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DIY Sweet Orange Ginger Body Lotion Recipe

DIY Sweet Orange and Ginger Body Lotion

Are you wondering how to keep your skin moisturised? This body lotion can help! DIY Sweet Orange and Ginger Body Lotion recipe is a great way to perk up dull skin. Its wonderful citrusy aroma and light texture are sure to have you reaching for it again and again.

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What is DIY Sweet Orange Ginger Lotion?

The sweet orange ginger lotion is a lovely moisturiser that helps moisturise, soften and protect the skin from external irritants such as water. Light and uplifting, the sweet orange ginger lotion is a creamy emulsion that is easy to spread and quickly absorbs the skin. It is a lovely addition to everyday skincare.

What is DIY Sweet Orange Ginger Lotion Good For?

Adding a moisturising lotion into your skincare is a great way to pamper your skin. Applying body lotion to the skin on a regular basis may help rehydrate dry skin and ease rough spots, keeping your skin supple. In addition, a bright, sweet scent of orange will bring sunshine into your life. 

How to Use the Lotion?

Apply a small amount of Sweet Orange Ginger Lotion onto your hands and massage into your skin, concentrating on dry areas. It will help retain moisture in the skin, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and moisturised. For the best results, use after a shower while your skin is still moist to make the most out of the lotion.

Key Ingredients

This simple emulsion is a mix of waxes, butter, oils, distilled water and essential oils. In combination, it delivers a light lotion with a moisturising feel that will make your skin feel soft and supple. 

Here are the key ingredients in this formula:

Waxes: Bees and berry wax. A combination of beeswax and berry wax creates a smooth, low viscosity lotion without too much of an oily feel.

Butters: I have included shea and cupuacu butter to help provide some additional moisturisation and conditioning while promoting soft, supple and smooth skin. You can learn more about cupuacu’s skin benefits here

Oils: Peach kernel and sunflower oil. Peach kernel oil is a light and fast-absorbing emollient that works well for dry skin. Rich in linoleic fatty acids, sunflower oil is a light emollient that helps moisturise the skin. In addition, it is high in vitamin E. This antioxidant helps protect the skin from environmental damage caused by free radicals.

Distilled water acts as a solvent helping to dissolve other ingredients and provide a creamy consistency to the final product. It has no colour, taste or smell. 

Ginger extract: Ginger is rich in gingerol, a natural antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and promote even skin tone.

Essential oils: A combination of the fresh, uplifting scent of the sweet orange oil and creamy aroma of amyris sandalwood oil create a refreshing sunny scent that will boost your mood and refresh your skin.

Annatto Seeds Infused Sunflower Oil

Infusing annatto seeds in sunflower oil is a great way to add colour to your skincare products. The result is a beautiful orange-tinted oil you can add to moisturisers, balms, body oils, or cleansers. 

Annatto Infused Sunflower Oil
Annatto Seeds Infused Sunflower Oil


  1. Add one teaspoon of annatto seeds into a heat resistant 100ml glass jar and cover with sunflower oil.
  2. Place the glass jar into a pan filled with water. Warm the oil in low heat for about an hour or so. Do not overheat the oil as you don’t want to risk degrading it. 
  3. When the oil has cooled, strain out the seeds. The oil will turn deep orange. Be careful when using it as the infused oil leaves stains on the surface. Label and store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.

DIY Sweet Orange Ginger Body Lotion Recipe

DIY Sweet Orange and Ginger Body Lotion Recipe

Recipe by Kay GuptaDifficulty: Intermediate Formulator


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Sweet Orange and Ginger Body Lotion recipe is a great way to perk up dull skin. Its wonderful citrusy aroma and light texture are sure to have you reaching for it again and again.


  • Prepare a bain-marie (hot water bath) by bringing 2-3 cm of water to a simmer over medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
  • Weigh waxes, butter, oil and olivem 1000 (phase A ingredients) in a heatproof glass beaker, and place them into the hot water bath.
  • Weigh distilled water (phase B ingredients) in the second glass beaker and place it into the hot water bath.
  • Mix xanthan gum and glycerine in a third beaker and set aside.
  • Once the oil phase in the first beaker and the water phase in the second beaker reach 70°C, slowly pour the oil phase into the water phase, stirring continually. Add glycerin and xanthan gum mix.
  • When your emulsion cools down to under 40°C, add vitamin E, ginger glycerite, and essential oils (phase C ingredients).
  • Check the pH is between 4.5 to 5.5. If it’s over 6 or below 4.5, adjust before moving to step 8. You can check it by diluting 10% of the emulsion in distilled water (10% emulsion/90% distilled water). Suppose the pH of the emulsion is over 6. In that case, you can lower it using a drop or two of citric acid solution( 10% citric acid to 90% distilled water). Subsequently, you can increase pH by adding a drop or two sodium bicarbonate solution (10% sodium bicarbonate to 90% distilled water).
  • Add the Preservative Eco and recheck the ph. Adjust if needed, just like described in step 7.
  • You can transfer lotion into a lotion dispenser and allow it to set. The emulsion will thicken overnight.

Skin Patch Test

  • Always do a skin patch test first if you intend to incorporate sweet orange ginger body lotion into your beauty regimen. Although it may be well-tolerated by most, some people may be sensitive or even allergic to the ingredients included in it. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear patch of skin, somewhere you can leave it alone for 24-48 hours (like the inner wrist). If your skin turns red, itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.


high-precision scale

glass stirrer

glass beakers

mini wire whisk or milk frother

paper ph strips


lotion dispenser

Shelf Life and Storage

Even though I have included preservative ECO in the formula to prevent microbial growth, our kitchens are not sterile. Lotions, just like most skincare products, will eventually expire. You can expect the product to last anywhere between 6 months to a year; however, it’s hard to determine shelf life without further challenge tests. If you notice any change in smell, colour, or texture, dispose of it and whip up a new batch. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. 


Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes. 

Waxes: Waxes helps to thicken the formula and add structure to lotions. However, suppose you prefer not to use them. In that case, you could omit them altogether by replacing them with shea or other butter. If you prefer vegan waxes, you can learn more about vegan waxes at Formula Botanica’s post. 

Butter: Cupuacu butter is a plant-based alternative to lanolin. Adding it to the formula helps lock in moisture and prevent water loss. Although it is hard to replace, you could substitute it with shea, cocoa or mango butter. 

Carrier oils: I picked peach kernel oil and sunflower oil for light texture and moisturising effect. You can replace them with other light oils like safflower, rice bran or jojoba oil. Annatto seeds infused oil adds a lovely shade of orange to the formula. If you don’t have annatto seeds on hand, you can use sunflower oil instead. 

Olivem1000, Glycerine, Xanthan gum: I don’t recommend omitting or swapping any of these ingredients in this formula. 

Essential oils: Can you swap sweet orange and Amyris sandalwood essential oil? Absolutely. However, be aware some oils can cause sensitisation. Before switching any of them, learn more by reading Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by R Tisserand and R Young or visiting https://ifrafragrance.org.


How long does sweet orange ginger lotion last on the skin?

Generally speaking, this is a very light and fast absorbant lotion that can take between 1-3 minutes to fully absorb into the skin, depending on how much you use. It has a great slip, so a little goes a long way and should last anywhere between 4to 6 hours. 

Can I apply sweet orange body lotion to my face?

The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive than on your back, hands and feet, and lotion reflects these differences. The sweet orange body lotion contains shea butter that may clog pores on your face. In addition, essential oils can irritate delicate facial skin. Plus, lotion doesn’t include active ingredients that address specific facial skin concerns.

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