Note: This recipe is used as a lotion. In the container, the final product feels more like a thick body butter versus a pump lotion. Once spread on the skin it acts as an amazing moisturizing lotion. I’ve provided a short video tutorial (below), so you can watch the entire lotion-making progress from start to finish. If you’re looking for a softer lotion (that’s also portable), this on-the-go lotion recipe may interest you.
April has brought valuable lessons. Let’s review a few:
1. Don’t keep your glass 2-gallon jar of Kombucha hidden in a dark pantry. Your husband unknowingly will break it, sending sticky Kombucha rushing across your floor like a mighty river. Due to the shattered glass you’ll have to throw away the beloved SCOBY. Wearing black for several days is totally acceptable.
2. Chicks are even worse than having full-grown backyard chickens. Remember the time I shared “5 Reasons to Not Keep Chickens?” Well, chicks are a whole new game. If your children won’t leave your home with chickens, chicks mean they will want to set up a fort, camp out and study their every move, 24/7. I’m determined we will leave the house one day.
3. Coconut oil is not the cure-all. Gasp, I know. That statement is practically heresy in the natural living community. Toothpaste? Coconut oil. Smoothies? Yep, coconut oil. A boo-boo? More coconut oil. We use it for everything! I’ve learned the magical white oil isn’t always suitable for every need.
Since you’re probably a tad bit shocked by the coconut lesson, let’s talk. I feel the need to explain such an outrageous statement before being eternally cast-off from all things crunchy.
A couple of years ago, I decided it was time. Time to ditch the toxins found in our bathroom. From lotions to body wash to make-up, the amounts of chemical toxins I put on my body was astounding. With the urge for simplicity and natural living, I started developing my own replacements for things like foundation powder and lotion.
One of my very first DIYs was a simple homemade moisturizer using coconut oil. After a few weeks, I was amazed at how nourished my skin felt.
Fast forward to March of this year. I’ve always dealt with extremely sensitive skin, but last month I noticed my skin was showing signs of extreme irritation. Multiple break outs, daily peeling, and dry skin patches. I immediately turned to a blogger friend, a guru on the topic of homemade skincare. Her advice was reassuring, but I knew it meant kissing my beloved coconut oil good-bye, at least during this season of life. So, why the change?
Our skin changes and goes through seasons. I wouldn’t advise anyone to eat a grass-fed burger, daily, over the course of two years. Although it would be super tempting. Our bodies need diversity in the food we eat. Same with skincare. Our skin often needs different ingredients for various stages and seasons of life. My skin was clearly letting me know it needed a change from the daily coconut oil applications. After looking into my options for DIY products, I developed this simple homemade lotion recipe. An ultra-moisturizing lotion that does not use coconut oil.
Please hear me out, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with coconut oil or my coconut oil recipe (it’s fabulous). I simply needed a skincare change during this season of life.
I’ve been hesitant about sharing this recipe. Silly, right? Why wouldn’t I share? The simple answer is that this recipe uses a number of essential oils. I chose to add essential due to their healing nature.
Skin-safe essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin for nourishment, and provide antibacterial and antiviral properties. Even though essential oils are wonderful additions to homemade products (when used safely), I’ve noticed a trend in the blogging community, one I find a bit concerning: The intense selling of particular brands of essential oils and the development of recipes and usage “tips” just to sell oils.
I’m not here to sell you on essential oils. I add “where to buy” at the end of many ingredients in my recipes to provide a resource for the actual product(s) I enjoy and use. I’m not telling you to buy the products, rather I believe it’s helpful to provide a visual representation of the products and brands I like to use. If you make a purchase I receive a tiny commission at no extra cost to you, but developing a recipe just to sell an item isn’t my motive and never will be. I enjoy using a variety of essential oil brands.
Plain and simple: I’m here to share life with you and my quest to make it simple, real and natural. I’m not here to sell a bunch of essential oils.
With a heart to share what I’m now using on my face and body, I bring you a homemade ultra-moisturizing lotion. Made with moisturizing shea butter, a nourishing skin oil (such as avocado, apricot, jojoba, or sweet almond oil), and few drops of essential oils. A simple moisturizer that’s thick and luxurious, but easily absorbed by the skin.
- ½ cup (4oz) shea butter (where to buy)
- 2 TB skin-nourishing oil, such as: jojoba, avocado, apricot, or sweet almond oil. This can even be coconut or olive oil. Almond oil is my recommendation since it feels the best on the skin for most people.
- (optional) 10 drops drops lavender essential oil (where to buy) (Personally, I've used between 10-20 drops.)
- (optional) 5 drops rosemary essential oil (where to buy)
- (optional) 3 drops carrot seed oil (where to buy)
- (optional) 3 drops tea tree essential oil (where to buy)
- In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the shea butter. Add in the nourishing skin oil. Turn off the heat.
- Pour into a bowl (I use my Kitchen-Aid bowl). Place in the freezer and allow to cool and return to a solid (not hard) form. This takes about 15-20 minutes. Don't freeze the mixture.
- Once "solid"-looking remove from the freezer. Add in the essential oils and carrot seed oil. Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, whip the mixture until soft and looks like buttery whip cream. This takes just a minute. Don't over-whip. Scoop into a jar and store at room temp. Apply to both body and face as desired.
This recipe is a wonderful base recipe. Use as is or substitute and add (experiment) according to your skin’s need. As always, do your own research when making your own products and using essential oils. The essential oils suggested are my favorite combinations for my skin. The amounts and oils suggested in my recipe may be adjusted according to your skin.
- Try adding 1-2 more tablespoons of nourishing oil. This may help create a softer lotion, since the shea butter is a very thick product. This may create a product that’s “oiler.” You can always whip the nourishing oil into the lotion if you’re not sure about adding more oil in the beginning. Another option is to add a bit of arrowroot starch to the mixture. I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard from several readers who added very small amounts–teaspoons to a tablespoon.
- Try skipping the melting stage. Simply whip the nourishing oil and shea butter together, adding more oil if needed. I’ve done this before when I didn’t have any time to melt and freeze ingredients with pleasant results.
Video Recipe Tutorial
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