This silky soft Lady London Fog Body Lotion is inspired by the London Fog latte—Earl Grey tea steamed with vanilla syrup and milk. This lovely lotion has notes of tea, bergamot, and vanilla, with an added note of rose for a slightly sweeter, more delicate experience. It’s divine.
Like all lotions, this one is an emulsion of oil and water. Mostly water, with a bit of oil. The water bit is water and fragrant rose water, which is a great way to get a hint of a rosy scent without the pain of paying for rose essential oil. I grabbed my bottle of rose water from the Lebanese section of Superstore and it was just a couple dollars. Score! Added silk and honey bring a humectant boost to the lotion, helping attract moisture to your skin to keep it hydrated for longer.
The oil part is a blend of rich unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) and silky grapeseed oil to create a hydrating lotion that won’t leave your hands greasy—just silky smooth. I used polawax as my emulsifying wax, working a few blasts from my immersion blender into the emulsifying bit to help it thicken up faster (it can take days otherwise). If you don’t have polawax, e-wax NF and emulsimulse/ritamulse are great alternatives and can be swapped out one for one.
The essential oil blend caps off this lovely lotion beautifully. Palmarosa brings a wonderful, warm tea-like base note, which mingles beautifully with sweet, vanilla-like benzoin and bright bergamot. Be sure to choose bergapatene-free bergamot essential oil, which is the version of the essential oil that’s had the photosensitizing compounds removed so you wouldn’t get a sunburn from your lotion. Add the faint background sweetness of the rose to the mix and you’ve got a stunning Lady London Fog lotion!
Lady London Fog Body Lotion
Once the emulsifying wax mixture has melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat.
Whisk the mixture as it cools (or use an immersion blender, which will help lotions made with polawax or ewax NF thicken up faster)—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/ritamulse and no immersion blender).
Whisk in the essential oils. Add your preservative (though do check the instructions for your specific preservative—some have special instructions for adding to concoctions) and decant the mixture to a 120ml/4 fl oz pump-top bottle or wide-mouthed jar. Enjoy!
New to lotion making? Watch my basic lotion how to video!