When you decide that ingredients like Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)—a known carcinogen, and Polyethylene (PEG)—a petroleum product known to cause premature aging (according to this database) just aren’t for you anymore, then here's the solution:

Make your own.

The piece of mind that comes with knowing each ingredient is worth the five minutes and four ingredients this lotion recipe requires.

And the second benefit? When you’re done slaving away in front of your microwave, you’ll be left with a jar of creamy, scent-customized lotion, with a shelf life of at least three weeks, that cost you only about $1 per batch. 

NOTE: I bought my extra virgin olive oil from Caputo’s, my emulsifying wax from MountainRoseHerbs.com and my essential oils from doTerra and Young Living.