For the past eight years I have been making homemade soap for our family that is free of conventional chemicals, dyes and perfumes. I had not yet learned to make DIY homemade lotion so I opted to start learning to make soap first. Living in the arid Arizona climate can be brutal to your skin; hard water, 350 some odd days of sunshine creating the beautiful dry climate can also make your skin dry. Showering should not make the situation any worse, yet I have found that commercial soaps and lotions often leave my skin feeling less than hydrated. So this year while tackling fears, I decided to find a way to make DIY homemade lotion for my family and the recipe I found required some adjustments for our sensitive and dry skin.
The beauty of the DIY homemade lotion is that it is completely portable, no problem to travel with on airplanes, to the beach, the gym and or just keep in your bathroom. I made quite a few for my family this year for Christmas gifts and they were absolutely gorgeous and smelled divine. No harsh chemicals. No perfumes. No dyes. Just good old fashioned skin softening goodness in a DIY homemade lotion. What I found to be even more awesome was the cost savings, the application and the peace of mind.
Even the organic and skin friendly lotions that claim to be dye and perfume or scent free still have a scent applied to them to be scent free. Hard to believe I know, but I saw the whole process on “How They Do It” and was greatly disappointed. My thought was to use coconut oil straight from the jar. How easy? Not really…my skin isn’t quite that dry. So how does one go about moisturizing your skin without the harsh perfumes, chemicals and without feeling like you just lubed up with a can of Crisco? I am so glad you asked because there are so many awesome, natural, vegan, non bovine (cow fats), non petroleum….yes, petroleum as in the petroleum used for fuel for cars, options for moisturizing your skin.
In fact, this awesome recipe can be done in your home and can yield about four to five dozen lotion bars to have around the house and in your home. Here is your shopping list of what you will need to make these beauties. The best part of the ingredients list is that you can buy the majority of these at your local health food or natural foods store, a craft store and or online through Amazon.
- coconut oil (standard cooking coconut oil), I love the Kirkland brand personally
- Shea butter
- Macadamia nut oil (I used this in lieu of vitamin E oil, you may also use grape seed oil as well)
- (optional) favorite essential oils – mine are Lavender for the obvious reasons, lavender being so gentle for the skin and relaxation, Joy, because we all need Joy and Panaway for sore muscles after a great workout
Using a double boiler, or if you are like me (lazy) I use a large Pyrex measuring cup and my microwave, melt down the beeswax and shea butter first. These may take a bit so microwave at 30 second to one minute increments in order to not over cook and overheat your microwave. Once they are a liquid, add the remaining oils except the essential oils. Stir until all oils are mixed together and then add your favorite essential oil. **At this point in the process you may also add 2 TBSP zinc oxide and turn these lotion bars into sunscreen lotion bars which are fabulous for the warmer spring and summer months on the go. No sprays, no messy creamy lotion, just a take and go bar for your beach bag or purse.
**Avoid using citrus essential oils due to photo-sensitivity.**
Now that the oils are all mixed together, pour into your favorite mold. I like my mini cupcake tin as the lotion bars are these palm size adorable cupcake shape, I also have different shapes that I have used for my kids like hearts and stars. After filling your mold, place into freezer for 30 minutes to let setup. Remove from freezer and give a good smack on the bottom of the tin and all the lotions bars will easily pop out. Place into adorable paper cupcake cups, tins and or decorative baskets. The lotion bars may melt a bit under warmth from the hot sun, warm spaces like pockets or purses and in your hand the lotion bar will begin to soften. In order to harden the bars again, place into fridge. You may also keep in the fridge for freshness, though not necessary.