I have *the most* tempermental skin out of anyone I have ever met. There are times when I feel like I am drier than the desert. Then there are times when my skin is so oily that it reflects light! I have tried countless numbers of lotions and creams to no avail.
When I discovered how easy (and cost-effective) it is to make my own lotion, I really wish I hadn’t waited to so long! Your skin is your body’s largest organ and absorbs what you put on it. For this reason, I believe it’s really important to use skin care products that contain only all-natural ingredients whenever possible. Given the amount of potentially toxic chemicals that are allowed to be present in commercial skin care items, it’s really nice to know exactly what is being applied. If I can’t pronounce it, I will not apply it!
Let me also say that the hubs and I try to be frugal. One lotion in the house for everyone’s needs is nothing to ignore. We use it for after sun use, irritations, dry skin, under and around my eyes, and even diaper issues!
You will need:
Essential Oils: (For information on where to buy wholesale, click here.)
- Lemongrass essential oil: Lemongrass is an amazing herb. It is known to help limit bacterial or microbial growth on the skin. It can help ward off skin infections as well as lessen skin issues caused by bacterial infections. Lemongrass can also be fungicidal, which means it can help ward off fungal infections on the skin. The herb also acts as an astringent, which constricts the skin. This helps to minimize pores, limit the secretions of oil and provide a temporary skin-firming treatment. (Um, did someone say skin FIRMING?)
- Frankincense essential oil: Anti-Aging: As a cytophylactic, Frankincense oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that frankincense oil is often used for. It is known to supporting the integumenatory system. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!
- Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil: Tea tree oil is an excellent treatment for teenager-style skin! One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the negative side effects like redness and peeling.*
- Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil: A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin coconut oil can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. Sounds like a recipe for a really good lotion to us!
- Vitamin E Oil: The contributions of vitamin-E towards skin care are well known. It is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties. 100 grams of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E, thus enhancing it skin-nourishing properties.
- Unrefined Organic Raw Shea Butter: Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
- metal whisk
- KitchenAid mixer (or hand mixer)
- glass jar for storage
- arrow root powder
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 20 drops Vitamin E
- I measure the shea butter bar as a solid. I use 1/4 of the bar for this. Note: I always use more shea than coconut.
- Using the double broiler method: (a glass bowl in a pot of boiling water) melt the shea butter and coconut oil down together.
- While its melting, have an ice bath ready. (a bowl of ice/ice water with another bowl inside of it.)
- After its melted, pour the melted oil into the ice bath, and whisk it like your life depends on it!! You will see it start to thicken and get syrupy…keep whisking! As soon as it thickens, transfer all of it to a room temp bowl. ( I use my KitchenAid as the room temp bowl.) If you keep it in the cold bowl, it will continually harden and then become crumbly.
- Add 20 drops of each essential oil
- Turn your KitchenAid to the fastest mode. The reason is because as air gets into the mixture, it whips it.
Note: I add the essential oils last to make sure the consistency of the lotion is whipped to my liking.
*1. Bassett, et al, “A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of skin.” Med J Aust. 1990 Oct 15;153(8):455-8. Read text here.