DIY homemade chamomile lotion recipe using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism
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Homemade Chamomile Lotion Recipe

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Step-by-step recipe for how to make homemade chamomile lotion using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin

I think that we expect beauty to come at a high price, especially plant-based lotions. What’s pretty crazy is that they’re easy to make from scratch — really. What’s more, is that even though your homemade recipes are the same standard as high-end skincare, the ingredients are much less inexpensive. That makes pampering your skin both luxurious and a great deal. If you’re a gardener, all the better because you can grow your own herbs and flowers for skincare and use them to create everything from soap to toner, and to lotions and creams. If you’re like other gardeners, then that patch of chamomile will come in handy for this homemade chamomile lotion recipe.

If this is your first time making lotion, then a simple recipe like this one is perfect for you. I’ve left out a lot of the more advanced lotion ingredients to pare down the cost and to avoid extra steps. Less ingredients, less steps, less stress. You’ll also find that the finished lotion is rich and creamy and that you can use it as an everyday moisturizer. The ingredients are also sensitive so your homemade chamomile lotion is kind to all skin types, especially delicate skin.

DIY homemade chamomile lotion recipe using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism

homemade chamomile lotion recipe

To make homemade chamomile lotion you’ll need just a few ingredients, and one that you can grow yourself — chamomile. In skincare, we mainly use German chamomile, Matricaria recutita, since it’s high in skin-healing components such as proazulenes and alpha-bisabolol. On a more practical note, it produces a lot more flowers than its cousin, Roman chamomile. More flowers mean more tea, tinctures, and infused oils!

The other ingredients needed are those important to making emulsified creams and it’s not as complicated as you’d think. The first step is making chamomile infused oil that concentrates chamomile extract in a usable form. The step after is blending the infused oil with water with the aid of an emulsifier. We all know that oil and water don’t mix well, so this ingredient helps glue them together. Lastly, we add a few drops of chamomile essential oil if desired, and the preservative. More on that later on in the recipe.

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DIY homemade chamomile lotion recipe using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism
Chamomile calms irritated skin and is great for all skin types, including sensitive

Benefits of Chamomile for Skin

Chamomile is best known as a soothing and relaxing tea, but it also has medicinal qualities. Taken internally, it can help calm digestive problems, relieve menstrual cramps, and can help you to get to sleep. The extracts of dainty chamomile flowers also contain volatile oils and flavonoids that are very beneficial for the skin. For example, it has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that treat eczema and acne, and it can even speed up the healing of minor skin injuries. And just like chamomile tea calms us from the inside, chamomile extract can calm our skin from the outside. If you have skin that’s inflamed or highly sensitive, it’s the skin herb for you.

Okay, so how do you get the good stuff from the flowers and onto your skin? There are several ways to extract them and all require the use of some sort of solvent or steam. You can use alcohol to make chamomile tincture, and then use it for blemishes or add a few drops to lotions. Use distilled water as a solvent to make herbal tea infusions and use them as the water ingredient for toners, lotions, and creams. Another way to create chamomile extract is to infuse the flowers in light carrier oils and use the oil to make salves, lip balms, and homemade chamomile lotion.

DIY homemade chamomile lotion recipe using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism
Make the chamomile infused oil at least two weeks before making the lotion

Make Chamomile Infused Oil

Making chamomile infused oil isn’t difficult. You basically put dried plant material together with oil and let it seep like you’re making tea. The difference being that it takes longer, especially when using the cold-infusion method as we’ll do in this recipe. When you’re finished, the oil will have the sweet scent of chamomile flowers along with their medicinal properties. You make chamomile infused oil with any carrier oil of your choice and dried chamomile flowers. In this recipe, I recommend using sweet almond oil, since it’s light in feeling, absorbs well, and has very little scent. Use other light oils if you choose, or heavier ones like avocado oil or jojoba if you have dry skin. The most important thing about the oil you use is that it has a good shelf-life (check its date) and that it’s liquid at room temperature.

It’s always best to use dried herbal material when making infused oils and the same goes for chamomile flowers. If you grow your own, pick them when the flowers are full and open, and dry them in a food dehydrator or drying screens. You can use them to make chamomile infused oil when they’re bone dry and crunchy. I know that it’s tempting but please don’t use fresh flowers since the moisture in herbal material can end up spoiling your oil.

DIY homemade chamomile lotion recipe using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism

Homemade Chamomile Lotion Recipe

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Instructions for making a simple chamomile skin lotion with chamomile-infused oil. The texture is thick and creamy but feels light and absorbs quickly. It's also ideal for those with inflamed or sensitive skin. Makes one 120ml pot but can be scaled up for larger batches.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 40 mins
Servings 120 ml

Ingredients
  

Chamomile Infused Oil

Water Phase

Oil Phase

  • 11 g Emulsifying wax NF 0.39 oz / 1 TBSP ( you can use only one or two teaspoons to create thinner lotion consistency)
  • 25 g Chamomile-infused sweet almond oil 0.88 oz / 2 TBSP

Cooling Phase

  • 2 g Geogard Ultra* (Gluconolactone & Sodium Benzoate & Calcium Gluconate) 0.07 oz / 2/3 tsp
  • 5 drops Chamomile essential oil Optional

Instructions
 

Make the Chamomile Infused Oil

  • At least two weeks before making the lotion, start the chamomile infused oil. Fill a pint jar with a cup of dried chamomile flowers, then fill the jar with sweet almond oil to within a quarter-inch of the top. If you'd like to use another oil with a similar texture, I can recommend apricot kernel, grapeseed, or cold-pressed sunflower.
    How to make homemade chamomile lotion using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism
  • Seal the jar and give in a shake. Place in a dark cupboard, and shake it every few days, or whenever you remember.
  • After two or more weeks have passed, strain the chamomile-infused oil through a fine sieve. Discard the flowers, and bottle the oil in a dark glass bottle until you need it. You'll make quite a lot of oil in this step and it will easily give you enough infused oil to make a year's worth of lotions, and other skincare products. The oil has a shelf-life of one year, or the best-by date on the original oil bottle.
    How to make homemade chamomile lotion using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism

Prepare the Oil & Water Phases

  • Sterilize all of your equipment by running it through the dishwasher. Wash your hands thoroughly, and consider wearing disposable gloves while making the lotion. Microbes that are on your hands and equipment can make their way into your lotion and spoil it.
  • Measure the ingredients of the oil phase into one heat-proof glass jar. Measure the distilled water amount for the water phase in a second jar. Next, place both the jars in a large saucepan, and fill the pan with an inch of hot water.
  • Bring the water to a boil, and reduce the heat to a simmer. You're ready for the next step after you've heated and held the jars for at least twenty minutes, and the contents of both jars are 75°C/165°F. Take the jars out, and place them on a kitchen towel on the counter.
    How to make homemade chamomile lotion using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism
  • Next, pour the heated distilled water into the oil-phase jar. You'll see it immediately turn an opaque milky color. Gently stir with a spoon for several minutes, then let it cool. Leave the spoon inside the jar since you'll need to return five minutes later to give it another stir.
    How to make homemade chamomile lotion using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism

Cooling Phase

  • As the lotion cools, it will thicken up to a light lotion consistency. Return every twenty minutes or so to gently stir. You can also add the Geogard Ultra at this point (see next step).
    How to make homemade chamomile lotion using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism
  • If you make this lotion without a preservative, it will last up to one week in the refrigerator. After that time, invisible bacteria and fungi will begin colonizing it and it will not be something you want to put on your face.
    To preserve it for longer, you will need to add a broad-spectrum preservative. There are many available but my favorite is Geogard Ultra. It comes in a powder form and you'll need to dissolve it in a teaspoon of hot water before you add it to your lotion. Geogard isn't heat-sensitive so you can add it without taking the lotion's temperature. It will preserve your lotion for eighteen months.
    Many other broad-spectrum preservatives need adding at precise amounts and temperatures. If you choose another type, please refer to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • If you'd like to add the optional chamomile essential oil, stir it in when the lotion is 45°C/110°F or cooler.
  • Now we need to test for pH. Stir a half teaspoon of lotion in 1-2 tsp distilled water. Dip one of your pH papers into liquid and then compare the color to the ones on the pack. Lotion and skin creams need to match the pH of your skin or they can be irritating and affect the effectivity of preservatives. If the pH is between 4.5-5.5 you're spot on. 
    You can make the lotion more acidic (lower the pH) up by adding tiny amounts of lactic acid or citric acid dissolved in a small amount of warm, distilled water. Make it more alkaline (increase the pH) with triethanolamine or by dissolving a small amount of L-Arginine or bicarbonate (baking soda) in water and adding it. Pass it through the sieve and into the lotion. Take the pH reading again and adjust again if needed.
  • Using a rubber spatula, spoon the lotion into a dark-glass container and seal. You can begin using it immediately.
    How to make homemade chamomile lotion using simple chamomile infused oil. A simple DIY skincare recipe for normal to sensitive skin #diybeauty #naturalskincare #herbalism

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Notes

*You can use another broad-spectrum cosmetic preservative if you wish
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32 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hello. your link for Geogard Ultra* (Gluconolactone & Sodium Benzoate & Calcium Gluconate) does not work. This is the only thing I need but can’t seem to find where to buy it. I live in Alberta Canada.
    Could you help?
    Thanks

  2. Hi Tanya,
    my son is suffering really badly with itchy sore, cracked skin from psoriasis on his feet and the palms of his hands, OTC steroid creams are not working. He asked if I would make something to relieve the itch and soreness. I wondered about using strong chamomile tea for the water phase, and calendula infused oil instead, for a ‘double whammy fixer upper.’

    *I also wondered about adding a bit of glycerine to the mix, but not sure how much to add. Please advise! (Wondering if I should just get it made as an experiment? Says to use at 1-3%? It’s the liquid type, not powdered.)*

    Thank you for your recipes, it’s really kind of you to share your knowledge, I am using olive derived e-wax, and a broad spec preservative as advised.

      1. Oh, hi Tanya!
        Thank you so much, for such a prompt reply! I am currently already infusing the chamomile, but until then will definitely make with calendula oil, and chamomile tea infusion, as he has an outbreak right now. I will let you know how he gets on, and if it doesn’t seem to help, I will try the neem balm. (I also have tamanu oil, so have started with my own ”throw it together” recipe a very basic ointment, beeswax, tamanu oil, almond oil, cocoa butter.

  3. Hello Tanya,
    Thanks for another natural lotion formula :)
    I am wondering if making a chamomile infusion with the water (tea :) ) at low temperature (50ºC), doesn’t make the lotion more effective than infusing the oil (or infusing both water and oil in the same plant). Is there any cons about using the water infused with the plant in lotions?
    Thanks,
    Sofia

  4. Wondering what I did wrong…I used Cera Bellina as my wax thinking it would work the same but when I did the combining the oil and the water phases it did not turn white. The oil separated from the water. I do not think I can save this now?

    1. I think that you’ve answered your own question :) Cera Bellina can be used as a co-emulsifier — meaning that it can help out a bit, but is not strong enough to work as the main emulsifier. It’s more commonly used as a thickener, stabilizer, and in creating balms and salves that have shea butter as an ingredient. It’s very helpful in stopping graininess from forming.

  5. 5 stars
    Hi Tanya,

    Thanks for that nice Chamomile cream recipe. It is the first time I make my own cream and I just love it. Like said by someone above, I will never buy commercial cream anymore. However, the preservative I use (Eco Preservative) smells strong enough to erase the lovely smell of chamomile, which I would love to keep in the final cream product. Can you tell me if the Geogard Ultra smells strong too? I don’t put essential oil, so this is why I would like to keep the nice natural smell of the chamomile. Thanks for your help.

    Joanne

      1. Hello Tanya, love this recipe I have just grown chamomile from seed so looking forward to making this!
        Please could you advise on where to get the emulsifying wax NF from?
        I’m new to this and can’t seem to find a match
        Thanks

        1. Hi Gemma, you can find it from various cosmetic suppliers but they’re different based on which country you’re in. Lotioncrafter is a big one in North America, whereas Soap Kitchen is a good place in the UK.

  6. 5 stars
    Hi,
    I tried this recipe today with rose-infused oil instead of chamomile. And I substituted a wee bit of the oil with shea butter. It is so so so wonderful. I will never ever buy cream in a shop again. It was a little on the liquid side. I may have used a different emulsifier. Maybe that’s why? I will try to use a little less water next time and see what happens. It was really not that hard to make, once I gathered my courage, hehe. Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge.

  7. 5 stars
    Hello!

    Thankyou so much for all your lovely recipes and easy to follow steps!
    I’ve been infusing the chamomile for two week’s now and looking forward to making the lotion!
    I couldn’t find the Geogard Ultra on amazon, but did find Plantaserve P (Saliguard PCG) Liquid 10g, would this be suitable to use?
    Many thanks Claire :-)

  8. Hi Tanya,

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes. Can I use marigold infused oil
    Instead of chamomile and use the same lotion recipe ?

    Also, can I use this cream for face, if so how much wax is reasonably good to go? Please let me know!

    Thanks,
    Priyanka

    1. If you use the full three teaspoons of e-wax it will be quite a thick cream that I’d only use on the body. Use just one teaspoon, and it’s much lighter and can be used on your face — I do :)

  9. I have sensitive skin and hate spending a fortune each month on skin care. I would love to replace my skin care with this recipe. I am concerned about the emulsifying wax clogging my pores. Thoughts? what is the benefit of making it a cream v just putting the oil on your skin?
    Thank you! Looking forward to your book coming out!

    1. Hi Ashley, all of the lotions and creams you’ve been using for your entire life contain an emulsifier/e-wax :) The more you use, the thicker your product will be, so if you want a very light lotion, stick with just one teaspoon of e-wax for this recipe.

    1. Infused oils are made with oil and dried herbs. For skincare, you use herbs that have skin-beneficial plant chemicals that are fat-soluble. Herbal teas are made with water and herbs. Again, you use herbs that are beneficial for skin.

  10. Hi thank you so much for a really good information on your website. I love your YT channel! Because of you I believe I can do cosmetics for myself and my familly 😊I have question :can I use chamomile tea instead of dry flowers?

  11. Hello,
    Thank you for sharing your recipes and educating many of us with your tips. I have two queries regarding this one.
    1)For infused oils if we are using more than 1 carrier oils how to determine its shelf life?
    2) what is the factor that defines shelf life of any lotion?

    1. For infused oils, it’s best to use one type of oil so that you can use it to make precise recipes when its ready. Shelf-life is the closest date of any of the expiration dates of the oils you used (check each bottle) or a maximum of one year.

      Shelf-life of lotion is determined by the preservative. Some will preserve the lotion for twelve or eighteen months and some for less. The shelf-life of lotion without a preservative is less than a week if refrigerated.

      1. Hi Tanya this formula sounds wonderful and I’ll definitely be making it. I do have a question about an active ingredient & if you’re familiar with it. It’s Urea, very beneficial for regeneration of new skin cells. Would it be possible to scale this formula with a few grams of Urea for an even more beneficial body and hand cream?
        Thanks,
        Kimberly

        1. Hi Kimberly, urea, as it’s used in beauty products, is synthetic so I don’t use it. It’s said to be a great relief to red, flaky skin and especially for those who suffer from psoriasis. If you don’t have a skin reaction to it (some people do, so be careful) you can use it in leave-on skincare recipes up to 40% by weight. You can add the powder to the water phase.

  12. 5 stars
    Where can I purchase the Geogard Ultra? Amazon doesn’t have it. Also, where could I purchase dried Chamomile buds? Thank you!

    1. Hi Linda, I purchase my Geogard Ultra from a UK company called the Soap Kitchen. That’s a brand name though and you’ll find the same preservative called ‘Gluconolactone & Sodium Benzoate & Calcium Gluconate.’ It looks like lotioncrafter sell it under the name ‘NeoDefend.’ I’ve also added a link to organic dried chamomile flowers in the recipe list :)

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