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homemade lotion

Posted on May 8th, 2012  |  26 Comments

Looking for smooth skin come this rapidly approaching summer? (Or a super cool last-minute Mother’s Day gift?)

Look no further.

With a glass jar and very few ingredients, it can all be yours!

Meet the crew:

Bees wax: Made from bees indulging in a surplus of honey, this skin protector has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, as well as a smoothing effect from Vitamin A.

Vitamin E oil: As a super antioxidant, this free radical fighter hoards off wrinkles, prevents premature aging – yes please! – and has a 3 year shelf life (triple bonus.)

Coconut oil: Besides kicking butter’s big behind to the curb, this surprisingly not so oily oil has anti-bacterial and moisturizer properties, and has been my all over body lotion for the past month, as in just coconut buttered up Lauren – face and all. (If you don’t want to take the 10 minutes to make the lotion, I highly recommend a nice lather – okay, a small lather – of coconut oil on clean skin. If you don’t over do it, and remember it quickly melts in your hand, you’ll be left with super smooth, dare I say, younger looking skin. I also use it to make homemade deodorant, and love the outcome!)

Eucalyptus essential oil: Besides enjoying its pleasant aroma, this anti-microbial oil has insect fighting powers! Hello summer, goodbye huge bug bites – that I itch into ugliness – all over my legs. According to Livestrong.com, (where I found all this info) some people may have an allergic reaction to Eucalyptus oil, they recommend consulting your physician before changing a health care routine..I recommend doing some research if you are typically sensitive to topical substances… but me no doctor.

{You could really use any essential oil you found pleasing to your nostrils, I found mine at Whole Foods and the staff was more than happy to discuss a whole slew of information about them.}

The process starts out pretty easy: Coconut butter and bees wax fill a glass jar, it’s placed in a small pot of water and heated over medium heat until it all melts. {Keeping the water out of the jar.}

Once its carefully removed from the pan, let the jar cool until you can touch it – takes about 5 minutes. Then, just pour the coconut bees wax into a running blender filled with 1 cup of water. Let blend for about 1 minute, until you see that everything is incorporated – you can add the vitamin E oil and essential oils now – then continue to blend for another 30 seconds or so.

Pour into a seal-able glass container (I don’t recommend using the same one as you did for melting) and store as you would regular lotion for up to 3 months (or in the fridge for longer.)

It feels wondering to put something all over the largest organ in my body – and a great absorber – that I know the ingredients, processing and nourishing benefits of!

Replenish yourself with this luscious simple homemade lotion: adapted from this recipe

*3/4 c. coconut oil, (I used organic unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, but you could substitute with olive oil, grapeseed oil, or avocado oil)

*1 c. filtered water

*3 Tbsp grated bees wax (~ 1/4 oz)

* 5 drops Vitamin E oil (more makes a more oily lotion, so add sparingly if you don’t want to slide down the street)

*10-15 drops essential oil of your choice (I used Eucalyptus and a few drops of lavender and love it!)

~Put the coconut oil and bees wax in a glass container and place in a pot filled with water to come half way up the glass container. Heat over medium heat until it melts. Carefully remove glass container, be sure to avoid any water, give it a quick stir and let it sit to cool to the touch.

~ In a running blender, with the 1 cup of water, add the oil/bees wax mixture. Blend for 1 -2 minutes, adding the Vitamin E and essential oil after 1 minute of blending.

~Transfer to a seal-able glass container and store as you would lotion for up to 3 months, or in the fridge for a longer (and colder) shelf life.

Happy Smooth Wednesday!



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26 Responses

  1. Julie says:

    I made this lotion but I am finding that after I use some, little beads of water appear at the top. Did you have this issue? I wonder if it’s just the water and oil separating. Do you just give it a stir and move on or is there a way to stop the water from coming up?

    • talkingkadmin says:

      Yes, that is common, you can simply just pour off the excess water that shows up. In my last batch I blended the lotion for longer and that seemed to help but still happens sometimes.

  2. Allison says:

    About how much lotion does this recipe make?

  3. Kayla says:

    Hey, this sounds great, i’m going to try it out. I am wanting to send some out to family and friends to try they are having trouble with dry skin and other issues. Does this lotion melt or get super oily in warmer temperatures or does it stay creamy? i look forward to you reply. thanks!

    • talkingkadmin says:

      It may melt some with warmer temperatures but you can always shake the jar and still apply it. I use it in Texas and unless I leave it in my car all day it stays fine. You could always refridgerator it, your hands will warm it when you apply.

  4. Kari says:

    Does this lotion stay creamy enough to be packaged in a squeezable container or does it have to be in a jar?

    • talkingkadmin says:

      It is creamy, a squeezable container would work great, if some water comes out upon first squeeze, close it and just squeeze and mix it with your hands first, then open, squeeze and apply.

  5. Kari says:

    I’ve been following the recipe exactly and it’s coming out kind of thin, is there something I can do to thicken it just a little as I do still want to put it in squeezable containers. Thanks for your help.

    • talkingkadmin says:

      It should thicken up after you initially make it, maybe add a Tbsp more of coconut oil. Might be easiest to put into squeezable container when more liquidy then let it get more solid. Unless its super hot where you are, it should get harder. Hope that helps!

  6. Shelley357 says:

    So mine seems to be separating real bad ?? I used tap water would that make a difference ??

    • talkingkadmin says:

      Hmm, I’m not sure, it might be due to the extra chemicals and such in tap water. It also may separate due to the climate you live in. To be honest, I’ve been using just straight up coconut oil as my body moisturizer and a tad of jojoba oil for my face, it’s just easier and living in Houston my lotion liquefies a lot. I also found extra blending to help keep it from separating… Hope that helps!

  7. Lisa says:

    Ty for your recipe. I am going to try it with emulsifying wax to prevent separation in place of the beeswax.

  8. Tara Stahlhut says:

    I made this earlier tonight and I absolutely love it already! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  9. alex says:

    this is good as a day cream? i work in an office but cycle to and work so need a bit of sun protection

    Alex :)

  10. alex says:

    Thanks for your reply :)

    Do you know the spf of this lotion? (Im Australian and know the dangers!)

    • talkingkadmin says:

      no i don’t i’m sorry, but I have read some good things about coconut oil as a natural spf… I’d look it up

  11. alex says:

    Thank you :)

  12. Karla says:

    What will I end up with if I don’t add the vitamin E, I don’t have any at hand. Or what can I add instead of it ?

  13. Susie says:

    To thicken try more beeswax, I find this works for some of my recipes….just thought I’d share a tip :) can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  14. Sandra says:

    I am wondering if you know if recipes that call for vitamin E for a preservative can be substituted with something else that is as effective?

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