For those of you who like to make your own skincare products, such as soaps and lotions, but are having trouble finding alternatives to lanolin (an ingredient sourced from sheep’s wool and one that’s used as a moisturizer), we have a few solutions for you.
Homemade and handcrafted soaps, lotions, and even lip balms can easily made by opting for some readily-available plant-based oils and butters to use as a base or additive. Which moisturizing oils and butters are best, and where do you buy them?
Here’s what you need to know.
Plant-Based Oils and Butters for Handmade and Handcrafted Vegan Skincare Products
Depending on what vegan skincare product you’re making, there are better and best oils and butters you should reach for. First, determine what you’ll make. If you need a product to stay solid, but still be moisturizing, you may want to go with pure shea butter. Cocoa butter is a pretty solid choice for handmade body butters, but it won’t always stay super firm so consider your requirements carefully.
For handcrafted vegan skincare products that don’t need to be in solid form, you might want to choose coconut oil, almond oil, or even olive oil. Liquid and semi-solid vegan skincare products are fun to make because there are so many choices for ideal hydrating oils. You can use almond oil or even apricot kernel oil to give your products moisturizing qualities using only plant ingredients.
Our Favorite Vegan Skincare Oils and Butters
The following are some factors you might want to consider when you’re choosing plant-based oils and butters for homemade skincare products for yourself or for your small business.
Cocoa Butter – Cocoa butter melts at 93 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s possibly the best all-around lanolin substitute and it’s available in Whole Foods Market and online.
Shea Butter – A great lanolin substitute if you’re making body butters or solid lip balms, shea butter has a high melting point and it’s available at Whole Foods Market and online.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is perfect for giving moisturizing properties to most skincare products, but it melts at lower temperatures than cocoa butter so you might need to use shea butter too if you’re making a product that will be solid. Coconut Oil is available at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes, Costco, and many other retailers, and you can find it online.
Olive oil, apricot oil, and almond oil are also available at Whole Foods Market and at Costco, in large jars. You may find the best deals on these typically-expensive oils, however, if you shop for then online.