I use a wonderful body lotion that is unscented that you can add your oils of choice to if you do not have time to make your own. This is a fun to do and really easy, but you do have to be a little patient.
Supplies needed before you get started
You will need to purchase containers to put the lotion in (2-8oz), Virgin Coconut oil, Shea butter or cocoa butter (Raw organic, hard) and grated or granules of beeswax. You can purchase at Aromatools.com or soapgoods.com
A Blender, distilled water, grape seed, Almond or Fractionated Coconut oil and Olive oil (soft oils).
Make sure all containers, spoons, etc have been sterilized before you begin.
The hard oils
5 Tbs (2.5oz) Virgin coconut oil
1 Tbs (1/2oz) Cocoa or Shea butter (can mix the two)
2 Tbs (1oz) beeswax (granules work the best)
9 0z. Distilled Water
The soft Oils
1/2 cup (4oz) Grape seed, Almond, or Fractionated Coconut oil
1/4 cup (2oz) Olive oil or oil of choice
This recipe makes 12-16oz of lotion
Place coconut oil in a 16oz heat proof measuring cup. Fill a skillet with water (like a double broiler) place the measuring cup in the skillet of water. Place on Medium heat, add hard oils cocoa or Shea butter or a little of both, and the beeswax. Stir occasionally, this will take 10-15 minutes to melt. Keep stirring until the oil and beeswax melt and dissolve becoming one liquid.
Set up blender and add 9oz. of distilled water. Let it sit.
In another glass dish or measuring cup add your soft oils together. Grape seed oil, Almond oil, Olive oil or Fractionated coconut oil. I prefer Almond and Fractionated coconut, but I have used Avocado and Macadamia nut oil too. Just depends on what you like. I have found the Olive oil to be greasy but it is great in the winter months for moisture with the Almond oil.
Let it sit at room temperature.
When the hard oils have dissolved into a liquid, remove from heat and let it cool (about 5min). As it cools it will become thick and opaque.
Before this happens add the soft oils to the hard oils, you will see it start to harden and thicken up. Once you have mix hard and soft oils, place glass container back in the skillet of water until all the oils dissolve into liquid form.
Here is a video on the Emulsification process.
Essential Oils also act as a preservatives due to their antimicrobial properties.