Creamy rosehip lotion

I’ve now tweaked the original recipe to meet my needs for a creamer, less greasy 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
¾ c rose water or purified 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 coconut oil, cocoa butter wafers, rosehip seed and vitamin E oils, and beeswax*.  Heat over boiling water, or microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until melted and mixed together.  Remove from heat and cool slightly, then place in the refrigerator until it solidifies.

Meanwhile, combine the aloe verbal gel and rose water.  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.

*Tip: because the beeswax takes longer to melt, try softening slightly on its own before adding the rest of the oils.


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