But...now I have a cabinet full of lotion ingredients - you didn't think they were just going to sit there did you? ;)
There are a million lotion recipes out there and the truth is, you're going to have to just start playing with them to figure out what texture, viscosity, scent, etc that you like. Here is where I got the basic "recipe" that I used. I didn't have beeswax and didn't feel like waiting to order some, so I skipped it and just added in the cocoa butter instead. I'm sure the end result is a bit less of a creme and more of a lotion, but I'm ok with that.
What's In It:
1/2 c olive oil
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c cocoa butter
1/4 c shea butter
Essential Oils: Lavender, Vanilla Extract
What To Do With It:
Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water and heat over medium heat.
Combine all ingredients, except essential oils, in a pint size (or larger) jar. Remember, you're going to have to be able to reach in and get the lotion out, so keep that in mind while choosing.
Loosely cover the jar and place into the water bath. Be sure there is not so much water in the pan that it causes your lotion jar to tip.
Once they are completely melted, add in the oils of your choice. (I chose Lavender and Vanilla Extract. I think it is impossible to count the drops, but I used about 2 good shakes of each.) Swirl to combine.
Allow the lotion to cool completely. This might take 8+ hours...I usually put mine on a trivet in the garage so I stop checking it. ;)
Use as you would any lotion. Discard if lotion starts to appear degraded in any way.
*I have not done any shelf life or efficacy studies on this product. Use at your own risk.