DIY Cosmetica

Dry Skin Healing Lotion

PhaseIngredientPercent (%)Weight (g)
Phase AXanthan gum0.30.3
Distilled water61.561.5
Phase BSweet almond oil99
Avocado oil1010
Glyceryl stearate citrate (Emulsifying wax)44
Lanolin (INCI - Adeps lanae anhydricus)5.25.2
Beeswax (white)33
Phase CCalendula extract oil based (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract)22
Vitamin E (INCI - Tocopherol)0.20.2
Cosgard preservative (INCI - Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aqua)0.80.8
Total weight (g)

Cold weather is harsh on sensitive and dry skin. Cold weather can make your skin lose its natural moisture, making it even drier. This can make your skin feel rough, scaly, and itchy. When you scratch it, you can hurt your skin even more.

If you are new to making body creams or lotions, please read this post about the basics of making creams and lotions.

Sensitive or irritated skin needs a daily moisturizing lotion to keep it from getting drier.

If you want an all-purpose cream with a light-medium consistency, please check this formula for the all-purpose cream.

This formula is designed to moisturize the skin with oils, lanolin and beeswax. The combination in this oil phase can be highly effective in treating dry skin. Sweet almond and avocado oils contain fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. They go deep into the skin, giving it a strong dose of moisture and aiding in recovering its natural moisture levels.

Beeswax is a fantastic emollient, lending a creamy texture to skincare products. It acts as a moisture lock, forming a barrier that prevents water from escaping the skin, resulting in a soft and silky texture.

I used white beeswax, which can be replaced with yellow beeswax.


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Lanolin is a natural substance derived from sheep's wool. It is a waxy, yellowish-to-brownish substance extracted from the wool during the wool-washing process.

Lanolin is a powerful moisturizer that provides deep hydration to the skin. It plays a vital role in reinstating and preserving the skin's innate moisture equilibrium, making it particularly advantageous for dry skin that tends to become flaky and tight. Furthermore, lanolin forms a shielding barrier on the skin's surface, which seals in moisture and facilitates the mending of dry and damaged skin.

The other active ingredient in this formula is the calendula extract, which is added in the cool-down phase (phase C).

Calendula is a natural helper for dry skin. It can lessen the redness and irritation that often come with dry skin, making your skin feel calm and less itchy. Calendula is also good at helping your skin heal, especially if it's dry or has minor cuts or cracks. The best part is that it's usually friendly to most skin types, even sensitive ones, and it rarely causes irritation or allergies, unlike other skincare ingredients.

I used oil-based calendula extract. You can use the water-based calendula extract instead.


Vitamin E is also added in phase C. Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and irritation often seen in dry skin; also, it is a potent antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and environmental factors like UV rays and pollution.

Being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E delays the rancidity of the oils and prolongs the product's shelf life.

This formula is designed for dry or sensitive skin. Therefore, there are no fragrances or essential oils in it.

The final pH of the product should be 5.5. To read about pH adjustments in cosmetics, please check this post.

The final color of the product is yellow due to the lanolin and avocado oil natural colors.


  1. After sanitizing your tools and working place, add the water phase ingredients into a heat-resistance beaker. Start by making a slurry combining the gum and the glycerin, then add the distilled water.





  1. Cover the water phase beaker to minimize water evaporation (when working with bigger batches, you should scale your water phase before heating and after removing it from the heat. Calculate the water evaporated during the heating and add the missing amount to the water phase beaker).


  1. In another heat-resistant beaker, add the oil phase ingredients.



  1. Place the oil (phase B) and water (phase A) phases into a double boiler on medium heat.


  1. In another container, prepare phase C ingredients and set them aside.



  1. After 15-20 minutes (make sure the oil phase has completely melted), remove both phases from the heat.


  1. Combine the oil phase with the water phase. Use an immersion blender (or a homogenizer) to combine.



  1. Check the pH level and adjust if necessary. Read about pH adjustments here.


  1. After the emulsion has cooled, check that the temperature is less than 40°C and add phase C. Mix to combine.




  1. Place the lotion into a container of choice. Final consistency will form after 8-10 hours.






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