I call this easy-to-make lotion 'all year' because it is creamy yet light enough for all seasons and climates. No special equipment is required, and the actual making takes only a few minutes.
A note about potassium sorbate, which acts as a preservative and is used in many foods and wine: Some people do have an adverse reaction to it (their skin becomes red and irritated). If you don't use this or any other preservative, your cream should certainly be refrigerated and you should halve the recipe. Date the cream and use within a couple of weeks.
PREPARE YOUR RECEPTACLES
First, clean your jars, tube, or bottles in the dishwasher or rinse with rubbing alcohol or similar to sanitize. Let dry.
On a scale with a tare feature (so you can add the various ingredients to the same jug or mixing bowl with spout), measure out your 'oil phase' parts. Various oils can be used, as indicated.
28 grams (1 oz) coconut oil / olive oil
28 grams (1 oz) almond oil / grapeseed oil / avocado oil
3 grams glycerine
10 grams raw honey
10 grams stearic acid (at least; add more for a thicker cream)
24 grams e-wax granules or beeswax (grated)
12 capsules vitamin E (don't put the whole capsule in: cut the tip and squeeze the contents out)
optional: pomegranate seed oil (2 droppers' worth)
Next, boil water or water substitute in a pan or kettle (I have an electric kettle and prefer that). See quantities below.
WATER PHASE: Plain water, spice-infused water, or aloe vera juice: 357 g or 12.6 oz.
Pour the just-boiled water into the mixing bowl or jug and stir with a spoon or whisk until well blended. Alternatively, use an electric stick blender. Keep whisking as the mixture cools, or the ingredients may separate and you won't get a thickening emulsion.
Once cooled down: add fragrance -- 20-odd drops of essential oil or as desired -- and at least 10 grams potassium sorbate (a natural, food-grade preservative) for helping to keep the lotion fresh.
While still warm and liquid, pour into containers. Don't be concerned that it's too runny: the mixture will set or thicken over several hours. Refrigerate cream you're not actually using and use or discard all of it within a month or so.