Cocoa Butter Lotion is one of my favorite lotions. It is a recipe that I found on line and once again adapted it to suit my son's allergies. Lotions are a little harder to make than a salve. You have to mix your oils with your water and this creates that creamy lotion.
To start with I measure out my beeswax. For this recipe I need 1/2 an ounce. I use a small scale that I bought specifically for making lotions. This is put into a double boiler.
Next I measure out 1/3 cup cocoa butter. Cocoa Butter is an oil that is solid at room temperature. I add this to the double boiler.
Then I measure out 1 teaspoon of lanolin. Lanolin is an oil that is derived from sheep wool. If you have ever worked with wool yarn you can smell the lanolin in it. It is a very thick and sticky oil that is very nourishing for the skin. If you breast fed your babies you might be familiar with lanolin. It is used on the breasts to keep them from getting chapped and sore.
Now I add 3/4 of a cup of apricot kernel oil. All these oils and the beeswax goes into the double boiler. I heat it on low until the beeswax melts. Beeswax has a high melting point. The lanolin and cocoa butter will melt before the beeswax will.
While the oils are melting I measure out 2/3 cups of filtered water and 1/3 cup of aloe vera juice.
Once the beeswax melts take it off the heat. The next step is the tricky part. It took me several tries to get this part right when I first learned to make lotion. With one hand using a wire whisk in the oil start whisking the oil while slowly pouring in the water and aloe vera juice. Continue to pour in the water while whisking until the water is completely incorporated.
The key to keeping your lotions from separating is to continue to whisk it together and not to stop until the lotion is completely cool. Once it is cool pour it into containers. And then label them.