I’ve had this Silken Rose and Green Tea lotion on my to-make list for ages, and thought it was high time I moved it from the “to-do” list to the “done” list! Everything about it seemed like a good idea; healing aloe, moisturizing silk and honey, calming rose, and antioxidant-rich green tea all blended together into a light, hydrating lotion that’s perfect for summer. It turns out my to-do list was on point—this lotion is awesome!
Like all lotions, this one has two parts; an oil part and a water part. Because the water part has some extra delicious-to-bacteria goodies in it (silk/aloe/green tea/honey/rose) I’ve worked a heat-and-hold into the recipe to help make sure the water part has relatively little bacteria in it from the get-go. This will help extend the shelf life of the lotion, even though we’re including a broad spectrum preservative, because broad spectrum preservatives aren’t infallible, so it’s a good idea to reduce microbial temptations wherever possible.
The oil part of the lotion is a blend of emulsifying wax, grapeed oil, shea butter, and fragrant rose wax (which, in combination with the rose water, gives this lotion its scent). Grapeseed oil is a nice, fast-absorbing carrier oil, which means this lotion sinks into the skin quickly, while the shea butter ensures your skin will feel delightfully soft and hydrated.
If you need a new lotion, I recommend giving this one a go!
Silken Rose and Green Tea Lotion
40g | 1.41oz rose water
33g | 1.16oz aloe vera juice or 33g water + 1/32 tsp 200x concentrated aloe vera powder
2g | 0.07oz raw honey or vegetable glycerin
1/8 tsp silk powder (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)
1/4 tsp green tea botanical extract
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer (aim for steaming, no bubbling) in a wide, shallow pan. I used a sauté pan (something like this, with a flat bottom and short sides), but a frying pan would work as well. You want the pan to be large enough to hold two measuring cups or small bowls so you can heat the two parts of the lotion at the same time.
Up next, combine the rose water, aloe vera juice, honey, silk, and green tea powder in another small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Place that measuring cup in the water bath along with the emulsifying wax mixture to heat it up, stirring to blend everything together.
Heat the two parts in the water bath for twenty minutes, keeping an eye on the water bath so it doesn’t simmer dry. After twenty minutes the oil part will be thoroughly melted and the water part will be completely heated through. Pour the water part into the oil part. Leave that measuring cup in the water bath for another three minutes to ensure everything is melted before removing the measuring cup from the heat.
Whisk the mixture as it cools (or use an immersion blender, which will help lotions made with Polawax or E-wax 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). I ended up using emulsimulse/ritamulse and blending it up with a little hand held milk frother, and it thickened up beautifully in about ten minutes.
Blend in 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!
If you don’t have grapeseed oil you can use safflower oil, sunflower oil, or apricot kernel oil instead. If you don’t have shea butter, mango butter and capuacu butter are both great alternatives. For more information on carrier oil substitutions, read this. If you don’t have rose wax, you can use another gram of mango butter and add three or four drops of rose absolute or essential oil.
New to lotion making? Watch my basic lotion how to video!