Luxurious Silk Lotion

I just got some silk peptide in my latest fun DIY type ingredients order, so I’m playing with it (of course). I’m also having lots of fun with emulsifying wax, so I just had to make a lovely, luxurious lotion with silk and all kinds of wonderful things.

Silk peptide is the mid point in silk meshes. There’s silk powder, which is the heaviest, then silk peptite, and then silk amino acids of the super fine variety. The larger the mesh, the higher the shimmer. The smaller the mesh, the higher the absorbency. I went with the peptide variety to try and get the best of both worlds.

This lotion is definitely luxurious enough to live up to its name. It’s smooth and highly moisturizing, with all kinds of fancy ingredients that make it sound just as luxurious as it feels.

Luxurious Silk Lotion

72g distilled water
3g vegetable glycerin
1 tsp silk peptide

7g emulsifying wax
3g argan oil
10g camellia seed oil
5g jojoba oil

2 drops vanilla essential oil
6 drops cardamom essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Heat the distilled water, vegetable glycerin, and silk peptide in a small saucepan over low heat until the glycerin dissolves.

Heat the oils and emulsifying wax in a small saucepan until the wax melts.

Remove each pan from the heat and let cool. As the oils cool, stir them. Once they start to thicken, slowly whisk in the water and then the essential oils. Once all the water is whisked in, whisk in the essential oils and preservatives, and decant into a bottle with a disc or squirt top. Shake occasionally as it cools and enjoy the luxury!

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26 Responses to Luxurious Silk Lotion

  1. jessica says:

    Hi there, does the water added to this not make for it to spoil or to mold? is there no need for a preservative? what would shelf life be do you think? This looks great and I have made one similar but omit the water for other oils, it is find for dry skin but if the Distilled water is an OK alternative I;d like to try it, I just am concerned of it spoiling!

    • Marie says:

      Jessicaβ€”Yes, the water does introduce the possibility of the lotion spoiling. However, I find these lotions generally last for at least 2 months without preservatives (though I do add some vitamin E, which is great because not only is it good for your skin, but it’s an anti-oxidant and will help the lotion last longer). If you omit the water and just add more oils, you won’t have a lovely lotion that just soaks into your skin, you’ll have a sort of body butter/massage oil kind of thing, which is obviously fine, but not lotion at all. You could definitely use distilled or some sterilized (boiled) water, which may or may not extend the life of the lotion. What I’d recommend is 1) Make it in small batches & use it quickly and 2) Think of it as more of a food item than a body product!

  2. Annie says:

    Hello! Is silk peptide you use in here a powder or a liquid? If I substitute a liquid silk amino acid solution (like one u find at lotion crafter) how much should I use? Help is really appreciated :)

    • Marie says:

      Annieβ€”I use a powdered silk peptide (this one: According to the Lotion Crafter website, they recommend a usage from 1–2.5% of their liquid Silk Amino Acids. So, I would recommend using about 2g of the liquid silk amino acids for this recipe (which makes 100g totalβ€”just remove 2g of water). One teaspoon of the powder ends up being quite a lot of powder as it is so light, which is why I’m recommending something on the higher end of the recommended usage. Hope that helps!

  3. Rachel says:

    I did a simple Google search for silky homemade lotion recipes & came across your site! I’m so glad I found it! I can’t wait to try this recipe & get more ideas for homemade body products :)
    I recently became interested in making my own scrubs, body butters, etc. but know nothing about making them, so this site should really help! Thanks!

  4. I am very interested in your web-site and would love to receive information.

    Thanks, Carole

    • Marie says:

      Hi Carole! I’m glad you like what you’re seeing :) I have added you to the subscriber list, you should have received a confirmation e-mail that you’ll have to click a link in before you’ll start getting e-mails whenever I post. Thanks for reading!

  5. braden mckinley says:

    What substitutes would you suggest for the argan and camellia oils?

  6. Alyssa says:

    Question – will the emulsifying wax from New Directions work here? It says you have to use it in combination with another emulsifying agent.
    or is this the right one? –

  7. Selene says:

    I am new to your site, and new to making lotions lol. I want to use mango butter in this recipe, does that mean I need less carrier oils? And how much mango butter would I need? And what is the vegetable glycerin for? Thanks so much!!!

    • Marie says:

      Hi Selene! You could start by replacing the jojoba oil with an equal amount of mango butter :) The vegetable glycerin is a water-based humectant, and it boosts the moisturizing properties of the lotion. Thanks for reading!

      • Selene says:

        Ok today was my first time making lotion. How’d it go? It was a complete fail! So the first time there was chunky pieces in it, the other two it was watery. This is a lot harder than I thought! lol

        • Marie says:

          Uh oh! Both of those problems are pretty big ‘uns. Did you make any changes? Are you using real emulsifying wax (not beeswax)? If so, are you certain it’s a complete emulsifying wax? It sounds like you didn’t heat your first one through enough if there were chunks. The second one may just need a day or two to set up, some emulsifying waxes need a few days to thicken.

  8. Lynnie says:

    Hi! I’m new to soap making and lotion making and I adore your site! I love the natural ingredients you use! I have a question though. I notice you don’t “heat and hold” your oil/water phases at 160 degrees for 20 mins – have you found that unnecessary? Most chemist lotion makers say you have to do that, but they also say you shouldnt make lotions with tea… so Id really love your opinion since you have so much experience. I have optiphen as a preservative and plan on using distilled water.

    • Marie says:

      Hi Lynnie! Truthfully, I have never, ever done a heat & hold with, well, anything I make. I make things in small amounts so I can finish them quickly, and if they spoil, there isn’t much to toss. Sometimes I add preservatives, sometimes I don’t (I always do if the water base is infused with tea or herbs as that really accelerates spoilage). I usually just use tap water. I guess I’m not that fussed, haha πŸ˜›

  9. Dee Turner says:

    Marie, you are sheer inspiration– from your recipes to your Titanic gowns! My daughter & I are just beginning our DIY exploration. How do you know when to use a preservative other than green tea or when adding leaves and flowers (and which?), vs. emulsifiers like emulseemulse, solubilizers, and/or antioxidants like rosemary extract?

    • Marie says:

      Hi Dee! I chat about preservatives vs. anti oxidants and different emulsifiers in the FAQ :) Please know that green tea is not, in any way, a preservative though!

  10. michelle preston says:

    hi, tried this and mine is still liquid and wont thicken. i used emulsifiante no. 3 and it has worked with all your other lotions except this one, is it because it has no solid oils in it.

  11. Tami Jo Eaton says:


    I just purchased the silk peptides from New Directions. I was just wondering if you thought that it stinks also? Once mixed with other ingredients, does the aroma wane a bit? I hope.

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