Making your own lotion is not only cost-efficient but allows you to control all the ingredients. So you know that you are only putting pure, wonderful, moisture -rich lotion free of chemicals and other ingredients that are both questionable and unhealthy on your body. Besides, what you put on the outside of your body is just as important as what you put in the inside.
There are basic ingredients in all natural skin care: coconut oil and essential oil. You can find these in almost anything that is designed to nourish your skin or hair. In fact, if you don’t want to make your own lotion, you can just buy some coconut oil and use it straight out of the bottle as a lotion. It won’t clog your pores so it is also good on your face. And did I mention that it works great as a de-tangler? It will also make your hair look shiny but don’t use too much because it can also make your hair look oily. Now the essential oil must never be used by itself because it can irritate the skin but this is where scent comes in to play. Essential oils not only make your lotion smell great, they have other benefits as well. For example, Lavender oil is a great anti-bacterial, anti-viral solution that can be used to make baby rash cream and it smells great too!
Time to make:
30 min – 1 hour (depending on prep and cook time)
1 cup Coconut oil
1 cup Cocoa Butter
5 – 10 drops Argon Oil
5 – 10 drops Rosehip seed oil
5 – 10 drops each of Frankincense and Myrrh
2 tablespoons Beeswax
Metal spoon, butter knife or anything else metal for stirring
Pot with 1/4 water
Glass measuring bowl
Glass container to pour final product into
The thing that stands out most about this recipe is that the final product is truly creamy, rich, and has a soft scent of cocoa, frankincense, and myrrh. You don’t need to use the same essential oils that I chose but keep in mind that cocoa butter has a natural chocolate-like smell to it so you may want to pick an essential oil that will compliment that smell. You may also note that cocoa butter is much like mango butter in that it will come in chunks and pieces while the coconut oil may be a complete solid. The argon oil and the rosehip seed oil not have a fragrance, they are a apart of the recipe for their skin-loving properties!
Create a double boiler by placing the glass measuring cup inside of the pot of water. Allow the water to boil. I like to bring the fire down to a simmer so that I can work easier without having bubbles of hot water pop out at me. Put the cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil inside and allow them to melt completely. Stir as needed.
Once melted, remove the glass measuring cup and set aside. Now you will add the rest of the ingredients! Add up to 10 drops each of Argon oil and Rosehip Seed oil. The amount of essential oil that will go into the mixture is up to you but I would try a few drops, stir and then smell. Do you like what you have? If not, add more until you get the desired scent. Try not to go overboard with the essential oil, you don’t really need to add more than 20 drops. Remember that too much essential oil could irritate your skin.
Stir again and get ready to pout into your container of choice! If you’re going to use plastic, wait a little longer for the ingredients to cool as it may be too hot and melt your container. I prefer to use glass because it can handle the heat and won’t absorb the scent of the essential oil.
Now let the mixture cool completely. When it cools, it will turn into a slightly-solid, slightly-tinted mixture. The reason why it is slightly-solid is due to the beeswax that we added. The beeswax holds all the ingredients together. If you don’t add it, chances are that this will stay liquid unless you put it in the fridge. During hot weather, you may want to increase the beeswax to 3 tablespoons instead of 2 tablespoons because this lotion is heat-sensitive and will melt if it gets too hot. The reason why it may be tinted yellow depends partly on what color beeswax you are using. I used yellow but it is also available in white.
This lotion will not clog your pores so enjoy as a body and face lotion. Since the ingredients are all natural and also known to nourish your hair, you can also apply a small amount to tame frizz.