DIY: Homemade and natural moisturizing lotion

| Friday, 7 December 2012

diy natural homemade moisturizing lotion

Since the birth of my son, I have been trying to be as natural as possible with all aspects of his life. Non-medicated birth, exclusive breastfeeding, homemade purees... so I decided to continue and make a natural, homemade moisturizing lotion. After a bit of research, I was inspired rawmazing to create my own recipe.

1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
shea butter and coconut oil ingredients

2 drops Essential Oil (I use eucalyptus)
1 tablespoon Calendula Oil
essential oil and calendula oil

You can change the Essential Oil to modify the smell to your liking. The Calendula Oil is for added healing properties, you can leave it out or change it to another oil of your choosing. You can also increase the quantity to make the lotion creamier.

1. Melt all ingredients on low heat.
melted shea butter and coconut oil

2. Let cool until semi-hard.
partially solidified melted shea butter and coconut oil

It's important to let the mix solidify slightly, otherwise the lotion will not whip. It may take some time, to speed things up put in the fridge.

3. Whip. (:
natural homemade moisturizing lotion

The lotion will solidify since both Coconut Oil and Shea Butter are solids at room temperature. Skin contact melts it instantly and the oils absorb quickly. The mixture is shelf stable.

If you are planning on making big batches (or taking a really long time to use your lotion), you can also add a drop of Vitamin E as a preservative agent. All the ingredients have a long shelf stable life, so you shouldn't need to. Stay tuned for my lip balm and eatable lip gloss recipes.

How would you personalize this lotion?

Coconut Oil is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and helps with healing. Shea Butter moisturizes, is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and helps with healing. Calendula Oil is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. Eucalyptus Oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, deodorant and decongestant.

Disclaimer: This recipe is homemade. I am not a health professional, I am simply a mother trying to find simple and chemical-free solutions for my family. This lotion works great for us but it may not work for you and I take no responsibility for that.

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  1. This looks so easy!!! I'm definitely going to do this but first, must find shea butter!

  2. it is! and it feels delicious on the skin. don't use too much though, a tiny bit goes a long way. (: it lasts forever and is shelf stable. let me know what you think if you make it! btw, i heard this store is great for shea butter, i have yet to order from them myself though:

  3. Love this! Thanks so much for letting me know about it! :)
    Lish @ Imprintalish

  4. You're welcome! If you make it let me know what you think! :)

  5. Defiantly going to try this!! but i will use Grape seed or Almond oil and no essential oils!

  6. awesome! let me know how it turns out! i wanted to use almond oil too, but since i first made it for my baby, i didn't want to risk allergies. keeping the basic 2 ingredients, you can totally play around with the others.

  7. Just made this with cocoa butter, coconut oil and almond oil, as coca butter was easy to find came out GREAT!! and smells awesome!!

  8. Thanks for letting me know! I was wondering how cocoa butter would come out. Did you have to wait for it to cool before whipping? Does the cocoa smell overpower the rest? Is the texture creamy?

  9. I put it in the fridge for about 20 min and it was almost too long!! The cocoa butter overpowers, but not too badly, the texture is like whip cream frosting....that's the only way i can describe it!! I didn't add any essential oils though, next time i might, need to buy some.

  10. Yea, that's about how long I put it in the fridge too, and with shea butter, the texture is also like that, it will harden a bit overnight. As for the smell, shea isn't very strong, which I like, I might give cocoa a try one of these days. For the Shea butter, I just tried ordering from the link in my post, I'll post how I find their service once I receive it. Until then, enjoy your cream! (: By the way, do you have a blog? If so, I'd love to drop by!

  11. What a cool idea, I didn't even know you could make lotion at home, pretty amazing!!

    Skin Repair Lotion

  12. Made this today! Used tea tree oil

  13. Hi Louise! I'm so happy to hear you made it. I never thought about tea tree oil, it must feel wonderful on your skin! How do you like it? Did the texture turn out creamy? I'm due for another batch myself. I go through it much too fast with my little family. :)


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