DIY Turmeric lotion from scratch


Wild turmeric powder has a lot of benefits for skin and health. It has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties and it is very good for sensitive skin. It can also help reduce redness from blemishes and calm skin conditions like eczema. Turmeric is excellent for acne because it is a natural antiseptic and helps to keep bacteria from spreading.

When I was little, I remember using “vicco turmeric cream” in India. I used to have a lot of acne and this cream helped a lot with acne. The cream was too thick and wanted to it more like a lotion and easily spreadable. Now that I make a lot of DIY stuff, thought of making this lotion for my myself and family.

Turmeric is an ayurvedic miracle know to remove unwanted hairs too. In India, all the women use wild turmeric root as a scrub and bath powder everyday to make them look beautiful, brighten their face and also to remove unwanted hair.

My mother-in-law use wild turmeric root powder everyday since her childhood and now she do not have any unwanted hair at all. Her face is smooth and she did not have any acne or skin blemishes.

I believe that using natural ingredients takes time but it is permanent and of course without any side effects. If you are in a place where you can find turmeric powder easily, try it as a scrub everyday and I am sure you will amazing results like I do.

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So the ingredients needed for this lotion recipe are as follows.

Shea butter

DIY ingredients

Make your own turmeric extract

Make your own rose water

Explanation of the ingredients

Distilled water: It is nothing but rain water. I highly recommend using only distilled water to make lotions because tap water will have a lot unwanted impurities and it is not safe for skin.

Shea butter: Makes your skin soft and hydrated. It has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties.

Almond oil: It has a lot of vitamin E and helps protect the skin from sun damage. The fatty acids in almond oil reduces acne and reduces the itchiness on ones skin

Ghee: It reduces aging and keeps your skin soft and moisturized.

Emulsifying Wax: The emulsifying was is obtained from the fats of vegetables. It is natural and is a necessary ingredient to make lotion. It combines the oil and water together.

Vegetable stearic acid: It is obtained from the vegetables like beets. In this recipe, stearic acid thickens the lotion and makes it easy to spread on the skin.

Natural preservative: Preservatives are needed to keep the ingredients fresh. In this recipe, I am using “optiphen plus” which is paraben and formaldehyde free.

Essential oil: I have used lemongrass because it has some antibacterial properties and hence it is good for acne, pimples and other skin problems. This is totally optional and is used to scent the lotion. If you prefer unscented lotion, just skip adding the essential oil.

Aloe vera gel: Keeps skin hydrated and smooth. It clears any rash or itchiness on your skin.

Stick blender: I have used this to blend the milk and oils. You can also use the regular blender.

Glass beaker: I have used this to melt the oils. You can use any heat resistant jar

Infrared thermometer: This is used to measure the temperature of the liquids.


  1. Clean all the utensils and the surface using the isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Boil the distilled water in a clean pot.
  3. Add the wild turmeric root powder and let it boil.
  4. In a separate heat resistant jar, add the oils, emulsifying wax and stearic acid.
  5. Place this jar on a pot of boiling water. Let it a melt.
  6. Add the melted oils to the hot turmeric water.
  7. Simply stir the oils and the water using a spatula.
  1. Using a stick blender, blend the turmeric water and the oils for about 5 minutes.
  2. Filter the liquid using a cheesecloth to remove any coarse turmeric powder.
  3. Check the temperature. When below 120F, add rose water and turmeric extract.
  4. Now add the preservative and essential oil. Mix it well.
  5. Bottle them using a pump bottle or jar.
  6. Label them and use it as needed.


  • The lotion stays good only for 1 year with preservative. I recommend using the lotion within 1 month and make a fresh batch later.
  • A little goes a long way so just a drop of lotion is enough for the whole face.
  • Using too much lotion may stain your clothes so use it as needed and apply in small quantities.

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