservation #preservation #canning #canningseason #homestead #homesteader #homesteading
https://nittygrittylife.com/sweet-pickled-figs/

Follow @nittygrittymama

×
shares