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How to make hand lotion-THIS IS SO EASY!!

DIY Lotion

Making lotion can be very rewarding but it can also be very frustrating.  It’s hard to find the right ingredients that don’t compromise your lotion’s effectiveness, and it’s really hard to get the right consistency.  I’ve done A LOT of experimenting and wasted A LOT of good product.  I’ve tried so many other blog’s recipes and even brushed up on my chemistry (my worst subject) just to get the perfect consistency that will work for the hands.  I had originally posted this same recipe but with way more emulsifying wax.  I have since done research on emulsifying wax and there was just way too much in the previous recipe.  Emulsifying wax has very little benefit for the skin.  It mainly binds water and oil.   So, I would rather use as little as possible to still get the binding action.

This lotion is very nourishing for the hands.  Olive oil is very moisturizing, and contains vitamin A and antioxidants.  Lavender soothes, heals and moisturizes while being antiviral and antibacterial.  Vitamin E is optional but it is very nourishing as well as a natural preservative.  Feel free to mix different essential oils into your cream!   I add lavender to mine because I love the smell of olive oil mixed with lavender-simply heaven!

Olive Oil and Lavender Hand Cream

1 cup distilled water

1 tsp. NeoDefend (find it HERE)

2 TBSP Emulsifying Wax (find it HERE)

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 tsp Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE)

20 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)


  1.  Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water.
  2.  Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the pot.
  3.  Turn stove top on medium heat and melt emulsifying wax and olive oil.
  4.  In another “double boiler” (medium sized pot, 1/2 way full of water with a glass bowl placed in the pot) heat you water and neodefend.
  5.  Once the emulsifying wax is melted and once neodefend has dissolved, you must get your oil mixture and water mixture to be around the same temp before mixing-This is imperative or your water and oil will not bind.  I use a thermometer like THIS to monitor my mixtures.
  6. **As a rule of thumb, both mixtures need to be about the same temperature when mixed.  This temperature is typically around 130 degrees.**  
  7. When you’ve got both mixtures at the proper temps, remove from heat and add your water into your oil!  Voila!!
  8.  Take a hand blender and mix your water/oil mixture for about 1 minute.   Let stand for 15 minutes then mix for about 30 seconds again.  Once you notice that the water isn’t separating at the bottom of your bowl after not mixing for a few minutes, you are done mixing.  I would say this process should take about 1 hour.  You can’t mix it too much.
  9.  Once your mixture is no longer hot, add your essential oils and vitamin E, mix one more time, then pour into containers.
  10.  Let containers set for 24 hours.  Your cream will thicken in this time.

stove topThis recipe makes about 12 ounces.

Distilled water must be used in order to keep your cream fresh longer.  I have included a preservative with this recipe.  NeoDefend is considered certified organic and non-GMO.  It is antioxidant and very gentle to the skin.  Those of you weary of using a preservative must remember that it only makes up .75-1% of your product.  You can read more about and purchase NeoDefend HERE.  Your cream should always be stored in glass bottles preferably dark glass.  This will also keep your cream bacteria free longer.  Any container that allows you to pump out your lotion is a good idea-this keeps you from depositing bacteria from your hands into your lotion.

*One more tip-Do not store in the fridge during those 24 hours that it is setting up.  I made this mistake thinking I could speed up the process and it’s consistency was inconsistent!  I ended up having to mix it with my hand mixer the next day and managed to salvage it but avoiding mixing was the whole point of this recipe!

xx, Jenni

P.S.  Always use high quality essential oils in all your recipes.  I prefer to use Spark Naturals in all my creations!  Use coupon code JENNIRAINCOUD to receive 10% off!


DIY Hand Lotion


  1. How long will this last? I am always scared to use water in the things that I make.

  2. I would say around 3 mos. It is risky once you add water. The citric acid does help prolong the life. I prefer to put lotions in pumps because that will reduce the bacteria. NeoDefend is a certified organic, non GMO preservative that will work with the citric acid to help preserve your cream properly. I hate using a preservative but it only makes up 1% of the lotion, plus it’s better than smearing bacteria all over your skin!

  3. I make my own Colloidal Silver, would I be able to sub this for the distilled water? The silver should help with any bacteria if I an not mistaken.

    • Jana, this comment slipped through the cracks-I just saw it! I’m afraid I have no history with colloidal silver but it stands to reason it would be a great substitute! When mixing oil and water, anything you can do to preserve and kill bacteria that isn’t a chemical is a good thing! If you try it, check back in and let me know how it goes!! Thanks!

  4. I absolutely luv, luv, luv your page….

    But, it is so difficult to read your words …. o.O

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  5. Can I use beeswax instead of emulsifying wax?

    • Gaby-Unfortunately I can not make beeswax work-I continue to experiment hoping I can figure a recipe out where I can omit emulsifying wax. With beeswax your mixture will seperate. Thanks for visiting!

  6. Jenni, is there any way (you’re probably working on one, I bet), when combing water & oils, we don’t have to use these ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, PEG-150 Stearate & Steareth-20..?

    thx & much peace,


    • Pam-I’m not sure what you mean-I never use those ingredients. I have had great results from Citric Acid for preservation and emulsifying wax gives a great texture. The ingredients you mentioned aren’t necessary at all! Hope this helped!

  7. Dawn Bowles says:

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    please keep doing what you’re doing! !

  8. Love the recipe… and all your recipes. Now I just need to break down and get some emulsifying wax.

  9. Emily Lindsey says:

    What kind of container are you using to mix it in? Mason Jar? Can it go into a pump?

    • Emily-To mix it I keep it in the pyrex glass bowl it melted in. I just add the water mixture to the oil mixture. You can put it in any container you like once it’s mixed. I like pumps because it keeps bacteria out! Thanks!

  10. How much citric acid do you use? It dies not say on your recipe?

    • Charlotte-I have omitted citric acid. I have added Neodefend which is a preservative. Citric acid only lowers pH while neodefend helps preserve as well as lowers pH. It is the safest preservative and also certified organic. My previous recipe that included citric acid made a cream that had a pH of around 3 which is a bit too low for a moisturizer. Thanks!

  11. sarina pirkey says:

    this hand lotion recipe talks about citric acid but it does not list how much to use? can you clarify that for me thank you

  12. Good job dear. Since I can’t find Neodefend in my country, can’t I use citric acid or is there any other option and what quantity? Thanks for the good work.

    • Stella-The problem with using citric acid as a preservative in a cream is that it lowers the pH too low for the cream to be moisturizing. In fact, the lower the pH and you could have an exfoliator rather then a cream. There is nothing special about neodefend except that it’s a more natural preservative. Maybe you could find a different preservative that is formaldehyde free and derived from more natural ingredients.

  13. How do you know how long NeoDefend works? Or what the actual expiration date will be when it is used in lotion? I emailed the company that makes NeoDefend but haven’t heard back yet. I didn’t know if there was any scientific data to show how long a product will last with it….or if 3 months is just a guess. Thanks so much for any feedback!

    • Sandra-I actually think it’s more like 6 mos. if you use the suggested amount in your lotion but I like to stay on the safe and fresh side and usually only make enough to last me a couple months. Did you contact Lotion Crafter? They are awesome at responding-I bet you hear back soon!

  14. If I want to make a lotion using neodefend or optiphem plus how do I calculaye exactly how much to use in my recipe?? Having trouble with the percentages since you don’t have percentages listed in recipes

    • Simone-I just use 1% of the whole product. So if a lotion is going to make 8 ounces then I would use .08 ounces of preservative. Then I go to google to find how to convert .08 ounces to teaspoons.

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