I’ve learned how to make the best homemade lotion using violets! It’s naturally ultra-moisturizing and uses real organic ingredients instead of a chemical cocktail on my body’s largest organ, my skin. Let me show you how to make your own!
Years and years ago, I saw a recipe in a natural health & beauty book for a homemade lotion using violets. It sounded simply lovely to me! But it was an awful recipe! Instead of a pale lavender like I imagined it was seaweed green and instead of a creamy lotion, it was more like a salve.
Surely I had done something wrong! But there were no more violets to harvest that year and I waited all the way to the next to try it again. Still didn’t turn out. How frustrating!
I gave up though every year when the violets bloomed turning them into a lovely homemade lotion was in the back of my mind. Finally, this winter I read a tutorial on My Healthy Green Family about how to make a basic lotion recipe and I tried it (sans violets)… and it worked beautifully!
Between that lotion and switching to a real, all-natural milk soap I was able to bypass all of that awful winter skin dryness that plagues me each year and should have been especially bad now that we heat 100% with wood!
I played around with the recipe and experimented with different oils to see how they behaved. In the end, I think I like the olive oil the best for my skin. It was the first one I tried and though the consistency isn’t quite as firm, the grapeseed oil made my skin break out- which NEVER happens to me. The sweet almond oil worked really well, but I normally have dry skin and the olive oil was a tad more moisturizing. I’d like to try using meadowfoam seed oil next. It’s very close to human sebum and helps lock in moisture and nutrients. Experiment like I did and find out which works best for you!
Violet Lotion: Ingredients & Tools
Violet Infused Herbal Oil– Violets are vitamin rich and known to be effective at relieving diverse skin conditions. To make an herbal infused oil, simply place a handful of fresh or dried herbs (for this recipe use violet leaves and flowers) in a mason jar and cover them with the oil you’d like to use. Either set them in the sunshine for a few days or set the jar in a pan of water on the lowest setting on your stove for several hours. (I used the “warming” burner on a medium setting and left the pan there for a day.) Strain the herbs out through cheesecloth and store in a dark place until you’re ready to use it.
Rose Water– Wonderful especially for aging skin, rose water acts as a toner, helps reduce darkness under the eyes and minimizing fine lines.
Aloe Vera Juice– Not to be confused with aloe vera gel. Aloe vera juice is very hydrating and moisturizing without being at all greasy. Full of vitamins & antioxidants, it helps to combat aging and promote tighter skin.
Beeswax– Works to bring the the other 3 ingredients into a more solid state. But it also creates a breathable, protective layer that helps your skin retain moisture.
Essential Oils, Natural Purple Brazilian Clay, and Vitamin E– All optional ingredients, but they do have a way of making this lotion feel really special. Except the vitamin E. It has a way of helping the lotion last longer.
Immersion Stick Blender
Digital Kitchen Scale
Recipe for Homemade Lotion using Beautiful VioletsPrint
Recipe for Homemade Lotion using Beautiful Violets
- Measure out the violet infused oil and the beeswax into a quart-sized mason jar.
- Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water, put the jar in the water, and bring the water to a boil on the stovetop, melting the wax.
- Once the wax is melted, remove the jar from the heat, and whisk in the clay, vitamin E, and essential oil (if using them.)
- Allow the oil/wax mixture to cool down to room temperature while you measure out the remaining ingredients into a small jar.
- When the mixture is cooled enough, the hardening wax will cause the oil to become cloudy and the edges will start to harden.
- Stir the water and aloe vera juice together.
- Slowly add in a stream of aloe/water while using your stick blender to emulsify the mixture.
- Blend with the stick blender for a couple of minutes until the lotion is creamy and smooth and there aren’t any streaks of oil or chunks of beeswax remaining.
- Store, covered, in a cool place. If you won’t be using it very quickly, refrigeration will prolong the shelf-life.