Class Handout: Making Lotions & Creams


by Lori Nova Endres

This Class Handout is a digital download. Once purchased, you will find the link to access your document on your MY ACCOUNT page.

Are you ready to make wonderful lotions & creams from scratch? Customize your moisturizers and control the ingredients that go on your skin by doing it yourself!

Making lotions & creams is easier than you would think, especially when you have great recipes and clear instructions. No experience necessary! Once you read this handout & make your own, you’ll never need to buy commercial lotions or creams again.

This handout will teach you all you need to know, plus includes two different recipes: a nice light body lotion (perfect for summer, for all over the body) and a wonderful shea butter cream (great for the winter or dry skin or elbows, hands & feet). You’ll also get detailed instructions, information on each of the ingredients, and a list of our favorite recommended suppliers.

In this Class Handout, you’ll learn about all the necessary ingredients like emulsifiers, humectants, emollients, as well as standard equipment and supplies needed to get started (nothing too expensive). Also read about the properties and shelf-life of vegetable/nut carrier oils and butters (like shea butter and mango butter), and how and when to use antioxidants and preservatives; a necessary part of making lotions and creams as they always contain water-based ingredients. NOTE: Since there are no proven truly “all-natural” preservatives on the market, we do use a synthetic preservative (but it is paraben-free).

Summary of what’s in this Digital Class Handout:

  • Cover Page/Page 1: Title page with pictures of finished products.
  • Page 2: Lotion & Cream Basics (why we use lotions/creams, key ingredients, difference between a lotion & a cream, best time to apply, etc.)
  • Page 3: Necessary Equipment for Making Lotions & Creams
  • Page 4: Common Ingredients in Lotions & Creams
  • Page 5: Shelf Life of Lotions & Creams (why we need preservatives, which one I recommend)
  • Page 6: Anti-oxidants (their purpose, which ones I recommend)
  • Page 7: How to Make Light Body Lotions (ingredients & directions for making a 50 oz. batch)
  • Page 8: How to Make Shea Butter Creams (ingredients & directions for making a 50 oz. batch)
  • Page 9 & 10: Carrier Oil & Butter Properties (name, description, skin type suitability and general info for 14 different types of oils/butters)
  • Page 11: Shelf Life Information Sheet (44 different plant/nut oils & butters)
  • Page 12: Info for Selling Handmade Lotions & Creams (challenge testing, insurance, labeling, INCI names & resources)
  • Page 13: My Recommended On-Line Suppliers (7) relevant to the products made in this class. Supplier name, state, phone number, website (with direct hyperlink in the .pdf document) and in many cases a special Nova Studio discount code is given

Please read about the teacher & find more details in the “About Class Handouts” tab below before purchasing this handout.

A Class Handout is the digital PDF version of the handout for the in-person classes we taught at The Nova Studio. After ordering this PDF-format digital handout, you will be directed to a page that contains links to your instant downloads. You’ll have easy access to all your active Class Handout links in one easy place from your My Account page (downloads expire after 10 days & 5 downloads – so be sure to save the docs to your computer before then).

They will save you a ton of time & energy by giving you accurate, tested recipes & formulas, clear instructions, recommended sources for where to buy supplies relevant to each topic, and any background and/or supporting information. It’s the next best thing to being in a class!

When you buy the handouts, you also have permission to make the products exactly as is (with or without changing them) and you may market/sell them to your customers using our recipes. The only thing you cannot do is sell, post or distribute the information, directions, or recipes in our handouts since they are protected by copyright laws as part of our exclusive intellectual property.

Purchasing these handouts does not include any additional consulting or email support. If you have questions or need consulting, we offer private lessons & phone consultations. If you teach classes and want help creating your own class handouts, please contact us to set up a private consult and we would be happy to assist you. Purchasing our handouts does not give you permission or license to use them as teaching materials.


With Class Handouts, you are granted instant access as soon as your transaction is complete (download links can be found on your My Account page – simply open the files & save them to your computer and you will have access to them forever). Since this is a digital product that you cannot return, we have a no refund policy. That said, we want you to be happy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please Contact Us.


lori headshot 2013Lori Nova Endres, Founder and Co-owner of The Nova Studio, began making natural bath & body products in her kitchen in 2000 as a way to make family & friends homemade, practical gifts. Shortly thereafter, she began sharing her passion by teaching classes. Lori has taught classes for The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild (HSCG), The Learning Annex of SF, Juniper Tree, The Native American Cultural Center, Foothill De Anza Community College & The Berkeley Ecology Center. Lori started The Nova Studio in September of 2003 and held classes in Point Richmond, CA until 2015. Learn everything from beginning soap making to all natural perfumes, a variety of bath & body products, and even home cleaning products from Lori.


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