>> Monday, August 25, 2014
When I was a teenager, I was absolutely obsessed with lotions and sprays from Bath + Body Works. I'd cover myself head to toe in all their smelliest concoctions even if my legs burned from the lotion after shaving. As I've gotten older, I've decided against all the chemicals in those types of products and -- instead -- skipped lotion in my routine.
My friend shared her homemade lotion recipe with me several months ago. I've been hooked on making variations ever since. Seriously! Making body care products at home is as easy as it is satisfying.
Note: I used tea tree oil in this "recipe" because it's good for the skin. It's naturally antibacterial and also soothing. I'm actually hoping to modify this recipe in the future to make a cube specifically good for acne and/or cuts, etc. Be advised if you have very sensitive skin that you'll want to use fewer drops of tea tree oil since it can cause some irritation -- or substitute in your favorite essential oil, like lavender.
DIY LOTION CUBES
Make five totally customizable 1-ounce cubes.
What you'll need . . .
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 ounce beeswax*
- 10-20 drops tea tree oil**
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds (optional)
- Silicone Ice Cube Mold
** Use your favorite essential oil.
Method . . .
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place a smaller pot inside (like a double-boiler). You'll melt everything safely in here since the beeswax is flammable and can't take the direct heat.
- Drop in your shea butter and oil. Grate your beeswax finely to facilitate faster melting.
- Then just stir until everything is well incorporated and take off the heat for a minute or two.
- Add your essential oil drops and whatever other add-ins you'd like.
- Pour into molds and transfer to your refrigerator to fully set. Then pop out of molds and store in a baggie or airtight container.
I know shea and coconut oil can be used AS-IS for moisturizing skin -- but it's fun to have them in bar form. They'd make great gifts, so I'm going to keep fine-tuning in time for the holidays. Oh, and now that I have some beeswax on hand, I can finally make my own lip balm and a few other projects (candles, etc.) I've been wanting to try.
Have you ever made lotion at home?
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