Jen’s Pumpable Lotion Recipe

Jen's Pumpable Lotion

First of all, Pretend this is full. I went ahead and did 4 ounces instead of 2 ounces because I’m pretty sure I can’t get it mixed well if I only do 2 ounces.

INITIAL NOTE: PLEASE, if you choose not to use a preservative, make sure you either refrigerate for two weeks MAX OR use all 4 ounces in one week.

Also, ALL items in contact with lotion should be sterilized before work begins.


Kitchen Scale
Small saucepan with 1″ water
Pyrex/Glass Measuring Cup
Measuring Cup of your choice
64g Fresh Distilled Water
19-20g Hydrosol (I used Chamomile)
5g Stearic Acid
4g Emulsifying Wax (NOT BEESWAX)
21g Grapeseed Oil
PLUS 1 ml Optiphen (Preservative I’m comfortable using to prevent nasty skin infections/rashes. I choose to use a preservative because 99.6% of my recipe is natural, I can live with 0.6% that prevents me from harmful bacteria. You may choose to not use a preservative. See note above.)
15 Drops Essential Oil (I used 7 drops lavender and 8 drops Roman Chamomile)


In Pyrex/Glass measuring cup, measure stearic acid, emulsifying wax, and grapeseed oil. Tare between each ingredient for measuring purposes.

Place pyrex/glass measuring cup with previous ingredients in a small saucepan with 1″ water and heat over medium-low heat until emulsifying wax and stearic acid is completely melted.

While waiting for the previous items to melt, measure out distilled water and hydrosol. Heat in microwave for a few seconds just to bring up the temperature of the water. For this recipe in MY microwave, 45 seconds is plenty.

Once oil, stearic acid, and emulsifying wax is melted, pour warm water/hydrosol mixture into the oil phase. Using a candy thermometer, verify temperature is under 140 degrees before adding 1ml Optiphen and 15 drops essential oils.

Using a immersion blender/stick blender, place the blender in the bottom of the pyrex/glass measuring glass and lift up slightly to burp. Return to the bottom of the glass and continue blending for 1 minute. If making a much larger amount (say 32 ounces), you’ll need to blend for at least 2-3 minutes.

While lotion is still warm, pour into your containers. I’m showing you a picture of a previous project because I didn’t have another 4 ounce container as I thought. Let cool completely before covering with lid.

For more information on the rules of lotion making, please google the following: Gift Series – Lotion Tutorial (from scratch) Soap Queen

This will give you excellent information on percentages for creating your OWN lotion recipe. Let me know if you try this one!

Don’t forget, ANY hydrosol and ANY essential oils can be used as long as, In this Recipe, you only use 15 drops.