This recipe made a greasy but effective lotion, great for bedtime use, but generally too greasy for daytime. For a less oily version, see the substitution notes.
½ c grapeseed oil (*use ½ c. rose water for creamier lotion)
½ c coconut oil (use tasteless oil to avoid the coconut smell)
6 cocoa butter wafers, or ½ oz cocoa butter
1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
3 tbsp beeswax pastilles, or 1 oz beeswax (use less for a thinner lotion)
¼ c. aloe vera gel
¼ c rose hydrosol (rose water)
1-2 tsp fragrance oil (optional)
10 drops Peru Balsam essential oil (optional)
In a glass pyrex bowl (at least 4 cup size), combine the grapeseed and coconut oils, cocoa butter wafers, rosehip seed and vitamin E oils, and beeswax. Heat over boiling water until melted and mixed together. Remove from heat and cool slightly, then place in the refrigerator until it solidifies.
Meanwhile, measure the aloe verbal gel and rose hydrofoil and combine. To combine all ingredients, use either a hand mixer or blender; if using a blender, pour the melted and cooled oils into the blender pitcher and gradually add the aloe vera mixture in a slow steady stream. If using a mixer, do the same thing, pouring slowly while mixing.
Keep mixing/blending until the mixture is thick and creamy, anywhere from a few minutes to 10 or more minutes; the consistency should be like a thick pudding. At the end of the mixing, add the fragrance and Peru Balsam oils, if using.
Pour the finished lotion into containers and allow to cool completely before putting on the lids. Keep in a cool place, out of direct sunlight; the lotion should last for several months.
* Note: to make a creamier, less greasy version of this lotion, substitute ½ cup of rose water in place of the grapeseed oil (the ¼ c. of rose water is still needed to be mixed with the aloe vera gel in the later step). Using water instead of oil will require longer blending, as it will separate in the refrigerator, but seems to remain fairly well combined after the blending is finished.