Green tea is an increasingly popular ingredient in body products, so I thought I’d join in. Though I decided to use Oolong tea instead of green, mostly because I had a wee bit of some Citron Oolong from DavidsTea that was begging to be finished off in something cool. Lotion sounded just right.
Continuing with the idea of tea, I used camellia seed oil, the oil of the seed of the tea plant, as the primary oil in the lotion. Since the tea smells quite lovely on its own, I didn’t add any essential oils, though a bit of lemongrass essential oil would be nice if you’re feeling so inclined.
The resulting lotion is beautifully light and gentle. It sinks in quickly and smells lightly of lemon myrtle and grass. It leaves the skin smooth and refreshed, and if you store it in the fridge, it makes a beautiful after sun lotion.
Please don’t make this recipe. It’s an old one, and no longer lives up to my quality standards. If you want a beautiful lotion, check out this recipe!
Citron Oolong Lotion
146g steeped Citron Oolong tea (any green or oolong tea will do)
4g vegetable glycerine
Once the oils have melted, add the tea mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat. Whisk the mixture as it cools—it will thicken into a nice white cream (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse).
Whisk in the essential oils and preservative and decant the mixture to a pump-top bottle.
New to lotion making? Watch my basic lotion how to video!