I’ve had at least three or four requests for this rose argan body conditioner (inspired by a similar one by Lush), so I figured it must be pretty awesome. I’ve never tried the original, but it gets rave reviews for everything buts its price and the parabens that extend its shelf life.
The original contains a lot of ingredients, as seems to be the Lush prerogative. In order to make the recipe more accessible, and easier to make in smaller quantities (since we’re ditching the parabens), I trimmed down the ingredients list. First off was taking six different butters and carrier oils down to four—the four easiest to acquire/most important ones.
As in the original, sweet almond oil (USA / Canada) is the #1 oil in this cream. It’s a great, relatively light moisturizing oil, and it’s pretty affordable, especially when compared to argan oil (USA / Canada). If you’re allergic to nuts, grapeseed or safflower oil are both good alternatives.
Up next is some unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)—one of my favourite moisturizing oils. Argan oil is the third oil, bringing along its high Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) content and all-around wondrous properties. And lastly, capuacu butter, for a silky moisturizing boost.
The water part is steeped with goji berries and strained before whisking the two parts together. Goji berries have become a bit famous in the last few years as a nutrient-dense superfood. Here they contribute some goodies like vitamin C and antioxidants.
And last, but not least, a few essential oils. Rose & geranium contribute a nice floral note, while the vanilla rounds it out and some litsea cubeba brightens the blend.
The original is intended to be used in the shower, and then rinsed off before you lightly towel yourself dry. You can definitely do that with this one, though it also makes a wonderful lotion.
Rose Argan Body Conditioner
180g | 6.08 fl oz distilled water
15 goji berries
144g | 4.9 fl oz goji berry water
6g | 0.21oz vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada)
14g | 0.49oz complete emulsifying wax (not beeswax!)
15g | 0.53oz sweet almond oil
10g | 0.35oz unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
6g | 0.21oz argan oil (USA / Canada)
5g | 0.17oz capuacu butter
1 drop rose absolute
3 drops geranium essential oil
6 drops litsea cubeba essential oil
8 drops 10 fold vanilla essential oil
Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)
Pour the boiling water over the goji berries and let steep for 10 minutes. (Veronika has brought it to my attention that using just-boiled water will damage some of the vitamin C, so I’d now recommend boiling the water, letting it cool until it is just warm to the touch [under 45°C], and then doing a room temperature infusion for at least 30 minutes.)
While the goji berry water steeps, weigh out the oils and emulsifying wax, and melt them together in a small saucepan over medium low heat.
Strain the goji berry water and save 144g (4.9 fl oz) of it. Mix that with 6g (0.21oz) of vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada) in a small glass measuring cup and warm through, stirring to combine.
Once the oils have melted, add the warmed goji berry water mixture, heat through, and remove from the heat.
Whisk the mixture as it cools (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax from emulsimulse/ritamulse). Once it is close to room temperature, whisk in the essential oils and preservative.
To store, decant into a pump-top bottle. I used a jar for pretty pictures, but using a pump-top bottle will help extend the shelf life of the lotion as you won’t be sticking your fingers into it. I’d also recommend using a plastic bottle if you intend on storing the lotion in your shower, as broken glass in a shower is not a good way to start a day 😉
This recipe makes approximately 240mL/8 fl oz of lotion.
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I was just looking at Lush and trying to figure a way to “duplicate” the conditioner. I am going to try this and see if my customers like it. I will let you know!
Thanks again. 🙂
Hi Sherri! I’m not overly keen on readers selling products made from my recipes, but if you do, please give me and my website clear and consistent credit on all your labeling, and in your store with a link. I feel like it’s the least you can do when I spend so much time and money developing and providing all these recipes 🙂
Hi Marie! I completely understand! Credit should always be given where it is due. I will tell you that I am considering a few changes. Instead of the Rose Absolute, I am going to try rose hydrosol. Also, one ingredient I love and use in another shea butter cream in multiple fruit tincture. It is a combination of lemon and orange peel, bilberry and cranberry extracts.
I will let you know how my switches turn out. 😉
Thanks, Sherri 🙂 Have fun!
I love reading your recipes. Shows you have so much talent. I was looking where I could but it already made is their a link? Because my opinion is have a fortune in it when easier to buy.
Hey! You’ll find the answer to your question in my FAQ Happy making!
I don’t think that selling this product without a preservative is a great idea.
Even if you put a “use by” date, you’re taking too many risks: people who keep it at the wrong temperature or exposed to light and moisture, people with dirty hands (I’m always disgusted when I see somebody using a public toilet, not washing their hands after it and then dipping their fingers in a pot of lip balm and apply it on their mouth… gross!), and so on.
I feel that you would damage both yourself (your products would be known to spoil easily) and Marie (who generously gives her recipes for FREE).
These are just my two cents, I hope I haven’t offended anybody.
Thanks for watching out for me, Mrs G 🙂
That sounds lovely and luxurious! You must have a very huge cabin for all your lovely ingredients… ;D
It’s a kitchen, if we’re being honest… I have a problem, lol.
O-M-G so happy to see this! I can’t wait to try this version. Thank you so much for the post!
Awesome! Let me know how yours turns out 🙂
This sounds amazing! I’ll definitely have to give this one a try soon. Thanks for the post!
Enjoy it 😀
This looks great. I’m yet to try making my own lotion. I am surprised that this contains water and no added preservative. What is the shelf life and is there a preservative you recommend? Thanks
Hi Rene! Lotion is super fun to make, and I’d definitely recommend giving it a try 🙂 I’ve actually covered the topic of preservatives in my FAQ 🙂
Hi. I’ve noticed a couple of posts that you mention using a pump for lotion rather than a jar, because of having to dip fingers. What I have done is bought a set of beauty spatulas at the beauty supply store, although you can get them online, like the link below to amazon. They work great, are washable, and you can control how much you use at one time.
Oooh, good tip MG! Thanks 🙂
What preservative should we use? I’m new to making homemade creams etc.
I’d recommend Liquid Germall Plus (INCI: Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate). I actually recently shared a revamped version of this formulation; you can find that here 🙂 Happy making!
You’re an absolute gem. Thank you.
This looks & sounds wonderful!! I am going to try this as soon as I hunt down some Goji Berries: ) Thank you SO much for all your awesome tutorials, Marie!
Nice! Let me know how you like it 🙂
By the way, Marie, I was at a local store here in Ohio & was looking for an ingredient for your Artisan Bread recipe. I asked a woman in the aisle if she had ever seen this ingredient & we got to talking. I mentioned your blog & address & I kid you not, she said ‘ Oh I just love her & all of her recipes!!!’ I thought you might like to know that in Kent, Ohio you are loved!!
Ha! I LOVE this story, Tammi 🙂 I’ve already re-told it to a few friends and coworkers, haha. First step, Kent, next step, the world! 😀
I was just wondering why the name is conditioner, not lotion or moisturizer… I guess there is no difference, I may be wrong 🙂
It’s only because the original was called a conditioner, but it’s basically just a lotion 😛 I imagine Lush called it a conditioner because it’s supposed to be applied to the body in the same way you’d apply hair conditioner, plus it makes it sound fantastic and exciting, haha.
I want to move TODAY!!!!!
I’m moving from Inner Mongolia to Liaoning (near the ocean and North Korea- no more dry climates for this Canuk!!!) in a few weeks and cannot wait to unpack my supplies to make some new lotions and potions for me, friends and family!!!
I do have to give you some kudos… I resisted buying and trying argan oil because of the price. I finally picked some up for my sister and gave it a go. And fell in love!!! I now know why you use it! My sister will have to wait to get a bottle as it was stolen by little house pixies.
I’m heading over to check out you FAQ page you mentioned for preservatives.
Ooh, how exciting! I always miss the humidity whenever I get to visit it for a brief moment and then have to go home again. Sigh. My skin loves it so much.
I’m so glad you finally cracked and tried some argan oil! We should start up a fan club 🙂
Argan Users of the World claim your free 100mL bottle of organic argan oil on your way out!!!
I’d so join up!!!!
I gave in and bought her her own bottle (just don’t tell anyone I bought three more bottles for me!!!)
Ha, love it! Argan oil is one of the few things that makes it into every single one of my ingredient orders 🙂
Ah Marie…..this is a keeper. Can’t wait to make it. Just love all your recipes. Made your silver powder for banishing blackheads for my daughter & your pore shrinking mask. Her skin is glowing! A request…. Please help me make Kiehl’s Heat-Protective Silk-Straightening Cream
Thanks Lynn! I’m so glad your daughter is enjoying my recipes as well 🙂
I have had a few requests for heat protective creams and so far have had no luck figuring out a natural way to resist the high heat of a straightener—water just evaporates and oil will literally fry your hair :/ I shall keep thinking on it, though!
Hi Marie! very nice recipe! as always! I want to ask you if we can replace the water with witch hazel, and water from goji berry with something else … with rose water maybe?/or orange blossom water?/ …and also if we can use this as a moisturizing cream personnel mines ..Greetings from Grecce!..Athanasia…
Hi Athanasia! Rose water would be a great alternative for the water since this cream already has some rose in it 🙂 I’m not sure what you mean by “personnel mines” though—sorry 🙁
I love your website. I recently made this conditioner and it is gorgeous. I had a hard time finding Goji berries in my area, so I used an organic blueberry tea that had whole dried blueberries in it. It turned out wonderful and (as an added bonus) is a beautiful pinkish orange color. And the blueberries added a little sweet fruitiness to the scent.
Thank you for so generously posting your recipes. I am new to the DIY scene and having your recipes as a spring board has been a valuable tool!
Thanks Xtina! I’m thrilled to hear your cream worked out so beautifully 🙂 The blueberries sound like a great swap for the goji berries. Thanks so much for reading & DIYing with me!
I was looking for DIY recipes for lotions and so glad I stumbled upon your site,thank you! been browsing for the last hr on all your articles and love them all! Making a list of things I need to order 🙂 and LOL on the Josie Argan line..esp when you can make your own, right?
thanks again for the free recipes and looking forward to reading more from you.
Thanks for reading, Archana—enjoy all your new DIY goodies and the impending addiction 😉
I try to avoid using preservatives if at all possible. Instead of water do you think infusing grape seed oil with the goji berry (nut allergy) would be a good alternative?
Thank you for all of your wonderful information!
Hi Heather! So… no. There really aren’t any places where you can replace water with oil and have it be a good alternative (I’m imagining a cup of tea made with oil instead of water—ew!). The whole point of a lotion is that it’s an oil & water emulsion—without the water it would be a sort of body oil/butter concoction which will be much heavier, and won’t moisturize the same way.
If you want to avoid preservatives (as I usually do), you have 2 options. 1) Just don’t use them, but use up products containing water quickly, and store them in pump-top bottles so you aren’t contaminating them with your fingers (I usually get a few months out of a lotion this way). 2) Only make oil-based products (and I’d recommend just using recipes for those rather than trying to replace water in recipes with oil).
Hope that helps!
It does help. Again, thank you so much. I had a bad experience with an organic lotion I ordered, when I received it, it was covered in mold! I think I’ll stick with oil-based products 🙂 Thanks again!
Love your information.
Oh yuck! I’m surprised the seller thought that would be a good idea, it sounds like a recipe for disappointed customers to me.
Reading this, I thought “I may actually be able to make this.” Now, here’s the stupid question. What is this emulsifying wax? What does it look like, and what is a decent brand that won’t break the bank?
I’ve been afraid to try something like this because I have visions of mold, or it turning back to mush. I’ve looked for emulsifying wax on line, and probably to much because I’m confused about it. Is bee’s wax an emulsifying wax that can be substituted?
I’m sorry if I sound like a complete dunce, but I feel like one when it comes to creams.
Hi Mary! I chat about e-wax in my FAQ 🙂 I like emulsimulse, from Saffire Blue, but Polawax and Emulsifying Wax NF are both great as well. I also chat about preservatives in the FAQ 🙂
The idea that you can put this on in the shower and then lightly rinse it off or use it as a lotion is so different and cool. Will beeswax work as the emulsifying wax? If so which kind should I use, the white refined or the natural? Thank you! I know I’ve been bombarding you with questions all day, I’m home sick from work and have been on your blog all day!
Hi Jade—I’ve actually answered your question about e-wax in the FAQ 🙂
This sounds like a great recipe! I was wondering if you prefer bezoin or vanilla 10 fold essential oils? Is one better than the other for whatever reason? Thanks! Xxx
Hi Sophia! I’ve been finding I prefer benzoin, especially because it’s oil soluble, which vanilla 10-fold isn’t. It’s also a sweeter, deeper vanilla-like scent 🙂
I am having trouble finding litsea cubeba EO, even on the net, is there another EO I can use instead?
It’s the only ingredient I don’t have, lol!
I’ve found litsea at Mountain Rose Herbs, Brambleberry and New Directions Aromatics
Both Saffire Blue and NDA carry it (links above in the big box). Otherwise Lemon Myrtle or Lemongrass would be ok swaps 🙂
Litsea Cubea is also known as May Chang Essential Oil. So it may be listed under that name.
You can find it on bulk apothecary.com!
Also a good tip—thanks!
I want to make this conditioner this weekend but I too have a problem with emulsimulse, since I live in Austria and I cannot even find German speaking entries on the internet featuring emulsimulse or the other options you have mentioned (I’ve had a look at the INCI name but it only helped a little). To figure out what kind of emulsifier I need, I would need to know if this is an oil-in-water emulsion or water-in-oil. Can you tell me) (I don’t know how to tell from the recipe).
Thank you so much for your help and for all your recipes!
Hi from snowy Vienna!
Hi Jude! This is an oil-in-water emulsion (more water than oil)—you’ll be looking for an emulsifying wax that works in concentrations around 5–10% 🙂 Some examples include Polawax and Emulsifying Wax NF.
Thank you very much for your help!
I tried the recipe today and used an emulsifier called LAMECREME (the lady in the shop recommended it after looking at the recipe) and it worked perfectly. It was the first time that I worked with an emulsifier. Your instructions are great. I’m so happy with this product. I used differend perfume oils, because I’m not a big fan of flowery scents and it turned out great!
Thank you again!
Wonderful! I’m so glad everything worked out for you 🙂 Congratulations on your homemade lotion!
Where do you get your supplies? I’m also living in Vienna, and have wanted to get into making my own stuff but figured it would be too cost-prohibitive to get supplies here!
I buy everything from Kosmetikmacherei in Laudongasse (8th district) close to the university campus Altes AKH.
Might be that it is cheaper to order stuff online, but I like the shop and want to support it. They sell most things in smaller and larger quantities. Buying eg. shea butter by the kilo is quite ok pricewise. But if you’re only starting out, I’d suggest sticking with the 50 or 100g bags, cause throwing away stuff is a huge waste of money.
Check out Marie’s tipps for substitutions; you might be able to recreate a lot of recipes with reasonable amount of ingredients.
This is the first recipe from your blog I am looking to make. I actually just started using Lush’s Ro’s Argan Oil Body Conditioner and I love it, except for the price like you mentioned in this post. I just looked at the New Directions website to see how much all of the ingredients (minus the emulsimulse) would cost and it is looking to be about $143 US. Now I don’t mind paying that much for an initial investment, but how much product will that make? I assume the essential oils will last a long time but what about the other ingredients? If you could let me know about how much product these containers of ingredients will last, I could get a better idea of whether I want to get started making this wonderful product.
Hi Julie! If you are planning on just making lotions, keep in mind that lotions are typically about 70–75% tap water, and only 25% oils, butters, and emulsifying wax. That means that if you made a lotion with just water, e-wax, and shea butter, 1kg of shea butter would yield you about 5kg of lotion (assuming 20% usage). That’s a lot of lotion! And that’s not even accounting for being able to use shea butter in a ton of other recipes as well.
Most oils and butters will last at least a year if stored somewhere dark and cool, but some will spoil much faster. The details page from NDA generally gives you a good idea.
You should check out my starter shopping list for some ideas as well 🙂
Hi Julie and Marie!!!
Thought I would add in my 2mao (Chinese version of a cent) here as I was just asked this as well (teaching a friend some DIY things and made her buy her own stuff saying it would be cheaper but the initial shock of the price gave her a huge pause as it was a huge initial investment for her).
250g of shea butter: used strictly in lotions (I make 2tbsp oils: 1/4cup liquid: 1 tsp ewax lotions for a body lotion that lasts for about 2 months have to remake it often) and lip balms (in my recipe for winter lip balm I use 20g of shea butter and that makes about 15-18 tubes of lip chap). So a 250g of shea butter just used for these two recipes lasts me for over a year if I just make things for myself.
Now, if you decide to go into soaping (and I warn you in advanced, Marie has a ton of recipes and quite creative ones that are addicting to try out), you might find yourself going into the couple of kilograms per year.
Sorry Marie for hijacking your comments!!!
Hi! I’ve just made some lotion using your recipe, swapping a few ingredients because I wanted to use what I had in stock (OliveM 1000 emulsifyer, cocoa butter instead of cupuacu, jojoba oil instead of almond, and plain tap water instead of goji berries infusion), and it worked like a charm! Thank you!
That’s awesome! Enjoy it and thanks for DIYing with me 🙂
This is amazing!! As soon as I found your recipe I purchased the ingredients immediately and made my very first lotion, I love how simple and inexpensive it is to make. I would like to make a couple of changes to the recipe but being such a novice I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how to make the changes. First I would like to add cocoa butter, and second I would like to add cypress leaf essential oil.
Hi Alejandra! Check out my “DIY Basics” section for some good starter recipes and articles to get you going 🙂 There are some articles on carrier oil swaps and EO swaps that you’ll find useful.
When do you add the butters, it doesn’t say?
The butters are part of the oils 🙂
This great, thanks for posting this! I do however have a quick question. One of the other things I like about the original lush product is it’s ability to leave an oily layer on instantly after applying (but without making you look or feel oily – probably similar to applying a small amount of oil directly onto skin in the shower). This seems to stay on after toweling and keeps my skin moist throughout the day without leaving an oily sheen. This negates the need for a moisturiser after showering, which is very handy! I have made this product a few times and increased the oil concentrations but it just makes a thicker emulsion, and although it is great in or out of the shower, i don’t get the same effect. Do you know how the lush product does this, or could you suggest how I could make it ‘oilier’ to get this thin moisture layer on after applying in the shower? (hope this makes sense!). Thanks!
Hmm, how interesting! I’ve never tried the original, so I had no idea. Looking at their ingredient list vs. mine, there’s a couple things you might try. You could swap out some of the oils for brazil nut oil, which is really lovely and rich, but I didn’t have on hand. You could also swap out some of the water for more glycerin, as theirs seems like it has quite a bit in it. Maybe a 10g swap? The other thing their recipe has that mine doesn’t is pure stearic acid, which is a hard, fatty acid. Swapping out some of the oils for a bit of it might help (and will definitely provide a thicker final product). Hope that helps!
Hi Marie! This is great, I stumbled upon this site whilst a random DIY web search. I will be trying out your suggested recipe, do you mind if you’re tagged on Instagram?
Hi Parsh, welcome to my blog 🙂 Tag away, I’m @MarieRayma 🙂
First of all, I’d like to say that I love your blog, in particular your oil:wax tests and general information! I’ve recently bought 100g of cupuacu butter (you’ve inspired me to try it), and came across this lotion.
However, there is one thing that confuses me in this post – how does steeping goji in boiling water bring vitamin C to the lotion, if vitamin C is denatured at above 45°C? Some other antioxidants, and probably the pretty pink color (anthocyanins and possibly lycopene) can withstand it, but I do not think vitamin C can take the heating, at least not in its water-soluble form. I suspect that Lush add it in ascorbyl palmitate form if they list it as an ingredient in their lotion.
That aside, I am going to try making this, though potentially as a lotion and not a shower conditioner – the ingredients seem a bit too precious to rinse them off!
Hey Veronika! Thanks so much for reading and for this information; I didn’t know vitamin C denatured at above 45°C. From my reading it sounds like steeping goji berries would not instantly and completely denature all the vitamin C—we do cook lots of foods that contain vitamin C well over 45°C and still seem to get the benefits (I’ve yet to develop scurvy!), but a room temperature infusion would definitely be a better way to go about things. I’ve added a note to the recipe and mentioned you as the source 🙂
Hello! Im new to lotion making and this recipemseems so wonderful! I was curious if I use unrefined shea butter which is what I have right now will it smell the same or mis refined better? Ive been trying to make a rose lotion but the shea butter smell is overpowering EVERYTHING
Hey Sydney! Honestly this is going to depend on how smelly your shea butter is and how sensitive you are to the smell. This lotion is only about 5% shea butter, and I believe I used unrefined and didn’t notice much of a scent (if any—it’s been a few years, but it obviously wasn’t memorable if it was there), but it doesn’t really bother me much.
Ok I will try it with what I have !I wasn’t even thinking about how little goes into it. Thank you again for this amazing website. It’s the best one I have found for helping with my new hobby! All the best!
Thanks so much and happy making! 😀
I read your stuff every time I see it. I haven’t done too much with it yet because I am just starting the “go my own way” route. You are absolutely darling! I think two words can describe you and they are – crazy cool!
Thanks so much, Laureliete! I’m blushing 😉
Thank you for this recipe. I have made this lotion and I love it. The smell and the colour of mine are a bit different. Due to cost reasons I only made a rose hip tea instead of goji berry water and I had no rose absolute, but so what? It is fine. I totally agree that it is a pity to rinse this lotion off. On the other hand, as body lotion it is a bit too rich, if I have to hurry up in the morning. But I found an additional use for it – I have used it as facial care in the summer. Also very nice.
Thanks again and best regards from Hamburg, Germany
Hey Beate! Thanks so much for reading and DIYing with me 🙂 It sounds like your modifications worked really well, and I’m glad you’re loving the lotion! I find I love the richness of it in the winter, and if I apply it post-shower with slightly damp skin, a little will go a long way—so it’s a nice compromise to rinsing it off, as I’m just diluting it a bit. Happy making!
this recipie is awesome I was wondering is there a difference in a lotion and an in shower body conditioner?
I have made a lotion several times sucessfully i put additional ingredients like Cyclomethocaine , Dimethocaine sodium lactate,Cetyl alcohol ,Hydrovance and allantoin which gives it a very rich feel.Can this be used in an in shower conditioner
Eh, there’s really no difference in my books. A shower body conditioner might be a bit richer than some people prefer a lotion to be, and some readers have said the LUSH original has more of a film-y feeling, so dimethicone or something similar could be a great addition to this 🙂
how much does would it cost to create something like this? I’m all about diy and being cost effective 🙂
I suggest doing some research and creating a spreadsheet—I don’t particularly want to spend a bunch of time doing that for you! This sort of DIY is always cost effective, but not cheap. You’ll spend a decent amount at the outset, but most ingredients go a very long way (especially in products like this, which are mostly water, which is a very inexpensive ingredient!).
Good Evening, I’m in the process of making this Rose Argan Conditioner but I had to swap out the Goji Berry Water for Rose Water. I also doubled the recipe and am currently whisking while the concoction cools. It looks extremely watery, I’m afraid it won’t solidify enough to whip into a lotion – is this normal and you just have to wait it out?
It does look like it is slowly becoming more viscous, but I’m still a bit worried. If you any recommendations, please let me know – also do you recommend whisking by hand, using a hand blender, or a stand mixer?
Answered in my previous reply 🙂
Are you using polawax or e-wax NF? If so, if you’re whisking by hand those will take several days to thicken up. If you blend with an immersion blender they’ll thicken up as they cool (within an hour).
Hey, I’m sorry if this was already asked, but can I substitute orange blossom water for goji berry water, and cocoa butter for cupuacu? Thank you so much!
Yes and yes!
Okay you’ve done it again! Another recipe I just have to try! My spare room is beginning to look like a chemist warehouse. I am beginning to have a serious addiction to your blog. Thanks Marie!
Welcome to the home chemist’s club! Fingers crossed any house guests you might have don’t mind rooming with the coconut oil LOL.
Thank you so much for your recipes!
I was wondering if I could use BTMS for the emulsifier, and could you tell me how many ounces of berries I’ll need? I would have to order some online and have them shipped, so I want to make sure I by enough 🙂
Good afternoon Emily!
For the goji berries, you need to have about fifteen berries. I would say that is less than an ounce. As for the BTMS as an emulsifier, you’ll need to read these 1) BTMS- 25 2) BTMS- 50. Good luck!