Make your own skin lotion easily

Lotion is a product used to clean, care or heal the skin or hair. In cosmetics, lotions are mainly used to clean and care for the skin and it gives a fresh and sometimes stimulating feeling. You can easily make your own skin lotion with ingredients such as herbs, cucumber, orange, milk or honey. Well-known herbs are lavender, mint and chamomile that you put in boiling water.

Daily cleaning

Cleansing the face is part of the daily beauty ritual for many. It is used to remove makeup residue from your face. In the past, it was used to remove the last soap residues from your skin because people still used a regular bar of soap to clean the skin. Nowadays the cleaning products are of good quality and leave the skin completely clean. It gives a fresh, clean and sometimes tingling feeling.

Tingling sensation: good or bad?

A tingling sensation gives a fresh feeling. But is this as good as it tingles? This is due to the irritating substances it contains such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint and acetone. These are irritating substances that make the skin dry. It briefly closes the pores due to the swelling caused by these irritants. It is better to choose a skin care product that does not contain these substances.

Types of lotion

Lotion is a cosmetic or medical liquid that, in addition to a cleansing effect, is also used for healing or caring purposes on the skin and hair. A lotion can take different forms such as a solution, emulsion or suspension. Lotions mainly consist of water and alcohol, but there are also oily lotions such as body milk and sunscreen lotions. Lotions with a medicinal effect are, for example, antibiotics or a lotion to combat lice.

Make your own lotion

You can also make your own lotion. It is not only fun and educational, but also tasty and caring. For this you need fresh or dried herbs and flowers. Because some plants are stronger than others, you have to experiment for yourself to see which proportions suit you best. Suitable herbs for skin lotions are:

  • Parsley (against spots and pimples)
  • Yarrow (for oily skin)
  • Rosemary (firming and healing)
  • Mint (stimulant)
  • Lilac (disinfectant)
  • Geranium (disinfectant)
  • Leaves of lily of the valley (soothing for inflammation)
  • Lavender (calming and nice scent)
  • Dandelion (against dull skin color)
  • Chamomile (healing, prevents wrinkles)


Which herbs can you use?

Try out some different herbs or flowers. Pour this over half a liter of boiling water. Then cover the mixture so that no good properties are lost with the vapor, and let it steep for a few hours. You can then strain the liquid and pour it into a bottle, preferably made of dark (brown) glass. These mixtures are sensitive to light. In addition, they have a limited shelf life and only last about a week. If you keep it in the refrigerator, it will last a little longer. Some examples of how to make your own lotion are mentioned below.

Cucumber lotion

Cucumber has soothing and refreshing properties. Making a cucumber lotion is quite simple: cut half a cucumber into pieces, squeeze it or grate it. Collect the moisture through a sieve, for example, and use the juice as a cool cucumber lotion. For a longer lasting lotion you can do the following: wash and grate half an unpeeled cucumber. Place this in a pan, bring it to the boil and let it simmer for five minutes. Let it cool and add some witch hazel infusion in the ratio of one tablespoon of witch hazel to two tablespoons of cucumber juice.
Mint has a stimulating effect. You can prepare this in the cucumber lotion as follows: grate half a cucumber with a grater and chop four tablespoons of fresh mint very finely. Pass this through a sieve and collect the moisture. Put this in a bottle and you have a wonderfully cooling summer lotion. If necessary, add a tablespoon of vodka or witch hazel infusion to make it last longer.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a tree that was once used by the North American Indians. It was vaporized in sweat lodges to heal damaged skin. It may be a good idea to add witch hazel to your lotion. It has a healing effect and ensures that the lotion lasts a little longer. For example, mix three parts rose water with one part witch hazel extract. For oily skin, you can take equal amounts of both.


You often see these beautiful flowering plants in backyards, front gardens and facade gardens. Place three or four tablespoons of hollyhock petals in half a liter of boiling water. Place the lid on the pan and let it cook for five minutes. Then let the mixture cool for twenty minutes, filter it and let it cool further. This lotion has soothing properties.

Elderflower / Source: Kku, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Elderflower has a purifying effect on the skin. Wash the flowers and put six tablespoons in a sealable jar and add two cups of boiling water. For a soothing effect you could add a spoonful of honey. Seal the jar and let it sit overnight. You can filter this the next day. You can also buy dried elderflower at a drugstore or health food store. You will need two tablespoons of this for the lotion.

Orange and lemon

Place the juice of half an orange and a quarter of a lemon together with a tablespoon of icing sugar in a pan. Then pour a cup of milk over it. Heat it until it almost boils and let it cool. Then strain the mixture and this refreshing lotion suitable for all skin types is ready.

Elderflower water with milk and honey

This lotion has a cleansing effect and makes the skin soft. Slowly heat half a cup of milk with six tablespoons of elderflower water and let it simmer on a very low heat for half an hour. Then let it rest for three hours, reheat it and then strain it. Then add a tablespoon of honey and keep it in the refrigerator.

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