To make a customizable homemade lotion using three to eight ingredients, combine 1/2 cup almond or olive oil in a large glass jar with 1/4 coconut oil and 1/4 cup beeswax. Over medium heat, warm a medium saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Loosely place the lid on the jar, and put it into the heated water pan. As the ingredients melt, stir or shake occasionally to combine the mixture, and pour into a storage container once ingredients melt.
Optional ingredients to add to the lotion include 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, 2 tablespoons of shea butter or cocoa butter, and any essential oils, vanilla extract or other extracts desired. There are many possibilities, but some popular combinations of essential oils for lotion include mint and green tea, lavender and vanilla, rosewater and almond oil, and calendula and chamomile.
For a different nourishing hand and body cream, warm 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/8 cup of shea butter, and 1/8 cup of cocoa butter or an alternative over low heat. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 tablespoon of liquid oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond, 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice, and five to 10 drops of essential oils. Transfer the mixture into storage containers.
Most lotions last up to six months. Raw shea butter produces a more liquid texture, which is suitable for a pump bottle.