The 21st Century HerbalistShow Your Pinterest Boards Who's Boss!* Make The DIY Lotion Recipe of the WeekKatie Glenn

*see pep talk below

Lotion Making Month continues with this week’s DIY lotion recipe: Kitchen Herb Hand Lotion.  Keep this lotion next to your kitchen sink and use it after washing your hands or the dishes.  The hydrating oils will keep your hands from drying out and the earthy scent of the culinary herbs fits perfectly in any kitchen.

Part 1 – Kitchen Herb Distillate:
Last week I showed you how to make lotion from scratch using essential oils as your aromatics.  This week we’ll be using an herbal distillate instead of essential oils.  Herbal distillates are also known as hydrosols, herbal waters or floral waters and you can make them yourself.  Follow this tutorial for making your own herbal distillate using the herb mix below.

Kitchen Herb Mix:

  • 1/4 c. dried rosemary
  • 1/4 c. dried sage
  • 5-6 sprigs of dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp. lemon balm

Part 2 – Kitchen Herb Lotion Recipe:
Follow the instructions from last week’s video, Basic Lotion Making, to blend your lotion recipe using the ingredients listed below (instead of those listed in the video).

Base or Carrier Oils:

  • 5 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp beeswax


  • 1⁄2 c. kitchen herb distillate (see recipe in Part 1)
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1⁄4 tsp desert salt or cosmetic-grade borax

Additional Oils:

  • 5-6 drops vitamin E oil (you can also use 1-2 capsules, that you pierce and squeeze the contents out of)

Pep Talk? Questions?
Still nervous to give it try?  Want a pep talk?  Of course you do! (Who doesn’t like a pep talk?)

I know lotion making sounds complicated but as you move through it step-by-step, you’ll find that it’s easier than it sounds.  Try it once and soon you’ll be whipping up batches of lotion in no time!  Show your Pinterest boards who’s boss!  I know you have DIY lotion recipes on there, it’s time to give them a try!  And who didn’t have “try something new” on their New Year’s resolution list?  Here’s something new to try…you’re welcome.  There’s three exclamation points in that last paragraph and that feels pretty peppy to me.  If you have any questions at all or if you want more pep, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to get back to you!  (Yup, that was exclamation point number four.)


Next Week: Chamomile and Lavender Body Lotion

  • Kristy Small

    I’d just like to make note that you don’t want to use metal tins like in the photo because of the water content. It will rust over time. Otherwise, it’s a great recipe that can easily be veganized (for me!) :)

    • Katie Glenn

      You make an excellent point about the metal tins. I always use them for small samples that I give to my friends, but for larger quantities that you’ll be keeping for a bit, stick with glass or BPA free plastic. I talk a little bit more about containers in this week’s post. Thanks for the feedback Kristy!

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