**I do have an updated version of this recipe that includes beeswax and makes it even more amazing and includes a free printable!
I wanted to make my own because not only is it fun to make, but it is full of all natural, organic ingredients that all come directly from trees! So, I don’t have to worry about chemicals that are being absorbed into my skin, then distributed all over my body. Take for instance the lotion, CeraVe. My mom gave this to me for Christmas because it has worked really well for her and my dad, and it’s thick, creamy and works well on my dry, eczema-prone skin, too. However, I looked it up in the EWG Skin Cosmetics Database and found it has a moderate hazard for endocrine and organ system toxicity, some contamination concerns, and it is not known whether or not they test on animals. Ack! I also looked up Aveeno, and it has a much better rating, so it is less toxic than CeraVe, but they do test on animals. And, to make matters worse, for many of the ingredients on both products, the data is limited, so it’s hard to know how toxic they really are.
I’ve also been using it on my very curly hair (see my natural curly hair regime here) as a mousse and have been very happy with it! I’m so excited because now my entire hair care regime is organic, homemade, and cheap. I make my own shampoo and conditioner from baking soda and apple cider vinegar. See the post on that here. My hair has never looked healthier, shinier and felt softer.
UPDATE: When I wrote this post, I had been using it as a hair cream and did for several weeks. But I no longer do so, bummer, I know. I wanted it to work, but it made my hair so tangly it was completely unmanageable! Wish I could give you a different report.
So, onto the fun stuff. I got the recipe from Rawmazing, and followed it almost exactly, except that I added 10 drops of lavender oil. I will probably add more next time, as the lavender is barely detectable. The lotion contains only three ingredients (unless you add an optional essential oil for fragrance), all of which I bought on Amazon.
Like most natural/organic products, they take some getting used to because we are so accustomed to processed, un-pure things. So it honestly took me several days before I liked the way it felt on my hands, as it is quite oily, but now I’m in love because it not only heals my dry skin, but protects my hands from the rigor of washing up after little human beings.
Each batch makes 32 ounces of lotion – that is a ton! It will last a long time.
- Organic Coconut Oil - Buy at Tropical Traditions(hand made!) or Amazon
- $8.49 for 16 oz. and you only need 4 oz. of it to make 32 oz. of lotion
- Making it $2.12 for 32 oz.! You also get free super saver shipping on Amazon.
- Also doubles as a great face lotion all by itself! I love the way it feels on my face.
- Organic Sweet Almond oil - Buy at Mountain Rose Herbs and Amazon
- $7.00 16 oz. and you only need 4 oz. of it to make 32 oz. of lotion
- Making it $1.75 for 32 oz.!
- Organic, Raw, Unrefined Shea butter - Buy at Mountain Rose Herbs and Amazon
- $11.50 for a pound, and you only need 8 oz. of it to make 32 oz. of lotion
- Making it $5.75 for 32 oz.!
- It’s much better if you get unrefined, organic raw shea butter. The refinery process removes many of the nutrients from the butter that make it so good for your skin.
So, onto the making of the lotion! Grab a trusty assistant like the handsome fellow I found crawling around the kitchen, and let them satisfy their curiosity with the mixer, which we’ll use later.