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.
Recipe for Homemade Lotion using Beautiful VioletsPrint
- 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.