With winter comes dry and sometimes cracked skin–very, very painful for many people. Like with cooking, I read labels now. Read the label on the back of your favorite lotion. They all contain oils…and many other ingredients you can’t pronounce. We don’t need all of those ingredients. In one product, they’re stripping everything out of our skin and adding it back in another product. It’s a marketing ploy I tell you!
I wanted to make a lotion that would not just be a liquid oil, though. AND I didn’t want to buy a separate emulsifier that would make it look like the lotion I’m used to. I don’t need that. After a couple years of reading labels and researching, I’m beyond thinking things have to be what “they” say products should look like. Many of our grandmothers didn’t enjoy pretty smelling lotions that were white and creamy, but they had beautiful skin. They used oils from the kitchen, probably actually.
So I chose a couple different oils and combined them. Coconut oil is nice on the skin and is solid at room temperature. Olive oil is wonderful for your skin–it has the same PH factor as your skin. I did a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil and olive oil.
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup olive oil
I used my stick blender to really mix them together so I didn’t have layers of hard oil or liquid oil.
While you don’t need to add fragrance, you can add a few drops of essential oil which will also give you the benefits of those oils. This summer, I will be making a bug repellent lotion with Lemon Grass essential oil. You can also use skin-safe fragrance oils. I used my favorite Cedarwood Amber Fragrance Oil from Wellington Fragrance. It is a premium fragrance oil, so it is safe for the skin–I use it for soaps, candles and now lotion!
Pour the oil into a recycled jar. Let it harden and enjoy! This is more like a balm consistency than a lotion.
After sitting overnight, the coconut oil hardened up with no layers of olive oil. Yay, it worked!
Just a dab is all you need for your hands. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so it melts soon after touching.
This jar of lotion (which is 1 cup of oils found in the kitchen) will last quite a while. For a softer lotion, try 1/2 coconut oil, 1/2 olive oil. If you don’t use fragrance oils, this would make a great lip balm as well–an all-in-one moisturizing balm.
Here's the full recipe and printable!